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
07:45 - 08:35


08:35 - 08:55

Ministerial Address

Tim Pallas, Treasurer and Minister for Resources, Victoria

Tim Pallas
08:55 - 09:05


09:05 - 09:35

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.

09:35 - 09:55

Delivering Significant Projects for a Growing City

Development Victoria creates and delivers economic and social value to all Victorians by developing projects of significance. This presentation will provide an overview of several of the major projects undertaken by Development Victoria and their impact on our growing city.

Angela Skandarajah, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Development Victoria

Angela Skandarajah
09:55 - 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.

Emily Mottram, Executive Director – Inner Melbourne, Victorian Planning Authority

Emily Mottram
10:20 - 10:45

Metro Tunnel Project – Transforming Melbourne's Rail Network 

  • This presentation will provide the latest information on the progress of this once-in-a-generation project that will increase the capacity, reliability and efficiency of Melbourne's rail network, delivering more trains, more often to and from the city's fastest growing suburbs. 
  • Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland and Bouygues Construction - has been selected to design and 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

Melbourne Quarter

  • Melbourne Quarter is set to become one of the largest mixed-use urban regeneration developments in Melbourne
  • Bordered by two of Melbourne’s most iconic streets, Collins and Flinders, this brand new city block will include next-generation commercial towers, residential apartments, and a diverse retail mix of food, lifestyle and wellbeing amenity
  • Once complete, Melbourne Quarter is expected to accommodate approximately 13,000 workers and 3,000 residents, and will create around 15,000 construction jobs over the life of the project
  • With three buildings currently under construction, the project is forecast to be delivered in stages over approximately the next six to eight years
  • With more than 50 per cent of the 2.5 hectare site dedicated to public open space, including the city’s new Sky Park on Collins Street, Melbourne Quarter is expected to be an exciting addition to the world’s most liveable city.

Brian Herlihy, Project Director - Melbourne Quarter, Lendlease

Brian Herlihy
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
Scott 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

Our Health and Social Infrastructure Investment: The Challenge Ahead

The Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority manages a multi-billion dollar program of government investment in major infrastructure across health, housing and sport.

With an asset base of over $23 billion and nearly $4 billion in the pipeline over the next five years, VHHSBA provides planning, asset management, design and delivery advice on infrastructure projects across the state to ensure Victorians have the best access to services wherever they live.

Robert Fiske, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority

Robert Fiske
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

Dr. Crystal Legacy, Senior Lecturer – Urban Planning, The University of Melbourne
Dr. Jonathan Spear, Executive Director & General Counsel, Infrastructure Victoria
Mark Knudsen, Director - Infrastructure, Victorian Planning Authority

Dr. Crystal Legacy Dr. Jonathan Spear Mark Knudsen
14:50 - 15:10

Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure - What the Evidence Shows

  • Infrastructure Victoria is currently developing advice to the Victorian Government on what infrastructure might be required to pave the way for highly automated and zero emissions vehicles.
  • A substantial evidence base was published in August spanning ten topic areas, including transport, energy, finance and ICT infrastructure.
  • The findings suggest that the advent of these new vehicle technologies could have significant implications for Victoria's projects.

Dr. Allison Stewart, Project Director, Infrastructure Victoria

Dr. Allison Stewart
15:10 - 15:30

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.

Katie Watt, Director - Land, Planning and Environment, North East Link Authority

Katie Watt
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

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
16:20 - 16:50

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.

Professor Michael Brear, Director – Melbourne Energy Institute, The University of Melbourne

Professor Michael Brear
16:50 - 16:55


16:55 - 17:55


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

Resetting the Connections Project - How to Successfully Restructure a Project in Distress

Frank Fisseler, Project Director, $2b Connections Project

Frank Fisseler
10:00 - 10:30

Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program and the Dynamics of a Growing City

  • The $250 million Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program is the City of Melbourne’s largest ever urban renewal investment and aims to create one of the world’s great market precincts.
  • The renewal program aims to maintain and restore the heritage of one of the great 19th century markets in Australia while ensuring the market works better for traders, customers and visitors.
  • With population in the CBD’s north set to almost double over the next 25 years, it also aims to address the needs of the city’s residents through improved open space and community infrastructure.
  • Through all of this, the market needs to trade successfully – balancing the needs of traders, regular customers and, as one of the city’s top tourist attractions, nine million visitors annually.

Joanne Wandel, Program Director - Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Program, City of Melbourne

Joanne Wandel
10:30 - 11:00

Update on Transurban’s Victorian projects
Transurban has connected communities since 1996. From building CityLink over 20 years ago to delivering projects such as CityLink Tulla Widening, the Monash Freeway Upgrade and the new West Gate Tunnel Project, our roads make travel safer, faster and smarter.

As Melbourne continues to grow, Transurban is going beyond traditional engineering to invent and incorporate new technologies and smarter solutions that respond to our customers’ needs and get people where they need to go.

Wes Ballantine, Group Executive Victoria and Strategy, Transurban

Wes Ballantine
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Magic Sky High: Skinny Tower Proposed as Melbourne's Tallest Skyscraper

  • A "super slender" skyscraper that would be Australia's tallest building has been proposed for a tiny wedge of land in Melbourne's CBD.
  • The Royal Society of Victoria, which owns the site at the intersection of La Trobe and Victoria streets, announced its proposal for the 330-metre-high Magic  tower
  • MAGIC MELBOURNE, A Skyscraper Concept with a Philanthropic Purpose
  • Overview of the Magic Tower Project

Dylan Brady, Conductor (Owner), Decibel Architecture

Dylan Brady
12:00 - 12:30

Prefab Schools of the Future for Victoria – An Innovative Approach to Deliver Major Infrastructure Projects 

Similar to other construction industries in the modern world, the Australian construction industry has faced severe challenges over the past two decades. Spiralling costs of building materials and construction have made housing less affordable. Productivity, sustainability, health and well-being, and safety imperatives, together with the market-wide expectation for high-quality design and construction, lack of skilled trades, inefficient supply chain have further challenged traditional construction. Advanced manufacturing of prefabricated buildings is a viable alternative. Prof Ngo will present the latest research in modular prefabricated construction in Australia which has shown significant improvements in the productivity and efficiency of construction by using advanced manufacturing techniques. He will provide examples of government’s initiatives in adopting prefabricated construction for schools and new innovations in sustainable materials, high performance building systems, and new construction techniques for resilient and sustainable buildings.

The delivery process for prefabricated buildings and off-site construction is also markedly different from the traditional approach. Prof Ngo will present the underpinning processes for selecting materials and designing integrated systems that holistically consider functionality, structural adequacy, energy consumption and reusability into tools that can help design professionals achieve high-quality designs satisfying end-user requirements. His presentation will highlight the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools and the interaction between design professionals and the manufacturing processes as major enablers for industry growth.

Tuan Ngo, Research Director - ARC Centre for Advanced Manufacturing of Prefabricated Housing, The University of Melbourne

Tuan Ngo
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 - 14:30

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
14:30 - 15:00

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
15:00 - 15:20

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

Anne Mennen, Director of Development – MonashHeart, Monash Health

Anne Mennen
15:20 - 15:25


15:25 - 15:55


Agenda is subject to change
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4-5 September 2018

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, VIC, Australia



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