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28-29 June 2023
ICC - International Convention Centre
Sydney, NSW

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday 28th June 2023

08:00 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:40

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.

09:40 - 10:10

Designing the new Sydney Fish Market

  • The new Sydney Fish Market will be the biggest in the Southern hemisphere supporting professional fishers and coastal fishing towns up and down the NSW coast.
  • World renowned Danish architects, 3XN, have been the design lead and developed the new Sydney Fish Market in partnership with BVN, to create a major cultural facility that enhances existing market operations as well as providing generous public facilities to unlock the waterfront.

Fred Holt, Partner/Architect, 3XN

Fred Holt

10:10 - 10:30

Address by Infrastructure Australia

  • Infrastructure Market Capacity Program
  • Australia’s 5-year infrastructure investment pipeline has grown by $15 billion in value over the last 12 months. At the same time, wide-ranging supply pressures have continued to challenge the industry’s capacity to meet demand, increasing risks to on-time and on-budget project delivery.
  • With major public infrastructure playing a key role in Australia’s economic ambitions, the 2022 Infrastructure Market Capacity Report explains that improving risk management and proactively sequencing the major infrastructure pipeline are crucial to controlling unfolding impacts such as growing constructor insolvencies and cost increase

Steve Brogan, A/Chief of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Steve Brogan

10:30 - 11:00

Bays West Urban Renewal Project

  • A long-term vision for a connected, vibrant Bays West precinct that is an innovative and sustainable new place for living, working and recreation.
  • Bays West comprises Rozelle Bay, Rozelle Rail Yards, White Bay, Glebe Island and White Bay Power Station.

Humfrey Whitaker, Project Head Bays West, Placemaking NSW

Humfrey Whitaker

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Encouraging Investment, Jobs, Training and Exports in the Energy Sector in Regional NSW

  • Maximising Opportunities for local workers and manufacturing during the implementation of the Energy Infrastructure Roadmap and the creation of Renewable Energy Zones

Dr Mark Apthorpe, Electricity Infrastructure Jobs Advocate, NSW Government

Dr Mark Apthorpe

12:00 - 12:30

Coffs Harbour Bypass Project

  • The Coffs Harbour Bypass is a 14km bypass of the Coffs Harbour urban area, from Englands Road in the south to Sapphire in the north. The project was proposed by Transport for NSW as part of the Pacific Highway Upgrade project, funded by the Australian and NSW governments.
  • Project Overview and Updates

Rochelle Hicks, Deputy Project Director – Coffs Harbour Bypass, Transport for NSW

Rochelle Hicks

12:30 - 13:00

Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport

  • The New Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport from St Marys through to the new airport and the Western Sydney Aerotropolis will provide a major economic stimulus for western Sydney, supporting more than 14,000 jobs during construction for the NSW and national economies.
  • The new metro is expected to become the major mode of transport for Greater Western Sydney connecting communities and travellers with the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the growing region

Angela Jeffery, Project Director, Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport

Angela Jeffery

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

From Challenges to Solutions: Key Lessons Learned in Delivering Programs across Regional NSW

  • Digital Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure to Meet Infrastructure Challenges Facing Regional NSW

Stuart Landrigan, Director - Infrastructure Advisory and Program Assurance, NSW Public Works

Stuart Landrigan

14:20 - 14:40

The future of NSW’s Major Projects, powered by Digital Engineering

Digital Engineering (DE) is currently transforming the way major projects are planned and delivered, through the emergence of new skills and uptake of digital technologies. Pioneering organisations in the built environment are now pushing the envelope further, by taking lessons from other more mature, digitally advanced industries.  New teams centred on master data management are beginning to emerge, and are bringing new skills such as data governance, data architecture and data literacy just to name a few. This presentation will cover the journey so far, the rapidly changing landscape and the exciting future ahead for the NSW construction sector.


Simon Vaux, CEO and Co-Founder, DEOS Digital

Simon Vaux

14:40 - 15:00

NSW Renewable Energy Zones

  • Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) group new wind and solar power generation into locations where it can be efficiently stored and transmitted across NSW.
  • By connecting multiple renewable energy projects and electricity storage, REZs capitalise on economies of scale to deliver cheap, reliable, and clean electricity for homes and businesses in NSW.


Amy Kean, Managing Director, Stride Renewables

Amy Kean

15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Decarbonisation: Driving Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment through Innovative Financing and Contracting Models

Decarbonising the commercial buildings sector in New South Wales will be vital if net zero targets are to be met.  With the full potential of the built environment's contribution to our carbon reduction targets yet to be taken advantage of, the right mix of targeted policy and market solutions has the potential to stimulate increased energy efficiency investment. The benefits of energy efficiency improvements within portfolios of commercial properties are significant – including cost savings, meeting climate change targets and easing energy security concerns. This presentation will discuss innovative financing and energy savings performance contracting models deployed in the UK and Europe that have been put to good effect and offer potential financing and structuring solutions that could be embraced by industry to address the unique barriers to deploying energy efficiency for property developers, construction companies, generators and energy services companies in particular.

James Durnall, Partner, K&L Gates

James Durnall

16:00 - 16:50

Panel Discussion: Women in Construction

  • Towards a more sustainable and more inclusive construction industry
  • Driving change and bridging the gaps across the construction sector

Dominique Gill, Managing Director, Urban Core
Jessica Evans, Director - National Board of Directors, The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
Latoya Griffin, Project Manager, RPS

Dominique Gill
Jessica Evans
Latoya Griffin

16:50 - 16:55


16:55 - 17:55


Day 2 - Thursday 29th June 2023

08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 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

Inland Rail 

  • Inland Rail is a freight rail line connecting Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and will complete our national freight network. Transforming how goods are moved around Australia, Inland Rail will better connect businesses, manufacturers and producers to national and global markets and create new opportunities for Australian industries and regional communities.

  • NSW project update

Melvyn Maylin, Director Program Delivery (Albury to Parkes) Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation

Melvyn Maylin

10:10 - 10:30

The GBCA’s commitment to sustainable social infrastructure

  • Partnering with government to ensure major infrastructure facilities are built with sustainability in mind
  • The GBCA’s role in the sector

Davina Rooney, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia

Davina Rooney

10:30 - 11:00

Infrastructure Priorities for Western Sydney

  • Addressing Western Sydney's Infrastructure and Liveability Needs
  • Prioritising Housing Affordability, Climate Change and Resilience, Waste Management and Resource Recovery, Transport Infrastructure for Western Sydney

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

Charles Casuscelli

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Decarbonising Infrastructure - Construction and Operation
Sandra will provide a Victorian perspective on the strategies and approaches available to plan, measure and manage carbon on infrastructure projects and across all phases. She will draw on Mott MacDonald’s UK experience as well to draw out the insights and challenges associated with decarbonising infrastructure.

Sandra Valeri, Technical Director - Sustainability, Mott MacDonald

Sandra Valeri

12:00 - 12:20

UNLOCKING THE OUTCOMES THAT MATTER: Social value creation through infrastructure investment

Vanessa Pilla, National Lead, Social Advisory, RPS

Vanessa Pilla

12:20 - 12:50

Pulse of Engineering & Construction sector measured by KPMG 2023 Global Construction Survey

Over the last few years in Australia and globally, we’ve seen pressure on margins achieved and a rise in construction companies in liquidation, receivership or administration, but there are ample opportunities ahead. Our state and federal governments have a significant pipeline of projects to deliver, including ~$50 billion of annual defence and transport project spend, plus a further ~$800 billion of investment expected on renewable projects by 2050. Yet with the industry under significant financial pressure, it must ensure it has the capacity and technology to develop and deliver this pipeline of projects successfully. Rapidly increasing labour and supply chain costs, high inflation, and longer waiting times for equipment and material mean many Australian E&C organisations are facing significant challenges to deliver their projects successfully. What’s more, the reallocation of skills and material to support energy transition projects and new energy network infrastructure are significantly affecting the sector. By using some results of KPMG’s latest Global Construction Survey 2023, Pedram will also share his views on opportunities for the sector for a breakthrough by using effective governance, efficiency improvement, asset optimisation and capital funding prioritisation, risk-based assurance and effective Project Management Office (PMO).

Pedram Danesh-Mand, Director, Project Controls & Assurance, KPMG Australia

Pedram Danesh-Mand

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:25

The Metaverse: The Future of Digital Infrastructure and Why We Should Build It.

A mind boggling journey of our future in the Metaverse and how it's redefining infrastructure, art, culture, commerce, property and entertainment like never seen before. This innovative and entertaining session explains what the Metaverse is and showcases the rise of this emerging technology that is redefining our world and upsetting the status quo at an unprecedented speed. Fasten your seatbelt! You’re about to get a glimpse of digital infrastructure of the future in the Metaverse... It’s going to blow your mind.

Emile Rademeyer, Executive Director, Creative Strategy, VANDAL

Emile Rademeyer

14:25 - 14:50

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

14:50 - 14:55


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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