SA Major Projects Conference 2017

25-26 July 2017
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia


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Day 1 - 25th July 2017
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

Modernising South Australia’s Economy and Infrastructure

  • Gateway to a Smart Nation – 10 Gigabit City Network for Adelaide

The City of Adelaide will be the first capital city in Australia to construct a transformational 21st century Ten Gigabit Optical Fibre worldwide Network. The new broadband connectivity would complement the current nbn roll out and the State Government’s Gig City project – that will each deliver higher speed internet services to the city.

  • GigCity Adelaide will deliver internet speeds more than 10 times faster than the NBN and at least 100 times faster than the national average. It will overcome the current barrier small start-up companies face from the prohibitive cost of very high speed access to the internet, enabling the development of leading edge, data-intensive companies in industry sectors such as biotech, advanced manufacturing and film post production.
  • The 10 Gig City Network can help future proof the city and prepare for innovations like autonomous vehicle technology and sensory networks. In fact, some of the users of this network are in industries and jobs yet to be created.
  • The 10 Gig City Network would contribute to economic development of the city by growth in businesses, researchers, universities that locate and invest in the City of Adelaide.

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

Martin Haese
10:00 - 10:30

Oaklands Level Crossing Redevelopment
A landmark agreement has been reached between Marion Council and the State and Federal Governments to fixing the crossing at Oaklands Park. The $174 million redevelopment at Oaklands Crossing is expected to create a new residential and shopping precinct and end more than 40 years of daily traffic jams. Marion Council will contribute $5 million in land, roadworks and green space while facilitating a special planning zone to allow high-density developments. The Federal Government will contribute $95 million and the State Government $74.3, with construction expected to begin in the first half of next year.

Mayor Kris Hanna, City of Marion, South Australia

Mayor Kris Hanna
10:30 - 10:50

World’s Largest Residential Solar Virtual Power Plant

  • The $20M Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is being built by AGL, with support from the Federal Australian Renewable Energy Agency

  • The project will demonstrate the value that can be created by a VPP at a commercial scale. This includes customer value through improved self-consumption of solar, as well as backup power, and grid support services that benefit all grid users.

  • When completed the virtual power plant will see 1000 batteries installed in homes and businesses across metropolitan Adelaide will have an output equivalent to 5MW solar peaking plant.

Elisabeth Brinton, Executive GM New Energy, AGL

Elisabeth Brinton
10:50 - 11:10

Future Submarines Program

  • The Future Submarine Program (SEA1000) will deliver for Australia an affordable, regionally superior, conventional submarine capability, sustainable into the foreseeable future. They are of strategic importance to Australia and a critical element in the nation’s maritime security planning, with Australia’s national security and $1.6 trillion economy depend on secure sea lanes.
  • Techport Australia is the confirmed build location for the Future Submarine program. The largest Defence procurement in the nation’s history, the program is an investment of more than $50 billion in Australia’s security.
  • The project will transform South Australia’s economy and drive innovation across a range of sectors.
  • Key project infrastructure is also being targeted by the state, including the Future Submarine Design Centre and Combat System Design Integration and Test Facility. A Future Submarine Technical Office based in Adelaide is already working on the project, drawing in expertise from around the world.

Andy Keough, Chief Executive, Defence SA

Andy Keough
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:10

Kangaroo Island Projects Pipeline

In just a few years, Kangaroo Island is set to have an upgraded airport and a more diverse range of tourism experiences to unlock its potential. This presentation will cover the latest updates on the American River Tourist Resort and the airport upgrade.

American River Tourist Resort

  • The $22 million Kangaroo Island tourist resort that will overlook the Great Australian Bight and create 280 ongoing jobs has been given the green light by the state’s planning panel.
  • Given major project status by the State Government in August 2015, the resort is expected to create up to 100 jobs will also be created during each construction stage — the first of three will include the hotel, a wine lodge, and some cabins.
  • Kangaroo Island Airport Upgrade

Wendy Campana, Commissioner for Kangaroo Island, SA

Wendy Campana
12:10 - 12:30

Adelaide Festival Centre and Her Majesty’s Theatre Redevelopments
These important projects are good news for historic venues, patrons, the arts, Adelaide, and South Australia. Adelaide Festival Centre’s transformation will revitalise Adelaide Riverbank, creating a dynamic space, buzzing with culture and entertainment. The redevelopment of Her Majesty’s Theatre will support the rejuvenation of the market precinct, providing a book end for the Market to Riverbank laneways project.

Douglas Gautier, CEO & Artistic Director, Adelaide Festival Centre

Douglas Gautier
12:30 - 13:00

Fork in the road: Will we embrace opportunities in the nuclear fuel cycle?
South Australia has engaged in a remarkable process of exploring opportunities in the nuclear fuel cycle. That dialogue may be spluttering to a halt, with our political class poised to reject the opportunities before us. Yet underlying conditions in South Australia continue to worsen, with a power sector in crisis, rising unemployment and a flight of industrialisation. Just what is at stake in this discussion? Energy researcher and environmentalist Ben Heard will review the process to date an outline what could be available to South Australia were we to integrate custodial management of used nuclear fuel with collaborative research, development and deployment of  advanced nuclear technologies. Be warned, this presentation comes with a call to action: South Australia will get the future it deserves and everyone has a say in just what that will be.

Ben Heard, Founder & Executive Director, Bright New World

Ben Heard
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Driverless Car Technology – Transforming the South Australian Economy

South Australia is keeping its foot on the accelerator of the driverless car industry with the state government set to invest $10 million on the technology.

The SA government is expected to hand out $10 million in R&D grants over the next three years to create extra incentives for autonomous technology producers to bring their business to Adelaide and its surrounds.

  • Overview of the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI)
  • Benefits of Driverless Cars
  • When and How will Driverless Vehicles Become More Mainstream and Widely Adopted?
  • Role of Driverless Cars in Strengthening the Economy
    • Driverless cars are expected to deliver huge benefits to SA's roads and economy with the industry expected to be worth $90 billion globally by 2030.

Rita Excell, Executive Director, Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) Centre for Excellence

Rita Excell
14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion
Advancing South Australia: Future Sectors Primed for Driving Economic Growth
This panel of experts will discuss and debate South Australia’s transition from its manufacturing base into a host of new industries aimed at driving economic growth. The sectors primed for driving SA’s economy in the future include innovation, technology and creative enterprises, tourism, food and wine.

  • Improving Global Competitiveness through Innovation – Technology And Creative Enterprises
  • Growing Tourism Sector as Future Driver of  Economic Activity
  • SA’s booming Food and Wine Industry as Engine Room for the state’s Economy

Tim Boundy, CEO, Renew Adelaide
Justin Ross, Director, Agriculture Food and Wine, Primary Industries and Regions SA
Nick Jones, Executive Director of Destination Development, South Australian Tourism Commission

Tim Boundy Justin Ross Nick Jones
15:10 - 15:30

Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project

  • The Brown Hill Keswick Creek (BHKC) Stormwater Project is a collaborative effort between the catchment councils of Adelaide, Burnside, Mitcham, Unley and West Torrens to mitigate serious flood risks and help safeguard properties across the catchment of Brown Hill and Keswick Creeks.
  • The project has developed a 2016 Stormwater Management Plan (2016 SMP) to substantially reduce the number of properties that would be affected by very large flood events along the four major watercourses of the catchment.
  • Project Overview and Timelines

Michael Salkeld, Project Director, Brown Hill Keswick Creek Stormwater Project

15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Future Proofing SA’s Economy – Creating Jobs for the Future

  • Wave of disruptive technologies: digital, nanotechnology, new materials and sensing technologies
  • UniSA’s Future Industry Institute – helping SA industry adopt disruptive emerging technology
  • Photonics – the electronics of the 21st century: Targeting the $500 billion photonics industry
  • Future Industries Accelerator – bridging the gap between research and industry
  • Photonics Catalyst Program – bringing photonics technologies to problems faced by SA industry

Professor Tanya Monro, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, University of South Australia

Professor Tanya Monro
16:20 - 16:40

Connecting suppliers to major projects

  • The Industry Capability Network (ICN) facilitates the development of local supply chains for major projects and operations.
  • Current focus areas include projects across the infrastructure, mining, defence, oil & gas, and renewable energy sectors.
  • The presentation will include an overview of major projects listed on ICN Gateway, the platform for connecting buyers to suppliers, supported by a powerful online database and an extensive network of Business Growth consultants.

Bettina Venner, Manager Industry Participation ICN, Department of State Development, Government of South Australia

Bettina Venner
16:40 - 16:45

MC Closes

16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 26th July 2017
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 - 09:50

Outlook for New Oil & Gas Reserves in South Australia

  • Upcoming opportunities and developments associated within the energy resources sector across South Australia

Barry Goldstein, Executive Director - Energy Resources, Department of the Premier and Cabinet, State Government of South Australia

Barry Goldstein
09:50 - 10:10

Ministerial Address

Hon Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Minister for Housing and Urban Development, South Australia

Hon Stephen Mullighan MP
10:10 - 10:30

Adelaide Airport Expansion Plans
A new hotel is expected to be the next 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.

The first phase of the terminal expansion is also set to be underway during 2018 to accommodate a rapidly expanding international market sector.

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

Vince Scanlon
10:30 - 11:00

Energy Security in South Australia in the Shadow of Affordability and Climate Change Imperatives

  • SA is leading the nation in transitioning to a low carbon energy market
  • The arising system security challenges have global significance
  • Breakthrough technologies and power system arrangements in SA will deliver internationally significant opportunities
  • Energy affordability in SA remains a live issue

Jo De Silva, Senior Policy Officer – Energy, Water and Climate Change, South Australian Council of Social Service

Jo De Silva
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

50 year Port Strategy for South Australia

  • The South Australian Government is working with industry to develop a 50-year strategy to maximise economic opportunities arising from South Australia’s port assets.
  • The strategy is an opportunity to position ports to deliver broader economic growth as well as logistics services through innovation. Ports play a vital role in supporting economic activity and growth and the strategy will leverage the shared role of Government and industry in port development.
  • This strategy will align to the National Port Strategy and ensure port planning and development supports SA’s economic priorities.
  • The strategy will inform land use planning, which will help to ensure that produce such as food and wine is effectively and efficiently linked to markets, preserve land for related, value adding employment and preserve the transport corridors that are so important to the effective running of South Australia’s ports.

Don Hogben, General Manager, Planning and Transport Policy, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

Don Hogben
12:00 - 12:20

Agribusiness - Complex Challenges, Sensible Solutions

Agribusiness Australia is Australia’s leading organization promoting the agri-food chain and the contribution agribusiness makes to the Australian economy and community.

  • Growth potential of the agribusiness industry
  • Creating New Business Opportunities
  • Developing efficient infrastructure for agribusiness exports

Tim Burrow, CEO, Agribusiness Australia

Tim Burrow
12:20 - 12:50

The Adelaide New CBD High School Project

  • The New CBD school will be the state’s first vertical school, boasting seven floors following a refurbishment of Uni SA’s Reid Building.
  • Local firm Cox Architecture has partnered with DesignInc, TCL, AECOM and KBR to design the new CBD high school.
  • This significant project for Adelaide builds on the Government’s infrastructure investment and is expected to create more than 200 new jobs for South Australians.
  • The state’s new school will also be part of Adelaide’s vibrant city precinct, with close proximity to the Park Lands, Universities, the Botanic Gardens and the Zoo, among other key Adelaide attractions along North Terrace.
  • Project Overview and Opportunities

Nathan Hawkes, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend Thinc

Nathan Hawkes
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Infrastructure’s Role in Reinventing Adelaide

Aaron Hill, Director, Deloitte Access Economics

Aaron Hill
14:10 - 14:30

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, Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - South Australia

George Panagopoulos
14:30 - 15:00

Precast Concrete: Optimising Civil Construction
While precast is used widely across infrastructure, the presenter will explore some of the more interesting applications for precast concrete and some of the newer developments that transform otherwise purely functional structures into works of art. The changing landscape in standards and codes relating to the use of prefabricated concrete elements on civil construction sites will also be explained.

Sarah Bachmann, CEO, National Precast Concrete Association Australia

Sarah Bachmann
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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25-26 July 2017

Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia

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