Sydney’s $1.8 billion Light Rail Project drew industry leaders to the Major Projects Conference in Sydney

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Key stakeholders gathered in Sydney on the 6 – 7 November 2013 for the 4th Annual New South Wales Major Projects Conference. Participants gathered to about the latest major project updates currently underway in the State of New South Wales. New South Wales has experienced a real slump in terms of new infrastructure developments; now New South Wales is back on track and real infrastructure development is happening in the State. Participants heard about the major projects which will help ease congestion; projects included Sydney’s Light Rail and the North West Rail Link.

The two day conference attracted 250 key industry players within the Construction and Infrastructure sectors.  Ross Cameron, Chairman, Aspire Sydney Consortium was a standout speaker on day two. He enlived the debate by highlighting the issues New South Wales have been facing and detailed his view on what he believed to be the solution to the problem. This presentation created a real buzz and opened dialogue between participants.

The North West Rail Link was a key project which everyone was keen to hear more about; Tom Gellibrand, Deputy Project Director, North West Rail Link presented on the status of the project. This project is the biggest public transport infrastructure development in Sydney, since the Harbour Bridge was built almost 90 years ago. Tom Gellibrand quoted that the project will require “20,000 more tonnes of steel than the Sydney Harbour Bridge”. Once the North West Rail Link is in operation, the trains that will run through the newly created tunnels, will be Australia’s first fully-automated rail system. This much anticipated project will see trains open to commuters in 2019.

Jeff Goodling, Light Rail, Project Manager, Transport NSW discussed Sydney’s Light Rail Project. With an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, this project plans to build a new light rail track that will run across a 12 km route, from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kingsford. Sydney’s CBD will see George Street between Bathurst and Hunter turn into a 1km wire free Pedestrian Zone. This project will also create a 5.6km extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill which is due to open in 2014. This project plans to free up bus congestion by offering a much needed alternative for these populated suburbs.

Participants shared their experiences – Rick Duynhoven, Assistant Director, Sydney TAFE stated that the Conference offered a great look into future infrastructure projects and he appreciated the look into regional areas and their connection to Sydney. Steve Black, Trading Manager, Sims Metal Management commented that the Conference covered a board range of topics and he thought the content and relevance to the agenda was great. He also mentioned that the open panel discussion forum worked really well.

Key industry suppliers at Conference included Projectlink, Aggreko, Milwaukee, ACO Polycrete, CSR Hebel, Parchem, Sika Australia and many more. The Conference also hosted other vital speakers which included: Michael Kilgariff, CEO, Australian Logistics Council, Shelley Roberts, Executive Director Aviation Services, Sydney Airport, John Connor, CEO, Climate Institute, David McCracken, Advisor, Master Planning and Strategic Development, Barangaroo Delivery Authority and many more.

The 18 – 19 November 2014, will mark the 5th Annual New South Wales Major Projects Conference. For further information regarding this year’s event and updates for next year’s conference please visit www.nswconference.com.au

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