NSW Major Projects Conference 2017

14-15 November 2017
International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW

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Day 1 - 14th November 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

*Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Federal Government (Invited)

Hon Darren Chester MP
09:50 - 10:20

Latest updates for Sydney Metro - Australia’s largest Public Transport Project
Sydney Metro is Australia’s largest public transport project. It is a new standalone railway network that is expected to revolutionize the way Sydney travels.

  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest
  • Sydney Metro NorthWest
  • Sydney Metro West

Tom Gellibrand, Deputy Program Director – Sydney Metro, Transport for NSW

Tom Gellibrand
10:20 - 10:50

Inland Rail – Latest Updates

  • Inland Rail is an investment in strategic infrastructure for the future, providing capacity to serve the east coast freight market for the next century. This landmark project is expected to be an important contributor to national productivity by reducing train operating costs and improving service standards.
  • Inland Rail is expected to address the growing freight task by helping to move freight transport off the congested road network and will provide an enhanced link between Queensland and southern Australia, including Adelaide and Perth, ensuring resilience and greater flexibility for the existing rail network and allowing freight travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne to bypass the busy Sydney network.

Simon Thomas, Programme Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

Simon Thomas
10:50 - 11:10

Sydney CBD and Southeast Light Rail Project Updates
With Sydney’s population expected to grow by 1.6 million people over the next two decades, a modern efficient transport system such as the light Rail is

  • Latest construction updates
  • Opportunities

Andrew Summers, Project Director, Sydney Light Rail Delivery Office, Transport for NSW

Andrew Summers
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Delivering Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project – WestConnex

  • Project update
  • New M4 and tolling
  • Duplicating the M5 East
  • Linking the M4 and M5

Dennis Cliche, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Dennis Cliche
12:00 - 12:20

Parramatta Light Rail Project
Parramatta Light Rail is a major infrastructure project being delivered to serve a growing Sydney. Stage 1 will connect Westmead to Parramatta and Carlingford via Camellia with a two-way track spanning 12 kilometres. This will be the first stage of the Parramatta Light Rail Project and is expected to open in 2023.

  • Project Overview
  • Benefits

Tim Poole, Program Director – Parramatta Light Rail, Transport for NSW

Tim Poole
12:20 - 12:40

Transforming Education for a Growing NSW: School Infrastructure Capital Works Program

  • The NSW Government will spend a record $4.2 billion over the next four years on capital expenditure to cater for surging enrolments.
  • More than 120 new school and major upgrade projects will start in the next two financial years in response to unprecedented forecast enrolment growth of 164,000 more students in government schools by 2031.
  • School Infrastructure NSW
  • Overview of School Assets Strategic Plan (SASP)

Anthony Manning, Chief Executive Officer, School Infrastructure NSW

Anthony Manning
12:40 - 13:00

Address by Bronze Sponsor

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Western Sydney Local Health District Capital Works program
To meet the future demand Western Sydney Local Health District has embarked on multimillion dollar capital redevelopments at major teaching hospitals that will change the landscape of healthcare delivery, research and education in Sydney’s west

  • Westmead Hospital Redevelopment updates
    : The Westmead Redevelopment will transform the Westmead precinct into an innovative, contemporary and integrated centre delivering high quality healthcare, education and research for decades to come.
  • Blacktown Hospital and Mount Druitt Hospital Expansion – stage 2

Leena Singh, Director – Strategic Business Development & Commercial Services, Western Sydney Local Health District

Leena Singh
14:20 - 14:40

Efficiently Servicing the Container Transport Needs of a Growing Sydney

  • Intermodal terminals as a sustainable and practical transport solution to meet the challenge of Sydney's growing freight volumes

Simon Morgan, Director - Government and Communications, Australian Logistics Council

Simon Morgan
14:40 - 15:30

Panel Discussion
The Rising Sydney Property Market and the Housing Affordability Conundrum

  • How high can the Sydney property Market go?
  • Factors contributing to the rise in property prices across Sydney
  • Tackling Housing Affordability in an era of rising property prices
  • Affordable Housing and the future of Australian Cities

Dr. Andrew Wilson, Chief Economist, Domain Group
Jane Fitzgerald, NSW Executive Director, Property Council Australia
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC
Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Dr. Andrew Wilson Jane Fitzgerald Paul Bloxham Wendy Hayhurst
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Driving Future Job Creation for NSW: Fostering the Creation and Growth of Start-ups for the State’s Long Term Economic Development
Jobs for NSW is a NSW Government agency that supports industries and entrepreneurial businesses that generate sustainable jobs across the state. As a new organisation, it focused on establishing the groundwork to meet the long-term mission of enabling jobs creation now and in the future. Jobs for NSW worked on four significant areas:

  • Established the four-year $190 million Jobs for NSW Fund
  • Completed the groundbreaking ‘Jobs for the Future’ research
  • Managed legacy programs
  • Supported regional NSW

*Karen Borg, Chief Executive Officer, Jobs for NSW

16:20 - 16:40

Future Transport Strategy for NSW: Transforming Transport for the State

The Future Transport Strategy is Transport for NSW’s new approach to planning transport and engaging our customers. It will be a 20 to 40 year strategy focusing on customer needs and the technological, economic and social changes ahead.

  • Using new tools for engaging customers, communities and businesses to develop better plans to meet the future challenges and opportunities.
  • The Future Transport Technology Roadmap: Launched for feedback on 2 November 2016  and published in April 2017, the Roadmap aims to unlock the full value of NSW’s transport networks, and customise and personalise transport services to create a better experience for customers.

Kate Wickett, Project Director - Future Transport, Transport for NSW

Kate Wickett
16:40 - 16:45

MC Closes

16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 15th November 2017
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

Hon Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Member for Oxley

Hon Melinda Pavey MP
09:50 - 10:20

Transforming Sydney Harbour: Plans for a reinvisioned Garden Island in Sydney

  • Garden Island is foreseen to be a wonderful opportunity for Sydney to develop a new precinct by the harbour for residential, sport, leisure, tourism and cultural purposes
  • The visionary idea has three distinct stages, beginning with a new cruise terminal added to the current naval use, before apartments and other world-class amenities are added to the prime waterside precinct.

Chris Johnson, CEO, Urban Taskforce Australia

Chris Johnson
10:20 - 10:50

Western Sydney Aerotropolis: Leveraging the Western Sydney Airport to Drive Economic Activity
Population growth, labour force and good surface transportation are critical factors for successful aerotropolis development in addition to a quality commercial airport. The Western Sydney Airport along with the significant investments in road infrastructure are expected to propel the development of a Western Sydney Aerotropolis.

  • Transforming Western Sydney’s economy
  • Getting the planning right for the aerotropolis

Matt Coetzee, Managing Principal, Environment and Planning, Aurecon

Matt Coetzee
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:50

NSW Government’s Mission to Improve Housing Affordability

  • The NSW’s government’s $73.3 billion investment in transport over the next four years offers an opportunity to examine how more homes could be provided along modernised transport corridors in priority precincts in greenfield and established areas.
  • Priority Precincts provide a planned approach to growth in Sydney, with new homes and jobs located close to public transport, shops and services, while retaining and enhancing a community’s character.  
  • Planning for these areas is coordinated by state and local government which helps ensure infrastructure such as schools, parks, community facilities, public transport and road upgrades are delivered to support community needs.
  • Fifteen new Priority Precincts were identified by the Minister for Planning and include Belmore and Lakemba; Burwood, Strathfield and Homebush; Campsie and Canterbury; Cherrybrook; Frenchs Forest; Glenfield; Leppington Town Centre; Anzac Parade; Riverwood; Schofields Town Centre; Seven Hills; St Leonards and Crows Nest; Telopea; Turrella and Bardwell Park; Wentworthville; and Westmead.

Amanda Chadwick, Executive Director – Office of Housing Coordination, Department of Planning and Environment, NSW

Amanda Chadwick
11:50 - 12:20

Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan

  • Delivering Western Sydney’s transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build a stronger and more prosperous Western Sydney by investing over $3 billion over 10 years in major infrastructure upgrades that will transform the region's economy.

*Dr. Kevin Doherty, General Manager – Western Sydney Program Office, Roads and Maritime Services NSW

12:20 - 12:50

Major Projects Shaping Parramatta
Rejuvenation of the $2 billion Parramatta Square precinct

  • Parramatta Square is one of the largest urban renewal projects in Australia. It is set to transform Parramatta’s core into a vibrant mixed-use hub, accommodating a substantial new public domain with more than 240,000sqm of mixed-use development and new Council facilities.
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Coordinating Major Transport Projects to Keep Sydney Moving

Marg Prendergast, Coordinator General – Transport Coordination, Transport for NSW

Marg Prendergast
14:10 - 14:30

Newcastle Light Rail

The NSW Government is investing over $500 million through the Revitalising Newcastle program to transform Newcastle – bringing people back to the city centre, creating job opportunities, new public spaces, and improved transport. Light rail is an important part of the Revitalising Newcastle program and is expected to deliver frequent and reliable connections to key activity precincts to reinvigorate Newcastle’s once thriving main streets

  • Project overview
  • Construction updates
  • Benefits

*Anand Thomas, Program Director - Newcastle Transport Program, Infrastructure and Services - Transport for NSW

14:30 - 15:00

Redefining the Future of High Speed Ground Transportation in Australia: Investigating Hyperloop
Hyperloop is an elevated tube network held at near vacuum in which a pod travels within in, transporting both passengers and cargo at the speed of sound (1,200 km p/h).

Ultraspeed Australia is working with Hyperloop One on this radically new transport project for Australia.

  • Hyperloop explained
  • Construction updates

Sean Duggan, Director, Ultraspeed Australia

Sean Duggan
15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion

Tackling Congestion for A Growing Sydney

A surge in population growth and the ensuing construction boom has resulted in traffic gridlock on Sydney’s roads. Managing more congested roads is one of the most significant challenges of rapid population growth and has been the focus of a succession of state governments. This panel of experts will discuss ways to unlock Sydney’s traffic gridlock and debate the role of technology in addressing this issue.

  • Congestion charging the way to go?
  • Intelligent Transport Systems to Tackle Congestion
  • Building on emerging technologies and shifting our focus towards customised travel
  • Priority Projects to Reduce Traffic Congestion: Is more public transport the answer?
  • How should we address the city’s future bottlenecks?

David Hensher, Founding Director, Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney
*S Travis Waller, Advisian Professor of Transport Innovation, Director - Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI), UNSW
Prof. Glenn Geers, Principal Engineer - Network Operations and Management, ARRB
*Steven Head, Network General Manager, Roads and Maritime Services NSW

David Hensher Prof. Glenn Geers
15:45 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:20


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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14-15 November 2017

International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW

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