Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2018

15-16 May 2018
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

Conference Program

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Day 1 - 15th May 2018
08:10 - 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 - 10:10

Cross River Rail Project

  • Cross River Rail is the Queensland Government’s highest priority infrastructure project and is the key to unlocking rail capacity throughout the South East Queensland rail network.
  • This presentation will feature an overview of the key features, network and economic benefits of this state defining project.

Graeme Newton, Chief Executive Officer, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Graeme Newton
10:10 - 10:40

Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project

Expected to be completed by 2025, the light rail project is being planned by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to support a major urban renewal program in the coastal urban corridor. The light rail system will initially be 23km long linking Maroochydore with Caloundra via Mooloolaba and Kawana, with further extensions planned in the future.

Ken Deutscher, Project Manager - Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Regional Council

Ken Deutscher
10:40 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:30

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.

Jeremy Christoforatos, Business Development Manager, APAC, PlanGrid

Jeremy Christoforatos
11:30 - 11:50

Brisbane Airport New Parallel Runway Project (NPR)
The $1.3 billion NPR Project is the largest aviation infrastructure project currently underway in Australia. When complete, the NPR will provide Brisbane with the most efficient runway system in the country.

  • The runway is expected to deliver a regional economic benefit of around $5 billion per year by 2035;
  • 7,800 jobs are expected to be created for the Brisbane region by 2035 due to additional capacity;
  • The runway is on track to be open and operational by 2020 as expected.

Paul’s presentation will feature an overview of the project including the latest updates.

Paul Coughlan, Project Director New Parallel Runway Project, Brisbane Airport

Paul Coughlan
11:50 - 12:10

Accelerating Infrastructure Projects to Grow the Country’s North

  • The $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) is a major initiative of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia.
  • NAIF was established to help accelerate infrastructure projects that will build populations in the country’s north as well as grow the economy.
  • The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility has announced that it’s on track to reach key targets that will help to grow the economy and stimulate population growth in the country’s north, and in turn bring benefit to all of Australia.

Amanda Copping, Executive Director - Origination, Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Amanda Copping
12:10 - 12:30

Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail

The 1,700 km freight rail network between Melbourne to Brisbane will be the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia. The $9.3 billion Inland Rail aims to complete the spine of the national freight network. The project will create 16,000 jobs during construction and 700 jobs once operational in 2024- 2025.

Simon Thomas, Program Director – Inland Rail, ARTC

Simon Thomas
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:10

Panel Discussion

Queensland's Transport Infrastructure Priorities
Proposed transport infrastructure projects require rigorous assessments; this team of experts will discuss:

  • Investing in the right transportation to promote urban development, economic growth, environmental sustainability, equity, affordability and commuter focus
  • Exploring the feasibility of transport methods and funding solutions
  • What infrastructure should we prioritise to keep Queensland moving?

Dr Michael Kane, Director Innovation and Economic Strategies, Economic Development Queensland, Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Professor Neil Sipe, Professor In Planning, The University of Queensland
Steve Kanowski, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Dr Michael Kane Professor Neil Sipe Steve Kanowski
14:10 - 14:30

Pacific Motorway Upgrade: M1/M3/Gateway Merge Project
The Pacific Motorway M1/M3/Gateway merge project will upgrade the southbound section of the Pacific Motorway from Eight Mile Plains to Rochedale. In late 2017, Lendlease was awarded the design and construction contract for the $170 - $196 million project. Major construction works will begin in mid-2018 and conclude in 2020.  

Darren Wagstaff, Project Director, Lendlease

Darren Wagstaff
14:30 - 14:50

A Tumultuous Year in Autonomous Vehicles: Where Are We At and Where Are We Going?
There’s been a steady stream of new players, partnerships and high profile setbacks in autonomous vehicles globally, and the scene is heating up in Australia as well. I’ll bring everyone up to date on what’s happening around the world, what’s up in our own backyard, and what the key issues are going to be driving into the future.

Michael Milford, Professor, Queensland University of Technology

Michael Milford
14:50 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:50

Fear, Change and Opportunities. What is The Future, and How do We Change? 
In a fast paced thought-provoking, informative and entertaining keynote speech Rachel shares insights and solutions. Rachel’s presentation is in 5 parts. The talk starts with insights and inspirational “Stories of Change” showing unprecedented success from thinking differently. Rachel provides information about why the Australian Dream has become our biggest nightmare and provides perspectives on planning from Mayors. The Influence section looks at the mistakes we make, the 7 sticking points that prevent change and how to create change in planning and transport.

Rachel Smith, Author of Decongestion, Transport Planner

Rachel Smith
15:50 - 16:10

Future of Electric Vehicles in Australia
This presentation will cover an overview of Electric Vehicle uptake overseas and how this will apply to Australia, with a focus on the role of public EV charging infrastructure, its expected grid impacts, and planning for large-scale rollout of High Power Charging.

Paul Sernia, Chief Product Officer, Tritium

Paul Sernia
16:10 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:15


Day 2 - 16th May 2018
08:20 - 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

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing Project Update

The $1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) is one of Queensland's highest priority infrastructure projects. The project represents the largest Commonwealth Government commitment to a single regional road project in Queensland history. The TSRC is a bypass route to the north of Toowoomba, approximately 41km in length, running from the Warrego Highway at Helidon in the east to the Gore Highway at Athol in the west via Charlton. Once complete, the TSRC will link Brisbane, the Darling Downs and the Surat Basin on the road freight network.

John Hagan, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus Infrastructure Pty Ltd

John Hagan
09:50 - 10:20

Brisbane Metro Updates

Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane Metro Subway System will use existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion. The seven kilometre route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations.

  • Project Overview and Updates
  • Timelines
  • Economic Benefits

Councillor Adrian Schrinner, Deputy Mayor, Chairman – Public and Active Transport Committee, Brisbane City Council

Councillor Adrian Schrinner
10:20 - 10:50


10:50 - 11:15

Bruce Highway Upgrade – Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway
Expected to be completed in late 2020, the Bruce Highway Upgrade project will deliver critical safety benefits to motorists, ensure the highway can cater for future traffic growth and improve efficiency and reduce traffic congestion. The $812.95 million project involves upgrading the highway to 6-lanes between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.

Gavin Soward, Project Director, Department of Transport and Main Roads – Queensland

Gavin Soward
11:15 - 11:40

The Challenge of Effectively Integrating Working Ports in our Growing Cities

The State’s ports are vital gateways for freight and tourists, and therefore key enablers to the economic prosperity of our cities. With the trend of the built environment increasing around our port precincts, a key challenge for decision makers is how to sustainably balance this desire for urban expansion with the parallel growth necessary in port operations that our cities will depend on. What are the issues that need to be considered in the future planning of our port cities?

Priscilla Radice, Ports Business Leader Australasia, Arup

Priscilla Radice
11:40 - 12:00

Innovative Ways of Funding Transport Infrastructure Projects in Queensland – Value Capture
Urban settlements are the powerhouses of our economies and their ongoing sustainability depends on the ability of citizens to access goods and services. This accessibility is particularly important to the Australian cities that are typically low density and suffer from urban sprawl. Governments are increasingly looking for new ways of funding public transport projects as investment in public transport become increasingly expensive and transport budgets have not grown proportionately for funding. The practicalities of using value capture, where the increases in land values and thus rising property prices that come from access to transport infrastructure, to fund new transport infrastructure are frustrated by lack of clear information on both the amount that public transport adds to land values. This in turn depends on knowing how much uplift is generated, when it occurs, the size of the catchment effect, and the contours of the effects with increasing distance from the public transport facility. Gold Goast Light Rail Stage 1 would be the case study to understand how can value capture be an alternative way to fund transport Infrastructure.

Dr. Barbara Yen, Lecturer - School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University

Dr. Barbara Yen
12:00 - 12:20

Zen and The Art of Bicycle Promotion

Anne Savage, CEO, Bicycle Queensland

Anne Savage
12:20 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:00

Panel Discussion:
Reducing Brisbane’s Congestion – Transforming Transport Technologies

How will emerging technologies reduce congestion and ultimately change the way we get around our city? This panel of experts will explore solutions for reducing congestion with cooperative intelligent transport system implementation and GPS technologies.

  • How might transport operators successfully utilise digitalisation and data to make journeys easier and cheaper for commuters?
  • What could transport policymakers learn from examples of transport innovation?
  • Congestion Tax?

Dr Louisa Carter, City Executive South East Queensland, Arcadis
Dr. Jake Whitehead, Research Fellow - School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland
Rachel Smith, Author of Decongestion, Transport Planner

Dr Louisa Carter Dr. Jake Whitehead Rachel Smith
14:00 - 14:20

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project: Adding an International Dimension to a Regional Airport

Slated for expansion since the earlier 1980s, the new runway at the council owned Sunshine Coast Airport has been decades in the making. 

Getting ready for takeoff in Christmas 2020, the delivery of a new runway for the Sunshine Coast faces unique challenges: 

Working with our environment in a coastal ecosystem, dredging appropriate fill material from the sea bed, managing high level regulatory processes, environmental approvals and permits and sourcing the best financing package to deliver a game changing project for the region without negatively impacting ratepayers. 
Ross will share Sunshine Coast Council’s journey from planning to financing, design to delivery and what it takes for a regional airport to go truly international.

Ross Ullman, Project Manager - Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion, Sunshine Coast Council Built Infrastructure Group

Ross Ullman
14:20 - 14:40

The Economic Benefits of Cycling Infrastructure
More cycling tackles morbidity, obesity and mental health issues and that means a reduced burden on the public health system. The benefits compound as cycling networks are completed, made denser, or separated from traffic.

We’ve known about the health benefits of cycling for a long time, but have you ever wondered whether the benefits actually outweigh the capital cost of the infrastructure required to support this activity? Recent research has quantified a range of benefits of cycling and walking which are now encapsulated in the Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) Guidelines for Active Transport.

The economic benefits of this type of investment are real, quantifiable and measurable. When the benefits are monetised, and the number of users are taken into account (sometimes through population forecasting) the benefit cost ratios can be greater than 4. In western countries with aging populations, that’s of profound interest to policymakers at all levels of government, and should require that the planning and design of this type of infrastructure remains a priority.

This presentation details a methodology for determining the economic return on cycling networks based on population data, user profiles and separated/unseparated paths, developed as part of a business case for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Cycling Infrastructure Program.

Ben Vardon, Senior Transport Planner, Aurecon

Ben Vardon
14:40 - 15:00

Accessing Opportunities on QLD Transport Projects

Michael Swart, Executive Manager – Procurement and Supply Chain Services Executive Director - ICN QLD & Online Procurement Services, QMI SOLUTIONS

Michael Swart
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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15-16 May 2018

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD



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