CEO Joe Barr on transforming communities

John Holland CEO Joe Barr explained to the Australian Financial Review’s national infrastructure summit today that whether you are building a mega-project like the West Gate Tunnel or delivering a local road upgrade – communities deserve to be involved every step of the way.

“These projects last for five, six years. So there is no other way than to make sure we are actively and proactively engaging the communities where we work,” Mr Barr said.

Mr Barr was speaking on a panel of experts about the future of Australian infrastructure, moderated by the AFR’s Editor in Chief Michael Stutchbury.

“Things like the West Gate Tunnel, will take an enormous amount of trucks off the road in Melbourne – as does Westconnex in Sydney – and that is a longer-term gain,” he said.

“Some of the things both our government clients and the industry is doing is making sure we have community engagement, local employment, local procurement, and really communicate what is happening.

“We can’t stop the disruption, because that will be there, but we can make life more predictable and give people an opportunity to be involved in the process.”

John Holland is currently delivering all of Australia’s infrastructure mega-projects such as Sydney Metro and the Melbourne Metro. These projects will transform communities, making journeys quicker and safer, and giving people more time for what matters.