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The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority (CRRDA) was established under the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Act 2016, and became operational on 14 April 2017.

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The CRRDA will lead the development, procurement and delivery of the Cross River Rail project and support wider economic and social outcomes from this transformational project.

2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan

The 2017 – 2021 Strategic Plan sets direction for the Authority to plan, carry out, promote or coordinate activities to facilitate economic development, and development for community purposes, in a Cross River Rail priority development area. The plan will facilitate efficient delivery of the Cross River Rail project and other related transport projects.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority is guided by legislation set out in the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Act 2016.

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Annual Report

The Cross River Rail 2017-2018 Annual Report is now available.

Download the 2017 – 2018 report

Previous annual reports

Download the 2016 – 2017 report

Our People

The CRRDA board

The Board of the CRRDA was confirmed by Cabinet, following an extensive national recruitment campaign. The nine member board includes representation from state and local governments as well as a wealth of expertise from industry.

  • The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Mr Paul Lucas

    The Honourable Paul Lucas
    Chairperson
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr Paul Lucas is a non-executive director and consultant. Mr Lucas has held Board positions with and consulted to public and private sector transport and infrastructure related corporations including Airservices Australia and Powerlink. Mr Lucas lectures at a postgraduate level in Strategic Metropolitan and Transport and Infrastructure Planning. He is a Board member at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health at the Australian College of Optometry. Mr Lucas is an Adjunct Professor at Australian Catholic University and Bond University and a Governance, Infrastructure and Public Policy Consultant with University of Queensland International Development. Mr Lucas is a Solicitor by profession and was Deputy Premier for four years and a Minister in the Queensland State Government for 11 years. His ministerial responsibilities included Infrastructure and Planning; Transport and Main Roads; Local Government; Energy; Health and Attorney-General. Mr Lucas was involved in many large transport infrastructure projects in South East Queensland including: Springfield Rail Line; Varsity Lakes Extension; Salisbury-Kuraby Duplication; Inner-Northern Busway; Northern Busway; Boggo Road Busway; Eastern Busway; Tugun Bypass; AirportLink; and Gateway Upgrade Project. He was also Minister responsible for managing the State’s relationship with the Federal Government and Local Government on many of these projects.

     

  • Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC

    Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane AC
    Board Member and New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Professor O’Kane is NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, a company director, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a company advising governments and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 1994-1996. Before that, she was Dean of Information Sciences and Engineering at the University of Canberra.

    In the field of infrastructure, she is a Special Advisor to Infrastructure NSW and chairs the NSW Air Quality in Tunnels Committee. She was formerly on the boards of the Multifunction Polis and AARNet and was a member of the ACT Very Fast Train Advisory Committee. Regarding the current debate on energy, she chairs the NSW Energy Security Taskforce and is a panel member of the Review of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review).

    Professor O’Kane has served on several boards and committees in the public and private sectors, especially related to research, engineering, ICT and energy. She is currently chair of the Boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She serves on the boards of Business Events Sydney Ltd, Queensland University of Technology, the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, the Development Gateway, the Capital Markets CRC and the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. She was Chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Chair of the Development Gateway, a Director of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and was a Member of the Australian Research Council, the Cooperative Research Centres Committee and the Boards of the CSIRO and NICTA.

    Professor O’Kane is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.

     

  • John Lee, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr John Lee

    John Lee, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr John Lee

    Mr John Lee
    Board Member
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Mr John Lee is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Sailing. He has held a number of senior positions at the State Government level including Director-General of the Department of Commerce and Transport for NSW from 2003-2010. Mr Lee was then appointed the CEO of the Australian Tourism and Transport Forum, a national advocacy organisation for improved public transport and visitor economy infrastructure. Mr Lee has extensive experience in both operations and planning of heavy rail and transport solutions. Early in his career, Mr Lee worked as General Manager of CityRail in the lead up to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. He also played a pivotal role in the planning and construction of many rail projects on the CityRail network. Mr Lee is the former Chief Executive of the Sydney Roosters NRL club and a former Australian Sports Commissioner. He also has extensive experience in governance.

  • John McEvoy, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr John McEvoy

    John McEvoy, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr John McEvoy

    Mr John McEvoy

    Board Member
    Appointed 1 June, 2017.

    Experience

    Mr John McEvoy has 35 years’ experience in the mobilisation and successful delivery of major infrastructure programs and megaprojects in Australia and internationally.

    In the past 15 years, Mr McEvoy has focused on adapting proven investment governance practices to plan and deliver major economic, social and environmental infrastructure in the Rail, Road, Ports, Energy, Water, Health, Justice and Civic sectors.  He is regarded as an innovative strategist and problem solver, with valued skills in the development of business cases to secure funding for major projects and in the subsequent crafting of commercial public-private partnerships and other project delivery models.

    In Queensland, Mr McEvoy has extensive experience in the mobilisation and delivery of major projects totalling over $30 billion, including the post-2011 floods Transport Network Reconstruction Program, Brisbane’s Clem7 tunnel and Inner City Bypass, Gold Coast Light Rail, Lady Cilento Hospital, SouthBank and the Brisbane Convention Centre.

    Mr McEvoy has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil (Hons) and has participated in best practice leadership studies at Harvard Business School, the Kennedy School of Government and Melbourne Business School.  He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a past chair of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland.

  • John Lee, Cross River Rail Board member

    Ms Lucy Snelling

    John Lee, Cross River Rail Board member

    Ms Lucy Snelling

    Ms Lucy Snelling
    Board Member
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Ms Lucy Snelling has Board and governance, as well as legal, government and management experience. She is a consultant with HopgoodGanim Lawyers and also runs her own resources and energy commercial consultancy. She is an experienced leader with a strong legal and commercial background, strategic management skills and specialist expertise in resources and energy and transport infrastructure projects.

    Ms Snelling co-founded the Infrastructure Association of Queensland, serving as President. Her previous roles include acting as State’s Representative on the AirTrain Citylink project, and oversight of Stage 1 of the Springfield Road and Rail Corridor. While Partner of a Brisbane City law firm, she worked on major gas pipeline, rail, and other infrastructure development projects, as well as ongoing operational issues. In addition, she has facilitated commercial development projects at and in conjunction with rail transport to maximise urban planning and infrastructure outcomes, including across a range of transport oriented developments.

  • Tim Rothwell, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Tim Rothwell

    Tim Rothwell, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Tim Rothwell

    Tim Rothwell was appointed to the Board of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority and a member of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee, on 1 January 2019.

    Tim retired as Chief Financial Officer of Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in 2013, after 20 years with the organisation.

    At BAC, he was responsible for finance and governance of a $6b airport business – aviation, retail, car parks, infrastructure and commercial property development and management.

    Responsibilities included $3b plus debt raising – USPP and Australian bond issues and bank facilities, airline pricing, State Government, Brisbane City Council and other critical negotiations and liaison with regulators (Federal Department of Infrastructure, ACCC, PC, ATO etc).

    During 1996 and 1997, he was actively involved in all aspects of the Australian airport privatisation process. In 2008, he completed the Senior Executive Program at London Business School.

    Tim was a key member of a senior management team that saw BAC increase its profitability significantly and Brisbane Airport win several international and national awards.

    Tim is a Board Member and Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee of Airservices Australia and is on the Council and Planning and Resources Committee of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

    Tim was a Board Member and inaugural Chair of the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee of Wesley Mission Queensland for ten years until 2015 and the Honorary Treasurer of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) until 2017.

    For more than five years, Tim has been a mentor to QUT Executive MBA students and a lecturer to UNSW undergraduates each year, as part of their Aviation Business Degree.

    Prior to BAC, Tim held senior financial, marketing, project and general roles in the UK and Australia. Tim has an honours degree in Economics and Accounting and qualified as an accountant with Deloitte. He is a Member of the AICD and an FCA.

    Tim is married with four children and five grandchildren.

  • Rachel Hunter, Cross River Rail board member

    Ms Rachel Hunter

    Rachel Hunter, Cross River Rail board member

    Ms Rachel Hunter

    Rachel Hunter
    Board Member

    Experience
    Ms Rachel Hunter is a highly regarded and accomplished Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, having worked across various portfolios.

    Her distinguished career includes Director-General roles in a number of Queensland Government departments including Justice and Attorney-General, Education, Training and the Arts and most recently, the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. She also served as Queensland’s Public Service Commissioner from 2000 to 2003.

    Rachel is currently a Deputy Chancellor with Griffith University and serves on the Trade and Investment Queensland Board and the Building Queensland Board. She has formerly chaired the Board of Jobs Queensland, providing industry and evidence-based advice on skills needs and workforce planning, and was also the Chair of Children’s Health Queensland.

    Much of her career in government has been spent in portfolios with a focus on employment, skills, training, and economic growth and resilience. She brings to the role an outcome-focused, and values-led leadership style.

  • Frankie Carroll, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Frankie Carroll

    Frankie Carroll, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Frankie Carroll

    Frankie Carroll
    Board Member
    Appointed 8 February, 2019

    Experience
    Frankie Carroll was appointed Under Treasurer in February 2019. Frankie has more than 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector.

    Prior to joining Queensland Treasury, he was the Director-General of the Department of Infrastructure Local Government and Planning between 2015 and 2018.

    Previously, Frankie was Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), responsible for delivering a reconstruction program worth more than $13 billion – the largest program of its type in the nation’s history. He earlier held the position of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer of the QRA, commencing in 2011.

    He also brings extensive executive experience in major project delivery in the water, construction, energy and financial services industries.  As Chief Executive Officer of Queensland Water Infrastructure he delivered major water storage facilities to South East Queensland.

    Before joining the public service in Queensland he worked for many years both in Australia and internationally in the financial services sector.

    Frankie 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 the Institute of Taxation in Ireland. He has also served on a number of key boards including Economic Development Queensland, Building Queensland and Trade and Investment Queensland.

    A native of Ireland, Frankie is a keen marathon runner who says the best thing he ever did was marry a Queenslander, which has brought him to a State that he now calls home.

  • Neil Scales, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Neil Scales OBE

    Neil Scales, Cross River Rail Board member

    Mr Neil Scales OBE

    Mr Neil Scales OBE
    Board Member and Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads
    Appointed 14 April, 2017

    Experience
    Appointed as Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads in March 2013, Mr Scales previously led Queensland’s public transport network as CEO of TransLink. Prior to joining TransLink, Mr Scales was the Chief Executive and Director-General of Merseytravel, the transport authority for Merseyside in the north of England. In this role, he was responsible for some 200 million passenger journeys per year by train, bus, ferries and through the two Mersey Tunnels. Along with over 40 years of experience in the transport industry, Mr Scales received an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to public transport. He was also awarded an honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in 2011 for his services in the region. Mr Scales was appointed as a Commissioner with the National Transport Commission (NTC) in September 2014 and was appointed to the Roads Australia Board in November 2014. In 2015, he was the Queensland Public Sector’s CEO champion against domestic violence by participating in an initiative called the Australia’s CEO Challenge Race. He continues this important role in 2017. This annual drive sees business leaders raise awareness and funds for those affected by domestic violence.