WA Major Projects Conference 2017

20-21 June 2017
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA


WA Major Projects Conference 2017 - Conference Agenda

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Day 1 - 20th June 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 - 10:00

Transport Infrastructure Priorities – Metronet

The transport sector continues to be a huge priority for the state. The Western Australian Government and the Federal Government have reached agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail package for investment in key roads and public transport infrastructure. This will kickstart the first stage of the Metronet program of works and enable planning to be undertaken to further define new investment proposals.

Steve Beyer, Acting Managing Director, Department of Transport – WA

Steve Beyer
10:00 - 10:20

WA’s Education Infrastructure Investment
The State Government is ramping up investment in education infrastructure with plans for $4.84 billion investment in the 2016/2017 state budget. To accommodate WA’s growing population, the plans include a combined $149 million investment in the construction of North Butler Senior School, Shenton College and Cape Naturaliste College.

John Fischer, Executive Director of Infrastructure, Department of Education

John Fischer
10:20 - 10:50

Forrestfield-Airport Link
Jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments, the $1.86 billion Forrestfield-Airport Link will deliver a new rail service to the eastern suburbs of Perth with three new stations at Belmont, Airport Central and Forrestfield.

  • Project overview
  • Tunnelling and construction overview

Richard Graham, Project Director, Salini Impregilo-NRW

Richard Graham
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:45

The Major Infrastructure Projects of the South West

  • Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront
  • Busselton Margaret River Airport expansion project

Ashley Clements, Assistant Director Infrastructure, South West Development Commission

Ashley Clements
11:45 - 12:10

Pilbara Regional Investment Blueprint

The State Government’s Blueprint encourages diversifying the heavily resource focused region. The plan aims to challenge stakeholders to create competitive opportunities to deliver prosperity. 

  • Infrastructure planning
  • Maximising the economic, social and environmental outcomes for local communities

Chris Le Serve, Director, Pilbara Development Commission

Chris Le Serve
12:10 - 12:30

New Museum Project
The State Government has committed $428.3 million to redeveloping the WA Museum’s site in the Perth Cultural Centre. Early works have commenced and the project is scheduled for completion in 2020.

  • Update and timeline for the New Museum Project

Trish McDonald, New Museum Project Director, WA Museum

Trish McDonald
12:30 - 12:50

Civil Construction Infrastructure Outlooks
CCF WA, in partnership with economists BIS Oxford Economics, produce an annual report that looks at the overall prospects for the civil construction industry in Western Australia. Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Contractors Federation in Western Australia (CCF WA), Jeff Miller, will analyse the overall impact of the slowing in resources expenditure and also explore what may eventuate with a new WA State government and its $5 billion in infrastructure promises.

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

Jeff Miller
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion
What is next for WA?

This panel of experts will discuss key sectors of the WA economy that could provide scope to drive growth and strengthen the state - exploring opportunities in sectors such as tourism, technology and agriculture.

  • Diversifying WA’s economic future - investing in the right infrastructure projects to promote urban development and economic growth

Justin Strharsky, Director, StartupWA
Matt Judkins, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
Rob Wilson, President, The Royal Agricultural Society of WA

Justin Strharsky Matt Judkins Rob Wilson
14:30 - 14:50

Completing the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct
Due to open for the beginning of the 2018 AFL Season, the circa $1 billion project is now in the final stages of the construction process.

  • Progress with infrastructure delivery
  • Transition to operations planning

Ronnie Hurst, Perth Stadium Project Director, Department of Sport and Recreation

Ronnie Hurst
14:50 - 15:10

Western Australia’s LNG Growth

With our new liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects supplying significant energy to the export market, Australia will soon become an energy superpower. However, the impact of these projects is causing unforeseen consequences for Australian consumers and companies. Deloitte’s Australian Oil and Gas Leader Bernadette Cullinane will discuss the need for continued investment in the energy value chain and associated infrastructure to ensure a strong industry and our country’s energy security.

Bernadette Cullinane, National Oil and Gas Leader, Deloitte

Bernadette Cullinane
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

480 Hay Street: Making use of Open Building Information Modelling (BIM)  
The flagship Australian Open BIM project uses a universal approach to collaborative design, construction and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. The $500 million redevelopment of the former FESA headquarters at 480 Hay Street includes the new Westin Perth, office buildings, retail and dining.

Professor Xiangyu Wang, School of Built Environment, Curtin University

Professor Xiangyu Wang
16:00 - 16:20

Major Projects within the Disability Services Sector

Activ’s Executive Manager, Annette Perrin, will give an overview of the projects occurring in response to changes in the disability sector. Perrin will discuss case studies of integrated project delivery for disability projects, including community, corporate, government and NFP co-design and co-delivery.

Annette Perrin, Executive Manager Strategy, Activ

Annette Perrin
16:20 - 16:40

Urban Planning for a Disruptive Technology Future
With the automated RAC Intellibus trials already underway in WA, disruptive technology demands thoughtful planning for Perth’s future urban development. Transforming cities, new technology will increasingly impact the way we think about urban transport infrastructure projects.

Anne Still, General Manager, Public Policy, RAC WA

Anne Still
16:40 - 16:50

Address by Cocktail Sponsor

Sam Griffiths, Sales Manager - Construction, Fero Group

Sam Griffiths
16:50 - 16:55


16:55 - 17:55


Day 2 - 21st June 2017
08:50 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

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.

10:00 - 10:20

Water Infrastructure and Supply Planning Priorities
Supporting WA’s economic development, the Department of Water manages the availability and quality of water for growth. Executive Director of Science and Planning, Greg Claydon, will discuss updates to the State’s water infrastructure and supply planning work.

Greg Claydon, Executive Director, Science and Planning, Department of Water - WA

Greg Claydon
10:20 - 10:45

Redeveloping Kwinana

Highlighting the increased investment in major projects throughout the region, Joanne Abbiss, Chief Executive Officer from the City of Kwinana, will discuss the construction of the ‘Australian-first’ renewable energy project and the planned major lithium plant. Joanne will also discuss the construction of the proposed outer harbour.

Joanne Abbiss, Chief Executive Officer, City of Kwinana

Joanne Abbiss
10:45 - 11:10

WA’s Health Infrastructure Priorities
The Western Australian government has given a boost to the state’s health facilities through committing $8.6 billion into the sector. The spending is a 4.8 percent increase and includes $52.6 million replace radiology archiving and information system.

Dr. David Russell-Weisz, Director General, Department of Health - WA

Dr. David Russell-Weisz
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:00

WA’s Transitioning Economy: Challenges and Opportunities Post Mining Boom
Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Chief Economist, Rick Newnham, will examine the associated challenges and opportunities for WA’s transition from resource investment-driven growth to broader drivers of economic activity.

  • Consolidating business growth into Asia
  • Strengthening other sectors such as tourism and agriculture

Rick Newnham, Chief Economist, Chamber of Commerce & Industry – WA

Rick Newnham
12:00 - 12:20

Enduring Infrastructure Development for Inland Australia
The Outback Way spans 2800km through two states and the Territory. It links critical intersections and creates routes that open up Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, from Cairns to Perth - the Reef, the Rock and the West through the heart of our nation. The Outback Way also connects to rail, air and ports. It is a triple road train route that increases freight efficiencies.

In the last 5 years, the project has secured over $200 million of federal, state and local funds to seal priority sections of the Outback Way. Recently, the Northern Australia Roads Programme has also added $35 million towards the project and a further $100 million funding commitment was announced during the last NT election by the Coalition Government. This expenditure will see an additional 300km sealed, leaving a remaining 1300km to be sealed by 2025.

Patrick Hill, Chairman, Outback Highway Development Council

Patrick Hill
12:20 - 12:40

How BIM was used in the Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH) project

An overview of how Building Information Modelling (BIM) was applied to create a state-of-the-art hospital with greater levels of assurance than 2D processes. The use of BIM at PCH was the first time it has been used on such a scale for a public building in WA.

Ian West, Director Perth Children's Hospital, John Holland

Ian West
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:00

Renewed Approach to Perth’s Infrastructure

Lino Iacomella, Executive Director, Property Council WA

Lino Iacomella
14:00 - 14:20

Mid West Regional Development Blueprint
The Mid West Development Commission has developed a 2050 growth and development strategy for an intergenerational, global, innovative and dynamic Mid West region that attracts and retains talent and investment. As a high level guiding agenda, the Blueprint proposes strategies against five priority pillars, each considered vital to either driving, or reducing barriers to, regional growth and development. Significant work has progressed to develop an implementation pathway to identify key areas of investment intervention to deliver on the growth potential of the Mid West region, with some successes already achieved in sectors such as aquaculture, tourism, education and small business.

Gavin Treasure, Chief Executive Officer, Mid West Development Commission

Gavin Treasure
14:20 - 14:40

Investment Outlook for the State
After a four year domestic recession, there are emerging signs of a more positive outlook for the WA economy. A growing pipeline of investment projects across all sectors of the economy is expected to be one of the key drivers of WA’s recovery and generate significant employment opportunities in the years to come. ACIL Allen Consulting, Executive Director John Nicolaou, will outline the investment outlook for the state.

John Nicolaou, Executive Director - WA & NT, ACIL Allen Consulting

John Nicolaou
14:40 - 14:45


14:45 - 15:15


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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20-21 June 2017

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA

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