Transport Minister Murray Criddle today announced the appointment of Transport senior executive Greg Martin to the position of acting Commissioner of Main Roads.
Mr Martin will take over from Ross Drabble, who will switch to a key role of advising the Government on major transport infrastructure issues.
"Our decision to appoint Greg Martin to the top job at Main Roads follows a period of major change in that organisation which has seen the agency move away from its traditional role in road and bridge-building," Mr Criddle said.
"Main Roads is now the supervisor-manager and not the builder of the State's road transport infrastructure and Greg Martin's brief is to refine systems and streamline procedures to ensure optimum value for the taxpayer dollar.
"Main Roads currently has an annual budget of approximately $680 million, compared with just $360 million a year in 1992-93.
"Greg Martin has had wide and diverse experience in Government and will be moving from his current post as executive director of Metropolitan Transport and CEO of MetroBus.
"Ross Drabble will provide the Government with critical analyses on major transport initiatitives where his experience in road-rail issues will be invaluable."
Greg Martin will take up his position at Main Roads immediately and Ross Drabble, who joined Main Roads in August 1997 after a period as Commissioner for Westrail, will commence his new duties from next week.
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