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17-18 October 2018
Darwin Convention Centre
Darwin, NT, Australia

Conference Agenda | NT Major Projects Conference 2018

Day 1 - WED 17th October 2018

08:00 - 08:50


08:50 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:30

Ministerial Address

The Hon. Eva Lawler, Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, NT

The Hon. Eva Lawler

09:30 - 10:00

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.

10:00 - 10:30

Defence Infrastructure Upgrades: Larrakeyah Barracks & HMAS Coonawarra

  • $500 million will go into developing infrastructure and upgrading existing facilities and services.
  • Upgrades will be of the electrical, fire-fighting, potable water, sewerage, stormwater and ICT variety.
  • There will be a range of refurbishments and new structures for NORFORCE, marine structures, multi-user facilities, a base entry precinct, accommodating buildings, mess facilities, a recovery centre/gym and car parks.

Kerryn Smith, CEO, Australian Industry and Defence Network

Kerryn Smith

10:30 - 10:50

Darwin’s Biggest Private Project: The Berrimah Farm Redevelopment

  • The 168-hectare development is expected to feature 2000 housing lots.
  • It will include 40 sites for medium-density development, parklands, community spaces, a primary school, and 50,000 square metres of retail and commercial space.
  • Updates on Stage 1 of the project, which has been completed.  

Regan Anderson, General Manager - Developments, Halikos Group

Regan Anderson

10:50 - 11:20


11:20 - 11:45

Developing Resources in the North

The resources sector plays a key role in boosting the Territory’s economy. How can major resource projects serve to further transform the NT?

This presentation will provide updates on some of the most significant projects currently under development, and explore how the region can further unlock its potential as a key gateway to Asian markets.

Alister Trier, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Primary Industry and Resources , NT

Alister Trier

11:45 - 12:15

Land Development Corporation: 2018 and Beyond

  • Updates on the corporation’s latest projects.
  • Exploring its commitment to planning for economic growth and development.

Tony Stubbin, Chief Executive Officer, Land Development Corporation

Tony Stubbin

12:15 - 12:35

The Ammaroo Phosphate Project

  • Updates on the project, which could create 500 jobs during construction and operation.
  • On the path to approval: meeting key milestones including federal environmental approval.
  • Exploring the project’s ability to grow the fertiliser industry within Australia.

Chris Tziolis, Managing Director, Verdant Minerals

Chris Tziolis

12:35 - 13:35


13:35 - 14:00

Updates on Health Infrastructure

  • The Territory Government is investing $79.5 million for health infrastructure from 2018-2019.
  • Royal Darwin Hospital will receive $17.3 million for a number of upgrades, including a PET scanner and a multistorey car park.
  • The Nightcliff renal facility will also be expanded.

Professor Catherine Stoddart, CEO, Department of Health - NT

Professor Catherine Stoddart

14:00 - 14:20

The Solar Energy Transformation Program – Setting up Solar in the Territory

  • As part of The Solar Energy Transformation Program (SETuP), remote communities within the NT will soon be connected to solar power.
  • This presentation will provide updates on the project, including the Tranche Two component, which will see 10 MW of solar PV rolled out to 29 communities across the Territory.

Sam Latz, Manager, Solar SetuP

Sam Latz

14:20 - 14:40

Core’s Finniss Lithium Project – Growing the Mining Inventory

  • An overview of the project, which is aimed at substantially growing Core’s lithium resource for long-life lithium mining and production operations.
  • Analysing the project’s potential for development and employment.
  • Key project updates.

Stephen Biggins, Managing Director, Core Exploration Ltd

Stephen Biggins

14:40 - 15:10


15:10 - 15:40

Smarter Palmerston

Gerard Rosse, Director - City Growth and Operations, City of Palmerston

Gerard Rosse

15:40 - 16:10

Darwin and Cyclone Marcus: From Global Context to Local Actions

  • What are patterns of urbanisation and risk and why they are relevant for Darwin – The Australian Gateway to Asia! 
  • What lessons does Cyclone Marcus teach in tackling the threat of future disasters?
  • What role does soft infrastructure play in lessening the effects of disasters within the city? 

Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan, Research & Theme Leader of Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies, Charles Darwin University

Associate Professor Akhilesh Surjan

16:10 - 16:30

Supporting the Development of a Productive NT Business Environment – Developing Suitable Infrastructure

  • Territory’s infrastructure investment and employment
  • Major infrastructure projects set to benefit the NT’s economy

Andrew Kirkman, Chief Executive Officer, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics – NT

Andrew Kirkman

16:30 - 16:40


16:40 - 17:40


Day 2 - THURS 18th October 2018

08:40 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:20


09:20 - 09:50

Ministerial Address: Turbocharging Tourism

The Hon. Lauren Moss, Minister for Tourism and Culture, Minister for Environment and Natural Resources, Minister for Corporate and Information Services, NT

The Hon. Lauren Moss

09:50 - 10:20

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.

10:20 - 10:40

Embodying the NT: The Darwin Westin Hotel

  • Case study: analysing the hotel design’s ability to reflect the cultural heritage of the Territory.
  • Designing for climate: understanding Darwin’s distinct climatic requirements, and how it can be best managed and protected by architecture.  
  • Exploring the hotel’s key design features.

Cian Davis, Studio Director, Bates Smart

Cian Davis

10:40 - 11:10


11:10 - 11:30

Building a Smart, Sustainable & Resilient Darwin

  • Exploring how green infrastructure throughout the city can help to manage Darwin’s climate.
  • How can sustainable infrastructure ease the potential burden of increased density?

Dr Chris Chilcott, Research Leader for Northern Australia, CSIRO

Dr Chris Chilcott

11:30 - 11:50

The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility: Enhancing the Territory’s Future

  • How the NAIF will accelerate infrastructure projects that will grow the Territory’s economy and increase employment opportunities.
  • From Barramundi to Batteries, how the NAIF is utilising mandate to bring economic benefit to the territory

Tim Hallam, Executive Director, Origination, NAIF

11:50 - 12:10

Identifying NT projects and Opportunities and How to Access Them

Kevin Peters, Chief Executive Officer, ICN - Northern Territory

Kevin Peters

12:10 - 12:30

Boosting Trade and Freight Opportunities in the Territory: the Darwin Airport Freight Hub  

  • Set to include the construction of a cold storage facility and upgrades to accommodate large aircrafts and a training facility, the hub will allow local agribusinesses to take advantage of overseas demand for fresh Australian produce and seafood.
  • Exploring the benefits of the hub to the wider NT community, including the creation of nearly 200 jobs.
  • Key project updates.

Ross Baynes, Director, Property, Northern Territory Airports

Ross Baynes

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:50

Education Infrastructure Updates

  • The latest developments in Territory-wide education infrastructure.
  • $136 million will be invested in improving existing schools and developing training facility infrastructure.

Adam Walding, General Manager Planning and Infrastructure, Department of Education, NT

13:50 - 14:10

Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes. 

  • Exploring the ins and outs of the program, which will help to improve housing in remote communities over 10 years, promote economic development, and develop local skills.
  • Unpacking how this goal will be achieved with the aid of a $1.1 billion investment.
  • Focusing on the human element of infrastructure: how major projects can tackle the social needs of Indigenous communities.

Jamie Chalker, CEO, Department of Housing and Community Development

Jamie Chalker

14:10 - 14:45

Panel Discussion:

Rethinking the Future of the Territory

The NT is vital to the rest of Australia due to its resources, natural attractions, and position as a destination of choice for national and international tourists alike. Population growth has been low for a number of years, however. What kind of infrastructure do we need to be investing in, in order to bring more people to the Top End and to improve the living and working conditions of Territorians and NT businesses? 

And with the NT Government wanting to attract more individuals, to the North, how could they be drawn to the Territory by the infrastructure sector? This panel discussion will discuss these challenges and opportunities in depth.

Brian O’Gallagher, Deputy CEO, Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory
Drew Wagner, Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia – Northern Territory Division
Louise McCormick, General Manager, Transport & Civil Services, NT
Quentin Kilian, CEO, Real Estate Institute of the Northern Territory (REINT)

Brian O’Gallagher
Drew Wagner
Louise McCormick
Quentin Kilian

14:45 - 14:50


14:50 - 15:20


Agenda is subject to change
*Speakers to be confirmed

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