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

Brisbane International Cruise Terminal

  • The $158 million Brisbane International Cruise Terminal CBICT) 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

Speaker name to be confirmed, Project Manager, Port of Brisbane

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 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

Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade Project

  • This project involves upgrades to bridges, intersections and 13.5km of the Bruce Highway across the Haughton River floodplain, one of the most complex floodplains in Queensland.
  • The $514.3 million project is being delivered by The Infrastructure Group (TIG), a joint venture between Bielby, BMD Constructions, JF Hull and Albem Pty Ltd with ARUP Group and HDR Inc on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:20

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and What it means for the Future of Transport in Queensland

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

14:20 - 14:40

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
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 
  • Exploring the juncture between transport and social infrastructure in the growth of sustainable and liveable cities

*Dr. Tracy Washington, Lecturer (Transport Planning and Active Transport), QUT Transport Research Group
Ken Deutscher, Project Manager - Light Rail, Sunshine Coast Regional Council
Rachel Smith, Author of Decongestion, Transport Planner

Ken Deutscher Rachel Smith
15:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:20

Master Planning for the Priority Port of Gladstone

  • The priority Port of Gladstone is Queensland's largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 30 different products including the export of coal, alumina, cement, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), petroleum and grain.
  • The Queensland Government is leading master planning for the priority Port of Gladstone in accordance with the Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015
  • The draft master plan also supports the delivery of port-related actions of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

*Craig Walker, General Manager – Port Strategy and Development, Gladstone Ports Corporation

16:20 - 16:50

Overview of Far North Queensland’s Most Significant Road Infrastructure Projects

  • The Smithfield Bypass Project
  • Bruce Highway - Cairns Southern Access Corridor - Stage 3: Edmonton to Gordonvale highway duplication
  • Cairns Southern Access Corridor—Stage 4: Kate Street to Aumuller Street

*Ross Hodgman, District Director – Far North, Department of Transport and Main Roads

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

Ministerial Address

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

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

Councillor Adrian Schrinner
10:30 - 11:00

Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade Project

  • The $193 million Townsville Channel Capacity Upgrade is Stage 1 of the Townsville Port Expansion Project and will involve widening of the shipping channels to accommodate larger commercial, cruise and Defence ships
  • The Channel Capacity Upgrade will create 120 full time jobs in Townsville during construction and support 245 jobs in Queensland.
  • Project Updates and Benefits
11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Mackay Ring Road Project

The Mackay Ring Road is being delivered as part of the Bruce Highway Upgrade Program. Total project funding for Stage 1 is $497.3 million (Australian Government $397.9 million, Queensland Government $99.4 million).
Stage 1 of the project will:

  • Improve safety and road network connectivity
  • Reduce travel time by avoiding 10 signalised intersections
  • Increase freight efficiencies
12:00 - 12:20

Inland Rail Project – Latest Updates

  • The Australian Government has committed $9.3 billion in grant and equity financing to the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) for the full delivery of the project, with the first train to run between Melbourne and Brisbane in 2025
  • Latest project updates

*Richard Wankmuller, Chief Executive Officer – Inland Rail, ARTC

Richard Wankmuller
12:20 - 12:50

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
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

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
14:10 - 14:30

Cairns Shipping Development Project

  • The $120 million Cairns Shipping Development Project involves widening and deepening the existing navigation channel to allow larger cruise ships berth at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. This is in order to accommodate the forecast demand for 70 additional cruise ships through the Port of Cairns each year by 2031 with homeporting, Bunkering and the Brisbane Cruise Terminal.
  • The Project builds upon the significant existing tourism infrastructure network in Cairns to facilitate increased tourism opportunities in Far North Queensland and supports the overall growth of the cruise ship sector in Queensland
14:30 - 15:15

Panel Discussion

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
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