WA Major Projects Conference 2018

21-22 March 2018
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA


WA Major Projects Conference 2018 - Conference Agenda

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Day 1 - 21st March 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 - 09:55

Metronet Project
METRONET is Perth’s most ambitious program of rail projects and Stage One will deliver approximately 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations. But it’s not just about public transport. The job-creating program will see transport investment as a catalyst for land-use change in more than 5,000 hectares within walking distance of the new stations.  Project Director, Anthony Kannis, will provide key project updates and timelines.

Anthony Kannis, Metronet Project Director, Public Transport Authority

Anthony Kannis
09:55 - 10:20

Revitalising Fremantle - Port City Priorities
The port city of Fremantle‘s is undergoing a period of renewed investment and growth that will create new opportunities for more people to live, work and visit Fremantle. Underpinning this has been a strong focus on new urban density and the development of currently underutilised assets in collaboration with the State Government . Projects include South Quay Non-Tourism Operations redevelopment and Fremantle Oval and Hospital Precinct Redevelopment.

Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle

Dr Brad Pettitt
10:20 - 10:45

Greater Curtin Vision
The $500 million Greater Curtin Stage One development is the catalyst that will see Curtin’s Bentley campus transformed into a vibrant, globally connected innovation village in Perth, designed with a focus on supporting collaboration and creativity and leveraging the convergence between academia, government, industry and entrepreneurs. Tim Urquhart, Director of Properties, Facilities & Development at Curtin will discuss how Curtin’s physical transformation will position it as a world-class tertiary institute and an exciting community destination.

Tim Urquhart, Director of Properties, Facilities and Development, Curtin University

Tim Urquhart
10:45 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:45

Forrestfield-Airport Link Project Update
Upon completion, the $1.86 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link will increase public transport options for the Eastern Suburbs and Foothills area, drive development in the region to benefit current and future residents and improve access between the City and Perth Airport. The development includes construction of the three new stations, Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

Kurt Fallon, Project Services Manager, Salini Impregilo - NRW

Kurt Fallon
11:45 - 12:10

Residential Construction Sector – Current Status and What’s ahead for WA

  • WA Property Market
  • Trends and future outlooks

12:10 - 12:30

Making the Switch to Mobile Blueprints in the Field
Bridging the Gap between design and construction, plus construction to operations has been slow to close as technology adoption in construction has proven to be resilient to shift.
Just rework alone, due to poor document control often tallies to *5% of the total construction costs. An inconsistent record set is a primary cause of rework, and negatively impacts construction productivity and the bottom line. And with projects continuously increasing in size, becoming more expensive, the risks become even greater.

Join our session and learn how making the switch to digital connectivity on the job site will create massive cost saving. Topics discussed will include:

  • Benefits of paperless job sites
  • How to choose your software
  • Integrations, compatibility, training “mature team members”
  • How going “paperless in the field” contributes to overall positive impact to the bottom line of the project

Tomy Praveen, Regional Sales Director, PlanGrid

Tomy Praveen
12:30 - 12:50

Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct  - WA’s First Medical City

The precinct with become the Southern Corridor’s home to health research, medical care, higher education and innovative business development, delivering economic benefits for the whole state. Construction of Stage 1A will be delivered by developer Fini Group and will begin mid-2018. The first stage of the Metro hub will include a 60-room Medihotel, 175 residential units, a 150-unit aged care facility, a super medical and commercial, retail, food and beverage space. The Medihotel is expected to open in 2021.

*Kyle Jeavons, Development Director, Fjm Property

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion

Planning for the Increasing Needs of Residential Infrastructure

With Perth’s population expected to be 4.3 million by 2046, this panel of experts will discuss how to improve current infrastructure to cope with the growth and which infrastructure to invest in.

  • What infrastructure should we prioritise for Perth’s growth areas?
  • What do we need to keep up with population growth?

*Dr Shane Greive, Head of Urban and Regional Planning, Curtin University
*Paul Whyte, General Manager - Commercial Operations, Department of Housing - WA,
Rick Newnham, Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

Rick Newnham
14:30 - 14:50

East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility

The $400 million project will be the first Waste to Energy facility constructed in the nation. Situated in Kwinana, the facility will divert up to half of the residential rubbish collection in the Perth metro area from landfill sites upon completion in 2020. Construction of the plant is expected to create at least 800 jobs during the project’s three-year construction phase.

Jason Pugh, Chief Executive, New Energy

Jason Pugh
14:50 - 15:10

What’s Next for Tourism WA’s Major Projects?
Tourism WA’s Executive Director, Derryn Belford, will give an overview of the key billion-dollar infrastructure projects that will transform Perth and Fremantle. She will discuss developments such as Riverside and Perth City Link, as well as committed future hotel developments and major commercial/residential projects.

Derryn Belford, Executive Director Destination Development, Tourism WA

Derryn Belford
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Kwinana Outer Harbour - Economic Development and Industry Creation

  • The economic benefits from building the outer harbour
  • Special Economic Zones
  • Integration of industrial precincts
  • Agricultural and resource secondary processing

Cameron Edwards, Infrastructure Development - Western Australia, InfraNomics

Cameron Edwards
16:00 - 16:20

LandCorp’s Strategic Industrial Areas
This presentation will include the industrial land areas throughout the State that are designed for investment, including developments in Oakajee, Ashburton North and Anketell.

Stuart Nahajski, General Manager Regional, Landcorp

Stuart Nahajski
16:20 - 16:25


16:25 - 17:25


Day 2 - 22nd March 2018
09:10 - 09:40


09:40 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:20

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.

10:20 - 10:45

Perth World Trade Center
The $1.85 billion proposed World Trade Center will include a shopping mall, hotel, apartments, restaurants and international trade, investment and convention centre. The 75 storey building will revitalise the area surrounding the train station and become Perth’s tallest building.

  • Project updates and timelines

Neil Kidd, Business Development Director, World Trade Center Perth Pty Ltd

Neil Kidd
10:45 - 11:10

Kings Square Redevelopment Project
Construction has just begun on one of the biggest redevelopments in Fremantle's history. The $270 million renewal project aims to redefine Kings Square as a vibrant cultural community and commercial hub. Expected to be completed by early 2020, the redevelopment includes new speciality retail and dining precincts, new commercial spaces, civic administration building and a revamped city square.

Russell Kingdom, Kings Square Project Director, Manager City Design and Projects, City of Fremantle

Russell Kingdom
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

Kwinana Lithium Plant
The $700 million two stage development of the lithium hydroxide processing plant at Kwinana will create up to 500 construction jobs and more than 150 full time operations jobs when production commences in late 2018. The plant will be the largest lithium plant in the world and produce the highest quality battery-grade lithium hydroxide. The increased investment into lithium is driven by the forecasted 15 per cent to 20 per cent year-on-year growth in the demand for lithium hydroxide, largely for electric vehicles, over the next seven to eight years.

Phil Thick, General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil Thick
12:00 - 12:25

The Towers and Ritz Carlton Hotel
Located in Elizabeth Quay, the $500 million Ritz Carlton Perth project will transform the area. Expected to open in 2019, the hotel will feature 204 rooms, a ballroom and function rooms. The development will create 1,200 new jobs during construction and hundreds once operational.

Dan Sweet, Manager WA, Far East Consortium Australia

Dan Sweet
12:25 - 12:55

WA’s Infrastructure Outlook: Returning to Growth
The Civil Contractors Federation WA’s annual Infrastructure Report, prepared in conjunction with forecasters BIS Oxford Economics, provides an authoritative and comprehensive outlook for the state’s civil infrastructure construction industry. CCF WA CEO Jeff Miller will outline the key messages from the 2018 WA Infrastructure Report.

Jeff Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation – WA

Jeff Miller
12:55 - 13:55


13:55 - 14:25

Update on WA’s Resources Sector

Dr Phil Gorey, Acting Deputy Director General, Resources, Titles and Compliance, Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Dr Phil Gorey
14:25 - 14:50

Ocean Reef Boat Harbour Project
Anticipated to begin construction in 2020, the $120 million redevelopment will service the local community and attract visitors and tourists. Located 35 kilometres north of Perth’s CBD within the City of Joondalup, the project is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the Northern Suburbs.

Gary Hunt, Chief Executive Officer, City of Joondalup

Gary Hunt
14:50 - 15:10

Garden City and Karrinyup Shopping Centres Redevelopment Projects
Garden City’s redevelopment will increase the shopping centre’s size from 72,000 square metres to 120,000 square metres. Construction on the $711.8 million project is expected to start next year. The plan includes refurbished and expanded department stores, two new full-line supermarkets, a main street casual dining and leisure precinct, a new Hoyts Cinema complex and a large format international fast fashion retailers.

The $443.6 million Karrinyup Shopping Centre expansion will deliver a cinema complex, residential apartments and a landscaped main street. Upon completion in 2020, the shopping centre will double in size. 1200 jobs are expected to be created during construction.

*Scott Nugent, Divisional Development Manager WA, AMP Capital

15:10 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:45


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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21-22 March 2018

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
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