Australian Innovation

Building a More Sustainable Future

The new Built Environment Supplier Advocate, Mr John Gaskin, will help Australian companies identify opportunities and promote their interests in making major building projects and procurements more sustainable.

The Built Environment sector covers a wide range of industries and is key to the development, construction and maintenance of Australia’s vital infrastructure. It will play an important role as we rebuild after recent natural disasters.

Announcing the appointment, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said that Mr Gaskin would help Australian companies develop and market their capability so they can access major projects.

“This appointment is part of the Government’s Clean 21 election commitment, which is designed to equip Australian manufacturing for a stronger, cleaner and greener future,” Senator Carr said.

“With over 25 years experience in the industry, Mr Gaskin is an ideal appointment. He is a talented business manager, is a past president of the Master Builders Association of Queensland and has previously held senior positions with Multiplex Queensland, Watkins Ltd and Watpac Australia.

“He will work closely with industry stakeholders, including my Built Environment Industry Innovation Council, to deliver a whole of industry approach and ensure activities are targeted and effective to achieve long-lasting outcomes.

“Mr Gaskin will play an important role as we rebuild from recent natural disasters by promoting sustainable technologies for the reconstruction effort.”

The Australian Government’s $8.2 million Supplier Advocate Program funds the appointment of prominent business figures to champion Australian suppliers in major procurements.

Supplier advocates work cooperatively with industry to enhance industry competitiveness, improve tendering practices and increase the use of government programs. Advocates have also been appointed in rail, information technology, clean technologies and water.

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