SA Major Projects Conference 2018

24-25 July 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia


Conference Agenda

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Day 1 - 24th July 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 those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Address

10:00 - 10:30

Adelaide Airport Expansion Updates

  • The first phase of the terminal expansion is set to be underway in 2018 to accommodate a rapidly expanding international market sector.
  • $50 million hotel at Adelaide Airport
  • The hotel is expected to be the biggest step yet in a $2 billion expansion detailed in an airport masterplan released in 2014, which also included tripling the terminal’s size by 2044 and building several multistorey office buildings in a new business area.
  • About 350 jobs are expected to be created during the hotel’s construction and a further 45 jobs when it opens.

Vince Scanlon, Executive General Manager – Planning & Infrastructure, Adelaide Airport

Vince Scanlon
10:30 - 11:00

Securing South Australia’s Economic and Energy Future

  • Contribution of the Oil and Gas Industry to the State Economy
  • Developing Much-needed Energy Resources in South Australia, Onshore and Offshore

Matthew Doman, Director – SA & NT, APPEA

Matthew Doman
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Darlington Upgrade Project

  • The Australian Government has committed to upgrade the North-South Corridor over the next decade and together with the South Australian Government has committed $620 million to construct the Darlington Upgrade Project.
  • This stretch of road provides a series of strategic free-flowing road links to connect the rapidly expanding industrial and residential growth areas in the north and the south providing new opportunities for economic development.
  • Project Overview and Latest Updates
  • Expected timelines
  • Economic Benefits and Opportunities

Dariusz Fanok, Senior Project Manager - Darlington and Flinders Link Projects, Department for Planning, Transport, and Infrastructure

Dariusz Fanok
12:00 - 12:30

Northern Connector Project

  • The Northern Connector is a new non-stop motorway connecting the already completed Northern Expressway and South Road Superway links and is expected to provide an unimpeded journey from Gawler to Regency Park; a total of 43 kilometres.
  • Joint funding allocation of $985 million between the Australian and South Australian governments
  • Project Scope and Timelines
  • Benefits

George Panagopoulos, Project Manager – Northern Connector, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

George Panagopoulos
12:30 - 13:00

Aurora Solar Energy Project: Future of Clean Energy for South Australia

  • The Aurora Solar Energy Project located near Port Augusta is a 150 megawatt solar thermal power station incorporating 8 hours of storage (1100 megawatts-hours)
  • Aurora will deliver over 500 gigawatt-hours of energy annually – providing fully dispatchable baseload electricity to the network when electricity is needed most.
  • Storage will enable the solar thermal station to operate just like a conventional coal or gas power station, reliably generating electricity day and night – except without any emissions.
  • The project is to be located approximately 30kms north of the town on a vast pastoral station.
  • Project Overview and Timelines
  • Economic Benefits

*Tom Georgis (invited), Senior Vice President - Development, SolarReserve

Tom Georgis (invited)
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Oaklands Crossing Grade Separation Project
The $174 million project is being jointly funded by the Australian Government - $95 million, the State Government - $74 million and the City of Marion - $5 million.
The project will:

  • improve travel times and reduce travel time variability for vehicles utilising the crossing (commuter, business and freight)
  • improve safety by removing a road-rail crossing point as part of the Railway Crossing Safety Strategy
  • improve cycling and walking accessibility and safety by removing conflicts
  • have the potential to act as a catalyst for development and renewal in the area.

Mario Russo, Alliance General Manager, Public Transport Projects Alliance

Mario Russo
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion
Role of Local Government in Shaping the Future of South Australia
Local Government is uniquely positioned to bridge between the needs of the local community and the broader drivers of State and Federal Government through being more agile, open and innovative. This panel of experts will discuss and debate the role of councils in shaping the future of SA.

  • Local government’s involvement in economic development
  • Collaboration between different levels of government to deliver infrastructure projects
  • Maximise opportunities across Councils to support economic development, business attraction, innovation, job creation and retention of wealth

*Mark Buckerfield, Director – City Assets, City of Port Adelaide Enfield
*Simon Bradley, Director – Infrastructure & Environment, City of Prospect
Simon Keith, Manager - Assets & Projects, City of Playford
*Tony Lines, General Manager – City Services, City of Marion

15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Multi Commodity export Port at Cape Hardy

  • Leading east coast agribusiness Emerald Grain and prospective miner Iron Road have announced a partnership to develop a multi-commodity export port at Cape Hardy on the Eyre Peninsula.
  • Once developed, Cape Hardy is expected to be a cape-size port (capable of handling ships carrying 180,000 tonnes to 220,000 tonnes), the only one of its size in South Australia, which will unlock value and options that are currently unavailable to local growers.
16:00 - 16:20

Infrastructure Initiatives and Projects Boosting Tourism on Kangaroo Island

*Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, South Australia

16:20 - 16:25

MC Closes

16:25 - 17:25


Day 2 - 25th July 2018
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:30

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

09:30 - 10:00

City of Adelaide’s Smart City Agenda
Smart Parking in the City with the Park Adelaide App

  • Smart parking is a key initiative of the City of Adelaide's Smart City agenda and additionally supports the city's sustainability aspirations by reducing circulating traffic, congestion and carbon emissions.
  • Demand for parking is high in the City of Adelaide is high with over 200,000 vehicles accessing the city everyday.
  • A new mobile app will be launched in mid-2018 enabling drivers to locate, pay for and remotely top-up their car park to the maximum available limit. The app will also provide directions for drivers to available spaces; display easy-to-understand information about parking controls; and deliver alerts when a parking session is about to expire.

Martin Haese, The Right Honourable, The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Adelaide City Council

Martin Haese
10:00 - 10:30

Tonsley: Australia’s First Innovation District

  • Bringing together the Research Community, Businesses and Government to collaborate in the nation’s first innovative district
10:30 - 11:00

South Australia – The Defence State
South Australia’s experienced and capable industry base delivers many of the Department of Defence’s largest and most complex projects, supported by State Government investment in infrastructure and workforce skills development.

Shipbuilding: SA’s Jobs of the Future

  • Overview of the Economy-Changing Defence projects in SA
  • Future Submarines Program
  • Future Frigates Program

Richard Price, Chief Executive, Defence SA

Richard Price
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration Project

  • Rail upgrade between Adelaide and Tarcoola
  • The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will fast track a major upgrade to the east-west national rail network.
  • The upgrade will involve 1200 kilometres of rail replacement between Adelaide and Tarcoola, and will deliver a substantial boost to freight productivity in South Australia and the national freight network.
  • The ARTC will partner with Arrium Steel to deliver the upgrade, substantially boosting demand for steel production at the Whyalla facility.

Brian Green, General Manager – Asset Management, ARTC

Brian Green
12:00 - 12:20

Oz Minerals’ Carrapateena Copper mine
Carrapateena is an iron-oxide copper-gold deposit located in South Australia on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton. The opportunity is one of the country's largest undeveloped copper deposits and is located relatively close to key infrastructure.

  • Project Overview
  • Timeline and Approvals
  • Economic Benefits

*Andrew Cole, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, OZ Minerals

12:20 - 12:50

Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme Project (NAIS)

  • The $155.6 million Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) will see new water treatment facilities built within the Bolivar precinct to increase its production of recycled irrigation water by 60 per cent.
  • The NAIS is jointly funded by the South Australian and Australian Governments
  • This project will deliver up to 12 GL (Stage 1) of reclaimed water suitable for commercial food production. NAIS infrastructure will treat, store, and transport climate and season independent water to the farm gate. The infrastructure will be planned for up to 20GL to enable future growth.
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Advancing South Australia: Future Sectors Primed for Driving Economic Growth

  • Innovation, technology and creative enterprises
  • Tourism
  • Food and wine
  • Future Proofing SA’s Economy – Creating Jobs for the Future
14:10 - 14:30

South Australia – the Renewable Energy State
South Australia is committed to helping develop renewable energy projects for future energy needs and meeting world-leading environmental targets.

  • World’s largest lithium-ion battery – the Hornsdale Power Reserve
  • It sits alongside the Hornsdale Wind Farm and has been constructed in partnership with the SA government and Neoen, the French renewable energy company that owns the wind farm
14:30 - 15:00

Port Direct

  • Port Direct Industrial Precinct provides development-ready industrial land in close proximity to Adelaide’s transport infrastructure.
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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24-25 July 2018

Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia



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