Translink Division kicks off

The Translink Division responsible for all Queensland Government transport services has launched

Translink Division kicks off
New Translink division kicks off
August 7, 2012

The new Translink Division responsible for all Queensland Government transport services kicked off yesterday.

A division of Queensland’s transport department, headed by director-general Michael Caltabiano, the Translink Division integrates all Queensland Government transport services under the TransLink banner for the first time.

Former Translink Transit Authority’s CEO Neil Scales (pictured)
is leading the new Translink Division as the deputy director-general, overseeing three branches, all run by a general manager with associated executive directors.

Neil Scales effectively replaced UK-compatriot Peter Strachan as Translink CEO late last year.

About 18 percent or 1,970 full time equivalent corporate and support roles have been cut from the department and TransLink as part of the restructure, which is
forecasted to
save the government $287 million
in the next four years.

But Queensland Bus Industry Council executive director David Tape says it is too early to tell if the new structure will
benefit the bus

"We are just waiting for the dust to settle because as you know they are still doing staff changes and whatever else," Tape says.

"Time will tell."

In a release last week, Emerson says TransLink will no longer operate as a statutory authority confined to Queensland’s south-east corner.

"Instead it will become part of the department and will oversee the Qconnect bus network, TravelTrain services and school bus services, along with subsidised regional airline, coach and ferry services," he says.

"The Translink board will be removed and the department will remain in five divisions with the number of senior executives slashed by almost half from 37 to 21."

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