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25-26 May 2021
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Brisbane, QLD

Conference Program

Day 1 - 25th May 2021

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

Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Neil Scales

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

Inland Rail – Project Updates

  • Inland Rail is a once-in-a-generation project that will enhance supply chains and complete the backbone of the national freight network by providing for a transit time of 24 hours or less for freight trains between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland 
  • Project Updates

Brad Jackson, Director – Program Delivery – Inland Rail, ARTC

Brad Jackson

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

How are EV drivers using Australian Networks 

  • Chargefox has grown to become Australia's largest connected EV charging network over the past 2 years.
  • With 50,000+ charging sessions processed on nearly 1,000 plugs, a lot has been learnt about how Australians use EV charging stations.
  • Marty Andrews, CEO of Chargefox, will share some analysis of that data to show some of the behaviours that are shaping the network into the future.

Marty Andrews, CEO and Co- Founder, Chargefox

Marty Andrews

12:00 - 12:20

Brisbane’s New Runway Project – Latest Updates

  • The new runway is a key piece of infrastructure that will enable the continued growth of Brisbane, Queensland and the nation. Furthermore the new runway will enable Brisbane Airport to better meet the demands of the community it serves, now and for future generations.
  • Latest Construction Updates

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

Paul Coughlan

12:20 - 12:40

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

Alan Vico, General Manager - Projects & Planning, Ports North

Alan Vico

12:40 - 13:00

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

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Planning for Future Mobility in an uncertain world

Kate will outline a vision-led strategic planning approach for future mobility. She will illustrate how traditional predict and provide approaches, based on looking in the rearview mirror, are no longer adequate in the face of opportunities, threats, and uncertainties ahead. She will describe how to apply a decide and provide approach, based around pursing a preferred future while negotiating and making sense of uncertainty using scenario planning. And she will demonstrate how this can ultimately lead to more resilient decision making.

Kate Mackay, Technical Director - Transport Planning, Mott MacDonald

Kate Mackay

14:30 - 15:30

Panel Discussion

Future of Mobility: Infrastructure to deliver tomorrow’s transport networks for Queensland

  • Exploring innovative ways of transporting people and goods
  • Rise of EVs, automated vehicles, e-scooters and drones
  • Developing On Demand Transport Solutions for the future

Dr Brett Dale, Group Chief Executive, Motor Trades Association of Queensland
Dr Kellie Nutall, National Lead Partner, Analytics & AI Consulting, Deloitte
Dr. Rebecca Michael, Head of Public Policy, RACQ
Luke Abercrombie, Head of Technology, Queensland, Transurban
Mitchell Price, Head of Government Relations Asia Pacific, Lime
Sue Wiblin, Head of New Mobilities, Keolis Downer

Dr Brett Dale
Dr Kellie Nutall
Dr. Rebecca Michael
Luke Abercrombie
Mitchell Price
Sue Wiblin

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*, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Gladstone Ports Corporation

Craig Walker

16:20 - 16:40

Time Travel Report - Megatrends and Scenarios for Queensland Transport out to 2048.

  • Transport and Main Roads has worked closely with CSIRO’s Data61 to develop this report, which helps to understand and plan for the challenges, risks and opportunities that the future may hold for transport in Queensland.

Dr. Claire Naughtin, Senior Research Consultant, CSIRO Data61

Dr. Claire Naughtin

16:40 - 16:45


16:45 - 17:45


Day 2 - 26th May 2021

08:25 - 08:55


08:55 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Ministerial Address

09:30 - 10:00

CQ Inland Port – Central Queensland’s Game Changing Project

Partially-funded by the local, state and federal governments, CQ Inland Port is a purpose-built and shovel-ready intermodal facility at Yamala, 25km east of Emerald.

At present, many commodities from Central Queensland are road freighted to other regional locations, where they are packed or processed and then road freighted to the ports.

The CQ Inland Port will allow for freight to be aggregated and packed in Central Queensland and rail freighted directly to the major ports of Brisbane, Gladstone and Mackay.

Alan Stent-Smith, Managing Director, CQ Inland Port

Alan Stent-Smith

10:00 - 10:30

CHAD Pilot Project

The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is conducting a Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Safety Study. It will deliver a cooperative and (highly) automated vehicle (CAV) prototype, research platform and local expertise base, to conduct a comprehensive safety study to inform government policy and direction.

Sebastien Glaser, Research Professor, Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety – Queensland, Queensland University of Technology

Sebastien Glaser

10:30 - 11:00

Brisbane Metro – Latest Updates

  • 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.
  • Project Updates

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

Stephen Hammer

11:00 - 11:30


11:30 - 12:00

Overview of the Investments and Projects for the South Coast Region

  • Widening the Pacific Motorway between Mudgeeraba and Varsity Lakes, between Eight Mile Plains and Daisy Hill, between Varsity Lakes and Tugun

Paul Noonan, Regional Director – South Coast, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Paul Noonan

12:00 - 12:20

Smart Technology for Better Roads

  • Implementing Innovative technologies on our Motorways and Tunnels


Luke Abercrombie, Head of Technology, Queensland, Transurban

Luke Abercrombie

12:20 - 12:50

Adani’s Carmichael Rail project

  • The proposed Carmichael Rail Network will be constructed to transport coal from the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point Port near Bowen
  • Construction and operation of the railway will create thousands of new jobs for Queensland and will open up the Galilee Basin to create jobs for Queensland families and opportunities for small business.

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade Project

  • The Beerburrum to Nambour (B2N) Rail Upgrade project will provide additional track capacity and reliability, creating travel time savings and increased passenger and freight services to the growing Sunshine Coast region. 
  • The project currently has committed Queensland Government funding of $160.8 million. The Australian Government committed up to $390 million on a 50:50 basis. The Queensland Government continues to negotiate with the Australian Government regarding full project funding.

Mark Longhurst*, Project Manager - Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade, Department of Transport and Main Roads

14:10 - 14:30

Cycling Infrastructure for Queensland

The Queensland Government’s Active Transport Investment Program (ATIP) delivers infrastructure that supports a safe, direct and connected cycling network.

Overview of Key Major Projects for Cycling

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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