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Conference Agenda | WA Resources & Infrastructure Conference 2013

»   Day 1 - 16th September 2013
»   Day 2 - 17th September 2013
Day 1 - 16th September 2013
08:00 - 08:50

Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

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

Reforming the Western Australian minerals and petroleum

Simon Skevington, Project Director Reform, Department of Mines and Petroleum

10:00 - 10:30

Waste to Energy Project – A Vital Infrastructure Solution for the Pilbara
A look at New Energy’s sustainable waste management and renewable energy solution, and how this project will support the State Government’s Pilbara Cities vision through delivering a world class environmental outcome for the Pilbara.

Jason Pugh, CEO, New Energy Corporation

10:30 - 11:00

tea break

11:00 - 11:30

Enhancing the Capability of Your Engineering Workforce

This presentation will discuss ways that companies can enhance the capability of their engineering workforce by using objective measures of technical competence.  When adopted, these measures will assist with protecting reputation, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.  These include:

  • Internationally benchmarked education and competency standards
  • Objective assessment methodologies
  • Currency of practice requirements
  • Regulating the practice of engineering

Helen Pedersen, President, Engineers Australia - WA Division

11:30 - 12:00

Cultural Heritage Management for Major Projects – expensive hurdle or productive opportunity?

Assoc. Prof. Neale Draper, CEO & Principal Heritage Consultant, Australian Cultural Heritage Management P/L

12:00 - 12:30

The IS Scheme: Benefits to Infrastructure in the Resource Sector
The presentation is going to provide an overview of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and the IS (infrastructure sustainability) rating tool. The overview will include some background to the drivers and development of one of the worlds first voluntary performance sustainability rating tools for infrastructure, and also what take up has been like across Australia over the last year since it was launched. Benefits of using the scheme (for project funders, proponents, contractors  and operators), identified by industry stakeholders will be presented, covering cost benefits (savings and value creation), assurance benefits, risk management and due diligence benefits and business excellence benefits, and how these can be translated to infrastructure planning, delivery and operation in the resource sector.

Menno Henneveld, Independent Director, ISCA

12:30 - 13:00

Resources, Energy and Climate: National Policy after the Election
This presentation will give an overview of the likely course of Commonwealth policies that will impact resources and infrastructure over the next Parliament, particularly the future of resources and carbon taxes, energy development policies, and infrastructure policy.

Tennant Reed, Principal National Adviser - Public Policy, The Australian Industry Group

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:30

Civil Contractors Federation
This presentation will discuss the composition and capacity of the Civil Contracting Industry in Western Australia, including the critical role the sector plays in the development, growth and prosperity of Western Australia primarily through public and private infrastructure works and other civil construction projects especially in the resources sector.

Jeff Miller, CEO, Civil Contractors Federation WA

14:30 - 15:00

Strategic Infrastructure Provision as an Enabler of Regional Development

Nicole Lockwood, Associate Director, KPMG

15:00 - 15:30

tea break

15:30 - 16:00

Infrastructure Required to Optimise Inner Harbour Capacity
In conjunction with the State Government, the Port Hedland Port Authority will optimise its export capacity within the inner harbor. This presentation will discuss these issues and look at how the expansion will further grow the resources industry and export markets to China.

Roger Johnston, CEO, Port Hedland Authority

16:00 - 16:30

Greenough River Solar Farm
This joint venture project has been developed to deliver affordable and sutainable energy to help off-set the energy requirements of the Southern Seawater Desalination Plant near Binningup.

Glen Conway, Senior Project Engineer, Verve Energy

16:30 - 16:40

MC Closes

16:40 - 17:40


Day 2 - 17th September 2013
08:30 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

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

How Can IR Reform Help Address Costc Pressures in the Mining Industry?

Stephen Dunstan, Director of Workplace Operations, Australian Mines and Metals Association

10:00 - 10:30

State Aviation Strategy and the Resource Industry

Sue McCarrey, Deputy Director General, Policy and Planning, Department of Transport

10:30 - 11:00

tea break

11:00 - 11:30

Port Projects for WA

  • Gorgon Project (Barrow Island) -  new LNG shipping  port construction underway as part of the Gorgon Project
  • James Price Point gas hub project
  • Rio Tinto’s Cape Lambert project

Hazel Brewer, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan

11:30 - 12:00

Engaging with WA Industries and Government Agencies to Ensure Responsive Changes to the Labour Market Supply
How through Skilling WA the Department is addressing these issues?

Paul Gale, A/Director State Workforce Planning, Department of Training and Workforce Development WA

12:00 - 12:45

Panel Discussion: 
Economic Sustainability

The State's economy started flourishing about a decade ago, on the back of China's hunger for steel as the Asian powerhouse started shifting thousands of its people out of poverty. With it came huge growth in the State's key mining hubs, enormous demand for construction services and workers, exponential pay packet rises, while highlighting major infrastructure bottlenecks.

The mining boom has given the State an economic leg up, but has demand cooled with the Chinese and does WA need to do some navel gazing to see whether other industries are positioned to take up the slack?

Dr Ken King, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission
Jeff Miller, CEO, Civil Contractors Federation WA
Linus O'Brien, Manager, Industry Capability Network WA
Nicole Lockwood, Associate Director, KPMG

12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:15

Pilbara Land and Housing

Mike Moloney, General Manager - North Region, LandCorp

14:15 - 14:45

Connecting Australian Capability with WA Resource Project Opportunities

Linus O'Brien, Manager, Industry Capability Network WA

14:45 - 15:15


15:15 - 15:45

Pilbara Region Cities Continue to Expand – A Look at the Rapid Expansion of this Rich Mining Environment

Dr Ken King, CEO, Pilbara Development Commission

15:45 - 16:15

Rethinking Risk Management
This presentation will consider new advances in risk management processes and tools, with specific reference to a Copper Mining case study in Southern Africa, where they have been successfully applied and are having a significant impact. This practical presentation will provide best practice techniques, applicable across a range of sectors relevant to your audience.

David Harvey, Specialist Management Consultant, Thinc
Ian Abrahams, Risk Management Specialist, CorProfit

16:15 - 16:20


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