VIC Major Projects Conference 2018

4-5 September 2018
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Day 1 - 4th September 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 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

09:50 - 10:20

Arden Urban Renewal Precinct: Integrated World-Class Urban Renewal

  • The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) is undertaking planning for Arden, on behalf of the Victorian Government. The VPA is collaborating closely on this project with the City of Melbourne and key stakeholders, including other government agencies.
  • Located on 55 hectares of land between Macaulay Road, Dryburgh Street and the Upfield Rail Corridor, in North Melbourne, Arden will be a global knowledge hub and central city destination. It will complement the neighbouring residential precinct of Macaulay, being planned by the City of Melbourne.
  • Arden Station, being built as part of the Metro Tunnel, is due to open by 2026, making this the ideal location to expand Melbourne’s bustling city centre.

10:20 - 10:45

Melbourne Metro Tunnel – Latest Updates

  • This presentation will cover the latest updates for this once-in-a-generation project that is expected to increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of train lines serving Melbourne’s growth areas in the north, west and south-east.
  • The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – has been selected to build the Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.
Early works are all most complete, with major construction on the tunnel and stations underway.

Linda Cantan, Package Director Tunnel & Stations, Rail Projects Victoria

Linda Cantan
10:45 - 11:10

Development Victoria’s Urban Renewal Projects
Development Victoria is charged with revitalising publicly owned land and buildings to create homes and spaces that help make Victoria a better place to live. This presentation will give an overview of Development Victoria and touch on current projects, as well as providing an overview of how Development Victoria is aligning with Government policy.

TBC, Chief Executive Officer, Development Victoria

11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:10

Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Project

Fishermans Bend is Australia’s largest urban renewal project covering approximately 480 hectares in the heart of Melbourne. Fishermans Bend will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip – and connect Melbourne's CBD to the bay.

  • Draft Fishermans Bend Framework

Cr Bernadene Voss, Mayor, City of Port Phillip

Cr Bernadene Voss
12:10 - 12:30

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better
Jeremy will discuss the current state of productivity in construction and how technology will play an important role in the industry’s future. We'll finish the discussion with a quick case study and an examination of real-world proof points of the impact PlanGrid has had on key local projects.

Scott Harvey, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Scott Harvey
12:30 - 13:00

Victorian Heart Hospital Project

  • The Victorian government is investing  $470 million to build Australia’s very first stand-alone heart hospital. The Victorian Heart Hospital is a collaboration between Monash Health and Monash University to deliver excellence in cardiac care and research under the one roof.
  • Expected to deliver 1700+jobs during construction
  • Project overview and timelines
  • Economic Benefits

*Meaghan Dwyer, Principal, John Wardle Architects

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50

Panel Discussion
Infrastructure Priorities for A Growing Victoria
Melbourne’s soaring population has crowned Victoria as the fastest growing state in the nation. From congested roads to overcrowded public transport, energy, housing affordability and public safety, managing Australia’s most rapid population growth is an extraordinary challenge. This panel of experts will discuss effective ways to plan infrastructure to support a growing Victoria.

  • Effectively Planning for Population Growth
  • How Good Planning is Critical to Victoria’s Planning and Long Term Future
  • Identifying and Prioritising Victoria’s immediate and long term infrastructure needs based on objective, transparent analysis and evidence
  • Investing in the right infrastructure to promote urban development, economic growth, equity, affordability, environmental sustainability and commuter-focused

*Paul Byrne, Executive Director Planning, Infrastructure and Technical, Victorian Planning Authority
David Brown, General Manager Business Development, Development Victoria
Dr. Crystal Legacy, Senior Lecturer – Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Jonathan Spear, Executive Director & General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria
*Professor Michael Buxton, Professor of Environment and Planning, RMIT University

David Brown Dr. Crystal Legacy Dr. Jonathan Spear
14:50 - 15:20

North East Link Project

  • North East Link is a new freeway to complete the missing link in Melbourne's road network.
  • North East Link will finally connect Melbourne's freeway network between the M80 Ring Road at Greensborough and the Eastern Freeway or EastLink.

*Duncan Elliott, Chief Executive Officer, North East Link Authority

15:20 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Sound Public Policy and New Transport Infrastructure in C21st Victoria

  • Within a generation Melbourne will be Australia’s largest city, the size of London or Paris, but what will be our productivity per capita, much less our quality of life then?
  • After all, at not quite 5m population, we are already losing the battle with both these key indicators of sound public policy.
  • Comparisons with decades of benign neglect, CityLink and Regional Rail aside, lull us into a false sense of progress. We may have doubled our efforts but these need to be redoubled, and with a real sense of urgency.
  • All levels of government and much of the private sector are responsible for the crisis we face.
  • We need to learn from, and act on, what Sydney is doing, and how. Even more importantly from world’s best practice in the northern hemisphere, which we seem oblivious to.
  • We need to revisit what passes for public policy and  pragmatically and totally revisit our required outcomes immediately.
  • We need to achieve truly optimum  financial and technical outcomes if we are to remain competitive and liveable.
  • Key infrastructure requiring  the application of sound public policy includes;
    • Airport  
    • Airport Express Rail
    • Metropolitan Public Transport 
    • Metropolitan Road network
    • Melbourne-Sydney links

Peter O' Brien, Director, Skylink RapidTransit Pty Ltd

Peter O' Brien
16:10 - 16:40

Enhancing Energy Security and Reliability for Victoria

  • Shoring up Victoria’s Energy Grid with Batteries
  • Two large-scale, grid-connected batteries will be installed in regional Victoria, in a bid to shore up the state's electricity supply.
  • The projects, worth a combined $50 million, will be funded by the Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and by the Victorian Government.
16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 5th September 2018
08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 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

Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

  • The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority is driving the planning, management and delivery of a multi-billion dollar platform of investment in major infrastructure across health, housing and sport.
  • With an asset base of over $24 billion and an annual investment of over $900 million in health infrastructure alone, VHHSBA is responsible for developing a strategic pipeline of infrastructure projects capable of meeting growing demand across the state.

*Tony Michele, Executive Director - Delivery, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

10:30 - 11:00

Update on Transurban’s Major Projects

  • West Gate Tunnel

Wes Ballantine, Group Executive Victoria and Group Strategy, Transurban

Wes Ballantine
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Building Victoria as the Education State: School Infrastructure for a Growing Population

  • With a record investment of $1.29 billion, the school infrastructure boom is part of the government’s commitment to making Victoria the "Education State".​​​​

*Chris Keating, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian School Building Authority

12:00 - 12:30

Overview of the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital Project

  • The new Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital will be a multi-storey facility with 20 labour delivery rooms, 39 Special Care Nursery cots, 64 women’s inpatient beds, 32 children’s inpatient beds,  four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics. As part of the project, 55 existing acute adult inpatient beds at Sunshine Hospital will also be refurbished.
  • Project Overview and Updates

*Liz Maddison, Project Director, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

12:30 - 13:00

Victoria’s First City Deal – The Journey to Secure a City Deal for Geelong and the Great Ocean Road

  • Victoria’s first City Deal will be for Geelong. The Australian and Victorian governments will work together with local government partners to negotiate the City Deal over the coming months.
  • A Geelong City Deal will harness the strengths and opportunities in the local economy to help to deliver new jobs and make the area an ever better place to live and work.
  • Areas of focus will include improved transport links in the region, revitalising the Geelong city centre, ensuring the Great Ocean Road reaches its full potential, and supporting innovation and the growth of knowledge industries.

Elaine Carbines, Chief Executive Officer, G21 - Geelong Regional Alliance

Elaine Carbines
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Creating World-Class Infrastructure for Victoria through Public Private Partnerships

  • Partnership Victoria’s PPP Projects
  • Achieving Long-term Community Benefits through Innovative Financing

Jason Loos, Executive Director, Partnerships Victoria, Department of Treasury and Finance

Jason Loos
14:20 - 14:50

Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure – Future Scenarios

  • The Victorian Government has asked Infrastructure Victoria to provide advice on what infrastructure is required to pave the way for highly automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.
  • Infrastructure Victoria have been asked to investigate what infrastructure might be required:
    • to enable the operation of highly automated vehicles (at Society of Automotive Engineers levels 4 and 5)
    • in response to the ownership and market models that may emerge from the availability of highly automated vehicles
    • for zero emissions vehicles as they become a high proportion of the Victorian fleet.
  • The final recommendations will be delivered to the Victorian Government in October 2018

Dr. Allison Stewart, Project Director, Infrastructure Victoria

Dr. Allison Stewart
14:50 - 15:10

Great Ocean Road Tourism Plan

With visitor numbers to the Great Ocean Road continuing to grow rapidly, improved infrastructure will provide a better, safer and more connected experience taking in the many attractions including the Twelve Apostles
Improved infrastructure will benefit both the environment, visitors and the local community by ensuring sustainable tourism, supporting job creation and the development of new services and amenities.

  • Upgrades to Great Ocean Road tourism infrastructure
  • Shipwreck coast Master Plan

Liz Price, General Manager, Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Ltd.

Liz Price
15:10 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:45


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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4-5 September 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
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