Conference Day Two - Thursday, 2 May

08:15
Registration and welcome coffee
08:50
Opening remarks from the Chair

Jamahl Waddington
Head of Infrastructure
JLL

Harnessing infrastructure as a driver for nation-building success
9:00
Prioritising and planning for critical nation-building infrastructure projects
  • Assessing project merits to align infrastructure development with growth objectives and social benefits
  • Enhancing stakeholder engagement to focus on projects that meet the community's needs and expectations
  • Implementing efficiency practices to accelerate project delivery and infrastructure investments

Coralie Williams
Director, Project Advisory & Evaluation
Infrastructure Australia

09:30
Crafting compact and connected urban infrastructure developments
  • Promoting urban consolidation to enhance access to employment and essential services
  • Balancing infrastructure development with sustainability to ensure environmental preservation alongside urban growth
  • Implementing efficiency practices to accelerate project delivery of infrastructure developments

Rebecca Moore
Government Architect | Member, National Urban Policy Forum
WA Department of Planning | Lands and Heritage, Australian Government

Navigating environmental challenges while supporting urban growth
10:00
The future of sustainable infrastructure in urban communities
  • Developing eco-friendly communities as living labs with integrated environmental features like wetlands, waterways, and advanced renewable energy systems
  • Evaluating resident experiences and sustainability impacts to assess energy use, water consumption, and resident satisfaction
  • Integrating renewable energy technologies in urban developments to reduce electricity demand and create more energy-efficient communities

Leena Thomas
Professor – School of Architecture
University of Technology Sydney

10:30
Morning Tea & Networking
11:00
Strategies to manage the environmental risks of large-scale infrastructure projects in growing urban environments
  • Conducting a comprehensive environmental impact assessment before breaking ground
  • Developing and implementing a mitigation plan to address identified environmental impacts
  • Ensuring continual monitoring of environmental performance before and after construction

Ravi Prasad
National Environment and Sustainability Manager
Seymour Whyte Group

11:30
Partner session
Leveraging innovation to build future-proof infrastructure
11:50
Pioneering innovation and circularity in major infrastructure projects: the Metro Tunnel Project
  • Highlighting how the Metro Tunnel Project is reshaping the construction industry's approach to sustainability
  • Using circular innovations to significantly reduce carbon emissions & minimise waste
  • Leveraging low-carbon materials to achieve net-zero emissions
  • Driving positive environmental outcomes while elevating project efficiencies and infrastructure useability

Mick Lo Monaco
Sustainability Lead
Bouygues Construction Australia

Dr Massoud Sofi
Senior Research Fellow
University of Melbourne

12:20
Networking Lunch
13:20
Using parking infrastructure technology to drive urban revitalisation & meet population demands
  • Utilising flexible design to maximise the utility of the space and foster community engagement and urban revitalisation
  • Adopting renewable energy sources and electric vehicle charging stations to reduce the environmental impact of parking facilities and meet the growing demand 
  • Adapting current parking facilities to accommodate self-driving cars

Leon Marskell
Manager City Standards and Compliance
Campbelltown City Council

13:50
Paving the way for modern, future-forward transport infrastructure
  • Advancing eco-friendly transportation through government and local business initiatives
  • Optimising traffic and enhancing efficiency through digitalisation
  • Boosting urban mobility and local economies with modern public transport investments

Michelle Bisson
Executive Director Planning & Environment
City of Newcastle

14:20
Partner Session
14:40
Afternoon tea & networking
Solving labour shortage & skills gap challenges
15:10
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can the Australian infrastructure sector solve the labour shortage and skills gap problem?
  • What are the most critical challenges posed by the skills gap in Australian infrastructure?
  • How can the government, industry, and education sector collaborate to invest in training and development?
  • What measures can be taken to make working in the infrastructure industry more attractive for new and existing workers?
  • What innovative technologies and practices can be adopted to enhance productivity and reduce the demand for workers in infrastructure?

Moderator:

Renee Schneider
Head of People and Culture
Camden Council

Panellists:

Corrie Williams
Executive Director, Collaboration and Innovation
Master Builders Association of Victoria

Sally Kincaid
Chief People and Culture Officer
nbn™ Australia

Gabrielle Curtin
Group Executive – Safety, People, Community and Services
Snowy Hydro

Future proofing infrastructure to combat climate hazards
16:00
Developing resilient infrastructure to minimise climate change exposure risks
  • Assessing climate risks to identify vulnerabilities in infrastructure projects
  • Integrating sustainable design principles to enhance resilience against extreme weather events
  • Collaborating with environmental experts to ensure compliance with evolving regulations

Nicholas Lander
Director, Climate Change Physical Risk & Resilience
Aurecon

16:30
Closing remarks from the Chair
16:40
End of Urban Infrastructure Strategy 2024