Major development is imperative with Melbourne’s population set to increase by 3 Million over the next 30 years

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Major Projects are underway as usual across Victoria including East West Link, Regional Rail Link, Metro Link, Bendigo Hospital, E-Gate housing development and the redevelopment of Docklands. As Melbourne was ranked the world’s most liveable city for the third year in a row, it highlights the increasing population rate in Victoria. These major developments come at a time where Victoria is in need of expansion including more roads and housing to accommodate for new and existing residents.

The Hon. Terry Mulder, Minister for Public Transport & Roads will be speaking at the upcoming Victorian Major Projects Conference. His address will feature talks on Regional Rail, East West Link and the Metro Link. This Conference will also see Corey Hannett, CEO, Regional Rail Link Authority specifically discussing the Regional Rail Link which is Melbourne’s first new major rail line in 80 years. This Rail Link will see an economic boost for Victoria including opportunities for businesses, service contracts and jobs ultimately making the Western region of Victoria attractive for future business investment. Brining $1 Billion annually to the Victorian economy it will provide a much needed boost and provide an extra 23 metropolitan trains and 10 regional trains during peak periods which in turn will see reduced road congestion.

East West Link which is an 18 kilometre road that connects the Eastern Freeway to the Western Ring Road will be on the largest infrastructure projects in Melbourne’s construction history. Business development case studies, studies and early planning investigations have been undertaken to ascertain the needs and benefits of the project. Currently stage one design has been released; last week saw geotechnical testing works in the areas of Clifton Hill, Carlton North, Collingwood and Fitzroy; with actual construction to begin at the end of 2014.

Tim Bamford, Executive Director, Major Projects Victoria will be discussing their $6 billion E-Gate housing development. Currently Major Projects Victoria are still developing a business case for this 23 hectare E-Gate site located in the Melbourne rail yard. This rail yard is located behind Docklands in West Melbourne and only 2kms from Melbourne’s CBD. The plan is to provide houses to home up to 10,000 residents as well as 50,000 square meters for commercial or retail space. E-Gate will have strong public transport connections which includes the existing North Melbourne Station just nearby. It also has the potential to include sporting fields, a library and a school to attract families to the area. Taking 15-20 years to build, this development has the possibility to support the expected growth of Melbourne.

Another exciting project is the public-private partnership of the $630 million Bendigo Hospital Project is going to be the largest regional hospital development in Victoria. During construction there will be 770 jobs to fill and will provide local Victorian families with a state-of-the-art-hospital. This project has a deadline of December 2016 which has to be met to avoid fines of $250,000 for each day it’s delayed. Discussing this project at the Victoria Major Projects Conference will be David Walker, Executive Director, Bendigo Hospital Project.

The key industry suppliers that are involved with the Conference include ProjectLink, Aggreko, Brookfield Multiplex, Parchem, Industrial Galvanizers, Hebel and GuardIt Solutions. Expert speakers include Cr Kevin Louey, Councillor, City of Melbourne, Cr Nora Lamont, Mayor, Maroondah City Council, Justin Giddings, CEO, Avalon Airport and Corey Hannett, CEO, Regional Rail Link Authority.

More information on the Victoria Major Projects Conference 2013 can be found at www.viconference.com.au.

Major development plans for New South Wales driven by the new planning system

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New South Wales is currently experiencing a major boom with infrastructure, transport and development projects; some of these major projects include: Barangaroo South, Sydney’s Light Rail Project, WestConnex, the reimagining of Darling Harbour and Newcastle 2030. The new planning system for New South Wales will drive this construction boom; essential infrastructure, including major projects was highlighted by the NSW Infrastructure white paper. NSW is now heading down a much clearer path allowing for these major developments to happen.

WestConnex is one of the NSW Governments’ major infrastructure projects; 33 kilometres long it will link Sydney’s west and south-west with the city, airport and Port Botany.  With $1.8 Billion coming from the NSW Government, the Federal Government will commit a further $1.5 Billion over four years and the rest of the remaining $8.5 billion needed will come from the private sector via tolls; tolls will capped at $7.70. The project is divided up into 3 different stages; these stages will be running concurrently from 2015-2023.

Jeff McCloy, Lord Mayor of Newcastle NSW will be discussing Newcastle’s 2030 plan at the NSW Major Projects Conference; this 2030 plan will see Newcastle turn into a smart, sustainable and liveable city. McCloy stated “Since the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan was endorsed just two years ago there has been real progress toward changing Newcastle’s reputation from steel city to cosmopolitan coastal centre”. This plan is community driven allowing input and development from locals, consideration for the future and the environment are key elements in this plan.

Sydney’s Light Rail Project is estimated to cost $1.6 billion and subject to planning approvals will commence works in 2014. The Light Rail will run from Circular Quay to Kingsford and Randwick, with the capacity to hold up 300 people it will free up space on existing buses that only have the capacity to hold up to 60 people. A ‘turn up and go’ approach will be adopted with services running every two to three minutes during peak times. Jeff Goodling, Light Rail, Project Manager, Transport NSW will be discussing further details about this project at the Conference.

Ross Cameron, Chairman, Aspire Sydney Consortium is also speaking at the Conference discussing the bold proposed $100 billion project to remake Sydney with finance, labour and refabricated steel and concrete from China. Cameron’s plan was to build the M4 East motorway in exchange for the rights to develop over 150 hectares of government-owned rail land which is located between Central and Strathfield. After the NSW government rejected the proposal in November 2012 it will be thought provoking to hear about this inspired project.

Key industry suppliers are involved at this Conference which includes Projectlink, Aggreko, CPS – Property & Infrastructure Project Managers, Parchem, Lahey, ACO, Hebel, Ensemble, TAFE Sydney, Industrial Galvanizers and Blackwoods. Vital speakers include: Chris Lock, Deputy Director General – Transport Projects Division, Transport for NSW, Nick Crawley, Principal, Corality Financial Group, Michael Kilgariff, CEO, Australian Logistics Council, John Connor, CEO, Climate Institute, Garry Bowditch, SMART Infrastructure Facility, Uni of Wollongong and Chris Wilson, Executive Director, Development Assessment & Systems Approvals, NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure.

More information on the NSW Major Projects Conference 2013 can be found at www.nswconference.com.au.