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Top 100 : 2011
66 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 Politics/Other In front of the Parliament of Western Australia are Greg Martin (l) and Bill Marmion. PHOTO: MICHAEL BAIN Bill Marmion, 57 Minister for Environment and Water, WA Government, Perth Member for Nedlands Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Following a Cabinet reshuffle in December 2010, Bill Marmion is now Minister for Environment and Water and as such is responsible for the Department of Water, the Water Corporation and the Depart- ment of Environment and Conservation. His former portfolios included commerce, sci- ence, innovation and housing and he also assisted the WA treasurer. Marmion said he hopes "to achieve a level of development that ensures Western Australia con- tinues in its prosperity while ensuring its natural environmental features are protected. As an engineer I have a unique perspective with which to tackle the challenges ahead." In his home electorate, Marmion is pursuing improved public transportation and related ameni- ties, especially around its medical precinct, for those who are unable or prefer not to drive. Marmion is a past president of Engineers Aus- tralia s WA Division. He is married and has five children. Greg Martin, 65 Chair, National Transport Commission. He lives in Perth. Civil engineer, University of Western Australia Greg Martin quickly found himself in the position of chair of the Na- tional Transport Commission (NTC) after being first appointed as deputy chairman in April 2008. Just a few months later he took up the role of chair after his predecessor Michael Deegan was appointed infrastructure coordinator at Infrastructure Australia in July of that year. The NTC is responsible for developing and maintaining nationally consistent regulatory and operational reform relating to road, rail and intermodal transport. Martin also currently holds positions as professor of Planning and Transport Studies at Curtin University and executive director of the Plan- ning and Transport Research Centre of Western Australia. His contribution to Western Australia s transport governance, infra- structure, road use, public transport and planning of land use has not gone unnoticed. He was awarded the Australian Honours, Public Service Medal in 2008 and the 2010 Transport Medal by Engineers Australia. Martin said that the chance to contribute to transport reforms which make a significant difference to the country motivated him to join the NTC. "It s incredibly rewarding working collaboratively with our industry and government partners across the reform lifecycle to bring about positive changes for a seamless national economy," he said.