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Thursday 15th September 2016

07:45 Registration and morning coffee

08:20 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

08:30 Opening Address - Visions for the future

Delivering upon an infrastructure plan for Queensland. – A 15 year vision. What have been the tangible improvements in that are improving liveability and productivity in our state? The emerging influence of technology in infrastructure planning.

Deb Frecklington, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Queensland Parliament


08:45 The State Plan

State infrastructure plan and implementation.

Darren Crombie, Deputy Director General, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning

09:05 Transforming Brisbane's public space and network

Cross River Rail project update.

Gavin Nicholls, Project Director, Cross River Rail

9:25 Market led proposals

Treasury's perspective on the importance of MLP's and lessons from the past 12 months.

Joanne Paterson, Director, Market Led Proposals, Queensland Treasury

9:45 City Deals - Opportunities for South East Queensland

Said Hirsh, Partner, KPMG

10:05 PANEL: Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility - Unlocking the potential of our North

Dr Sally Pitkin, Director, NAIF

John Cotter, Managing Director, Initiative Capital

Warwick Agnew, Deputy Under-Treasurer (Commercial Advisory), Queensland Treasury

Damian Gould, Principal, Advisian (moderator)


10:45 Morning coffee break



11:05 Setting the context for User pays

Steve Abson, CEO, IAQ

11:15 Changing the mindset

The case for User-Pays road funding - Infrastructure Australia's Infrastructure Plan

Phil Davies, CEO, Infrastructure Australia

11:35 INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Follow the leader

Developing a PPP Road Viability Assessment Framework Drawn from International Best Practices

Dr Irfan Al Hasani, Senior Economist & Editor-in-Chief, DEC (Dubai Economic Council)

11:55 From Adam Smith to now:

Despite the importance of roads as a business input and as an amenity for urban centres, they are among the least reformed of all infrastructure sectors. The funding and delivery institutional arrangements have been unchanged for decades. A lack of road pricing results in inefficient investment, poor incentives for consumers and distorts usage choices. This presentation will discuss congestion pricing from Adam Smith's time to the present, and explain why it has never been more likely nor more critical than now

Nathan Taylor, Chief Economist, CEDA

12:15 PANEL: Road Map to User Charging - challenges ahead

Phil Davies, CEO Infrastructure Australia

Matthew Burke, Research Fellow, Griffith University

Paul Turner, Executive General Manager Advocacy, RACQ

Moderator: Mark Ludlow, Brisbane Bureau Chief/QLD Political Correspondent, Australian Financial Review


13:00 Lunch and networking opportunity



14:00  Community Expectations of infrastructure

Bernard Salt, Partner, KPMG

14:20 Sustainable Cities - Global Lessons

Greg Steele, CEO (APAC), Arcadis

14:40 Driverless cars - closer than you think

Dr Charles Karl, National Technical Leader & Manager Congestion, Freight and Productivity, ARRB Group

15:00 The emerging influence of technology: Virtual reality and how it can influence infrastructure planning and implementation

Cameron Sinfield, Lead Technical Artist, Spatial Media

15:20 CASE STUDY: The 5th mode of transport

Hear how VicHyper - a collective of Australian RMIT students -  are taking on the world, by revolutionising transportation as we know it. Competing as finalists in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, VicHyper is the only remaining team from the Southern Hemisphere. Imagine travelling at the speed of sound between Brisbane and Sydney in 75 minutes without the hassle of airports. Could Queensland be at the forefront of transportation technology? 

Matt O'Callaghan, Project Manager, VicHyper

15:40 Afternoon coffee break


16:00 PANEL: Are we currently planning for our future or is our head in the sand

Cr Amanda Cooper, Chairman for Infrastructure, Bribane City Council

Priscilla Radice, Chair, IAQ

Greg Steele, CEO (APAC), Arcadis

Malcolm Middleton, Queensland Government Architect, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government & Planning

Moderator: Roger Black, Technical Director (Infrastructure Advisory), AECOM


17:00 Public attitudes to Infrastructure - shifting community perceptions of infrastructure being “done to” rather than “for” people

Dr Sara Bice, Director, Research Translation, Melbourne School of Government

17:20 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

18.00 - 20.00 Summit Sundowner

The IAQ Queensland Infrastructure Summit will be followed with the IAQ Sundowner. Come and enjoy yourself at our after summit networking function at the Snake Charmer's Lounge, located within Brisbane Festival's 'Arcadia', at South Bank's Cultural Forecourt. With a two hour drinks and canape package, this is the prefect end to a day of thought-provoking presentations and key updates from across the sector. What could be a better way to wrap-up the state's most prevalent infrastructure conference than to unwind, indulge and enjoy the festivities? Bookings are essential.

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