In a bold move, the Queensland Government has stepped up to commit funding for its number one infrastructure priority in the 2017-2018 State Budget , without federal support.

After a budget season which focused on priority infrastructure at all levels of government, you can already feel the positive momentum of industry planning for opportunities to deliver projects in the Sunshine State. Infrastructure needs collaboration and courage, and this exclusive breakfast covering two critical Queensland initiatives will be sure to demonstrate both.


  1. Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning, Director-General, and Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Chairperson, Frankie Carroll
    Releasing the 2017 update to the State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) and commenting on addressing the state’s future infrastructure needs.
  2. Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Head of Authority, Graeme Newton
    Setting the new strategic direction for Queensland’s number one infrastructure priority, early challenges for the Delivery Authority and preparing for procurement and construction.

This is a not to be missed industry event hosted in partnership by Infrastructure Association of Queensland, Engineers Australia and Consult Australia.

VENUE: The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, M3, Mezzanine Level, Corner Glenelg and Merivale Streets, South Brisbane

TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am

COST: IAQ, Engineers Australia & Consult Australia Members $115, Non-members $140, Members Tables of 10 $1035, Non-members Tables of 10 $1400 (includes GST)








Frankie Carroll, Director-General – Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Frankie Carroll was appointed Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning in November 2015.

His previous role was as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority, where he was responsible for delivering a disaster reconstruction program worth more than $13 billion.

Prior to being appointed CEO, Frankie held the position of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer since the Authority’s inception in the wake of the Queensland Floods and Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi in 2010-11.

Frankie also previously held the role of CEO of Queensland Water Infrastructure, delivering major water storage facilities in South East Queensland.

He has substantial experience across the private and public sectors, and a thorough understanding of Queensland’s infrastructure needs, having held senior executive roles in multiple industry disciplines spanning construction, finance and service organisations.

Frankie has a specialised knowledge in corporate governance, and experience in leading high performing teams. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and a Member of the Association of Institute of Taxation in Ireland.

Graeme Newton, Head of Authority – Cross River Rail
Mr Graeme Newton has more than 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. In the past 15 years he has led large-scale, high profile and complex infrastructure projects within the private and public sector, with a strategic and delivery-oriented approach as a senior executive leading billions of dollars’ worth of projects.

His vast experience and expertise in the industry has seen him awarded with the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Premier of Queensland in 2011 as CEO of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to lead the recovery of the early 2011 natural disasters. He set the vision and strategy for the progression of over $14 billion in projects, including major roads, water, aviation, pipelines, rail and social infrastructure.

Over the years Graeme has worked in a range of different infrastructure leadership roles including the role of Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. He was also appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld).

Graeme’s extensive experience has led to him obtaining particular skills in strategic planning, risk amelioration, major project delivery, market strategy, contract negotiation, innovative financial models and media and stakeholder management. Graeme is currently Deloitte Australia’s Lead Partner for the Queensland Government with a national focus on the delivery of large, complex and high profile infrastructure and major capital projects.

This role involves extensive engagement and strategic policy advice for a range of Queensland and interstate government departments. Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, transformation and building high performing teams