The first quarter of 2012 has been an exciting time at AGIC.
We have consolidated our new board and completed and launched the Rating Tool, with successful, well-attended events in Canberra and Sydney. We are particularly appreciative of the support received from the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Anthony Albanese and the NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Brad Hazzard. We are in discussion with the proponents of several major infrastructure projects concerning the rating of their projects and expect to be in a position to announce these commitments shortly.
Our success over the last 4 years and in particular over the last few months would not have been possible without the ongoing commitment of our enthusiastic supporters and volunteers. We thank you. Similarly, our members and sponsors continue to make it all possible through their financial support. Thank you again.
Our foundation CEO, Doug Harland, retired from AGIC at the end of March. Doug has been a key member of the AGIC team since the beginning and his loyalty and enthusiasm have been unbounded. Members of the board recognised his contributions at a dinner in his honour in Sydney on 8 March and in Brisbane on Friday 30 March. Thank you Doug, from all of us at AGIC.
The Board has appointed Antony Sprigg as interim CEO from 1 April. Antony has a long history with AGIC, having been the Project Manager for the development of the Rating Tool during 2010-2011. More information on Antony can be found elsewhere in the newsletter; we are confident that Antony will help guide AGIC in this next important phase of development.
Finally, I am pleased to tell you that I have been invited by the Federal Minister for Climate Change, Greg Combet, to serve as one of seven members of the Independent Expert Panel to prepare a Climate Futures Report for Australia. My appointment – which relates to my role as AGIC Chairman - reflects the high respect in which AGIC is held in government circles. The appointment makes a very positive statement about AGIC.
The next few months will be equally exciting. We will complete the round of state and territory launches and continue to discuss project rating applications with project proponents. We have commenced training in the use of the tool and continue to make refinements to the tool itself.
We invite you to be with us on this journey.
Australian Green Infrastructure Council