A new permanent CEO for the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has been appointed, following an international open market recruitment search.

Graeme Newton has been appointed to the position, and has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector delivering large-scale infrastructure projects in the public and private sectors

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Jackie Trad, said he was the right man for the job.

“The Government fully funded Cross River Rail in our State Budget and with this appointment, we are demonstrating that we are focused on getting on with building it,” Ms Trad said.

“Cross River Rail will create more than 1500 jobs during each year of construction and more than 3000 jobs in the most intensive year.”

Ms Trad said an industry briefing will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 20 August to provide construction and engineering companies with information about the procurement process for Cross River Rail’s delivery.

“And when we open formal Expressions of Interest in September, our Buy Queensland policy will be in force,” Ms Trad said.

“That means more opportunities for Queensland businesses and workers to be involved in winning work as part of the $5.4 billion project.

“Cross River Rail is vital for Queensland because it will unlock economic growth in the outer suburbs and regions, especially the Gold Coast, Ipswich, Caboolture and the Redlands.

“But even more importantly it will mean more trains, more often and commuters throughout the south east will have easy access to a ‘turn up and go’ world class public transport system.”

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