WA Major Projects Conference 2020

4-5 March 2020
Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA


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Day 1 - 4th March 2020
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 other conference attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

Eliwana’s Iron Ore Mine and Rail Project

  • Located in Pilbara, WA, this $1.8 billion project will encompass the development of 143km of rail and a 30 million tonnes per annum dry ore processing facility and accompanying infrastructure
  • Projected to generate 1,900 jobs during construction and 500 full-time permanent positions once open and operational

Warren Harris, Project Director Eliwana, Fortescue Metals Group

Warren Harris
10:00 - 10:30

Perth’s Most Ambitious Public Transport Program

  • Connecting Perth with more transport, housing and employment opportunities, the ambitious METRONET rail project will deliver approximately 72 kilometres of new passenger rail and up to 18 new stations.

  • METRONET is the catalyst that will transform 5000 hectares of land surrounding new stations into desirable living, working and investment space
  • WA will experience a higher level of connectivity by creating cohesive communities with a universally accessible range of housing, jobs and services to the growing population

Anthony Kannis, Project Director, METRONET

Anthony Kannis
10:30 - 11:00

Koodaideri Project

  • Approved by Rio Tinto in 2018, the $3.8 billion Koodaideri project will begin production in late 2021
  • Integrating extensive automation and digitalisation technologies, the project is estimated to create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase, and a permanent 600 operational jobs over a 30-year lifespan

*Jason Whitburn, Project Manager - Koodaideri, Rio Tinto

Jason Whitburn
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Preparing for The Future

  • The rapid growth of smart technology, mainly electric vehicles and battery-based energy storage systems is driving the demand for lithium-ion batteries
  • WA is uniquely placed to become a world leader in the battery industry with its substantial reserves of all the battery minerals used in the manufacturing of rechargeable batteries – incl. lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and alumina. 

Rebecca Brown, Director General, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Rebecca Brown
12:00 - 12:30

The Australian Vanadium Project

  • High-grade vanadium deposit south of Meekatharra in the Mid-West with markets in steel and renewable energy storage
  • The project was awarded Federal Major Project Status in September 2019
  • Estimated to generate 500 jobs during construction and 240 jobs for ongoing operation

Vincent Algar, Managing Director, Australian Vanadium Limited

Vincent Algar
12:30 - 13:00

Converting Thermal Waste to Energy

  • A first of its kind in Australia, the estimated $700 million project will be located 40km south of Perth in the Kwinana Industrial Area
  • The plant will process up to 400,000 tonnes of waste per annum, exporting an estimated 36MW of electricity – enough to power approximately 50,000 households
  • Spanning a 36-month construction period, beginning in late 2018, the construction phase will create more than 800 jobs with around 60 permanent positions created once operational.

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Bunbury Outer Ring Road

  • Consisting of three sections – northern, central and southern – the proposed Bunbury Outer Ring Road is a 27-kilometre section of highway connecting Forrest Highway to Bussell Highway
  • Identified as a priority initiative with a medium-term timescale (5-10 years) by Infrastructure Australia in 2018

Dominic Boyle, Project Director – Planning & Technical Services Directorate, Main Roads Western Australia
Mark Hazebroek, Project Director – Infrastructure Delivery Directorate, Main Roads Western Australia

Dominic Boyle Mark Hazebroek
14:30 - 14:50

Plan, Manage, Grow: WA’s Freight Strategy

Tim Collins, Director Westport Project, Department of Transport

Tim Collins
14:50 - 15:10

Material Supply Chain: Getting it Right

  • The challenges of non-compliant products and the risk in not demonstrating compliance.
  • Update on the recent changes made to AS / NZS 4671.
  • How to reduce risk with a sustainable steel supply chain. Companies are being held accountable for choices made across their supply chains, which means trust, transparency and traceability are more important than ever.

Rob Johnson, Customer and Market Relationship Manager, InfraBuild

Rob Johnson
15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Perth Airport’s Preliminary Draft Master Plan 2020

  • The 2020 master plan outlines the steps that will be taken towards the consolidation of all commercial airline services to a central location
  • Developing necessary infrastructure that coincides with the State’s anticipated population growth and the fostering of a better economy

Kevin Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Airport

Kevin Brown
16:00 - 16:20

Subiaco East Redevelopment Project

  • The SubiEast Revitalisation project will deliver modern architecture, high quality assets and welcoming community spaces whilst maximising the amount of green open space and public access areas
  • Anticipated to generate 2,700 construction jobs and 650 permanent positions once completed, and generate $1 billion worth of private investment throughout the project lifetime

Frank Marra, Chief Executive, DevelopmentWA

Frank Marra
16:20 - 17:00


Promoting Successful Urban Growth and Development in Our Cities and Regions

  • Identifying projects that will provide a better quality of life for commuters and deliver a stronger economy through more efficient freight and transport links
  • How to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making and planning of major infrastructure projects

Planning for WA’s growing population: with the increase in investment within the State, there is a large focus on creating a longer-lasting liveable and sustainable environment

Patrick Walker, Executive General Manager, Advocacy and Members, RAC WA
John Gelavis, Executive Director, Master Builders WA
Peter Hobbs, WA Chapter President, Australian Institute of Architects
Sandra Brewer, WA Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Susan Kreemer Pickford, General Manager Western Australia, Engineers Australia
Tanya Steinbeck, Chief Executive Officer, UDIA (WA)

Patrick Walker John Gelavis Peter Hobbs Sandra Brewer Susan Kreemer Pickford Tanya Steinbeck
17:00 - 17:10


17:10 - 18:10


Day 2 - 5th March 2020
08:25 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

WA’s 20-Year Infrastructure Blueprint

  • The newly established and independently run Infrastructure WA will provide expert advice on the States Infrastructure needs and priorities
  • Infrastructure WA will be responsible for assessing and reporting on major government infrastructure proposals prior to investment decisions being made, providing advice on infrastructure priorities and funding and financing options, and co-ordinating the State’s submissions to infrastructure WA
  • A 20-year plan will outline necessary infrastructure within the growing State

John Langoulant AO, Chair, Infrastructure WA

John Langoulant AO
09:30 - 10:00

Critical Health Infrastructure Funding

In order to ensure every citizen can better access healthcare within WA, the State government is investing $9.1 billion in health service investment, including $6 billion in health infrastructure developments.

Dr David J Russell-Weisz, Director General, Department of Health

Dr David J Russell-Weisz
10:00 - 10:30

The Influential Yanchep Rail Extension

  • Providing essential transport links to connect residents in the northern suburbs of Alkimos, Eglinton, Two Rocks and Yanchep with the rest of Perth, this rail extension project caters to the growing population within the area
  • Addressing key problems in the area: congestion due to lack of transport options, continued land development to accommodate demand within the area, and creating an accessible and affordable option for residents of a lower socio-economic status

Steve Marmion, Manager Advocacy & Economic Development, City of Wanneroo

Steve Marmion
10:30 - 10:50

Gearing Up for An Impending Boom in the Engine Room of the Nation

  • Karratha heading towards another construction boom with $65 billion worth of industrial projects planned
  • New developments over the next five years are projected to total $65 billion, spawning local infrastructure required to support a possible population of 55,000

Cr Peter Long, Mayor Peter Long, Mayor, City of Karratha

Cr Peter Long
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Developing Australia’s First Sulphate of Potash Operation

  • BFS & FEED Complete
  • Ore Reserve
  • Binding Offtake Agreement with K+S
  • A$176m Low Cost Financing Credit Approved1
  • A$72m Equity Raise Completed
  • Approvals and Native Title
  • All Mining Tenure Granted
  • Early Works Construction Underway
  • Low Cost, High Margin, Long Life


Brett Hazelden, Managing Director, Kalium Lakes Limited

Brett Hazelden
11:40 - 12:00

Pluto to NWS Interconnect

  • Developing a major pipeline project on the Burrup Peninsula.
  • Managing a difficult construction environment with environmental and heritage sensitivities.

Jon Cleary, General Manager Commercial, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group

Jon Cleary
12:00 - 12:40


Understanding the Trends Funding the Future of WA

  • The outlook of the WA economy and its influence on major infrastructure projects.
  • Examining the significance of the growing utilisation of technology in mining.
  • Promoting job growth in regional communities.

Adam McHugh, Director, Power & Utilities, Ernst & Young
*Damian Quail, Principal, William + Hughes
Gavin Treasure, Chief Executive Officer, Mid West Development Commission
Noel Richards, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Adam McHugh Damian Quail Gavin Treasure Noel Richards
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:00

Innovation in Supply Chain Delivers Low Risk Safety Wins

  • Innovation as a tool to providing a safer supply chain
  • Sharing data to provide better commercial outcomes
  • Real partnership approaches – moving away from traditional buyer/supplier relationships
  • Reference potential safety improvements, this includes Autocare Services data sharing with OEM’s and Shipping lines as well as the potential for VR deployment


Neil David, Group Manager Business Development, Western Australia & Northern Territory, LINX Cargo Care Group

Neil David
14:00 - 14:30

Lithium Valley Supply Chain, Microgrids and Standalone Power Systems

  • Discussion about the competitive advantages in WA.
  • Critical raw materials downstream processing.
  • Microgrids and standalone power systems.

Cameron Edwards, Director, InfraNomics

Cameron Edwards
14:30 - 15:00

Population or Connectivity?

Fariborz Hatam, Founder, FHSI Architects

Fariborz Hatam
15:00 - 15:10


15:10 - 15:40


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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4-5 March 2020

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
Perth, WA



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