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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 61 TOP 100 COVER STORY Colin Jensen, 46 Chief Executive, Brisbane City Council, Brisbane Civil engineer, Queensland University of Technology Colin Jensen was appointed chief executive of Brisbane City Council in August 2010. It is Australia s largest local government, with a 2010/11 budget of $2.8 billion and some 9000 staff. "In the aftermath of the recent flood disaster, coor- dinating the disaster response for the city (for example ensuring that the evacuees could be sheltered and then relocated within a few days and that sufficient sandbags were available to minimise the impact of the flooding) and moving immediately into coordinating the ongoing restoration of usual services and recovery effort was a unique experience," he said. "Although the January flood is not a situation that I would wish to reoccur, it has been a privilege to see the organisation really respond when it was needed the most. One resident, who experienced both the 1974 flood and the recent flood, said that more had been achieved in three days in January 2011 than in three months in 1974 . "I want to continue to create the conditions for the Brisbane City Council to be a sustainable organisation that learns, grows and adapts to the changing needs of the people we serve." Jensen is a director of the Brisbane Institute, Australia TradeCoast, Brisbane Green Heart CitySmart, Brisbane Tolling and the City of Brisbane Investment Corporation. He is also on the board of the TransLink Transit Author- ity, TransApex and Urban Futures Brisbane. Public Service Gary Liddle 58 Chief Executive of VicRoads, Victorian Government, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Gary Liddle has guided VicRoads through a year of historically high investment in major roads, a record low road toll and a change of government. In addition, stronger links have been forged with transport, planning and justice agencies to ensure more effective advice and delivery of projects and services. Liddle has also overseen the response and recovery efforts following flooding, which saw over 60 of VicRoads arterial roads closed and in excess of $130 million of damage. Liddle is a supporter of the Great Victorian Bike Ride and the Ride to Work Day. "Being an avid cyclist as well as a regular driver helps me to understand the needs of different types of road users. It s important that everyone respects each other on the roads and shares the roads responsibly." He is chairman of Austroads, the Association of Australian and New Zealand road transport and traffic authorities, chairman of the Australian Chapter of the Road En- gineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA) and a member of the REAAA Governing Council. He is also chair of the Productivity & Efficiency Standing Sub- Committee on Transport, chair of the board overseeing the Council of Australian Governments road reform plan looking at the feasibility of mass-distance location pricing for heavy vehicles, and a member of the board guiding the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator. Liddle is a board member of the Australian Road Research Board Group and the Linking Melbourne Authority. He is also a director of the Children of Cambodia Foun- dation, which supports primary school children in the Siem Reap region of Cambodia.