ACT Major Projects Conference 2018

28-29 August 2018
Hyatt Hotel
Australian Capital Territory

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Day 1 - 28th August 2018
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

Opening Address
An overview of the major infrastructure projects currently under development within the ACT.

Lloyd Esau, Executive Director, Major Projects, Infrastructure Finance and Capital Works, ACT

Lloyd Esau
10:00 - 10:30

The Future of the ACT: Canberra’s Light Rail Network

  • An overview of what promises to be a highly modern, efficient rail system.
  • Key updates on the construction of the project.
  • How the network will help transform Canberra into a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly city.

Meghan Oldfield, Project Director – Light Rail Stage 1, Transport Canberra and City Services

Meghan Oldfield
10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Opportunities for the ACT to 2050

Canberra is maturing as a city. The great work of the planners and engineers that got us to where we are now hold us in good stead for the future. Adrian will explore some of the bold ideas and strategic initiatives needed now to position us for an exciting and sustainable 2050.

Adrian Piani, Canberra Area Manager, AECOM

Adrian Piani
11:30 - 12:00

Advancements in Belconnen – Roads, Culture, Education, and Urban Renewal
Belconnen, one of the ACT’s largest districts, is set to undergo a range of changes and improvements that will help shape the area into a thriving, sustainable, and engaging district. The Belconnen Town Centre master plan in particular is centred on increasing its liveability factor by improving cycle and pedestrian connections and road infrastructure, while helping to reduce Canberra’s ecological footprint. Other key projects and developments include:

  • Linking the Belconnen Town Centre to key areas within Canberra, by extending the city’s various footpaths and cycle-ways.
  • Ensuring a better Belconnen High School, with refurbished technology areas, a roof replacement, and upgraded outdoor learning and teaching environments.
  • A $15 million expansion to the Belconnen Arts Centre will further inject a sense of excitement and culture into Canberra.

Tara Cheyne MLA, Member for Ginninderra, ACT

Tara Cheyne MLA
12:00 - 12:30

Constitution Place – Canberra City’s $300 Million Mixed-Use Development

  • A 9000 square metre car park in Canberra’s city east will be redeveloped into Constitution Place – made up of two buildings linked by a Melbourne-style laneway.
  • The buildings will house Government and commercial offices, as well as the 5-star Adina Apartment Hotel Grand.
  • With its laneway set to harbour cafes and retail stores, the development will aim to redefine the notion of a work-life balance for its occupants, and fellow working Canberrians.

Richard Snow, Head of Property, Canberra Airport

Richard Snow
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:00

Cultural Renewal within the Territory

  • The Cultural Facilities Corporation intends to expand cultural opportunities for ACT residents and tourists.
  • As part of this expansion is a plan to build a 2000-seat, purpose-built theatre to compete with Australia’s largest theatres.
  • Updates on the theatre’s potential development.

Harriet Elvin, CEO, Cultural Facilities Corporation

Harriet Elvin
14:00 - 14:30

Shaping the Future of Canberra: The City Renewal Authority

  • Exploring the key urban renewal projects currently taking form with central Canberra.
  • City grants: updates on how this funding will help to improve Canberra’s city centre.

Malcolm Snow, CEO, City Renewal Authority, Canberra

Malcolm Snow
14:30 - 15:00

Seeing Impactful Social Infrastructure Projects to Fruition

  • Hospitals, public housing, and educational facilities are deeply important pieces of infrastructure within not only the ACT, but in every corner of the world. How can individuals working within the social infrastructure sector efficiently procure and deliver such projects?
  • Exploring MinsterEllison’s major project methodology and approach.

Ben Fuller, Partner, MinterEllison

Ben Fuller
15:00 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00

Propelling the ACT’s Economic Development

  • Strategies for ensuring significant regional development within the Territory.
  • Working with both public and private sectors to enhance tourism and sustainability.
  • Updates on RDA ACT’s latest initiatives and projects.

Michael Claessens, Executive Director/Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia – Australian Capital Territory

Michael Claessens
16:00 - 16:30

Doma Group’s Transformative Multi-Building Precinct Set to Urbanise Canberra

  • The precinct will comprise four buildings, one of which will be a six-storey tower featuring 13,000 square metres of office space.
  • The other buildings will house 280 new apartments, as well as retail and commercial spaces.
  • Allowing efficient connectivity between the Dickson group centre, Canberra’s light rail network, and the Dickson bus interchange, construction of the project will be carried out over two stages.

Gavin Edgar, General Manager, Development, Doma Group

Gavin Edgar
16:30 - 17:00

Optimising Sustainable Urban Development Within Canberra

  • Thinking long-term: how planning approaches within Canberra can ensure a resilient and sustainable future for the city.
  • An analysis of current urban renewal projects within Canberra’s districts.
  • Enhancing wellbeing within our communities: how green spaces can positively impact our moods. 

Professor Barbara Norman, Director, Canberra Urban and Regional Futures, University of Canberra

Professor Barbara Norman
17:00 - 17:10


17:10 - 18:10


Day 2 - 29th August 2018
08:20 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:40

Speed Networking
This speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with other conference attendees.

09:40 - 10:10

Only Rain Down the Stormwater Drain - ACT’s Healthy Waterways Initiative

  • The joint initiative between the ACT and Australian Governments aims to improve the quality of water entering ACT’s lakes, waterways and the Murrumbidgee River system.
  • Awareness, education, incentives, and change are all key components at the heart of the program.
  • Updates on projects under construction or about to begin, including the new wetlands at Isabella Pond, the creek restoration at the Lake Tuggeranong catchment, and the rain garden at Upper Stranger Pond.

Justin Foley, Program Manager ACT Healthy Waterways, Environmental Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate, ACT

10:10 - 10:50

Panel Discussion:
Managing Population Growth through Alternative Living Solutions

  • Catering to the ACT’s steadily booming population with the aid of new housing infrastructure, while ensuring occupants are connected, safe, and comfortable.
  • Exploring the challenges surrounding the development of tall buildings within Canberra.
  • How alternative housing can help drive and increase economic development within the ACT.

Adina Cirson, ACT Executive Director, Property Council of Australia
Caroline Le Couteur, ACT Greens Spokesperson for Planning, Transport, City Services & Member for Murrumbidgee, ACT Legislative Assembly
Gay Williamson, ACT Chapter President, The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects
Rob Henry, Director, Rob Henry Architects

Adina Cirson Caroline Le Couteur Rob Henry
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:50

Red Hill’s Public Housing Precinct Redevelopment – Forming a Green, Active Network from the Inside

  • Replacing the former Red Hill public housing precinct, changes to the 53,003 square metre site are already taking shape, with demolition of the old Red Hill flats having commenced.
  • The precinct will act as a ‘green space’, encouraging healthy and environmentally-friendly lifestyles by incorporating five parks, numerous green spines, and various pedestrian linkages throughout the suburb – also helping to connect community members to and within Red Hill.
  • Red Hill community members collaborated closely with the ACT Government to develop the project’s Estate Development Plan – an analysis of the challenges and opportunities of such collaborations.
  • The Suburban Land Agency has a remit to balance social, financial and environmental outcomes, has the Redhill Precinct achieved this? What other methodologies are being considered by the SLA to achieve such outcomes?

John Dietz, CEO, Suburban Land Agency, ACT

John Dietz
11:50 - 12:20

The Canberra to Eden Railway Line: Unlocking the Potential of South-East Australia

  • The plan, which proposes to rebuild the disused rail line from Queanbeyan to Bombala, plans to include a stop at Canberra airport.
  • Exploring how the line can cement Canberra’s status as a freight hub for South-East Australia.
  • The benefits of relieving Sydney and Melbourne of freight traffic.

Edwin Michell, Director, Stormcloud Engineering

12:20 - 12:50

A Smarter and Safer Canberra
“Smart Buildings and Cities” are about to explode in terms of market growth. As the building and construction industries are quite mature, many are not particularly familiar with cyber threats for buildings, facilities, roads and cities. As data is collected from edge devices, sensors, BMS and IBMS systems in various forms utilising traditional methods, IoT and cloud, exposure to tremendous cyber risks and threats have presented themselves. Hackers have already broken into many buildings’ BMSs, networks and other systems all over the globe and the trend will grow. The consequences are huge for both operations and safety of these buildings, facilities, airports and cities. This presentation will highlight these risks and threats and offer some recommendations that would mitigate some of those risks.

Bob Sharon, Founder & Chief Innovation Officer, Blue IoT

Bob Sharon
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:20

How Will Canberra Prepare for the Upcoming Fleet of Electric Vehicles?

  • As part of the ACT Government’s ‘Transition to Zero Emissions Vehicles Action Plan’, all newly-leased government passenger vehicles within the territory will be electric.
  • All new multi-unit and mixed-use developments within Canberra must install charging stations, in order to accommodate the influx.
  • In 2017 the NRMA invested nearly $10 million into the construction of Australia’s largest fast-charging network along highways in the ACT - this is just one way that the territory’s roads can help support the scheme.

Dr. Paul Sernia, Chief Product Officer, Tritium

Dr. Paul Sernia
14:20 - 14:50

Addressing the Scope of Major Projects through Sound and Tailored Legal Advice

  • Rising to the challenge of major project development: addressing the complexities surrounding successful project delivery.
  • Ensuring a suitable contract is drawn up for a major project, whether it is transport, education, health, or energy related.
  • Environmental risk management: planning for energy-based infrastructure projects.

Jonathan Burns, Partner, KPMG

14:50 - 15:20

Tackling Canberra's Population Growth with the Efficient, Innovative Transport Design Solutions 

  • Addressing the challenges surrounding a rapidly growing city. 
  • Positively impacting Canberra’s transport system with strategic and sustainable design. 
  • Exploring how high-quality design can help to tackle the challenges surrounding a rapidly growing city.

Noam Maitless, Design Director – Architecture and Urban Design, GHDWoodhead

Noam Maitless
15:20 - 15:30


15:30 - 16:00


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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28-29 August 2018

Hyatt Hotel
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