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First industry innovation council chair announced.

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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research today announced the appointment of Ms Sue Holliday as the inaugural chair of the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.

The council will be the first in a series of Industry Innovation Councils to be established by the Rudd Government to help transform and improve the competitiveness of Australian industry.

"Industry Innovation Councils such as this will bring together the ideas and expertise of business leaders, union representatives, experts from professional organisations, and the science and research community," Senator Carr said.

"This council will provide critical leadership to the built environment sector. It will communicate the Government's innovation policies and goals, build relationships and linkages with the Enterprise Connect Network and others in the supply chain.

"I am extremely pleased that Ms Holliday has agreed to take on this important role as chair of the council. Ms Holliday's expertise in strategic urban planning and comprehensive career in government and regulatory environments will bring strong leadership, vision and extensive experience to the role," Senator Carr said.

Ms Holliday said she was extremely honoured to accept the role.

"This council is an exciting initiative that will bring together key leaders in innovation from across the built environment sector," Ms Holliday said.

"Facilitating dialogue across this diverse sector and promoting whole-of-industry responses to Government priorities such as climate change, sustainability, social inclusion, regulatory reform and productivity will be key challenges for the council."

The building and construction industry makes a significant contribution to Australia's economy and society. It contributes around $67 billion to GDP, provides jobs for nearly one million Australians and generates exports of nearly $150 million.

Additional members of the council are expected to be appointed by the end of September with the first meeting to be held by the end of the year.

Ms Sue Holliday's biography is below.

Innovation Minister > Senator the Hon Kim Carr

Media Release

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

02 Sep 2008

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Media contact: Patrick Pantano, Minister's Office, 0417 181 936


Sue Holliday is a City Planner and Economist. She is Managing Director, Strategies for Change, an urban strategy consultancy.

Sue was the Director General of Planning in NSW from 1997 to 2003.Prior to that, she had a 25 year career with the NSW State Government where she directed many of the most important urban renewal and metropolitan development projects in NSW including the Sydney Olympics 2000, Walsh Bay and Ultimo Pyrmont.

She was instrumental in establishing the Australian Green Building Council, and was an inaugural Board member of that council She is a Director of the Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation in Sydney, and has recently been appointed by the Federal Government to the National Housing Supply Council.

She is the Immediate Past President of the Planning Institute of Australia.

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