Infrastructure NSW (INSW) was created by the O’Farrell Liberal Government in 2011. Its first chairman was former Premier, Nick Greiner, who served a term of two years. I have chaired the Board since July 2013.
When it was established, INSW was a unique and, I believe, innovative governance framework for the prioritisation of public expenditure on physical, economic and social infrastructure. Previously, there were a variety of infrastructure advisory organisations among the Australian states, but none had the independent structure of INSW, nor its wide scope of responsibilities.
I believe INSW is a commendable and, indeed, courageous governance structure aimed at taking much of the parochial politics out of the process of setting priorities for infrastructure development by capital-constrained governance.