Louise McCormick

Louise McCormick’s impact throughout Northern Australia has been incredibly significant. As the Northern Territory’s Infrastructure Commissioner, her leadership benefits the entire community and economy, making the Northern Territory safer, more accessible and better able to do business. She takes a whole-of-region view to ensure transport systems work together to lift productivity, enhance community amenity and create jobs.

Throughout her career, Louise has nurtured meaningful and enduring relationships with stakeholders including industry and peak bodies, other jurisdictional colleagues, Aboriginal Land Councils and Traditional Owners.

As General Manager Transport and Civil Services in the NT Government, Louise was responsible for 22,000km of roads. With 70 per cent of the NT road network unsealed and subject to climatic extremes, Louise implemented a new rolling upgrade program for strategic transport corridors over longer periods of time. This improved the affordability of works and created certainty around the project pipeline – allowing industry to provide more sustainable jobs, and to train and employ more Aboriginal people from remote communities.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Louise was responsible for ensuring freight continued flowing to Territory communities in a COVID-safe way and without disadvantaging Territorians.

Louise is Deputy Chair of the Austroads Board, a member of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), the Infrastructure Investment Forum and the I-Body National Forum. She generously mentors and develops emerging leaders in transport and is a foundation member of the National Women in Transport Speaker Bureau.

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