BICTON resident Reece Waldock says the creation of the Mandurah train line was his proudest moment as the Director General and Commissioner of Main Roads WA.
Mr Waldock was also the chief executive of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) from 2003 until 2016 when he retired from both roles.
He has been appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia as part of the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List for his service to public administration, particularly to transport, planning and development in WA.
Mr Waldock said he loved boats and trains when he was a kid and this fascination with transport continued as an adult.
“I think the Mandurah train line changed the nature of Perth and I’m not sure how the southern suburbs would have coped without it,” he said.
“It’s always a challenge to plan and address transport issues while also getting bang for your buck.
“I think attitudes are changing, the Mandurah project took 15 years from planning until it opened and there were people lobbying against it.
“Nobody questions good public transport that connects with nodes though.”
He said he felt privileged to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
“What motivates me is to leave a long-term footprint and I’ve always enjoyed being a part of a team,” he said.
Mr Waldock is also the chairman of Lifeline WA and a board member of Infrastructure Australia.