NSW Major Projects Conference 2018

21-22 November 2018
International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW

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Day 1 - 21st November 2018
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 - 10:00

Building A Stable Foundation for The Future
A 40-year master plan for the future of NSW’s infrastructure, creating a powerful foundation for the states future $1.3 trillion economy. 

Jim Betts, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure NSW

Jim Betts
10:00 - 10:20

Western Sydney Airport

Western Sydney Airport will provide much-needed additional aviation capacity to meet the growing demand in the Sydney basin.  One of Australia’s most significant infrastructure projects in decades, the international and domestic airport will open in 2026.  A catalyst for social and economic prosperity in Western Sydney, the airport and surrounding aerotropolis will stimulate jobs growth and infrastructure investment in the region.

Graham Millett, Chief Executive Officer, Western Sydney Airport Co.

Graham Millett
10:20 - 10:40

The Epicentre of Urban Renewal

In this developing Western Sydney Aerotropolis, Liverpool provides ample space for growth and success.

  • How will development impact the community’s access to employment opportunities?
  • Will this change propel an increase in the quality of life for residents?
  • What will the future of Liverpool look like?

Kiersten Fishburn, Chief Executive Officer, Liverpool City Council

Kiersten Fishburn
10:40 - 11:00

The Centrepiece for Parramatta Square Development

8 Parramatta Square is soon to become Australia’s largest commercial tower and the centrepiece of the $2.8 billion Parramatta Square Development.

Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson, Lord Mayor, City of Parramatta Council
Mark Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer, City of Parramatta

Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson Mark Stapleton
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Parramatta Light Rail

Connecting people to major Western Sydney precincts, the Parramatta Light Rail will create thousands of jobs in addition to opening up quicker public transport opportunity to the greater public. 

  • What is happening in the lead up to the beginning of construction of Stage 1 in 2019?
  • Learning from past light rail experiences

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

Tim Poole
11:50 - 12:10

World Trade Center Sydney ( WTS SYDNEY)

  • Creating an Ecosystem for  International Trade by connecting Sydney with 320 Cities across the World.
  • Making Western Sydney an International Trade & Logistics Hub.
  • Synergy between Western Sydney Airport (WSA), World Trade Center Sydney (WTC SYDNEY) and The University of Sydney.
  • Creating 150,000 total Jobs in Western Sydney and $59 Bn Total Economic Contribution per Year and $8 Bn Tax Contribution.

Jomon Varghese, Managing Director & CEO, Aerotropolis Group & World Trade Centre Sydney (WTC)

Jomon Varghese
12:10 - 12:30

An update on Australia’s largest infrastructure project – WestConnex

As the project approaches the halfway point, what lessons have been learnt that will be implemented in the project’s remaining 5 years?

  • How does WestConnex impact Sydney residents? Are they already reaping the benefits?
  • How will this have improved Sydney roads and congestion?
  • Making Sydney a more liveable and loveable city.

Dennis Cliche, Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Motorway Corporation

Dennis Cliche
12:30 - 12:50

Transforming NSW’s School Infrastructure to Accommodate the Growing Population

  • Over the next four years the NSW Government will approximately $6bn to accommodate for the states rapid population growth
  • The largest investment into schools by any state government in history
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Pacific Highway Upgrades – Woolgoolga to Ballina

  • Duplicating 155km/s of road to create a four-lane divided road on the Pacific Highway – completing the upgrade program between Sydney and Brisbane
  • Improving safety for drivers by separating traffic and creating more rest stops
  • Enhancing economic efficiency by reducing travel times and lowering fuel costs during peak holiday times

Shane Green, Director - Major Projects, Woolgoolga to Ballina, Roads and Maritime Services

Shane Green
14:10 - 14:30

Easing the Congestion of Greater Sydney

The Greater Sydney Project Office is aiming to deliver safer roads and improve travel time for commuters through a series of intricate road works.

14:30 - 14:50

Far Reaching Reforms To Planning Approvals


Marcus Ray, Deputy Secretary Planning Services, Department of Planning & Environment

Marcus Ray
14:50 - 15:10

How PlanGrid Is Redefining the Construction on Job Sites and Major Works

  • Analysing how PlanGrid can help different project teams collaborate and thus increase productivity.
  • Exploring the software’s ability to bypass internet connectivity problems common for workers in the field and in tunnels
  • Enhancing efficiency by tracking work assignments and important drawings

Leander Starr, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Leander Starr
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Regional Growth Fund – Activating Regional Projects

Part of the NSW Government’s Regional Growth Fund, Growing Local Economies will provide funding over four years to deliver long-term benefits to regional areas.

  • To propel economic growth and increase job opportunities
  • Help regional communities to capitalise on their strengths or broaden their industry base

Investing $1.6 billion into regional growth to ensure all communities state-wide benefit from NSW’s economic success.

*Ian Smith, Director - Office of Regional Development, Department of Premier and Cabinet - NSW

Ian Smith
16:00 - 16:20

NSW Health

Following the announcement of the 2018/2019 state budget, the health industry was one of the big winners with expenditure going towards increasing employment, services and infrastructure.

  • How will increased spending allow for more access to healthcare services? How will residents be impacted?
  • What changes can be expected over the forthcoming year?
16:20 - 17:00

Panel Discussion: Rebuilding Healthcare Infrastructure State-Wide

With a record investment of $8 billion allocated for health infrastructure development, what sort of changes can the public expect?

17:00 - 17:05


17:05 - 18:05


Day 2 - 22nd November 2018
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 - 10:00

Key Infrastructure Considerations for An Expanding New South Wales

By 2056 the state’s population is expected to almost double in size, how can appropriate authorities accurately plan for this?

  • Accurately identifying and addressing developmental concerns
  • Pre-planning for future infrastructure endeavours
10:00 - 10:20

Where All Creativity Has A Place – New South Wales Cultural Infrastructure

The NSW Government is currently undertaking the largest collection of investments to impact the cultural infrastructure of NSW since the construction of the Sydney Opera House in 1959.  This will elevate Sydney’s cultural status by defining distinctive and appealing urban culture. For the first time, the NSW Government has developed a strategic, coordinated approach to cultural infrastructure investment.


The NSW Cultural Infrastructure Plan 2025+ is a bold new approach to cultural infrastructure planning and investment. It seeks to maximise the contribution of cultural infrastructure to a wide range of social and economic policy outcomes, including increased urban amenity, community health and wellbeing, regional economic development, and making Greater Sydney and New South Wales the cultural gateway to Australia. 

Craig A Limkin, Executive Director, Cultural Infrastructure Program Management Office, Department of Planning and Environment

Craig A Limkin
10:20 - 10:40

Circular Quay Renewal

Funded through the Restart NSW fund, Sydney’s Circular Quay Precinct is due for an upgrade. With an investment of $200 million, the CQ ferry wharves will be updated to allow for improved visitor and customer satisfaction, a smoother transport interchange that promotes safety and accessibility and the opportunity to stimulate the local economy.

10:40 - 11:00

Sydney’s Largest Public Transport Project

Sydney Metro Northwest will open in the first half of 2019. Chatswood to Bankstown is already under construction and due to open in 2024. Combined the two projects total $20 billion.

Planning for Sydney Metro West is advancing rapidly.

Project updates for Sydney Metro

  • Sydney Metro City & Southwest
  • Sydney Metro Northwest
  • Sydney Metro West

Tom Gellibrand, Program Director, Sydney Metro

Tom Gellibrand
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Demand And Supply of Construction Labour and Engineering Resources for NSW Major Projects

  • Presentation of demand, and supply analysis of construction labour and engineering resources for NSW major projects
  • 5 year look-ahead on skills demand and supply in NSW  
  • Identification of which skills will be in short supply, where, when and by how many
  • Labour dynamics and competition from projects in other states
  • The impact of skills shortages on productivity, cost and schedule
  • Potential strategies to address current, medium and longer term skills shortages

Peter Dyball, Principal & Founder, Pit Crew Management Consulting Services Pty Ltd

Peter Dyball
12:00 - 12:20

Commercial & Financing Market for Major Projects

  • Market dynamics
  • Commercial/PPP models being adopted for major projects
  • Current hot topics

Greg Dobson, Partner, Infrastructure Advisory at EY

Greg Dobson
12:20 - 12:40

Smart Transport: Traffic Management Systems Tackling Congestion on the M4

Due for completion in 2020, this half a billion-dollar roads project uses real time information, communication and traffic management tools to reduce congestion on the Sydney metropolitan road network.

Using complimentary technology, this project aims to create a safer and faster journey for drivers.

Stephen Baker, Senior Project Manager, M4 Smart Motorway, Roads and Maritime Services

12:40 - 13:00

Sapphire Solar Farm

  • How has the wind farm benefitted the community through the construction phase?
  • How will it continue to benefit the community?
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Laying the foundation for a Future City


Philip Vivian, Director, Bates Smart

14:20 - 14:40

Australia’s Largest Prison Development

NorthernPathways Consortium will develop and maintain the Clarence Correctional Centre on behalf of the NSW Government for the next 20 years.

  • Growing the local economy
  • Providing temporary and permanent jobs in the area
14:40 - 15:20

Panel discussion: Catering for The Increase of Students

With the school-aged population expected to rise immensely over the next 15 years, Sydney schools are looking to grow up to cater for the growth.

  • How will the NSW Government’s staggering $6 billion 4-year investment support infrastructure growth?
  • Factors contributing to the lack of space in schools
  • Possible changes to school infrastructure
15:20 - 15:55


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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