NSW Major Projects Conference 2024

21-22 August 2024
ICC - International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW


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» Day 1 - Wednesday 21st August 2024

» Day 2 - Thursday 22nd August 2024

Day 1 - Wednesday 21st August 2024
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

Keynote Address

The Honourable Natalie Ward MLC, Deputy Opposition Leader, Shadow Minister for Transport & Roads, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra & South Coast & Member of the Legislative Council,

The Honourable Natalie Ward MLC
10:00 - 10:20

Developing New South Wales’ future: NSW State Infrastructure Major Projects

  • NSW Government’s infrastructure vision for the state over the next 20 years, across all sectors.

David Harding, Executive Director, Business NSW

David Harding
10:20 - 10:40

Sydney Metro West Update

  • Current state of progress against delivery targets and making recommendations for getting the maximum value out of the project.
  • Will it meet its 2032 opening date?
  • Cost escalation and red tapes

Daniel Powrie, Project Director, Sydney Metro

Daniel Powrie
10:40 - 11:00

Keeping Infrastructure Sustainable and Affordable

  • Summary of CCAA strategy, policy focus and NSW policy issues.
  • The IA 2023 Infrastructure Market Capacity Report identified risks and issues with the supply chain of heavy construction materials.
  • Outline of CCAA's policy on A Heavy Construction Materials Plan to ensure that supply of these materials is readily accessible, affordable and sustainable.
  • Sustainable procurement policies need to consider the whole of life carbon.
  • Collaboration is key to decarbonising the built environment and achieving our Industry's Climate Ambition, as outlined in our report Decarbonisation Pathways for the Australian Cement and Concrete Sector.

Michael Kilgariff, Chief Executive Officer, Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia

Michael Kilgariff
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

Shaping the City of Parramatta

  • Looking at Parramatta CBD redevelopment

Councillor Sameer Pandey, Councillor Parramatta Ward, City of Parramatta Council

Councillor Sameer Pandey
11:50 - 12:10

Building NSW Healthcare Infrastructure 

  • The Essential Infrastructure Plan includes a significant investment of $13.8 billion in health facilities, including 600 new hospital beds across Western Sydney.
  • Upgrading and expansion of the health facilities

Lizzie Cox, Project Director | Health Specialist, John Holland

Lizzie Cox
12:10 - 12:30

Hard Rock TBM Performance Prediction in Major Projects

  • Hard rock TBM performance prediction is of great interest to the tunneling community on account of its importance in time and cost risk management of underground projects.
  • Review of empirical models used in tunneling projects.
12:30 - 13:00

Overview of the Inland Rail Project

  • The Australian Government has committed up to $14.5 billion in equity to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) to support the delivery of Inland Rail.
  • Independent review to assess the governance and delivery of the Inland Rail Program.

Mike Cush, Head of State Agency Relationships, Inland Rail

Mike Cush
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Sydney Airport Gateway 

  • The major works are part of Transport NSW’s ambitious $2.6bn Sydney Gateway Project to improve key access points in the airport precinct and connections to the St Peters Interchange, M5 and Eastern Distributor across five kilometers of toll-free new roads.
  • The completion date set for December 2024 future delays can be expected throughout the next year.
  • Project update and measures to mitigate congestion.

Andrew Deck, Project Director, Seymour Whyte Group

Andrew Deck
14:20 - 14:40

Designing NSW Infrastructure Major Projects

  • Hear from NSW’s architect behind Sydney's biggest construction projects

Chris Fox, ARTIST + DIRECTOR, Studio Chris Fox

Chris Fox
14:40 - 15:00

Building Major Projects that will deliver NSW Clean Energy in the Future

  • An update on Clean Energy Projects for NSW.

Gordon Taylor, Executive General Manager Major Projects, Transgrid

Gordon Taylor
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 15:50

Women in Construction - Attracting the Next Generation of Women to Construction 

  • This session will delve deep into Women in Construction.
  • Key Challenges and Solutions 
  • Attracting more women to Construction

Jennifer Gillet, National Chairperson, NAWIC

Jennifer Gillet
15:50 - 16:10

Addressing Skills Shortages in the Construction and Infrastructure Sector across NSW

  • How do we attract and retain the right people to build the major large-scale projects over the coming years across Sydney and NSW.

Nik Ruparel, Director, ProNEXUS Careers

Nik Ruparel
16:10 - 16:30

Decarbonising Infrastructure Delivery Program

  • Key initiatives from 2023-2025 towards decarbonising infrastructure delivery and reflects the collaborative relationship between INSW and TfNSW 
  • The NSW Government is effort to uplift the capability and capacity of agencies and infrastructure industry partners to transition to a Net Zero future.

Maryia Haworth, Associate Director, Infrastructure NSW

Maryia Haworth
16:30 - 17:10

Panel Discussion
Decarbonising Infrastructure Delivery

  • Initial policy implementation and refinements Research and innovation targeting key barriers and opportunities.
  • Development of the Protection of Environment Policy (PEP)
  • Net Zero and Climate Change Policy including cluster-wide targets for infrastructure development delivery.

Austen Shoebotham, Business Leader - Civil Infrastructure NSW, Arcadis
Maryia Haworth, Associate Director, Infrastructure NSW
Emily Low, Sustainability and Climate Change Advisory Leader, Mott MacDonald
Hayley Jarick, Chief Executive Officer, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Austen Shoebotham Maryia Haworth Emily Low Hayley Jarick
17:10 - 17:15


17:15 - 18:15


Day 2 - Thursday 22nd August 2024
08:20 - 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

Schools Infrastructure Project 

  • The NSW Government is increasing investment in schools, TAFE, and public preschools with $9.8 billion over the next four years to provide the public education system and the growing communities.
  • 24 new and 51 upgraded primary and high schools in Western Sydney at a cost of $3.5 billion over four years and 19 new and 35 upgraded schools in regional New South Wales for $1.4 billion over four years.
10:00 - 10:20

Western Sydney Aerotropolis (vision for Western Sydney)

  • Western Sydney is home to a large and diverse population of about 2.2 million people—more than a quarter of the NSW population.
  • Western Sydney Aerotropolis Precinct plan
  • Ongoing projects at the Precinct and cut in federal infrastructure funding and the risk it imposes on the State infrastructure Projects.

Charles Casuscelli, Chief Executive Officer, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC)

Charles Casuscelli
10:20 - 10:40

Presentation by Conference Gold Sponsor Oracle

10:40 - 11:00

Bringing Collaboration to Infrastructure Finance

Peter Colacino, NSW Project Strategy and Delivery Portfolio Lead – Mott MacDonald, NEC Contract Ambassador – ANZ – Thomas Telford, Mott MacDonald

Peter Colacino
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 11:50

The use of AI technology: Revolutionising Construction with Artificial Intelligence Presentation

  • New trends and updates

Prof. Fang Chen, Leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science, University of Technology, Sydney

Prof. Fang Chen
11:50 - 12:30

Panel Discussion
The use of AI technology: Revolutionising Construction with Artificial Intelligence

  • Impact of AI on construction, from its remarkable predictive abilities to automation prowess.
  • Minimising waste and environmental impact.
  • AI applications, their benefits, and the challenges requiring strategic solutions for seamless integration.
  • Emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in this dynamic realm, paving the way for an AI-driven construction future.

Elouise Robinson, Regional Digital Engineering Lead, WSP Australia
Mike Taherian, Senior Manager Digital Engineering, NSW Public Works
Prof. Fang Chen, Leader in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science, University of Technology, Sydney

Elouise Robinson Mike Taherian Prof. Fang Chen
12:30 - 13:00

Winter Sports World (WSW) - Australia’s First Year-Round Indoor Ski Resort

  • An exciting world class, $400 million indoor snow resort planned for Western Sydney. Creating 2,700 new jobs & an additional $222m Injection into the economy p.a.
  • A tourist attraction with forecast patronage of over 1m visitors p.a. set to make Western Sydney the undisputed Adventure Capital of Australia.
  • A training facility from beginner through to elite Olympic level training
  • Strategically located in Penrith at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, next to the M4 Freeway and 9km from the new WSI Airport
  • Project Updates

Peter Magnisalis, Managing Director, Winter Sports World

Peter Magnisalis
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Redevelopment of the Blackwattle Bay Precinct 

  • Precinct being a Tourist attraction. 
  • A sustainable precinct Targeting Net Zero Carbon by 2041, with future development to deliver socially and environmentally sustainable outcomes and Green Star Communities ratings.
  • Precinct Overview and Updates
14:20 - 14:40

Transitioning Ports towards Clean Energy

  • The Clean Energy Precinct has received backing from 30 partners, including domestic and multinational organisations, along with a $100 million funding grant from the Australian Government
  • The Clean Energy Precinct is expected to create around 5,800 jobs in the area.

Trent Morosin, Group Executive, Infrastructure, Assets and Development, Port Authority of New South Wales

Trent Morosin
14:40 - 15:00

Investment into Sydney’s Ferry Fleet 

  • Emerald Class Gen II
  • Refurbishment of the Freshwater Class
  • New Parramatta River Class

Gary Iddon, Managing Director, Transdev Sydney Ferries

Gary Iddon
15:00 - 15:05


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