English sets up infrastructure board to decide on 20 year plan

English sets up infrastructure board to decide on 20 year plan

Infrastructure and Finance Minister Bill English announced the formation of an independent national infrastructure advisory board, charged with helping to formulate a 20 year national infrastructure plan by the end of this year. Rod Carr will chair the new board. Other members are Ron Carter, Lindsay Crossen, Arthur Grimes, Terence Heiler, Rob McLeod, John Rae and Alex Sundakov. English said the plan would be aimed at identifying emerging bottlenecks and investment gaps in New Zealand's infrastructure. The board will also provide advice to Treasury's National Infrastructure Unit. "A key role will be to engage with the private sector, local government and other stakeholders, about regulatory barriers that are slowing investment and opportunities for partnership," English said. "As well as advising on new investments it is equally important that the public sector focuses on improving its management of the existing asset base. I'm sure this group will be a rich source of insight as the government implements its plan to improve New Zealand's roads, broadband and electricity supply," he said. Here is the full release on the beehive website.

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