Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2019

18-19 June 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

Conference Program

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Day 1 - 18th June 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

Address by the Department of Transport and Main Roads

Matthew Longland, Deputy Director General, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Matthew Longland
10:00 - 10:30

Cross River Rail – Keeping Southeast Queensland Moving

  • Cross River Rail is a 10.2km rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, that includes a 5.9km twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and Brisbane CBD.
  • The project also includes construction of four new high-capacity underground stations at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street and redevelopment of two existing over ground stations at Dutton Park and the Exhibition. 
  • The $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project is Queensland’s highest priority infrastructure project

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

Graeme Newton
10:30 - 11:00

CAVI Project

The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) will be delivered by the Department of Transport and Main Roads to help prepare for the arrival of new vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Queensland roads. CAVI will lay the technical foundations for the next generation of smart transport infrastructure. This will focus on:

  • Developing policy to support positive outcomes
  • Supporting regulation, legislation, licensing and possible certification and testing
  • Managing infrastructure, data and system integration
  • Conducting pilot projects and feasibility studies.

Miranda Blogg, Director – Cooperative and Automated Vehicles, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Miranda Blogg
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy

  • The strategy aims to prepare and position Queensland for a transition to a greater uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) ensuring that the state is in the best position to capture the benefits and opportunities that these vehicles will bring.

Lucinda Hoffman, General Manager (Strategic Policy), Department of Transport and Main Roads

Lucinda Hoffman
12:00 - 12:30

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project – Latest Updates

  • 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, environmental matters through to financing, design to delivery and what it takes for a regional airport to go truly international.

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

Ross Ullman
12:30 - 13:00

Townsville Channel Upgrade Project

The Townsville Channel Upgrade is the first stage of the $1.6 billion Townsville Port Expansion Project. 

The shipping channel will be widened from its current width of 92 metres to 180 metres at the Port end, then tapering to 120 metres at the sea end. This will allow commercial, cruise and military vessels of up to 300 metres in length to safely access the Port of Townsville by 2023. Currently, the limit is 238 metres.

The $193 million Channel Upgrade is critical for the future growth, competitiveness, and resilience of North Queensland, and will provide the safest, most cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solution for the projected freight requirements of the region.

The Channel Upgrade Project will ensure that the Port of Townsville will continue to compete as a vital and strategic transport gateway connecting North Queensland to the world.

Maria James, Trade & Business Development Executive, Port of Townsville Limited

Maria James
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Mobility as a Service (MaaS):  A Queensland Perspective

Current trends in ITS, big data and the shared economy present exciting options for the future of transport. AVs, EVs, CAVs, apps, shared fleets, P2P, B2B… It’s all very exciting and TMR want to be leaders and enablers of this change. It can be tempting and easy, in a quest to be seen at the forefront of technology, to implement solutions offered by these developments without properly investigating the problem.

However, TMR has taken a multi- pronged approach to discovering the role of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Queensland and the case for change. This presentation will focus on TMR’s journey to understand the changing transport landscape, the mobility issues that individuals face and how MaaS could provide more end to end, personalised and seamless transport options. Specifically, it will present TMR’s MaaS Implementation Roadmap and provide an overview of MaaS proofs of concept.

Ishra Baksh, Executive Director - Mobility as a Service Program Management Office, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Ishra Baksh
14:20 - 14:40

Address by Bronze Sponsor - PlanGrid

Construction Productivity: Using Data to Build Better
This presentation 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, Regional Sales Manager, PlanGrid

Jeremy Christoforatos
14:40 - 15:30

Panel Discussion

The Sustainable Transport Conundrum 

  • How do we integrate massive population expansion and urban development with sustainable transport infrastructure?
  • Brisbane’s Transport Challenges
  • Moving Forward with Sustainable Freight Transport Solutions
  • Exploring the juncture between transport and social infrastructure in the growth of sustainable and liveable cities

Dr. Marc Miska, Senior Lecturer – Civil Engineering and the Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology
Ilan Sagi, Head of Engineering and Value Creation – Inland Rail, ARTC
Ken Deutscher, Project Manager - Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Rachel Smith, Author of Decongestion, Transport Planner
Renata Berglas, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Transport and Logistics Council

Dr. Marc Miska Ilan Sagi Ken Deutscher Rachel Smith Renata Berglas
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

The Future of Moving People - Demand Responsive, Public Transport 

  • What is demand responsive transport?
  • How does public transport differ from point to point, single passenger trips?
  • Why is demand responsive transport the future of moving people?
  • How does demand responsive transport integrate with other mobility services in a city and large infrastructure investments.
  • Insights and lessons from BRIDJ’s operations in Sydney.

Matthew Hamlet, Optimisation Lead Manager, BRIDJ

Matthew Hamlet
16:20 - 16:50


Brisbane International Cruise Terminal

  • The $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal (BICT) will be able to cater to cruise vessels of all sizes including the largest ocean-going cruise ships in the world.
  • The BICT is the ‘missing link’ in Brisbane’s tourism infrastructure needed to ensure the city can attract and support the world’s largest cruise ships, and will act as a gateway to the south-east Queensland region.
  • Project Updates

Peter Keyte, Chief Operating Officer, Port of Brisbane

Peter Keyte
16:50 - 16:55


16:55 - 17:55


Day 2 - 19th June 2019
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

Pacific Motorway M1 upgrade Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes Project

  • The Pacific Motorway (M1) upgrade between Mudgeeraba (Exit 79) and Varsity Lakes (Exit 85) will provide additional capacity to meet current and future traffic demands.
  • The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments with the Australian Government providing $110 million and the Queensland Government providing the remaining costs of the project.

Will MacDonald, Regional Manager – Northern, Seymour Whyte Group

Will MacDonald
10:00 - 10:30

Brisbane Metro

  • The first stage of the new Brisbane Metro comprises a 21 kilometre, turn-up-and-go service, with two dedicated lines connecting 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street and Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to University of Queensland.
  • Brisbane City Council has committed to funding $644 million of the project’s capital cost. In May 2018 the Australian Government confirmed a $300 million funding commitment to Brisbane Metro in the 2018-19 Federal Budget, meaning construction of the project is now fully funded.
  • Project Update

Stephen Hammer, Project Director - Brisbane Metro, Brisbane City Council

Stephen Hammer
10:30 - 11:00

Gold Coast Airport – Southern Terminal Expansion

  • The Southern Terminal Expansion (STE), the biggest project in the Gold Coast Airport redevelopment, is underway
  • This redevelopment will address capacity issues and prepare the airport for future growth
  • The STE is a three-level expansion of the existing facility and will double the current footprint

Carl Bruhn, Executive GM Property and Infrastructure, Gold Coast Airport

Carl Bruhn
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Future of Green Motoring - Hydrogen Fuelled Cars

  • Challenges facing the Hydrogen Fuel Industry (Transport and Storage) and CSIRO’s Game Changing Solution
  • With some of the world’s biggest car companies, including Toyota, Hyundai and BMW, betting on hydrogen as a future fuel source, CSIRO has developed membrane technology to refuel cars using ammonia.
  • Renewable Hydrogen as Australia’s next Export Boom

Dr. David Harris, Research Director – Low Emissions Technologies, CSIRO Energy

Dr. David Harris
12:00 - 12:30

Rural Roadworks – Asset Management Meets the Real World

Councillor Lyn McLaughlin, Mayor, Burdekin Shire Council
Nick Wellwood, Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Environmental Services, Burdekin Shire Council

Councillor Lyn McLaughlin Nick Wellwood
12:30 - 13:00

Priority Infrastructure Proposals under Development by the Queensland Government

  • The Infrastructure Pipeline Report presents Building Queensland’s independent, expert view of priority infrastructure proposals under development by the Queensland Government.
  • Infrastructure Pipeline Report Overview

Damian Gould, Chief Executive Officer, Building Queensland

Damian Gould
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Human-Machine cooperation: Application to Automated Vehicles

Andry Rakotonirainy, Director, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland University of Technology

Andry Rakotonirainy
14:30 - 15:15

Panel Discussion

Tackling Congestion for a Growing State

  • Addressing the challenges of congestion in QLD’s southeast
  • City deals and their impact on managing congestion and increasing liveability
  • How can infrastructure delivery keep pace with sustained population growth?
  • Public transport – a big part of the answer to congestion?


Dan Petrie, Media and Communications, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland
Kate Mackay, Technical Director - Transport Planning, Mott MacDonald
Matthew Hamlet, Optimisation Lead Manager, BRIDJ
Michael Roth, Principal Consultant – Mobility Policy, Veitch Lister Consulting
Neil Sipe, Professor in Planning, The University of Queensland

Dan Petrie Kate Mackay Matthew Hamlet Michael Roth Neil Sipe
15:15 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:50


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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18-19 June 2019

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD



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