NT Major Projects Conference 2017

18-19 October 2017
Darwin Convention Centre
Darwin, NT, Australia


Conference Agenda | NT Major Projects Conference 2017

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» Day 1 - Wednesday 18th October 2017

» Day 2 - Thursday 19th October 2017

Day 1 - Wednesday 18th October 2017
08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00

MC Opens

09:00 - 09:20

Ministerial Address

Hon. Michael Gunner, Chief Minister, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Northern Australia, Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Minister for Trade, Business and Innovation, NT

Hon. Michael Gunner
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

Darwin Port Upgrade
The Darwin Ports facilities will receive over $150 million in upgrades in order to meet the growing needs of importers and exporters. The Chief Executive Officier, Terry O’Connor, will discuss the significant infrastructure expansion plans and trade development strategy.

Terry O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Darwin Port

Terry O’Connor
10:10 - 10:30

Growing the Visitor Economy – Arts and Cultural Infrastructure

The Territory Government has announced a significant investment in cultural assets across the Territory in order to create more local jobs and position the Northern Territory as a world-class tourist and cultural destination. This investment includes $50 million for the Museum of the Northern Territory at Myilly Point, $100 million towards an Arts Trail which includes $50 million towards an Iconic National Indigenous Art Gallery and $20 million towards a Cultural Centre, both in Alice Springs.

Alastair Shields, Darwin Chief Executive Officer, Department of Tourism and Culture

Alastair Shields
10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

Chandler Facility Project Update

The proposed $676 million salt mine and underground water storage facility aims to diversify the Territory’s economy and create hundreds of business opportunities worth millions of dollars. Situated 120km south of Alice Springs, the major project is expected to create 350 jobs during the construction phase and 180 direct jobs during the operation phase.

  • Project updates and timelines

Richard Phillips, General Manager - HSECC, Tellus Holdings

Richard Phillips
11:30 - 11:50

Transport Infrastructure Investment

The Northern Territory Government’s Darwin Regional Transport plan aims to further integrate transport planning and investment. To enhance Darwin’s infrastructure, improve liveability, the recent Territory Budget has committed $733.5 million to upgrade roads and transport infrastructure, including $78 million to continue upgrading the Arnhem Highway on the Adelaide River Floodplain.

Louise McCormick, General Manager Transport & Civil Services, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Government

Louise McCormick
11:50 - 12:15

Northern Gas Pipeline Project

Jemena’s $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline Project is currently under construction between Tennant Creek in the Territory and Mount Isa in Queensland. With a focus on local contracting and employment, the 622km pipeline will facilitate economic growth in the region and build a stronger Northern Australia. Jemena’s Northern Gas Pipeline will, for the first time, allow NT gas to flow into the East Coast Gas Market, via Queensland, strengthening that state’s gas industry and helping to solve the east-coast gas crisis. First gas is scheduled to flow through the new pipeline in late 2018.

Craig Bergin, Project Services Manager, Northern Gas Pipeline, Jemena

Craig Bergin
12:15 - 12:40

Completing the Palmerston Regional Hospital

Expected to open in 2018, the $170 million project is the NT’s first new public hospital in almost 40 years. The 116-bed hospital will be the most technologically advanced hospital in the NT and service Palmerston and Darwin rural residents.

From initiation the client has been involved in all facets of the design team and approvals with the intent being to provide a fit for purpose outcome for the department of Health and Territorians. The design phase remained ongoing throughout phase where in excess of 27 user groups including 300 Departmental staffs were structured to ensure a suitable fit for purpose design was maintained in accordance with the brief and AHHF guidelines.

The managing contractor delivery Model was chosen to allow flexibility of procurement to the local industry, Considering that we have 50 + trade packages ranging from 17+ million down to 70k this was large and well-structured undertaking.

Which has proven very successful and to date we have awarded more than 130 Million dollars representing 100% of trade and supply based contracts trade packages to local NT companies.

Glen Brady, Project Director, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Government

Glen Brady
12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:20

Panel Discussion

What will keep the NT growing?

With a slowing economy and low population growth, this panel of experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the NT. As the mining boom has ended, it is crucial the NT exams how to improve their economic outlook and attract investment.

  • What infrastructure should we invest in to promote urban development and economic growth?

Greg Owens, Industry Development Manager and Acting CEO, The Northern Territory Farmers Association
Rachel Beaumont-Smith, Vice Chair - Tourism Top End, Commissioner - Tourism NT Board
Ruth Wallace, Director, Northern Institute

Greg Owens Rachel Beaumont-Smith Ruth Wallace
14:20 - 14:40

Power and Water Infrastructure Projects

Power and Water Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Thomson, will discuss updates to the Territory’s major water and power infrastructure projects. Major projects include electricity distribution, remote major projects, water supply and sewerage services.

Michael Thomson, Chief Executive Officer, Power and Water Corporation

Michael Thomson
14:40 - 15:00

Strengthening the future of the Northern Territory’s LNG Hub by true industry collaboration

With the Inpex Ichthys LNG project nearing completion, Darwin becomes a true LNG Hub in Australia. Local industry competitiveness will be instrumental in securing investments for future opportunities like ConocoPhillips Darwin LNG expansion, as the LNG playing field is global and competition is fierce. Deloitte Director, Alan Samuel, will delve into a recent Deloitte report addressing roadblocks and opportunity areas for supply chain collaboration in Australia’s oil and gas industry, what we can learn from the North Sea region and how the Territory can position itself better for new LNG projects by implementing collaborative ecosystem principles.

Alan Samuel, Director, Consulting, Deloitte

Alan Samuel
15:00 - 15:20

Defence Infrastructure Update

The defence industry continues to make a substantial contribution to the Top End’s economy with expenditure exceeding $1.5 billion per year. Chief Executive Officer from the Australian Industry and Defence Network NT, Kerryn Smith, will give an overview of the major defence infrastructure projects in the region.

Kerryn Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Industry and Defence Network NT

15:20 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Developments Make Darwin Ready for Growth
Dr Graeme Suckling will be discussing the importance of the development industry to Darwin's economy by analysing information from major developers on the dollar contribution of their projects to the local economy. His presentation will address the critical importance of the development industry in providing a range of housing options including affordable housing products for employees in other industries who need to be accommodated in Darwin.

Dr Graeme Suckling, Chief Executive Officer, UDIA – NT

Dr Graeme Suckling
16:10 - 16:30

Enhancing the Beef Industry
The $5 billion pastoral industry remains significant to the Northern Territory’s economy.  Northern Territory’s Cattlemen’s Association President, Tom Stockwell, will discuss the importance of protecting industry, securing their competitive advantage and future projects.

How the industry balances the need to meet the burgeoning market expectations and opportunities while adhering to the principles and practices of sustainable production and land management is the key question for the NT cattle industry.

Tom Stockwell, President, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association

Tom Stockwell
16:30 - 16:35

MC Closes

16:35 - 17:35


Day 2 - Thursday 19th October 2017
08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10

MC Opens

09:10 - 09:40

Speed Networking
The speed networking session will allow delegates to introduce themselves and swap business cards with those they are seated with and other conference attendees.

09:40 - 10:00

Ministerial Address

Update on the Territory’s Resources Projects
The recent $1.6 billion expenditure into planning for major resource projects highlights the continued investment in the sector. Key projects include TNG’s $850 million Mount Peake Vanadium-Titanium-Iron Mine and Verdant Minerals Ltd’s $750 million Ammaroo Phosphate Project.

Hon. Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources, NT

Hon. Ken Vowles
10:00 - 10:30

Northern Territory Airports Infrastructure Update

Darwin International Airport (DIA) expects passenger numbers to grow from two to six million within the next 20 years. Major works are underway at the Top End’s airports to support this substantial forecasted growth. DIA has released a Draft Master Plan that outlines key developments in the previous five years and planned growth.

Ian Kew, CEO, Northern Territory Airports

Ian Kew
10:30 - 10:50

Darwin, A Smart City

As the City of Darwin embraces a number of significant programs including the City Deals Partnership, Council is also looking to the future to embark on the transformation of the City into a leading Smart City positioning itself for success in the 21st Century economy. As the Smart City conversation grows across Australia and the globe, the City of Darwin will present on a number of existing and proposed programs and opportunities that will enable it to become a leading Smarty City that captures the unique context of the NT.

Gerard Rosse, General Manager - City Futures, City of Darwin

Gerard Rosse
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:45

Darwin Battery Storage Gigafactory Project
Scheduled to go live in 2019, the Darwin-based Gigafactory ("Renaissance One”) will be unique in its ability to manufacture customised hot and humid climate optimised lithium ion batteries for the commercial and electronic vehicle markets in Australia and South-East Asia.

Brian Craighead, Managing Director, Energy Renaissance

Brian Craighead
11:45 - 12:10

Catalysing Infrastructure Investment Opportunities

Northern Australia exudes growth potential; however, the small size makes the Top End more volatile. Gaurav Sareen, Director at Deloitte, will discuss the Territory’s infrastructure investment outlook and the potential to capitalise and unlock potential infrastructure opportunities in uncertainty.

Gaurav Sareen, Director, Deloitte

Gaurav Sareen
12:10 - 12:30

Land Development Corporation Update
The Land Development Corporation is the Northern Territory Government’s strategic land developer. Mr. Stubbin will present an update on current industrial, commercial and residential projects undertaken by the Corporation including the new land release at the Darwin Business Park, Darwin’s Transport Industry Precinct and the Marine Industry Park.

Tony Stubbin, Chief Executive Officier, Land Development Corporation

Tony Stubbin
12:30 - 12:50

Nolans Project Update

Located less than two hours’ drive north of Alice Springs along the Stuart Highway, the planned US$680 million development will encompass a mine, beneficiation plant, extraction plant and related infrastructure. When in full production, Arafura anticipates Nolans will be a low-cost supplier of 5-10 per cent of the world’s Neodymium-Praseodymium (NdPr) rare earths, the key raw material input to permanent magnets used in the automotive, clean energy, portable electronics and healthcare sectors.

Brian Fowler, General Manager NT & Sustainability, Arafura Resources Limited

Brian Fowler
12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Northern Development - Community Planning and Development of Aboriginal Land

With over 40 per cent of Northern Australia subject to Indigenous land rights under native title, pastoral lease ownership and Aboriginal reserves or management of national parks, developing the North requires close indigenous stakeholder engagement. Northern Land Council Chief Executive Officer, Joe Morrison, will discuss how best to ensure that northern development is sustainable and inclusive through implementation of structural reform.

Joe Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, The Northern Land Council

Joe Morrison
14:10 - 14:35

Developing the Top End

Northern Australia Development Office’s General Manager, Luke Bowen, will discuss the role of Northern Australia and the NT in the future prosperity and security of the nation.

Luke Bowen, General Manager, Northern Australia Development Office

Luke Bowen
14:35 - 15:00

Emerging Transport Technology in the Northern Territory

With the driverless bus, EasyMile EZ10, trials already underway in the Territory, autonomous vehicles are steadily transforming cities. Executive Officier from Road Transport Association, Louise Bilato, will explore the unique challenges and opportunities with the transforming transport technology in the Top End.

Louise Bilato, Executive Officier, Road Transport Association

Louise Bilato
15:00 - 15:05


15:05 - 15:35


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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18-19 October 2017

Darwin Convention Centre
Darwin, NT, Australia

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