Twenty-year infrastructure plan

Twenty-year infrastructure plan

Apr 15
CEDA welcomes inaugural Infrastructure SA Chair, Tony Shepard AO, to provide critical insight into the delivery of the State’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, which will prioritise spending on new infrastructure across a range of sectors up to 2040.


Tony Shepherd AO, Chair, Infrastructure SA Board
Rebecca Knol, Chief Executive, SACOME
Rt Hon Sandy Verschoor, Lord Mayor of Adelaide
Ross Womersley, Chief Executive Officer, SACOSS

Event overview

Infrastructure SA was established as a key election commitment of the State Government to ensure better infrastructure planning and more transparent decision-making based on what our state needs, as opposed to short-term political imperatives. It will consult widely with business, industry, government and the public to inform its work.
An independent body, Infrastructure SA will combine the expertise of the private and public sectors to develop the Strategy, an Annual Statement of Capital Intentions and project assurance frameworks, as well as advise the Premier on infrastructure planning, delivery and use.
Mr Shepherd will be joined by a panel of key industry leaders to provide their thoughts on the State’s critical infrastructure needs.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Infrastructure SA’s role and approach, and how your organisation can provide input into this critical process.

Event presentations

Tony Shepherd AO, Infrastructure SA Board MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote speaker

Tony Shepherd AO
Chair, Infrastructure SA Board

Tony is Chairman of Macquarie Specialised Management Limited (a global infrastructure fund), the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and the AFL GWS Giants.  He is also a Director of Menzies Research Centre, Virgin Australia International Holdings Limited and Racing NSW.  He is an advisor to the MUFG Bank, Ltd  and a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and Pacific Leadership & Governance precinct Executive Advisory Board.

Tony has had an extensive career in Australia and overseas in the private and public sectors.  He pioneered private infrastructure with projects such as the Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Melbourne City Link and East Link and a range of power stations, water treatment plants, railways and light rail.

Meet the panel

Rebecca Knol
Chief Executive, SACOME

Rebecca has a background in the mining and oil and gas sectors having worked for consultancy groups, mining and gas energy companies nationally and internationally.  With qualifications in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science and Business, Rebecca was awarded a Churchill Fellowship researching international trends and practices in mine closure, which led to the development of state and national guidelines for mine closure planning in Australia.

Her experience in mining operations in Africa and gas energy projects in Australia Pacific has given her the opportunity to manage HSE, External Relations & Community Relations teams. In Adelaide Rebecca was National Manager for Major Projects with Origin Energy and was responsible for the regulatory approvals of renewables and gas projects in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to taking on the role of CEO with SACOME Rebecca was managing an educational company which she founded.

Rt Hon Sandy Verschoor
Lord Mayor of Adelaide

Sandy was elected as an Area Councillor in the 2015 by-election and served as Deputy Lord Mayor from June 2017 to November 2018. She has had a career in both the public and private enterprise, not-for-profits, and Local and State government, including three years as General Manager City Culture and Community Services for the City of Adelaide.
Sandy has contributed to the success of Adelaide’s thriving arts and culture community for more than two decades, including having been CEO of the Adelaide Fringe and the Adelaide Festival, as well as producer of the Adelaide Festival of Ideas in 2018. She has been on numerous boards including the Adelaide Convention Bureau, Premier’s Climate Change Council, Adelaide Film Festival, Capital City Committee, as well as a trustee of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust and Chairs a disability housing solutions organisation Aliro Ltd.

Ross Womersley
Chief Executive Officer, SACOSS

Ross has had an extensive involvement in community services over many years and is driven by the idea that we live in a community in which everyone is included and has access the good things in life. He is the CEO of the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) – the peak body for the non-government community and health sector leading the fight against poverty. Across time he has filled many roles including as a manager, advocate, teacher, leader, evaluator, mentor and consultant.  He has served on a range of Boards and committees, has been deeply involved in both training and the evaluation of human services. Ross has a formal background and qualifications in Psychology.

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