30-31 July 2019
Adelaide Convention Centre
Adelaide, SA, Australia

Conference Agenda

Day 1 - 30th July 2019

07:50 - 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

Overview of South Australia’s Major Defence Projects

  • Australia’s $35 billion Hunter Class frigate program
  • Future Submarine Program

Richard Price, Chief Executive, Defence SA

Richard Price

10:00 - 10:30

SA Water – A Carbon Neutral Water Utility

  • SA Water, South Australia's largest provider of water and sewerage services, will reduce its demand on the grid and increase its renewable energy generation and storage capacity, in an ambitious plan to achieve zero net electricity costs within the next three years.
  • The utility serves 1.6 million people across South Australia and is one of the largest electricity users in the state, with energy-intensive pumping and treatment operations consuming 220 gigawatt hours in 2016/17 at a cost of around $55 million.
  • Addressing Urban Growth Challenges using Technology

Mark Gobbie, General Manager, Asset, Operations and Delivery, SA Water

Mark Gobbie

10:30 - 11:00

South Australia’s Energy Transformation

  • ElectraNet has been exploring options to facilitate South Australia’s energy transformation, while helping to lower electricity prices and improve system security.
  • A high-capacity interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales, with an added connection to north west Victoria, is the preferred option to generate a range of benefits for South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
  • These benefits include improved electricity affordability, energy and network security and the connection of renewable energy needed to meet Australia’s carbon emissions targets.

Rainer Korte, Executive Manager – Asset Management, ElectraNet

Rainer Korte

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Update on the Adelaide-Tarcoola Rail Upgrade Acceleration Project

  • The project involves the upgrade of approximately 600 kilometres of track on the Interstate network between Adelaide (Islington and Outer Harbor) and Tarcoola which supports intermodal freight traffic to and from WA as well as a lot of heavy minerals rail freight.
  • The Adelaide – Tarcoola Re-railing Upgrade has been assessed by Infrastructure Australia and designated a priority project.
  • The upgrade builds upon an existing 100 kilometres of track enhancements that have already been completed by ARTC along this section of rail line. The project is expected to be completed in late 2019.

Brian Green, General Manager – Asset Management, ARTC

Brian Green

12:00 - 12:30

Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park (PAREP)

  • The Port Augusta Renewable Energy Park is a unique hybrid renewable energy development integrating wind and solar PV technology.
  • DP Energy has been granted Development Approval for total installed capacity of up to 375MW on land situated on the coastal plain south-east of Port Augusta, in South Australia.
  • Project Overview and Benefits

Catherine Way, Business Development Manager, DP Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Catherine Way

12:30 - 13:00

Establishment of Infrastructure SA

  • Infrastructure SA is an independent body that will combine the expertise of the private and public sectors to develop a 20-year state infrastructure strategy and 5-year infrastructure plans
  • Better planning to support long term economic growth, more jobs, and better, more affordable services.

Jeremy Conway*, Chief Executive, Infrastructure SA

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Latest Updates for the 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.

Nigel Schmidt, Alliance General Manager, Public Transport Projects Alliance

Nigel Schmidt

14:20 - 15:10

Panel Discussion

Building A Stronger SA: Plans, Priorities and Opportunities

  • Unlocking the full potential of SA’s Economy
  • Sectors Driving Economic Growth for SA

Evan Knapp, Executive Officer, South Australian Freight Council
John Sergeant, Managing Director, Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Ltd
Pat Gerace, Chief Executive Officer
, Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA)

Evan Knapp
John Sergeant
Pat Gerace

15:10 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:00

Cost Effective Power: No Longer a Pipe Dream for Major Projects 

All over the world large operations are looking to diversify their power needs into non-traditional methods that combine reliability and affordability. With some clever thinking, this may just include reducing emissions. Here in Australia, policy apathy and waiting for the next big thing is making decision making close to impossible. So why are stakeholders waiting? With the reduction in costs associated with renewable energy and the advent of other cost effective solutions just around the corner, how can it be that large projects and operating facilities continue to wait. Could it be because the answer is more complex than one silver bullet? This presentation looks to promote some new thinking on existing and "just around the corner" options for some of our largest companies and projects in Australia.

Benjamin Heard, Consultant - Asset Performance, Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Benjamin Heard

16:00 - 16:20

Civil Contractors Federation SA– Promoting, Supporting, Protecting Civil Contractors

Mr Phil Sutherland, CEO of the Civil Contractors Federation – South Australia (CCF SA) will discuss the role and function of the CCF SA , an Industry Association and peak body dedicated to supporting and promoting the civil construction sector in SA. The CCF SA has a Membership of more than 500 companies and offers a wide range of services to its Membership including advocacy, events, training and access to professional, legal and technical assistance. The CCF SA works closely with government at all levels at the political and agency level to ensure that government decision making in the areas of policy and regulation is well informed and will result in positive outcomes for the sector and the SA economy. CCF SA delivers high quality, well attended events designed to show case the industry (projects and people) and provide opportunities for networking and fellowship. The CCF SA training arm Civil Train SA is a not for profit industry trainer, with a focus on quality training and delivers nationally accredited and non-accredited civil construction related courses and programs for people in SA, the NT and WA.           

Phillip Sutherland, Chief Executive Officer, Civil Contractors Federation South Australia (CCF SA)

Phillip Sutherland

16:20 - 16:25


16:25 - 17:25


Day 2 - 31st July 2019

08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Ministerial Address

Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining, Member for Stuart

Hon. Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP

09:30 - 10:00

Ministerial Address

Hon. Stephan Knoll, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, Minister for Planning - South Australia

Hon. Stephan Knoll

10:00 - 10:30

Address by the Lord Mayor

Sandy Verschoor, The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide, City of Adelaide

Sandy Verschoor

10:30 - 11:00

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.

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Lot Fourteen: The Redevelopment of the former RAH site

  • Lot Fourteen on the site of the former Royal Adelaide Hospital is being transformed into Australia’s First creation and innovation neighbourhood
  • The seven-hectare neighbourhood is bringing together members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem including start-ups, mentors, corporations, researchers and investors with creatives to share spaces, experiences and most of all, talent.
  • Project Overview and Updates

Mark Devine, Acting Chief Executive, Renewal SA

Mark Devine

12:00 - 12:20

Exploring the Nexus between Tourism and Infrastructure

  • Significance of Infrastructure in Destination Development
  • Growing Tourism Sector as Future Driver of Economic Activity in South Australia

Nick Jones, Executive Director – Destination Development, South Australian Tourism Commission

Nick Jones

12:20 - 12:50

124 metre Tall Student Accommodation Tower

  • Designed by Woods Bagot, the 124.2-metre-tower will be among the world’s tallest towers specifically designed to house students.
  • The tower would occupy a site at 29 Twin Street, between Grenfell Street and Rundle Mall and contain a total of 510 beds across single studios and shared apartments with up to six beds.

Alex Hall, Associate Principal, Woods Bagot

Alex Hall

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:20

Gawler Line Electrification Project

  • The $615 million electrification and modernisation of the Gawler rail line will deliver a faster, cleaner and more reliable service, delivering an electrified network through Adelaide from Gawler to Seaford.
  • Once complete the electrified line will support increased capacity and future growth for development along the rail corridor and in northern Adelaide.
  • Project Overview and Updates

14:20 - 14:40

A Strong Steel Industry

The South Australian Government, through the SA Industry Participation Policy, has provided significant support for the local steel industry and the myriad of local industries both upstream and downstream. A cornerstone of that policy is the mandating of a defined transparent quality bar that helps to ensure that imported steel and steelwork of poor quality does not undercut our local industry nor compromise the safety of our community. The quality bar is ensured through third party certification of both steel and fabricated steelwork.

The presentation discusses the imperatives for third party certification, the details of the third party schemes available and how the South Australian Government has worked with industry to roll out this market leading approach to ensuring the wellbeing an safety of the community

Dr Peter Key, National Technical Development Manager, Australian Steel Institute

Dr Peter Key

14:40 - 15:00

$354.3 million North-South Corridor Pym Street to Regency Road Project

  • The Regency Road to Pym Street Project will complete a 47km non-stop free flow roadway between Gawler and the River Torrens.
  • The project comprises a 1.8 kilometre motorway with three lanes in each direction.
  • The South Australian and Australian Governments announced joint funding for the construction.

15:00 - 15:45

Panel Discussion

15:45 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:20


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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