The Victorian government has chosen to appoint an experienced public servant to lead the management of the Suburban Rail Loop Authority, as planning and early works continue.
Frankie Carroll will begin as CEO on January 27, 2021, leaving his role at the Queensland Public Service where he led the Queensland Treasury as Under Treasurer.
Carroll has also had experience with major urban rail projects as Chair and Director of Brisbane’s Cross River Rail Delivery Authority.
“Frankie Carroll brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the Suburban Rail Loop at an important time in the development and delivery of this transformative project,” said Minister for Suburban Rail loop Jacinta Allan.
Carroll’s experience in planning and major construction projects as the head of the Queensland Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority will be drawn upon as the Suburban Rail Loop begins the next stage of the planning and approvals process.
The Suburban Rail Loop is required to prepared and Environmental Effects Statement for Stage One, to assess the project’s environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
“We’ve been working closely with the community and key stakeholders as part of the planning and development of the project – and the Environment Effects Statement process is the next step to getting on with this project,” said Allan.
Community reference groups have also been formed, with six precinct reference groups (PRGs) now open for applications. The groups cover Cheltenham, Clayton, Monash, Glen Wavery, Burwood, and Box Hill and will facilitate community involvement in the project.
“This is another important step in delivering Stage One of Suburban Rail Loop – a vital project that will transform how we move around Melbourne and deliver thousands of local jobs.”
As the project progresses, the Expressions of Interest period for the first contract for the first phase of works closes on January 29.