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

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
  • Following the first surplus in five years of $553 million and a $6.8 billion reduction in peak net debt since the Government’s first Budget, WA back on track to diversify the State’s economy and produce a number of job-creating initiatives

John Langoulant AO, Chair, Infrastructure WA

John Langoulant AO
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

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
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.

Bede Noonan, Managing Director, Acciona Geotech

Bede Noonan
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

Tonkin Highway’s Transformational Upgrade

  • Creating 5,200 jobs over the coming years, the Tonkin Highway upgrades will improve freight efficiency, connectivity and travel time for commuters
  • Completed under the ‘Boosting Jobs, Busting Congestion’ package, the State’s most congested intersection at Tonkin Highway and Welshpool Road will be fixed
  • This necessary upgrade will widen the highway from Great Eastern Hwy to just north of Guildford Road, separate interchanges at Kelvin and Welshpool roads with a new flyover at Hale Road and extend from Thomas Road to South Western Hwy in Mundijong
14:50 - 15:10

A Landmark Development in the Eastern Suburbs of Perth

  • Jointly funded by State and Federal Governments, the $1.86 billion Forrestfield Airport Link will deliver a new rail service to eastern Perth
  • A landmark transport project that will enhance upon the existing rail network by providing three new stations connected via twin-bored tunnels
  • First trains to be operational by Q3/Q4 of 2021.
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

John Gelavis, Executive Director, Master Builders WA
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)
To Be Confirmed, , Australasian Railway Association

John Gelavis 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

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

Daniel Simms, Chief Executive Officer, City of Wanneroo

Daniel Simms
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 - 10:20

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, City of Karratha

Cr Peter Long
10:20 - 10:40

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 Approved
  • 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
10:40 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:30

Locking in Projects for Regional WA

  • Over the next four years, more than $5.6 billion will be spent on regional infrastructure, investing in regional roads, hospitals and educational facilities
  • Following the State Budget, funding will deliver vital job-creating infrastructure developments that will act as a domino effect, boosting health and community services across the region. Additionally, the Employer Incentive Scheme will deliver $45 million to regional WA.
11:30 - 11:50

Congestion Busting Road Upgrades

  • Perth’s congestion currently costs the economy $1.6 billion annually, however upon the completion of all scheduled road upgrades this will decrease significantly
  • $4.2 billion set aside for future road infrastructure and upgrades by the McGowan Government
  • The Roe Highway package of projects, due to commence in 2020, will create 1,050 jobs, through the Great Eastern Highway Bypass Upgrade and Abernethy Road Upgrade
11:50 - 12:40


Investing in Job-Creating Infrastructure: Confidence Returning to WA’s Economy

  • WA is experiencing a major upswing with the State Government heavily investing in the increase of creation of jobs. With the population anticipated to grow, there is the expectation of 23,500 jobs to be created over the next year
  • Just how much will the returning boom to the mining industry effect WA locals and visitors
  • How will the recently formed Infrastructure WA influence investment and growth in the State

Tim Collins, Director Westport Project, Department of Transport

Tim Collins
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:10

Creating A Long-Term Pipeline of Works While Boosting Job Creation

  • Following the first surplus in five years of $553 million and a $6.8 billion reduction in peak net debt since the Government’s first Budget, WA back on track to diversify the State’s economy and produce a number of job-creating initiatives
14:10 - 14:30

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.
  • Transformative Trends in the Mining Industry
    • Examining the State’s economic backbone current and future value
    • Rethinking the current strategy
    • Living through the age of disruption
    • Demonstrating value to key stakeholders
14:30 - 14:50

Population or Connectivity?

Fariborz Hatam, Founder, FHSI Architects

Fariborz Hatam
14:50 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:30


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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4-5 March 2020

Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
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