NSW Major Projects Conference 2016

15-16 November 2016
Doltone House | Hyde Park
Sydney, NSW

Conference Agenda

» Day 1 - 15th November 2016

» Day 2 - 16th November 2016

Day 1 - 15th November 2016
07:50 - 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 - 10:00

WestConnex Update
To date, WestConnex has let contracts to projects valued at almost $9b. It is the largest transport and urban renewal project in Australia and a critical part of the NSW Government’s integrated transport solution to keep Sydney moving.

  • Project Update
  • Gearing up to procure for the M4-M5 Link
  • Creating 10,000 jobs, easing congestion & connecting communities - More than $20b in economic benefits
  • The WestConnex legacy

Dennis Cliche, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Dennis Cliche
10:00 - 10:20

NorthConnex Update

The NSW and Federal Governments, Transurban and the Westlink M7 Shareholders are constructing twin nine kilometre tunnels to link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga and the Hills M2 at West Pennant Hills. On completion, the $3 billion dollar project will link Sydney’s north to the orbital network and will remove up to 5000 trucks a day from Pennant Hills Rd. Lend Lease Bouygues Joint Venture began construction in June 2015 with an expected completion date of late 2019.

  • Major challenges in delivering a high standard motorway with minimal impact on society and environment during construction
  • Update on progress to date

Stephen Cornish, Program Director - NorthConnex, Transurban

Stephen Cornish
10:20 - 10:40

The CLARA Plan: SMART Cities and High Speed Rail

CLARA’s privately-funded plan will address the widely recognised issue of over-crowding that faces Sydney and Melbourne. The plan is to build new regional, compact, sustainable, smart-cities and connect them by most advanced high speed rail.

Nick Cleary, Founder and Chairman, CLARA

Nick Cleary
10:40 - 11:00

Overview of 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.

  • What's involved in delivering Australia’s first fully-automated railway system?
  • Project timelines discussing next phases of Northwest & Southwest corridors

Rodd Staples, Program Director, Sydney Metro

Rodd Staples
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Innovative Construction Technologies for Large Infrastructure Projects

Alessandro Atzori, Key Account Manager NSW, Sarens Australia

Alessandro Atzori
12:00 - 12:30

Sydney Light Rail CBD and South East Light Rail

This presentation will provide an overview and update of the $2.1 billion Light Rail Project. With Sydney’s population expected to grow by 1.6 million over the next two decades, a modern efficient transport system such as the light rail is expected to transform the city by offering a high capacity, reliable and a sustainable mode of public transport.

  • Impact of the project on increasing capacity of road network
  • Developing a reliable public transport network
  • Update on Project status

Andrew Summers, Project Director - Sydney Light Rail, Transport for NSW

Andrew Summers
12:30 - 13:00

Greater West City Aerotropolis

The new airport at Badgerys Creek is expected to form the heart of a new “aerotropolis” to be called the Greater West City, featuring universities, hi-tech industries, convention centres, produce markets, hotels and even sporting stadiums. Two booming new mini-cities are expected to be built to service the new airport. A north city and south city are expected to be built by 2050, anchoring a population explosion of 250,000 people in the immediate airport zone.

Presentation by the Greater Sydney Commission.

Professor Edward Blakely, District Commissioner - West Central, Greater Sydney Commission

Professor Edward Blakely
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan
Western Sydney’s population is expected to grow by 50% to more than 3 million by 2031. With it being Australia's third largest economy and contributing nearly one third of Sydney's gross regional product, major infrastructure investment that supports regional movement, the expanding economy and sustainable local job creation is paramount. The Australian and NSW governments are funding the 10 year, $3.6 billion Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan (WSIP) to improve road reliability, capacity and connectivity ahead of future traffic demand. WSIP provides around 61km of new and upgraded road, of which half is now either under construction or at tender phase. WSIP roads will form the backbone of an enhanced regional network that supports and enables development of the new western Sydney airport as well as the new employment, priority growth and priority land release areas.  

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

Dr. Kevin Doherty
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion:
Future of Transportation: Looking Ahead

  • Ride Sharing
  • Autonomous Driving Technology
  • IoT in Transportation and Logistics
  • Drones in Transportation
  • High Speed Rail (HSR) vs HyperLoop

Chris Pettit, Professor of Urban Science, Associate Director, City Futures Research Centre - University of New South Wales
Gen Liston, Head of Partnerships and Marketing, GoCatch
James Rennie, Director, Australian UAV
Prof. Rico Merkert, Professor and Chair in Transport and Supply Chain Management, Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney Business School

Chris Pettit Gen Liston James Rennie Prof. Rico Merkert
15:10 - 15:30

Economic Effects of Ride Sharing in Australia

Dr Ric Simes, Director, Deloitte Access Economics

Dr Ric Simes
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

City of Sydney's Transformation into a Vibrant, More Attractive & Connected Place to Live - Initiatives & Projects Being Undertaken

Kim Woodbury, Chief Operating Officer, City of Sydney

Kim Woodbury
16:20 - 16:40

Capacity-appropriate Development and Planning
While there is great enthusiasm for growth and change in government and the corporate sector, metropolitan and local planning in Australia rarely takes stock of the capacities that different locations hold for absorbing growth, relative to available or potential infrastructure supports. An obsession with density as an 'easy' solution to complex problems appears to have come at the cost of sensible planning and sound policy discussion.

In particular, questions abound around whether many locations have the transport capacity, open space and recreational facitilies, or social and educational infrastructure needed to support rapid growth in a genuinely sustainable manner. This issue seems to form the crucial debating point around most planning efforts, major projects or change trajectories - but the willingness of governments to sustain necessary discussion at a sufficiently informed level is limited. Analytical and 'scientific' tools for assessing social and transport conditions, needs and trajectories have advanced substantially over the past decade, whereas independent, reliable, evidence-based assessment plays virtually no role in decisions to up-zone or accept residential growth in Australia's eastern seaboard capitals. For these and related reasons, widespread community scepticism and mistrust over planning and the actions of government is well-founded - even when its expression is somewhat inarticulate.

Fortunately, a relatively straightforward pathway exists for Australian cities to enhance planning, and re-establish the pre-conditions for community trust toward government-led planning efforts. This presentation will cover some of the basic policy and practice changes needed to bring Australian planning into the 21st century.

Dr. Chris Hale, Urbanist and Mass Transit Infrastructure planner, Hale Consulting

Dr. Chris Hale
16:40 - 16:50

Address by Cocktail Reception Sponsor

Dennis Cliche, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Dennis Cliche
16:50 - 16:55

MC Closes

16:55 - 17:55


Day 2 - 16th November 2016
08:45 - 09:15


09:15 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:50

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.

09:50 - 10:10

Overview of the Major Infrastructure Projects Shaping the State and Driving Economic Growth

Jim Betts, CEO, Infrastructure NSW

Jim Betts
10:10 - 10:30

Barangaroo Redevelopment: Project Updates
Showcasing Sydney as Australia’s gateway to the world, Barangaroo is one of the world’s foremost waterfront renewal projects. This presentation will feature an overview with the latest udpates.

Craig van der Laan, Chief Executive, Barangaroo Delivery Authority - NSW

Craig van der Laan
10:30 - 11:00

The Challenge of Effectively Integrating Working Ports in our Growing Cities
The State’s ports are vital gateways for freight and tourists, and therefore key enablers to the economic prosperity of our cities. With the trend of the built environment increasing around our port precincts, a key challenge for decision makers is how to sustainably balance this desire for urban expansion with the parallel growth necessary in port operations that our cities will depend on. What are the issues that need to be considered in the future planning of our port cities?

Priscilla Radice, Ports Business Leader Australasia, ARUP

Priscilla Radice
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Opportunities for Industry and Government to Improve Infrastructure Productivity

Garry Bowditch, Executive Director, Better Infrastructure Initiative – John Grill Centre for Project Leadership, The University of Sydney

Garry Bowditch
12:00 - 12:30

Perfect Skyscrapers for Australia

  • Current tall building construction trends and drivers
  • Factors to consider when planning and designing skyscrapers in Australian cities

Dr. Philip Oldfield, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Built Environment

Dr. Philip Oldfield
12:30 - 13:00

Major Project Approvals and Community Interaction

Patrick Holland, Planning and Environment Partner, McCullough Robertson Lawyers

Patrick Holland
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

$400 Million NSW's Largest Wind Farm

The 175 megawatt wind farm project will consist of 119 turbines providing power supply to more than 75,000 homes. The project will help NSW meet it’s Renewal Energy Target.

  • Managing community and stakeholder engagements
  • Economic & environmental benefits

John Titchen, Managing Director, Goldwind Australia Pty Ltd

John Titchen
14:30 - 15:00

Western Sydney Airport - Largest Infrastructure Project in years

Badgerys Creek will be home to the new Western Sydney Airport. With $3.6 billion being invested in the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan, the first road projects are now underway. By 2063, there will be approximately 60,000 direct jobs.

  • Why the development of a new airport will generate billions of dollars in economic activities?

David Borger, Western Sydney Director, Sydney Business Chamber

David Borger
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

Registration Closed!

15-16 November 2016

Doltone House | Hyde Park
Sydney, NSW

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