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McGowan calls in Helberg to helm Infrastructure WA

Philip Helberg will become Western Australia’s new Infrastructure WA CEO. He was formerly Department of Finance deputy director general and replaces Lance Glare who had been acting CEO since August 2019.

Premier Mark McGowan explained that Helberg’s role will focus on providing expert infrastructure advice to the Premier and State Government on the planning and implementation of infrastructure priorities and initiatives.

Helberg had previously led Building Management and Works, and the Strategic Projects arm of the Department of Finance, driving significant sector-wide reforms in infrastructure planning and development. He had previously overseen annual infrastructure programs in excess of $1 billion.

McGowan added that an extensive recruitment and selection process for the position was conducted, with a strong response of more than 70 applications received nationally.

“Philip’s extensive leadership experience in infrastructure roles in the private and public sectors will help drive the achievement of improved economic, social and environmental outcomes for the State.

“Infrastructure WA will provide the State Government with advice for private sector investment to continue to grow the economy and create a pipeline of jobs for Western Australians.

“I thank Lance Glare for his leadership as the Acting Chief Executive Officer since August 2019 and this appointment comes at an exciting time for Infrastructure WA, with the State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper being released later this month.”