NSW Major Projects Conference in Sydney to Showcase Key Infrastructure Plans for Rebuilding NSW

The 6th Annual NSW Major Projects Conference will be held on the 26th and 27th November 2014 at the Doltone House Hyde Park, Sydney. Attracting well over 250 delegates, this event continues to be the largest Major Projects and Infrastructure conference in the state of NSW.

Big ticket projects such as the $8.3 Billion North West Rail Link, $1.6 Billion CBD and South East Light Rail, the $3 Billion NorthConnex have definitely propelled NSW, more broadly Australia’s position as the infrastructure capital of the world. There is lot of excitement within the infrastructure industry with anticipated projects in the construction pipeline in NSW over the next five years equating to about $85 billion.

At the NSW Major Projects Conference, participants will hear presentations and case studies from a diverse field of high profile speakers within the Public and the Private sectors discussing the planning and delivery of the many critical infrastructure projects shaping NSW. The conference will also review how the Growth Infrastructure Plans will work to support regional growth and allow more efficient planning, priority setting and infrastructure investment.

The conference begins with a ministerial address by the Planning Minister for NSW, the Hon. Pru Goward. Ray Williams, MP, from the office of the Premier of NSW will present an overview of the Transport Vision for NSW. Some key transport topics which will be discussed and addressed at the event will be the delivery of the $14.9 Billion WestConnex Motorway project, the $8.3 Billion North West Rail Link, $1.6 Billion CBD and South East Light Rail, the $3 Billion NorthConnex along with the Pacific Highway Upgrade. The Conference will also see presentations about the leading urban renewal redevelopment projects including the $1.1 Billion Darling Harbour Live Project.

The NSW Major Projects Conference provides a unique platform for project knowledge sharing and is the ideal environment for networking and capitalizing on the business opportunities being created.

Expotrade, the organisers of this Conference have developed an array of top quality B2B events, delivering some of the largest conferences and summits in the infrastructure, banking and finance, information technology, sustainability, lighting and energy sectors.

For more information on the NSW Major Projects Conference, please visit www.nswconference.com.au

Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2014

National Summit Showcases Major Energy Efficient Lighting Plans of Councils

Over 40 councils, energy providers, road authorities, contractors & designers from across Australia gathered in Melbourne last week at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit to discuss strategies and new technology for public lighting retrofits aimed at reducing energy consumption and costs.

The national event hosted annually by City of Melbourne saw over 200 lighting industry experts and sustainability consultants meet for a concentrated program of presentations, panel and roundtable discussions to showcase the progress of street lighting roll-out projects and highlight some of the barriers being faced in achieving faster results.

Over 60 Australian councils including Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Hobart are currently in the rollout process or have completed bulk lighting changeovers, with over 148,000 lights upgraded so far.

Municipal Association of Victoria and Ironbark Sustainability have partnered to help Victorian councils deliver a bulk transition of over 232,000 street lights to energy efficient alternatives, which when completed is expected to have a cumulative saving of $431 million through reduced electricity and maintenance use. This sits behind New York as the second largest street lighting project in the world.

George Angelis, Manager of Infrastructure and Traffic Operations at City of Sydney presented the city’s LED retrofit success, while Martin Valentine of Abu Dhabi Municipality gave an international perspective on public realm lighting strategy and smart lighting technology.

A large focus of the discussion at this years’ conference was on outdoor lighting control with a panel session of experts including Rob Evans of Organic Response shedding light on the maturity of the control technology and a need for a greater understanding of its importance within current lighting projects.

“As outdoor and street lighting are large power consumers, then they need to be controlled. The added bonus is the smart sensors that control lights based on human presence can provide information for the control of other devices and allow cities to be smarter, not just lighting systems”, said Evans.

Lighting technology suppliers including Philips, Gerard Professional Solutions, OrangeTek, LEDified and Silver Spring Networks were amongst the sponsors showcasing latest solutions at the event in the boutique exhibition, which allowed delegates to consider a range of products that may be suitable for use within their parks and streets.

“The topics that I found particularly relevant and engaging are the lighting strategies of Abu Dhabi and Melbourne, as the City of Perth is presently engaged in producing a strategy. Also very relevant and interesting was the street lighting controls which was very well presented. I look forward to next year’s conference where I’m hoping a similar program will be presented” commented by Michael Murphy, Principal Urban Designer, City of Perth.

The event was organised by Expotrade Global who delivers some of the largest B2B industry conferences and events in the infrastructure, IT, sustainability, energy and construction sectors.

“It’s a very important platform for Australia’s lighting industry with local government representatives, contractors, consultants and manufacturers meeting to discuss regulations and strategies to achieving the target of replacing over 2.3 million lights across Australia. We look forward to seeing what progress has been made this time next year”, says Charlene Corrin, Conference Producer at Expotrade Global.

The 3rd Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit will be held next year at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8-9 September 2015.

New lighting technology upgrades to reap big savings across Australia

Councils across Australia are planning major works to replace inefficient street lights and relight public domains in a bid to cut costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Municipal Association of Victoria over 80 percent of its councils are currently transitioning to energy efficient lighting, and it has partnered with consultants Ironbark Sustainability to deliver the world’s second largest street light replacement program, which aims to save up to $340 million.

Local government authorities, developers, contractors and lighting industry professionals from around the country will be gathering in Melbourne next month at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit to discuss similar projects and share best practice strategies and challenges to achieving the desired energy and cost savings.

As part of a revolutionary LED retrofit project City of Sydney has replaced over half of its public domain lights and has already achieved more than a 40 percent energy reduction.

“The City of Sydney was the first Australian City to trial LED lighting covering various locations including pedestrian, vehicular and mixed use areas”, says George Angelis, manager of the city’s infrastructure & traffic operations.

“We trust others can learn from the City of Sydney’s experiences and results, and make further steps towards improved sustainability in lighting.”

With public lighting accounting for one-third of the city’s annual electricity bill energy-saving schemes are being backed by the NSW Government, which has announced a grid-wide roll-out in 41 councils across Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter regions. City of Melbourne has also recently updated its Public Lighting Strategy, which aims to ensure the city is inviting, interesting and safe during the evening, and attract more activity into Melbourne’s laneways, parks and squares.

Local councils and developers will be looking to gain valuable lessons from the success of cities abroad such as Abu Dhabi Municipality which is currently replacing 600,000 streetlights to LED fixtures, leading to an estimated saving of up to $140 million.

“The long-term benefits are key to justifying early change where possible”, says Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert at Abu Dhabi City Municipality who is giving a presentation at the upcoming Australian Smart Lighting Summit.

“The challenge is not with the rapidly changing technology itself and the obvious improvements in both the sources and ‘smart’ controls. It is ensuring it is understood exactly what one wants to have and the lighting designed and applied appropriately.”

“Also if a region with such extreme environmental conditions as Abu Dhabi can be seen to have successfully embraced new lighting technologies like LED, I hope it might give some assurances for other similar challenging locations”, says Valentine.

Leading manufacturers including Philips, Gerard, SLA, Ledified and GE will be attending the Summit to showcase their latest technologies, and take advantage of the growing market. Nigel Parry of lighting manufacturer OrangeTek Limited will be sharing experiences from the United Kingdom, working alongside local authorities that have embarked on successful LED replacement programs.

The 2-day conference commences at 9am at Melbourne Convention Centre on 18 August 2014. For more information visit http://www.lightingconference.com.au.

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


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.

Business investment in Western Australia has risen 35% drawing industry leaders to last week’s Conference in Perth


25th September 2013, Perth, Australia: Last week key stakeholders gathered in Perth to discuss resource and infrastructure updates in Western Australia; this meeting of the minds has been running annually for the past 3 years at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre. As Western Australia’s economy is driven by the mining and construction sectors; this Conference covered the following areas – the State Aviation Strategy, Pilbara, Regional Development, Economic Sustainability and much more.

Over two days the Conference attracted over 260 CEOs, Directors, Project Managers and Consultants from government, construction and mining sectors. Nicole Lockwood, Associate Director, KPMG was a standout speaker on day one and again on day two for her contributions to the Panel Discussion. She identified that the event fostered the importance to centre dialogue about what is possible with strong governance, strategy and leadership.

Pilbara was a hot topic of discussion at the Conference; the Pilbara region covers 500,000 square kilometres in the centre of Western Australia including areas such as Dampier, Karratha, Tom Price, Port Headland, Onslow, Paraburdoo and Newman. Dr Ken King from Pilbara Development Commission discussed the 2035 plan where the Pilbara region will offer a sustainable and diverse economy. Already 4 years into making this 2035 plan a reality, numerous projects are happening in the region.

Sue McCarrey, Deputy Director General Policy and Planning, Department of Transport discussed the State Aviation Strategy for Perth Airport this comes at a time where the Western Australia’s economic growth is high, FIFO deployment is increasing and congestion and delays at Perth Airport is unavoidable. The objectives for this strategy are to support economic and social development and provide a sound framework for policy setting, future planning and investment.

Participants shared their experiences – Sonia Sinclair, CFO, Australia Cultural Heritage Management stated that she found the Conference to be a stand out, providing valuable insight to local and state projects, industries and Government. Jeff Miller, CEO, Civil Contractors Federation WA commented that the Conference enabled delegates to get the right information, from the right people in a timely fashion.

Key industry suppliers were at Conference, this included Projectlink, SAI Global, Complete Corporate Health, ACHM, C.R Kennedy, Ausco, Acciona and Humes. The Conference also hosted other vital speakers which included: Roger Johnston, CEO, Port Hedland Authority, Paul Gale, A/Director State Workforce Planning, Department of Training and Workforce Development WA, Simon Skevington, Project Director Reform, Department of Mines and Petroleum and many more.

16-17 September 2014 marks the 4th Annual Western Australia Resource and Infrastructure Conference, more details about this year’s event and updates for next year’s Conference can be found at www.wainfrastructure.com.au.

New City of Melbourne Lighting Strategy to be revealed to industry stakeholders

Fusing experience gained from a decade of impressive public lighting projects City of Melbourne will present the Lighting Strategy (2013) at a lighting industry event next month. Ian Dryden, Team Leader Industrial Design will be offering an insight into the key projects and future lighting initiatives planned to improve pedestrian safety and amenity, attract an evening crown to Melbourne’s public spaces and minimise the negative environmental impact of outdoor lighting.

Australia’s premier lighting event taking place on 5 & 6 August 2013 at the Melbourne Convention Centre will bring together lighting experts, designers and councils to discuss energy efficient solutions and sustainable design. Attracting in the region of 200 senior level professionals and leading lighting suppliers the event comes at a pivotal time in Australian lighting industry history as new standards are established to integrate LED technology.

Boasting some of the country’s most talented and well-renowned lighting specialists the Summit will focus on public realm and street, building and architectural and also event lighting projects delivered through keynote presentations, case-studies, panel discussions and roundtable sessions across 2 days.

High on the agenda will be presentations from City of Melbourne’s Prof. Rob Adams, Director City Design and Ian Dryden, Team Leader Industrial Design who will showcase the rejuvenation of Melbourne and the 2013 Lighting Strategy which will offer attendees an insight into key plans and upcoming initiatives.

From a street lighting perspective Paul Brown, Managing Director of Ironbark Sustainability, will focus on replacement programs being rolled out by councils around the country, Mark West of Sylvania Lighting Australasia will discuss the future of LED and outdoor lighting control, and Belinda Hill of Adelaide City Council will demonstrate the commitment of Adelaide to the environment through energy-efficient lighting.

High-profile designers include Steve Brown of NDY Light, who will be presenting a smart lighting pilot project being undertaken at the University of Melbourne, and Arup’s Australasia Lighting Leader Tim Carr who will share experiences from his recent involvement in Vivid Sydney. Adele Lock of Mint Lighting Design, Graham Whittaker of Zumtobel Lighting, Adam Carey of Citelum, celebrated astronomer Perry Vlahos and Bernie Tan-Hayes of PointofView Melbourne are also amongst the key speaker line-up.

Ed Darmanin, Managing Director of LED Innovations believes that the lighting industry is about to be transformed. “The LED lighting market in Australia will evolve at a much quicker and far reaching pace than most people realise. It will be more like a revolution that will affect authorities, energy distributors, manufacturers and end user customers alike”, said Darmanin.

Major lighting technology suppliers involved in this years’ event include Gold Sponsor Sylvania Lighting Australasia, Silver Sponsor Zumtobel, Cocktail Sponsor LED Innovations and Cooper Lighting, Light on Landscape, GE Lighting, Hotbeam, Pecan Lighting, Lightmoves, Advanced Lighting Technologies, Suland Lighting and Lights Lights Lights.

As endorsers of the Australian Smart Lighting Summit City of Melbourne will be hosting a City Lights Tour which will link the 2013 Lighting Strategy to the experience gained from City Plan 2013, Sustainable Public Lighting Action Plan 2005-2010 and Zero Net Emissions by 2020. Event attendees will have the opportunity to experience this walk, along with a number of other networking sessions that the conference offers.

Conference Producer Charlene Corrin of Expotrade Australia Pty Ltd says that the timing of the Summit is creating hype within lighting sector. “With the industry in a period of transition and organizations looking to slash energy bills and emissions, the Australian Smart Lighting Summit is the ideal platform for stakeholders to meet and share their experience and expertise to drive positive change”.  Expotrade is also the organiser of the Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit being held in Abu Dhabi in November.

More information on the Australian Smart Lighting Summit can be found at www.lightingconference.com.au.