NT Major Projects Conference 2017

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


Conference Agenda | NT Major Projects Conference 2017

» Day 1 - 18th October 2017

» Day 2 - 19th October 2017

Day 1 - 18th October 2017
08:00 - 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 - 09:50

Ministerial Address

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

09:50 - 10:10

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

Terry O’Connor, Chief Executive Officier, Darwin Port

Terry O’Connor
10:10 - 10:30

Growing the visitor Economy - Tourism Infrastructure Investment
As the Territory’s largest employing industry, NT Tourism aims to grow to the visitor economy to $2.2 billion by 2020. The 2017 budget supports tourism through investing in projects such as the $50 million Museum of the Northern Territory at Myilly Point, $20 million towards Alice Springs CBD and $100 million towards revitalising Darwin’s CBD which includes a Fine Art Gallery.

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

10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 11:30

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.

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

11:30 - 11:50

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 millions of dollars of business opportunities. Situated 120km south of Alice Springs, the major project is expected to create 350 jobs during construction phase and 180 direct jobs during the operation phase.

  • Project Updates and timelines

Richard Phillips, General Manager - HSECC, Tellus Holdings

Richard Phillips
11:50 - 12:20

Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industry Project
The $100 million development of a common user ship lift facility aims to support Darwin’s position as a growing marine services and logistics hub. The upgrades will cater for both dry and wet dock ship maintenance, designed to meet the needs of Defence, Australian Border Force, oil and gas, fishing and commercial users.

  • Project update and timeline

Sam Buchanan, Chief Operating Officer, Paspaley Group

12:20 - 12:40

Defence Infrastructure

The defence industry continues to make a substantial contribution to the Top End’s economy with expenditure exceeding $1.5 billion per year. The Australian Government’s 2016 Defence White Paper highlights include $8 billion spend to upgrade Defence facilities in the NT over the next 10 years, with an additional $12.2 billion to be spent in the NT post 2025.

Christopher Birrer*, First Assistant Secretary Infrastructure, Estate and Infrastructure Group, Department of Defence

12:40 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:20

Panel Discussion - What’s next for NT?

David Malone*, Executive Director, The Master Builders Association Northern Territory
Greg Owens, Industry Development Manager and Acting CEO, The Northern Territory Farmers Association
Rachel Beaumont-Smith, Chairman - Business Advisory Council, NT Government, Vice Chair - Tourism Top End

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

Power and Water Infrastructure Projects
Power and Water Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Thompson, 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

Project Sea Dragon Update
The $1.45 billion prawn farm, the biggest aquaculture project of its kind in Australia, is expected to create around 1000 direct jobs and produce more than 100,000 tonnes of prawns a year for export markets. The project will establish itself as the world’s leading farmed shrimp producer, entering the booming Asian market.

Dallas Donovan, Chief Operating Officer & Director – Aquaculture Operations, Seafarms Group

Dallas Donovan
15:00 - 15:20

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 to improve liveability, the recent state 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

15:20 - 15:50


15:50 - 16:10

Northern Gas Pipeline Project
Currently in the planning phase, the $800 million Northern Gas Pipeline Project will link Tennant Creek in the NT to Mount Isa in Queensland. The 622km pipeline will facilitate economic growth in the region and build a stronger Northern Australia.

Jonathan Spink*, Project Director – Northern Gas Pipeline, Jemena

16:10 - 16:30

Building Resilient Development

Dr Graeme Suckling, Chief Executive Officer, UDIA – NT

Dr Graeme Suckling
16:30 - 16:35

MC Closes

16:35 - 17:35


Day 2 - 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 Resource 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 - 10:20

Ministerial Address

Hon. Nicole Manison MLA*, Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Children and Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics – NT

10:20 - 10:50

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
10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:40

Refreshed Darwin City Plan
The signed Cities Deal, a partnership between the Commonwealth and the Territory, strengthens the increased investment in the future of Darwin’s jobs, infrastructure, culture and tourism. The investment will go towards modernising Darwin through redeveloping State Square, moving students into the CBD, building tourism infrastructure and more.


Luccio Cercarelli*, General Manager Infrastructure, General Manager City Operations, City of Darwin

11:40 - 12:10

Developing the Top End

Northern Australia Development Office’s General Manager, Luke Bowen, will discuss the implementation of the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. Providing updates on key infrastructure projects such as the Northern Australia Roads Programme and the Northern Australia Beef Roads Programme, Bowen will highlight infrastructure as a key driver of economic development.

Luke Bowen, General Manager, Northern Australia Development Office

Luke Bowen
12:10 - 12:30

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.

Tom Stockwell, President, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association

Tom Stockwell
12:30 - 12:50

Darwin Battery Storage Gigafactory Project

Planned to open by the end of 2018, the $100 million large-scale lithium-ion manufacturing plant in Darwin will likely be Australia’s first battery storage “gigafactory”. Renaissance One is one of at least two gigafactory proposals for Australia. The plant will create four distinct production lines and target Australian and Asian niche utility and industrial scale markets.


Brian Craighead, Managing Director, Energy Renaissance

12:50 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:10

Northern Development - Community Planning and Development of Aboriginal Land
With over 40% 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 - 14:30

Infrastructure Investment Outlook
Northern Australia exudes growth potential; however the small size makes the Top End more volatile.  Karen Green, Partner at Deloitte, will discuss the Territory’s infrastructure investment outlook and recognising the opportunity in uncertainty.

Karen Green, Business Advisory Lead Partner, Deloitte

Karen Green
14:30 - 15:00

Embracing Disruptive Transport Technology in the Northern Territory
With the Driverless bus EasyMile EZ10 trials already underway in the Territory, autonomous vehicles are steadily transforming cities.

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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