Board

The Queensland Reconstruction Board

Under the Queensland Reconstruction Authority Act 2011, the key purpose of the Queensland Reconstruction Board is to oversee the operations of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA).

The functions of the Board are to:

  • set QRA’s strategic priorities
  • ensure QRA performs its function and exercises it powers in an appropriate, effective and efficient way
  • make recommendations to the Minister about: priorities for community infrastructure; other property and community services needed for the protection, rebuilding and recovery of affected communities; and the need for the declaration of declared projects and reconstruction areas.

Board membership

Membership of the Queensland Reconstruction Board consists of:

Chair, Queensland Reconstruction Authority 

  • Mr Michael Walsh, former Director-General of Queensland Health

Members

  • Two members nominated by the Australian Government:
    • vacant, to be advised.
    • vacant, to be advised.
  • One member nominated by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ):
    • Ms Margaret de Wit, former President of LGAQ and former Councillor for Brisbane City Council for the Pullenvale ward.
  • Other members with expertise or experience in engineering, planning or another field considered appropriate by the Minister:
    • Dr Anne Swinbourne, Senior Lecturer, James Cook University with a strong background in human and social projects, such as community mental health and indigenous community development.
    • Dr Robert Glasser, previously held the role of Head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and was Secretary General of CARE internationals and chief executive of CARE Australia.
    • Ms Kirsty Kelly, a leader in built environment with broad experience in urban and regional planning and has held positions on the Board of Directors or executive committees of the Planning Institute of Australia, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council and Australian Institute of Urbans Studies.
    • Ms Belinda Murphy, former Mayor of McKinlay Shire Council and has held membership on a number of boards, including as Chair of Outback Queensland Tourism Association and Director of the Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund.
    • Ms Louise Abell, managed and delivered multiple high-value infrastructure and technical projects at state, national and international levels. She holds expertise in regulatory and governance frameworks and conditions, financial and commercial requirements, negotiation and contract management, and is a fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.
    • The State Disaster Coordinator (from the Queensland Police Service).