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Premier Steven Marshall has appointed six business leaders to his Economic Advisory Council, including a former BHP executive and a prominent local banker.

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The first of several non-elected bodies that will help guide the Marshall Government’s agenda, the council has been established to provide “strategic advice” to the Premier on policy designed to stimulate economic and jobs growth.

The council will include former BHP Olympic Dam boss Jacqui McGill, physicist Tanya Monro, BankSA chief executive Nick Reade,  tech entrepreneur Geoff Rohrsheim, tourism veteran Bill Spurr, and Christine Zeitz, a businesswoman with long experience in defence and technology companies.

Monro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at UniSA, provides some continuity with the previous State Government’s key economic advisory body, the Economic Development Board, which Marshall had criticised for being expensive and ineffective.

The EDB held its last meeting in June and was formally dissolved at the end of that month.

The new advisory council is considerably smaller than the 14-member EDB and, in contrast to its predecessor, members won’t be paid for their time.

“South Australia is home to some of the sharpest and most progressive minds across industry who constantly challenge the status quo to drive superior economic performance,’’ Marshall said in a statement today.

“My government was elected on a platform of reinvigorating and growing our state’s economy, through lower taxes and increased exports and investment, and the Economic Advisory Council will provide invaluable advice to me as we deliver on that commitment.”

Marshall is also planning to introduce Infrastructure SA, which will advise the Government on infrastructure priorities, and an SA Productivity Commission, which will “focus on reducing regulations and improving service delivery to support South Australia’s economic recovery”.

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