Conference Day One - Wednesday, 1 May

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Jamahl Waddington
Head of Infrastructure

Infrastructure strategies to support population growth
Understanding Australia's population trends and infrastructure challenges
  • Examining population growth projections and what they mean for Australian infrastructure
  • Defining the key challenges from population growth impacting existing infrastructure and natural resources
  • Developing strategies to solve Australia’s infrastructure problems

Dr Kim Johnstone Ph.D.
Australian Population Association

PANEL DISCUSSION: What are the most essential strategies to successfully build Australia's future infrastructure?
  • What are the top three infrastructure priorities Australia should focus on to meet the demands of population growth?
  • What strategies should Australia adopt to make its infrastructure more sustainable and resilient?
  • How can we leverage technology such as artificial intelligence and data analytics to optimise infrastructure operations and improve the overall performance of critical infrastructure networks?


Louise Adams
Chief Operating Officer


Philip Helberg
Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure WA

Leah Kelly
Deputy Director-General - Infrastructure and Regional Strategy
QLD Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

Camillo Masci
Executive General Manager - Building
CPB Contractors

Morning Tea and Networking
Designing and developing infrastructure to support the needs of Australia’s growing population
  • Identifying the infrastructure needed to support surging population growth
  • Investigating the link between increased need for community infrastructure and housing growth
  • Understanding why infrastructure investment is important to provide access to essential services in urban areas

Colleen McDonnell
Manager, City Planning & Heritage
City of Adelaide

Reimagining infrastructure governance for a growing population – aligning strategy with needs
  • Identifying the gaps between strategic planning and actual project implementation to clarify whether infrastructure projects suit a community's needs
  • Solving complex challenges by exploring how international best practices in infrastructure governance can address social, environmental, economic, and public health challenges
  • Fostering inclusivity in infrastructure decisions to build more inclusive and deliberative infrastructure governance processes

Dr Tooran Alizadeh
Associate Professor of Urbanism and Infrastructure, ARC Future Fellow and Co-convener of Smart Urbanism Lab
University of Sydney

Partner Session
Accelerating economic growth and elevating social infrastructure
Creating infrastructure that fosters vibrant & successful regional and remote communities
  • Confronting the social infrastructure differences between regional and remote areas and major cities
  • Investing in regional and remote communities to improve access to necessary services and foster a more vibrant and successful community
  • Building modern infrastructure to enable residents in regional and remote communities to actively participate in the workforce

Sonja Johnson
Chief Executive Officer
Regional Development Australia – Tropical North

Networking Lunch
Mitigating social infrastructure risks: performance management, pipeline development, and critical concerns
  • Evaluating performance metrics to ensure social infrastructure meets community needs
  • Developing robust project pipelines that align with demographic changes and societal trends
  • Addressing critical risks such as funding volatility and public-private partnership challenges

Bileen Nel
Director Infrastructure
Hilltops Council

Partner Session
Navigating complex construction, seamless integration, and community trust
  • Overcoming complex engineering challenges to ensure a reliable and efficient public transport network
  • Seamlessly integrating with existing transport infrastructure to provide the community with a seamless travel experience
  • Spending time and resources on community engagement throughout the project to build trust and support for the project and its benefits across the community

Graeme Newton
Chief Executive Officer
Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Afternoon tea & networking
Enhancing community liveability through responsive planning and consultation processes
  • Facilitating flexible and responsive urban planning to evolve with changing community demographics, needs, and to enhance long-term liveability
  • Integrating diverse community needs and perspectives into urban design to provide more universally beneficial outcomes
  • Expanding the scope and efficiency of public consultation processes to enable more comprehensive community input and engagement

Brooke Martin
Director - Shire Infrastructure and Operations
Sutherland Shire Council

Investment and capital raising strategies to solve population growth challenges
FIRESIDE CHAT: What investment strategies will facilitate Australia's infrastructure renaissance?
  • How can public-private partnerships (PPPs) drive innovation and efficiency in infrastructure projects, and what challenges do they pose for investors and developers?
  • How can infrastructure funds make investment more accessible to a broader range of investors while contributing to portfolio diversification and risk management?
  • How can the industry ensure responsible and sustainable investment practices while delivering on financial expectations?
  • What regulatory reforms are needed to streamline the planning and approval process for infrastructure projects in Australia?


Sonya Campbell
Deputy Secretary - Commercial
NSW Treasury

Special Guest:

Catherine Lloyd
Head of Infrastructure – Asia/Pacific

Closing remarks from the Chair
Networking Drinks
Official Event Dinner