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Goldfields – Esperance Major Projects

Exploring major projects, economic growth, investments, development in the Goldfields-Esperance region

28-29 Aug 2024 | Novotel Perth Langley

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Informa Australia is delighted to announce the Goldfields Esperance Major Projects Conference held 28-29 Aug 2024 at the Novotel Perth Langley.

The Goldfields-Esperance region is thriving and has the potential for greater opportunities, particularly with the current and growing major projects pipeline, government investments and initiatives to ensure economic growth, stability and the future of the region. Goldfields Esperance Major Projects Conference will bring together government representatives, executives, developers, investors and key stakeholders to discuss ongoing investments and initiatives to transform the thriving region.

Key topics to be discussed at Goldfields-Esperance 2024 include:

  • Current outlook for the Goldfields-Esperance region & Government initiatives
  • Strategic Development, Investment Opportunities and Emerging Industries Driving Economic Growth
  • Clean Energy Transition – Carbon Neutral, Decarbonisation, Renewables, Hydrogen & Critical Minerals
  • The Importance of New Development & Economic Growth in the Goldfields-Esperance region
  • Update on the Latest Major projects & Infrastructure including;
    • Mining
    • Exploration
    • Port
    • Roads & Transport
    • Renewable Energy
    • Agriculture
    • Housing
    • + many more
  • First Nations and Traditional Owner Engagement and Economic Development
  • Tourism, regional growth and opportunities
  • Innovation and Collaboration
  • Managing and Stimulating Economic Opportunity & Growth

What is being said about the region:

My Government is investing a record amount into regional infrastructure and delivering a significant boost for health and housing in the regions…. Our regions have enormous potential to benefit from the transition to a prosperous low-carbon future, and our investments will deliver cleaner, stronger, reliable and affordable energy for the regions for generations to come
– Premier Mark McGowan, Kalgoorlie Miner, 15th of May 2023

A survey conducted by the chamber — revealed the State’s resources industries directly contributed $1.63 billion to the Goldfields-Esperance economy in 2020-21. The survey reported the sector directly provided more than 3300 full-time local jobs… Those member companies spent an additional $1.18 billion supporting 895 business, 131 community organisations in the region, and all 10 local governments in the Goldfields-Esperance region… the sector’s contributions were vital to the Federal Government’s funding for healthcare, childcare, education and infrastructure, as well as other important projects in WA
– Ms Rebecca Tomkinson, CEO, CME – Kalgoorlie Miner, 22 Feb 2023

The Goldfields-Esperance region has the resources, infrastructure and skills to capitalise on ‘enormous opportunities’…. This region more than any other can play right into the big shifts currently rippling across the global economy
– Aaron Morey told the Goldfields-Esperance Major Projects Conference (Sep 2023)


Jai Thomas

Deputy Director General – Coordinator of Energy, Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Virginia Wilson

Chief Trade and Customer Officer, Southern Ports

Andrew Bell

Deputy Director, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer, Curtin University

Bill Stirling

Chief Operating Officer, Bellevue Gold

Shane Barker

Operations Manager, Evolution Mining – Mungari Operations

Susan Kreemer Pickford

General Manager Western Australia, Engineers Australia

Tim Lane

Executive Manager Policy & Advocacy, REIWA

Ben Holloway

General Manger, Projects and Technology – Lithium, Mineral Resources

Stuart Nahajski

General Manager Industrial Lands Authority, DevelopmentWA

Kari-Lee Falconer

Program Manager, Southern Rangelands Revitalisation, Livestock Systems, Primary Industries Development, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

James Trail

Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Coolgardie

Peter Bednall

Chief Executive Officer, Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

Ryan Gordon

Manager, Triodia Australia, Treasurer, Goldfields Aboriginal Business Chamber

Neil Van Drunen

Director, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory & Commonwealth Policy, AMEC

Jim Walker

Chair, Office of the State Training Board, Department of Training and Workforce Development

Michelle Gadellaa

Manager of Health, Safety & People, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia

Kasia Allan

Chief of Staff - Climate & Sustainability, Deloitte Australia

Marcus Falconer

Chief Executive Officer, Australia's Golden Outback

Jenny Oosterhof

Director Battery and Critical Minerals, Energy Transition Strategies Division, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation

Ron Mitchell

Managing Director, Global Lithium Resources

Alex Wiese

Director of Development and Growth, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Jess Karlsson

Associate, GFG Consulting

Jo Garland

Partner, HFW

Professor Fiona Doolan-Noble

PhD, Director Goldfields University Department of Rural Health, Curtin University

Nick Rathjen

Managing Director and CEO, Future Battery Minerals Ltd

Hayley Rolfe

Technical Director - Circular Economy, GHD

Rosie Pavlos

Technical Director, Decarbonisation and ESG, GHD

Clare Pope

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Senior representative, Zenith Energy


9:00 am

Welcome to the Conference

9:05 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Jess Karlsson, Associate, GFG Consulting

9:10 am

Welcome to Country

9:15 am


9:40 am

  • Discussing the short, medium and long-term outlook for energy demand and supply in the Goldfields region
  • Challenges and opportunities in energy supply for the region on the pathway to net zero by 2050

10:05 am

  • Economic opportunities and challenges
  • Infrastructure and urban planning for future growth
  • Community engagement and stakeholder involvement
  • Innovation and technology for regional development

10:50 am

Networking & refreshment break

11:30 am

Land for Economic Diversification

Stuart Nahajski, General Manager Industrial Lands Authority, DevelopmentWA

11:55 am

  • Sustainable capacity building at the Port of Esperance
  • Adapting to changes in global demand
  • Harnessing the opportunities of the transition to a low-carbon future

12:20 pm

  • Why the Goldfields is among the most prospective lithium regions in the world.
  • An update on the expansion of Mt Marion and potential for underground mining.
  • An overview of the Bald Hill acquisition and other investments in the region.

12:45 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:45 pm

Innovation and Infrastructure

2:05 pm

  • Growing the high-grade Big Red lithium system
  • Gearing up to test key targets at the newly acquired Miriam tenure
  • Advancing key technical workstreams on the Kangaroo Hills Lithium Project

2:20 pm

Esperance Tjaltjraak’s plans for an aquaculture precinct in Esperance and other natural capital projects

Peter Bednall, Chief Executive Officer, Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation

2:40 pm

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Transitioning to the new WHS laws
  • Industries ongoing efforts to safe and respectful workplaces
  • CME Mine Emergency Rescue Competitions

3:05 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:40 pm

Tourism developments and opportunities across the Goldfields Esperance region

Marcus Falconer, Chief Executive Officer, Australia's Golden Outback

4:05 pm

  • Insights into the engineering workforce based on the latest statistical data
  • The engineering workforce of the future
  • Transferability of engineering skills for the energy transition

4:20 pm

  • Creating opportunities and changing mindset & skills to meet new industry opportunities
  • Evolving education models and training programs to build skill sets in the region
  • Building vibrant lasting communities and maintaining a strong pipeline of talent and entrepreneurial skills in the region

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

Networking Drinks

9:05 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Hayley Rolfe, Technical Director - Circular Economy, GHD

9:15 am

  • Perth property market review
  • Goldfields Esperance market review
  • Factors driving the market
  • Market outlook

9:40 am

  • Creating investment & development opportunities
  • Creating a more balanced economy in the region & promoting regional development
  • Attracting businesses and people to the region – What more can be done?
  • The role of collaboration, alliances and clear communication to achieve goals
  • Leveraging technology and innovation to drive economic growth in the region

10:25 am

Outlook and update on the Mungari Operations and expansion

Shane Barker, Operations Manager, Evolution Mining – Mungari Operations

10:50 am

Networking & refreshment break

11:25 am

The Goldfields region has immense potential to support the global energy transition. We are already seeing significant investment in major projects throughout the region having global impact. Curtin University, WA’s largest university has a campus in the heart of Kalgoorlie, hosting the heart of the WA School of Mines. There is ongoing investment in this rural campus, including the federally funded Rural Health Campus with state of the art simulation facilities and world-class pyrometallurgy facilities, necessary to de-risk downstream processing of critical minerals.

11:45 am

Global Lithium Resources

Ron Mitchell, Managing Director, Global Lithium Resources

12:05 pm

Bellevue Gold Project – Delivery of a premium gold asset

Bill Stirling, Chief Operating Officer, Bellevue Gold

12:25 pm

  • The importance of rangelands landscape regeneration and ecological balance in semi-arid regions.
  • Ecosystem health and its impact on sustainable livestock production
  • Changing rangelands and livestock management with pastoralist communities and stakeholders

12:45 pm

  • The role of renewable energy in decarbonisation efforts
  • Strategies for transitioning to a net-zero energy system
  • Investment opportunities in clean energy projects
  • Policy and regulatory frameworks for promoting decarbonisation
  • Overcoming challenges in integrating renewable energy into the grid
  • Community engagement and support for clean energy initiatives

1:25 pm

Lunch and networking break

2:30 pm

Wrangling with the Leviathan: What you need to know about amendments to the regulatory landscape

Neil Van Drunen, Director, Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory & Commonwealth Policy, AMEC

2:50 pm

Decarbonisation and Energy

Kasia Allan, Chief of Staff - Climate & Sustainability, Deloitte Australia

3:50 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

4:00 pm






Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2100+GST
Virtual Pass$1290+GST

There is a special discount on conference attendance for all not for profit organisations & small businesses (less than 10 people) that have originated in the Goldfields & Esperance region and are not a branch office of a national or international company. To see if you qualify for the discounted rate, please email

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Reconnect and re-engage with your industry peers at the Goldfields – Esperance Major Projects Conference.

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:
Valerie Pogrebizhsky
T: +61 (2) 9080 4362

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when & where

28 - 29 Aug 2024

Novotel Perth Langley
221 Adelaide Terrace,
Perth WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9221 1200

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