Conference Day Two - Thursday, 2 May

Registration and welcome coffee
Opening remarks from the Chair

Jamahl Waddington
Head of Infrastructure

Harnessing infrastructure as a driver for nation-building success
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

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
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

Morning Tea & Networking
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

Partner session
Leveraging innovation to build future-proof infrastructure
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

Networking Lunch
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

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

Partner Session
Afternoon tea & networking
Solving labour shortage & skills gap challenges
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?


Renee Schneider
Head of People and Culture
Camden Council


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
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

Closing remarks from the Chair
End of Urban Infrastructure Strategy 2024