VIC Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017

21-22 March 2017
Melbourne Convention
& Exhibition Centre
Melbourne, Victoria

Conference Program

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Day 1 - 21st March 2017
07:30 - 08:30

Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:30 - 08:40


08:40 - 08:50

Address by Optimatum

08:50 - 09:20

Ministerial Address

Hon. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Public Transport, Minister for Major Projects, Member for Bendigo East, VIC

Hon. Jacinta Allan
09:20 - 09:50

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.

09:50 - 10:10

Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year Strategy

Infrastructure Victoria's 30-year strategy examines Victoria's short, medium and long-term infrastructure needs and priorities. The plan responds to emerging needs and pressures across Victoria.

  • Transport recommendations include major reforms as well as road and rail projects

Michel Masson, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria

Michel Masson
10:10 - 10:40

The Metro Tunnel Project

Catering for Melbourne’s expected exponential growth, the $10.9 billion Metro Tunnel Project will free up space in the City Loop to run more trains, more often, across the network.

Extending from Kensington in the west to South Yarra in the south-east, the city's newest rail line will involve construction of two nine-kilometre twin rail tunnels and five new underground stations.

Major works will get underway this year, and this significant project is expected to be operational by 2026.

  • Project update
  • Timelines

Evan Tattersall, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

Evan Tattersall
10:40 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:30

How telecommunications will enable an evolving 21st century transport system

VicTrack's strategy to transform its telecommunications network to enable the digitisation and integration of Victoria's public transport system.

Campbell Rose, Chief Executive, VicTrack

Campbell Rose
11:30 - 11:50

Port of Melbourne Outlook

A 50 Year Lease – Supporting a long term infrastructure outlook.

Brendan Bourke, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Melbourne

Brendan Bourke
11:50 - 12:10

Southern Cross Station Update
With over 65 million patrons per year the Southern Cross Station Precinct has seen unprecedented growth. The station is currently the largest transportation hub in Australia and planning for the future is underway to continue its world class status.

Matthew Howe, General Manager – Southern Cross Station, Assetco Management

Matthew Howe
12:10 - 12:30

Fishermans Bend: A Major Break from Car Dependency
The updated Fisherman’s Bend redevelopment plan encompasses a more sustainable and balanced approach to transport. The plan aims to have more reliance on public transport with 80% of transport movement made through public transport, walking or cycling. Breaking away from car dependency, the integrated transport strategy includes new tram lines, cycle paths and an underground rail line.

  • Setting the scene for Australia's largest urban renewal area;
  • Creating new benchmarks for urban renewal to reduce car reliance;
  • Our process for developing the integrated transport plan for Fishermans Bend.

Geoff Ward, General Manager, Fishermans Bend Taskforce, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Geoff Ward
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:10

Panel Discussion:
Victoria's Transport Infrastructure Priorities

Which urban transport infrastructure projects should we invest in to keep Melbourne the most liveable city? Proposed transport infrastructure projects require rigorous assessments; this team of experts will discuss:

  • Investing in the right transportation to promote urban development, economic growth, equity, affordability, environmental sustainability and to make transport commuter-focused
  • Exploring the feasibility of transport methods and funding solutions

Dr Crystal Legacy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University
Dr. Tony Morton, President, Public Transport Users Association
Michel Masson, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Victoria
Zac Kerr, Partner (Projects & Infrastructure), Mills Oakley

Dr Crystal Legacy Dr. Tony Morton Michel Masson Zac Kerr
14:10 - 14:30

Regional Network Development Plan
The Victorian Government is investing $1.3 billion in the Regional Network Development Plan. This long-term strategy is a state-wide plan to deliver a better coordinated and integrated regional public transport network.

Michael Hopkins, Executive Director - Network Planning, ‎Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources

Michael Hopkins
14:30 - 14:50

Melbourne Airport Projects Update
Melbourne Airport is in the early stages of a $10 billion, 20 year investment program to enhance and expand facilities to meet forecast passenger demand in excess of 60 million passengers per annum by 2033.

  • Project Updates – Runway capacity and ground transport expansions

Michael Jarvis, Executive Planning, Melbourne Airport

Michael Jarvis
14:50 - 15:20


15:20 - 15:40

Transport in Victoria: Community Amenity Versus Economic Productivity

Peter Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Transport Association

Peter Anderson
15:40 - 16:00

Strategic Transport Planning
Melbourne’s urban sprawl has citizens becoming increasingly car dependent. Dr. Crystal Legacy urges
for a refreshed strategic transport plan. A new plan should tackle contemporary, environmental and social challenges of rising social inequality and climate change.

  • Insights and Case Studies

Dr Crystal Legacy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University

Dr Crystal Legacy
16:00 - 16:05


16:05 - 17:05


Day 2 - 22nd March 2017
08:00 - 08:30


08:30 - 08:40


08:40 - 09:00

Ministerial Address:

Victoria's Infrastructure Priorities

Hon. Tim Pallas MP, Treasurer, VIC

Hon. Tim Pallas MP
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

Murray Basin Rail Project Update
The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project will deliver important upgrades to Victoria's rail freight network to meet the increasing demand for freight services. The project involves standardising and increasing the axle loading of the rail freight lines servicing the Murray Basin region in Victoria's north west. These transformational upgrades will drive economic growth by revitalising the regional freight industry.

Graeme Cameron, Murray Basin Rail Project Director, V/Line Pty Ltd

09:50 - 10:10

Public Transport Victoria Infrastructure Priorities
Public Transport Victoria (PTV) discusses the customer-centric approach to ensuring the best outcomes for passengers during a period of major infrastructure investment in public transport.

Jeroen Weimar, Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Victoria

Jeroen Weimar
10:10 - 10:40


10:40 - 11:10

Level Crossing Removal Project update
Over 50 dangerous and congested level crossings are planned to be removed by 2022. With construction already underway, the removals will improve the safety for drivers and pedestrians and improve travel around Melbourne.

Allen Garner, Chief Operating Officer, Level Crossing Removal Authority

Allen Garner
11:10 - 11:40

CityLink Tulla Widening Project and the Western Distributor Project
Partnering with the Victorian Government, Transurban are jointly managing some of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects. Project Director, David Clements, will discuss completing the $1.28 billion CityLink Tulla Widening Project, and the $5.5 billion Western Distributor Project which includes the Monash Freeway Upgrade, Webb Dock Access and the Western Distributor.

David Clements, Program Director - Major Projects Victoria, Transurban

David Clements
11:40 - 12:00

Future of Autonomous Vehicles

Disruptive technologies are rapidly transforming the transport sector. As the dialogue shifts for autonomous vehicles from an “if” to a “when”, this presentation will explore the self-driving impact on our infrastructure.

Praveen Thakur, Director - Advisory, KPMG Australia

Praveen Thakur
12:00 - 12:20

Funding Transport Infrastructure Through Value Capture

As governments are exploring more efficient ways of funding critical transport infrastructure projects, the value capture mechanism provides opportunities and challenges for the Australian infrastructure sector.

The recent release of the Federal Government's discussion paper, 'Using Value Capture to Help Deliver Major Land Transport Infrastructure', highlights the increased interest of the funding mechanism in both the public and private sector.

Paul Kenny, Partner, Sector Leader - Government, Allens

Paul Kenny
12:20 - 13:20


13:20 - 14:00

Panel Discussion:
Reducing Melbourne'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 (C-ITS) implementation and GPS technologies.

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

Brian Negus, General Manager - Public Policy, RACV
Gavin Hill, General Manager, Strategic Development, Transport Certification Australia
Majid Sarvi, PhD, Professor in Transport for Smart Cities, Dept. of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Stuart Ballingall, Program Director - Connected and Automated Systems, Austroads

Brian Negus Gavin Hill Majid Sarvi, PhD Stuart Ballingall
14:00 - 14:20

Road Projects Overview
The Victorian Government has prioritised widening and duplicating the most congested roads in Melbourne’s outer suburbs. Road improvements include the $154.5 million Thompsons Road upgrade between Frankston and Cranbourne, $139.4 million Plenty Road in Mill Park and the $131.2 million Yan Yean Road near Diamond Creek. The upgrades aim to relieve the congestion in the overwhelmingly car dependent outer suburbs.

  • Key Projects Updates

Peter Todd, Deputy Chief Executive, VicRoads

Peter Todd
14:20 - 14:40

Hyperloop: The Fifth Mode of Transportation
Ultraspeed Australia, the official Australian representative of Hyperloop-One, is developing a business case to support the development of an ultra-high-speed transport project along Australia’s East Coast, using Hyperloop. Hyperloop moves people and freight quickly, safely, on-demand, with minimal impact to the environment.  Ultraspeed Australia’s vision is to connect the cities Australia’s East Coast into one contiguous region, and turn regional centres into metro stops, creating a ribbon of “sub-30-minute cities”. Implementation of such a transport route could see passengers traverse Melbourne and Sydney in less than one hour.

  • What is Hyperloop and the Hyperloop-One?
  • International Hyperloop route development
  • A Hyperloop corridor for Australia

Sean Duggan, Director, UltraSpeed Australia

Sean Duggan
14:40 - 15:00

The Future of Regional Rail Redevelopment
The new 25-year plan for an improved regional rail system includes a line to the airport, a fast-line to Geelong, improved signaling and line upgrades. The report, developed by the Rail Future Institute, discusses improving regional rail to transform urbanisation and create a “state of cities” in Victoria.

Dr Bill Russell, Secretary, Rail Futures Institute
John Hearsch, President, Rail Futures Institute

John Hearsch
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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21-22 March 2017

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