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Former Bligh government minister Paul Lucas has been handed a job overseeing the delivery of Labor's Cross River Rail project in Brisbane.
Mr Lucas, a former transport minister and deputy premier, will on Monday be announced as the deputy chair of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Board.
Mr Lucas retired from politics at the 2012 state election and more recently has been running his own consulting firm and working as the non-executive director of Powerlink Queensland.
Frankie Carroll, the director general of the Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, will chair the board, in addition to continuing in his present role.
His department is charged with administering the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority Act 2016.
The board is designed to act as an independent, commercially focused statutory body to lead the development, procurement and delivery of Cross River Rail and "drive urban renewal" within the economic and development corridor.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the board had a mix of skills and experience from across the nation and the knowledge and drive to deliver Cross River Rail.
"[Mr Carroll's] infrastructure experience spans water, construction and energy and he already has a thorough understanding of Cross River Rail, which is essential for this role," Ms Trad said.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad says Cross River Rail will get commuters home faster and create thousands of jobs. Photo: SuppliedAlso on the board will be Infrastructure Association of Queensland co-founder Lucy Snelling, current NSW chief scientist and engineer Mary O'Kane and NRL Sydney Roosters executive John Lee.
The Commonwealth Games representative is Mike Mrdak, secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, and a Brisbane City Council nominee may be added.
Ms Trad said Cross River Rail would remove a bottleneck across the Brisbane River and free up the transport network across south-east Queensland.
"Cross River Rail will provide better connections across the region, getting commuters home faster and creating thousands of jobs," Ms Trad said.
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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