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

Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link

  • Western Harbour Tunnel will connect WestConnex at Rozelle with the Warringah Freeway viaa new tunnel beneath Sydney Harbour.
  • This new cross-harbour bypass of the CBD will take pressure off the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel
  • The project will provide essential capacity to connectthe North Shore and Northern Beaches with the Sydney CBD and beyond Beaches Link Tunnel will connect the Warringah Freeway with the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah. The Wakehurst Parkway will be duplicated to Warringah Road.
  • Beaches Link offers opportunities for seamless interchange with both Sydney Metro and Sydney Trains at North Sydney.

Camilla Drover, Executive Director - Motorways, Roads and Maritime Services NSW

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 South East Light Rail Project Updates
With Sydney's population expected to grow by 1.6 million over the next 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.

  • 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

Terry Chapman, Project Director, WestConnex Stage 1 (M4 Widening and M4 East), Sydney Motorway Corporation

Terry Chapman
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

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better
Leander will discuss the current state of productivity in construction and how technology will play an important role in the industry’s future. We'll finish the discussion with a quick case study and an examination of real-world proof points of the impact PlanGrid has had on key local projects.

Leander Starr, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Leander Starr
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

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 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
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

Jane Fitzgerald, NSW Executive Director, Property Council Australia
Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, HSBC
Wendy Hayhurst, CEO, NSW Federation of Housing Associations

Jane Fitzgerald Paul Bloxham Wendy Hayhurst
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Overview of the Major Projects Shaping Parramatta

Greg Dyer, CEO, City of Parramatta

Greg Dyer
16:20 - 16:40

Efficiently Servicing the Freight 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
  • The importance of corridor preservation in sustaining a viable freight transport network
  • Dealing practically with the challenges of CBD freight delivery

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

Simon Morgan
16:40 - 17:00

Drone Data: Eyes in the Sky Helping to Keep Major Projects on Track
Affordable aerial data has brought new efficiencies to major projects, from the initial concept, design and community engagement phase right through to mid-project progress monitoring and final as-built surveys and completion inspections. More than just images from an aerial perspective, drone data is able to provide full 3D models of large structures or tracts of land, and new software tools enable this data to be made accessible in an intuitive format to all stakeholders.

Andrew Chapman, Director of Operations – NSW, Australian UAV

Andrew Chapman
17:00 - 17:05

MC Closes

17:05 - 18:05


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

Major Projects around Sydney Harbour
Sydney Harbour is the major attractor for Sydney as a global city. All the post card views of Sydney feature the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the harbour itself. For decades the harbour has been a working port with secure areas locked away from the general public. But changes are occurring as the working port moves to Botany Bay or to other coastal ports. And it is major projects that are transforming the now redundant sites into mixed use precincts. The Darling Harbour redevelopment began this process followed by Barangaroo, the Crown Resorts Casino tower matched with the Star Casino tower and the potential for Garden Island to become a new redevelopment site if the navy relocate. The growing cruise industry is looking for more berths and site like Garden Island are ideal for this use. And there may be other sites that could also become renewal projects in the same spirit as Singapore’s Marina Bay.

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

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

Amanda Chadwick
11:50 - 12:20

Western Sydney Airport – Unlocking Opportunities for Penrith

  • The Australian Government has announced it will build Western Sydney Airport.  The Government is strongly committed to the Western Sydney region, where the new airport will be a major generator of economic activity—providing employment opportunities closer to home for the people of Western Sydney.
  • The airport is expected to generate around 20,000 direct and indirect jobs by the early 2030s. As the airport grows, more jobs will be generated.
  • Western Sydney Airport has the capacity to unlock exciting opportunities for Penrith, providing more locals jobs, increased industry, investment and infrastructure, and opening up Penrith to Australia and the world.
  • Council is working to harness the opportunities the airport brings and will continue to advocate for better roads, transport, employment and infrastructure to ensure Penrith benefits from Australia’s most exciting major development in decades.

Craig Butler, Assistant General Manager, Penrith City Council

Craig Butler
12:20 - 12:50

Role of Transport Planning and Infrastructure in Shaping the Future of Parramatta
Major transport infrastructure projects are in varying stages of planning and delivery in Parramatta. These projects will change Parramatta in many ways. The impact of these projects will be discussed in the following terms:

  • Macro - how the project shapes Parramatta's role in Greater Sydney
  • Meso (middle) -  the attributes and function of the infrastructure
  • Micro - How the project  fits in the City.

Michael Jollon, Service Manager - Transport Planning, City of Parramatta

Michael Jollon
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

Anand Thomas
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

Dafydd Wyn Owen, Partner, HKA

Dafydd Wyn Owen
15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion
Tackling Congestion for A Growing Sydney
A surge in population growth and the ensuing construction boom in Sydney 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
  • Improving Liveability of Sydney through shared mobility
  • Priority Projects to Reduce Traffic Congestion: Is more public transport the answer?
  • How should we address the city’s future bottlenecks?

David Hensher, Professor, Founding Director, Institute for Transport and Logistics Studies, The University of Sydney
Michael Jollon, Service Manager - Transport Planning, City of Parramatta
Prof. Glenn Geers, Principal Engineer - Network Operations and Management, ARRB
Sebastian Smyth, Executive Manager – City Access and Transport, City of Sydney

David Hensher Michael Jollon Prof. Glenn Geers Sebastian Smyth
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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