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Newman plans highway solution

The Bruce highway.
The Bruce highway. John McCutcheon

QUEENSLAND'S troublesome regional highways will benefit from a new problem solver as part of the new government's bureaucratic reshuffle.

In one of his first steps to create greater government accountability, Premier Campbell Newman announced six new departmental heads in Brisbane today.

Former Liberal MP Michael Caltabiano, a civil engineer who has worked on large infrastructure projects nationally and internationally, is now the director-general of Queensland's Main Roads and Transport.

Mr Newman said Mr Caltabiano, replacing Dave Stewart, would be in charge of the fixing the Bruce and Warrego highways.

"He is particularly in charge of the whole Bruce Highway crisis management action plan and getting the Warrego Highway issues - second range crossings - sorted out as well," he said.

"I think he is going to make a great contribution there."

In other announcements, Mr Newman appointed Helen Gluer as Queensland's first female under treasurer.

Currently the deputy chancellor of Queensland University of Technology, Mrs Gluer will work under Tim Nicholls, who was appointed treasurer yesterday.

Three former Brisbane City Council colleagues will take the helm of key departments.

Formerly the council's city planning and sustainability divisional manager,  Andrew Chesterman is now Department of Environment and Resource Management director general.

"He is enthusiastic, highly skilled, his job will be to overtake DERM and undertake a sweeping of that department," Mr Newman explained.

As the new Department of Communities director general , Margret Allison has the job of "really sorting out" child safety and child protection issues.

The council's infrastructure manager Barry Broe is now coordinator general.

Asked whether he was stripping the talent from his old stomping ground, Mr Newman said the lord mayor would be better placed to answer. 

Former public servant David Edwards will head Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation. 

Topics:  bruce highway, campbell newman, department of transport and main roads, michael caltabiano, warrego highway


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