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 - 10:00

Ministerial Address

*Hon. Mark McGowan, Premier, Minister for Public Sector Management; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Federal-State Relations

10:00 - 10:20

Metronet Project
Stage one of the $1.2 billion project will deliver complete the Forrestfield-Airport Line by 2020, extend the Thornlie to Cockburn line by 2021, plan and construct the new Morley-Ellenbrook line, build the Byford extension, construct new stations at Karnup and Midland and start a level crossing removal program on the Armadale, Fremantle and Midland Lines. Project Director, Anthony Kannis, will provide key project updates and timelines.

Anthony Kannis, Metronet Project Director, Public Transport Authority

Anthony Kannis
10:20 - 10:50

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, Belmont, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

*Dave Thomas, Project Director, Forrestfield Airport Link

10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:45

Greater Curtin Vision
The $500 million Greater Curtin Vision Stage One development will deliver increased accommodation, new academic and research facilities, retail and recreation precincts and commercial spaces for industry partners. Tim Urquhart, General Manager of Greater Curtin, will discuss how the plan reinforces the University’s plan to retain and extend its competitive advantage as a modern and relevant tertiary institutions.

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

Tim Urquhart
11:45 - 12:10

Karratha Health Campus Project Update
The largest investment in a public hospital ever undertaken in regional WA, the $207 million project will improve facilities and bring together a variety of health services. The development will replace the ageing Nickol Bay Hospital. Expected to be completed mid 2018 the project includes an expanded emergency department, a brand new surgical centre, new delivery suits and maternity wing.

*Paul Aylward, Director - Projects, WA Country Health Service

12:10 - 12:30

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

  • WA Property Market
  • Trends and future outlooks

Nick Allingame, President, Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA)

Nick Allingame
12:30 - 12:50

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
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion

14:30 - 14:50

Perth’s Urban Renewal Projects Update

*Kieran Kinsella, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority

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

Perth and Peel @ 3.5 million

The Perth and Peel plan aims to accommodate the 3.5 million people expected to settle in the Perth and Peel Regions by 2050. With the draft framework currently being finalised, the plan aims to addresses how to accommodate the substantial population increase without impacting the natural environment, crucial social and physical infrastructure.

*Nicole Lucas-Smith, Planning Director, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage WA

16:00 - 16:20

Revitalising Fremantle - Port City Priorities
The City of Fremantle‘s Port Cities Priorities Plan delivers projects to stimulate growth, create direct and indirect employment opportunities, develop currently underutilised assets and maximise the social and economic benefit to the State. Projects include South Quay Non-Tourism Operations redevelopment and Fremantle Oval Precinct Redevelopment.

*Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle

16:20 - 16:25


16:25 - 17:25


Day 2 - 22nd March 2018
08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

*Hon. Rita Saffioti, Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands, NT

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 - 10:50

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
10:50 - 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 late 2019, 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 $400 million stage one development of the lithium hydroxide processing plant at Kwinana will create up to 500 construction jobs and more than 115 full time production jobs when production commences in late 2018. The second phase of the expansion would create 500 construction jobs and be completely automated once in operation. 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 over the next seven to eight years.

Phil Thick, General Manager, Tianqi Lithium Australia

Phil Thick
12:00 - 12:25

Upgrading WA’s School Infrastructure
The WA Government has committed $465 million for the design and construction of new schools and redevelopment of existing ones. The Department of Education will oversee construction of 11 new schools including the new $68 million inner city high school to be built at Subiaco Oval.

*Sharyn O'Neill, Director General, Department of Education

12:25 - 12:55

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

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

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

Perth City Link
The major project aims to reconnect the Perth CBD and the entertainment district of Northbridge for the first time in more than 100 years. With the Government investing more than $1.4 billion, the project will deliver a range of boutique apartments and an integrated retail, entertainment and hospitality complex.

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

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