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Tasmanian business leaders advise major projects agency

23 July 2014

Two prominent Tasmanian business people have been appointed to a board to advise the newly created Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency.

Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane said the Agency will attract new investment to the State and is a key element of the Government’s Economic Growth Plan for Tasmania.

Mr Bob Calvert, who has extensive mining industry experience, will chair the advisory board, and Dr Vicki Gardiner, Tasmanian director of Engineers Australia, will also take up a position.

“Mr Calvert has 40 years’ experience in providing plant, equipment and services to the mining industry and an in-depth knowledge of the Tasmanian business environment,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“In addition to extensive board experience, Mr Calvert is a life member of the Tasmanian Minerals Council and is Group Manager, Development at Stornoway, a Tasmanian based supplier of services and products to the national road and water infrastructure sector."

Mr Macfarlane said Dr Gardiner was also well qualified for the board having held roles in the corporate, Government and academic sectors.

“Dr Gardiner has experience in establishing partnerships and developing stakeholder relationships with Government, industry and other professional societies on behalf of Engineers Australia and as the Royal Australian Chemical Institute’s International Year of Chemistry convenor.

“She was awarded the 2012 RK Murphy Medal by the RACI for outstanding achievement in process chemistry, chemical engineering and related areas in the chemical industry.”

The Tasmanian Major Projects Approval Agency will assist investors identify the Commonwealth approvals required for projects worth more than $50 million.

Mr Macfarlane said the advisory board would oversee the agency’s operations and advise it on support for projects that might not fully meet the eligibility criteria.

“The agency will ensure that the approvals pathways for major investment projects in Tasmania are made clear early in the projects’ timelines, in consultation with regulators.

“Our Economic Action Strategy will help to encourage new investment, foster new business opportunities and create new jobs across Australia, and particularly here in Tasmania.”

As part of his role Mr Calvert will be a member of the Joint Commonwealth and Tasmanian Economic Council.

Other advisory board members include a representative of the Australian Government’s Department of Industry and of the Tasmanian Government’s Office of Coordinator-General.

The agency will be based in Launceston. For further information go to http://www.tas.mpaa.gov.au/

Media contact: Mr Macfarlane's office 02 6277 7070