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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Gary Liddle 57 Chief Executive of VicRoads, Victorian Government, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne As chief executive of VicRoads, Gary Liddle leads Victoria s road infrastructure and safety upgrades in collaboration with local councils and the state s Department of Transport. According to Lid- dle, drivers are already benefiting from Vi- cRoads projects im- plemented as part of the $38 billion dollar Victorian Transport Plan. Completed projects include the Springvale Road separation. Ongoing projects include upgrading the M80 Ring Road and a $1.39 billion partnership with Transurban to improve the Monash-CityLink-Westgate freeway. In country areas, sections of the Princes Highway and the Western Highway are being upgraded, Liddle said. According to Liddle, the agency is working to relieve congestion in city areas and maintain 80,000km of regional roads. Liddle chairs the board overseeing the Council of Aus- tralian Governments road reform plan. He is also a board member of the Australian Road Research Board Group and the Linking Melbourne Au- thority. David Stewart, 46 Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government, Brisbane Civil engineer, Queensland University of Technology David Stewart is the director-general of the new combined Queensland Department of Trans- port and Main Roads. Recent highlights for the department include the completion of several signi cant construction projects, such as the Gateway Bridge, the Eastern and Boggo Road Busways and sections of the Ipswich Motorway, plus upgrades to Brisbane s rail system, he said. The department has also been involved in new road and bridge projects in regional Queensland, new bus and rail services, rural airstrips and implementation of road safety policies, such as fatigue laws for heavy vehicles. e department employs around 9000 sta . Its recurrent budget for 2010/11 is $3.655 billion while its capital budget is $3.648 billion. Stewart is a member of the TransLink Transit Authority and Queensland University of Tech- nology s CEO Strategy Group. He has also been appointed as a government champion for the community of Pormpuraaw on the west coast of Cape York. His job is to overcome administrative barriers to e ective government services to the community s 670 residents. In addition to his bachelor degree, Stewart completed an MBA at Queensland University of Technology, a master of engineering science, construction and project management at the University of NSW and Harvard University s Executive Program. 56 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 Jim Hallion, 55 Chief Executive, Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, South Australian Government, Adelaide Civil engineer, University of Adelaide Jim Hallion is chief executive of the South Australian Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, which is responsible for the state s transport network, energy policy and regulation, building management, land services, government information tech- nology investment and services, and infrastructure planning. In particular, the department manages the state s arterial and outback roads, rail and maritime infrastructure, and public transport. He said that recent achievements include the completion of the Port Wake eld Road Upgrade, the Gallipoli Underpass to South Road tra c, the Glenelg Tram Overpass; extension of the tram network to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre and renewal of the Belair rail line. Speaking to the Australia and New Zealand School of Gov- ernment last October, Hallion explained that his department is striving to meet the targets outlined in the SA Strategic Plan. e document established 98 objectives for the period 2004-2014. Hallion chairs the Australian Maritime Group and is a member of the Infrastructure Australia Council, the Australian Logistics Council, the Australian Road Forum, and several other boards and committees. In addition to his engineering quali cations, Hallion holds a graduate diploma in applied nance and investment from the Securities Institute.