18 May 2021

Transport chief to leave ACT Public Service

| Ian Bushnell
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Director-General Emma Thomas, ACT Light Rail Chair Damien Haas, Meegan Fitzharris, and Shane Rattenbury at the launch of Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate in 2016. Photo: TCCS

The ACT Government has lost its key transport bureaucrat only weeks out from the launch of light rail and the new bus network, but it might be a case of ‘mission accomplished’.

Minister for Transport Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for City Services Chris Steel announced late on Thursday (28 March) that Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) Director-General Emma Thomas would be leaving the ACT Public Service.

During her time at TCCS, Ms Thomas was responsible for a number of key projects, including Stage 1 of the light rail network, for which she was brought to Canberra to help deliver.

“Emma has supported the Government for a number of years and provided excellent advice to me and to the Government. She is highly regarded as an outstanding leader within TCCS, the ACT Public Service and in her many engagements with stakeholders and members of our community. I especially valued her leadership role in the establishment of a new Directorate in developing a shared sense of purpose amongst a large workforce delivering services for our community every day,” Ms Fitzharris said.

“While I am sad to see her go, Emma has helped the Government deliver on significant commitments, including stage one of light rail, a new bus network, the city wide rollout of green bins and significant road upgrades across the ACT.”

Mr Steel said that he was proud of the achievements they had made in the city services portfolio since he entered the Ministry.

“Emma has been at the forefront on how we engaged the community through the Better Suburbs Forum to enhance the delivery of better city services in suburbs across the Territory,” Mr Steel said.

“Emma’s contribution is evident across so many areas of our work including building high-quality public spaces in Canberra, our ‘smart city’ LED streetlight replacement program, our nation-leading work on our approach to plastics, as well as delivering key roads projects.”

Ms Thomas was appointed as founding head of the Capital Metro Agency in October 2013. When Transport Canberra was formed on 1 July 2016, she led the establishment of the new Transport Canberra and City Services Directorate.

Ms Thomas will finish in the job on 30 April following the start of light rail Stage 1 on 20 April. A process to identify her successor will start immediately.

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