VIC Major Projects Conference 2017

28-29 November 2017
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Day 1 - 28th November 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:20

Ministerial Address

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Victoria

Hon. Jacinta Allan MP
09:20 - 09:50

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.

09:50 - 10:20

Development Victoria’s – preparing for Victoria’s future

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. General Manager Business Development, David Brown, 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.   The presentation will feature an overview of the selected projects, including updates, planning and benefits.

David Brown, General Manager Business Development, Development Victoria

David Brown
10:20 - 10:40

M-City Project

Located in Clayton, the M-City Project is set to be Melbourne’s newest and largest mixed-use development outside the CBD. The complex will include 600 plus apartments, a hotel, office complex and a shopping and dining precinct. The $1-billion M-City Project is due for completion in 2021.

  • Project Updates

Kevin Adasko, Associate, Buchan Group

Kevin Adasko
10:40 - 11:15


11:15 - 11:35

Melbourne’s Newest Suburbs - Donnybrook and Woodstock

The two new suburbs will have 17,000 dwellings and 2,100 jobs once completed in 30 years’ time. With construction beginning in early 2018, the new suburbs will be the site of five local town centres, six government schools, five convenience centres, four non-government schools and 46 hectares of parkland. Residents are expected to begin moving in by mid-2019.

  • Project outlines

Danielle Green, Labor Member for Yan Yean, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism & Major Events

Danielle Green
11:35 - 12:00

Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan

The State Government’s recently released plan invests $149 million in funding to deliver more reliable, renewable and affordable energy for the state. Initiatives include over $48 million for renewable energy certificate purchasing, $25 million to deploy grid-scale battery storage facilities in the west of Victoria by summer 2018 and $15.8 million for smart software system, battery and solar storage microgrid initiatives.

Benjamin White, Director - Renewable Energy Strategy, Insight & Investment, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Benjamin White
12:00 - 12:20

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better

Leander Starr, Business Development Manager, PlanGrid

Leander Starr
12:20 - 12:50

West Gate Tunnel Project
The $5.5 billion project will provide quicker, safer journeys and remove 9,000  trucks from residential streets. An alternative to the West Gate Bridge, the project includes two additional lanes, ramps, a tunnel and a new bridge. Upon completion in 2022, the project is expected to reduce peak travel time from the west to the CBD, generate 6,000 new jobs and provide an $11 billion boost to the Victorian economy.

  • Project updates

David Clements, Program Director Major Projects Victoria, Transurban

David Clements
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:30

Panel Discussion

Planning for the Increasing Needs of Residential Infrastructure

Melbourne is Australia’s fastest growing city with Victoria’s population expected to increase from 6.1 million to 7.7 million by 2031. A recent report from the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office found that Melbourne’s seven Greenfield growth areas, located on the suburban fringe, are expected to take 42 per cent of the growth. This panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities these areas will face.

  • What infrastructure should we prioritise for Melbourne’s Outer Growth areas?
  • What do we need to keep up with population growth?

Paul Byrne, Executive Director Planning, Infrastructure and Technical, Victorian Planning Authority
Nicola Ward, Manager City Planning, The City of Casey
Richard Tomlinson, Professor, Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne

Paul Byrne Nicola Ward Richard Tomlinson
14:30 - 14:55

East Werribee Employment Precinct
The East Werribee precinct is the largest undeveloped surplus State Government land in metropolitan Melbourne. A new commercial development with a town centre, health and learning precinct, enterprise and business precinct are planned for the 775 hectare precinct.

Paul Byrne, Executive Director Planning, Infrastructure and Technical, Victorian Planning Authority

Paul Byrne
14:55 - 15:20

Implementation of the Victorian Government 10-year Revitalising Central Geelong Action Plan

The action plan aims to transform central Geelong into a magnet for new jobs and growth. The 10-year agenda of initiatives include the preparation of a masterplan for a 1000-seat convention centre, a hotel and complementary commercial uses on the Deakin University waterfront car park site.

  • Key proposed infrastructure projects

Julian Lyngcoln, Executive Director Planning Implementation, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

Julian Lyngcoln
15:20 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Victoria’s Plan for Value Creation and Capture
As governments are exploring more efficient ways of funding critical transport infrastructure projects, the value capture mechanism provides opportunities and challenges for the Australian infrastructure sector. The Victorian Government's recently released ‘Victorian Value Creation and Capture Framework’ , highlights the increased interest of the funding mechanism in both the public and private sector.

Paul Kenny, Partner, Sector Leader - Government, Allens

Paul Kenny
16:10 - 16:30

Harbour Town Revitalisation Project

The $150 million redevelopment includes a new cinema, shopping precinct along with a rebrand to District Docklands. The revitalisation, that includes the additions of international retailer H&M and Woolworths, aims to bring more tourists and shoppers into the area.

Alton Abrahams, Principal, AsheMorgan

Alton Abrahams
16:30 - 16:35


16:35 - 17:35


Day 2 - 29th November 2017
08:30 - 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 those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:40 - 10:00

Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year Strategy
Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy examines Victoria's short, medium and long-term infrastructure needs and priorities. The plan has outlined 137 recommendations responding to emerging needs and pressures across Victoria.

Adele McCarthy, Director of Strategy & Research, Infrastructure Victoria

Adele McCarthy
10:00 - 10:25

Melbourne Park Redevelopment
Currently in stage 2 and stage 3, the significant Melbourne Park redevelopment aims to cater to the growing popularity of the Australian Open and secure the future of the event in Melbourne. The $338 million second stage of the development includes a new pedestrian bridge and the refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena. The $271.55 million third stage includes the creation of a new multi-purpose 5,000 seat sunken show court and a central terrace with a new elevated outdoor public space.

  • Project Updates and Timelines
  • Melbourne Park Redevelopment Governance Model

James Evans, General Manager, Civic Projects, Development Victoria

James Evans
10:25 - 10:50

The Metro Tunnel Project

The biggest public transport project the city has seen in 35 years is expected to free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often across Melbourne. The $11 billion Metro Tunnel Project is expected to be operational by 2026.

  • Project Updates and Timelines

Peter Wilkinson, Director of Delivery and Development, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Peter Wilkinson
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Melbourne Quarter Project

Melbourne Quarter is set to become the largest mixed-use urban regeneration development in central Melbourne in over a decade, and will function as an active commercial, residential and retail destination. With construction beginning on the 2.5 hectare site located in the heart of the Southern Cross precinct last year, it will accommodate approximately 12,000 workers and 3,000 residents. Approximately 15,000 construction jobs will also be created over the life of the six to eight year project, delivering a total of seven commercial and residential buildings in the precinct.

  • Project vision and overview

Brian Herlihy, Project Director, Lendlease

Brian Herlihy
11:40 - 12:00

Building the Education State - What is driving Victoria’s education construction boom?

The Victorian Government has committed $2.5 billion for new schools and early childhood centres, as well as modernising existing ones.  It created the Victorian School Building Authority a year ago to oversee construction of 56 new schools and more than 1,000 upgrade projects, and bring a different approach to planning education infrastructure.

Chris Keating, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian School Building Authority

Chris Keating
12:00 - 12:20

Let’s talk about improving project performance
In Australia, we have some of the best technologists, engineers and constructors in the world. We do not lack the 'hard capabilities' to deliver projects.

The challenge is an undervaluing of the importance of soft capabilities in driving project performance. When there’s insufficient communication, engagement, leadership and alignment, we tend to compensate with more policies, processes and procedures. Then we often end up with decision paralysis, lack of accountability and cultural molasses.

Projects need to get the right balance between 'hard' and 'soft’ capabilities. After 10 years research into the drivers of success in complex and mega-projects, we’ve learnt that a project might ‘deliver’, but to truly ‘perform’ this balance of capabilities is needed. We’ll share the research insights from more than 1,000 projects, and the methodology, examples and other approaches used by similar projects to get the balance of capabilities right.


Andrew Wegener, Head of Project Performance, Helmsman International

Andrew Wegener
12:20 - 12:45

Melbourne Square Project
Developed by OSK Property, the $2.8 billion Melbourne Square development will be the largest mixed-use precincts in central Melbourne with six towers ranging from 38 to 73 levels in height. The $490 million stage one of the construction is anticipated to be completed in late 2020.

Paul Curry, Director, Cox Architecture

Paul Curry
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:05

Public and private partnerships: the future of green infrastructure in Melbourne?

Green infrastructure such as green walls and roofs are proven to have significant positive impacts including cooling the city, improving air quality, energy efficiency, water efficiency, stormwater management and site permeability.

Although the City of Melbourne has a number of strategies to increase green infrastructure, we only own 1.3 per cent of the buildings in the municipality. Council needs to work collaboratively with the private sector to successfully deliver targets that will protect Melbourne’s liveability and sustainability.

Arron Wood, Deputy Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne

Arron Wood
14:05 - 14:30

Tourism Infrastructure Projects

With the visitor Economy contributing over $23 billion to the Victoria’s gross State Product, growing this sector has become a priority for the state. The Visitor Economy Strategy highlights the need for new investments in facilities and infrastructure to increase a destination’s capacity to attract new visitors. The newly formed Visit Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Bingeman will give an overview on major projects and initiatives such as the $101 million allocated for the new Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund.

Peter Bingeman, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Victoria

Peter Bingeman
14:30 - 14:55

Planning for Population Growth
Victoria’s rapid growth is creating unprecedented challenges for the state’s infrastructure and service delivery. This recent audit, Effectively Planning for Population Growth, tackles this issue by assessing state planning. Victorian Auditor-General’s Office Director, Annabel Brebner, will discuss the timely report and the 11 recommendations.

Annabel Brebner, Director, Performance Audit, Victorian Auditor-General's Office

Annabel Brebner
14:55 - 15:00


15:00 - 15:30


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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28-29 November 2017

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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