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The Snowy Region Construction and Development Conference

Anticipating the impact of Snowy 2.0 on the regional economy

14-15 November 2018 | Cooma Ex Services Club

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The greater Snowy-Monaro region and surrounds are about to be transformed. Australia’s largest energy infrastructure project since the Snowy Mountains Scheme, the multibillion dollar Snowy Hydro 2.0, could usher in a period of rapid growth for the region, creating up to 5,000 new jobs across NSW. Alongside this landmark project, a visionary Canberra – Eden Railway proposal is set to reshape how the region is travelled and open up a new artery of freight with Canberra Airport at one end, and the forthcoming $44 million upgrade of Eden Port at the other.

Held in the heart of the Snowy region, Cooma, this conference will bring together the myriad of industries involved with construction and economic development, alongside government and local representation, to discuss the new opportunities on the horizon, and how to prepare the region for the growth to come.

Topics to include:

  • Regional growth trends in the broader Snowy region
  • Making the Eden-Monaro region the renewable flagship of the nation
  • An update on planned roads investment and construction in the region
  • The potential for the expansion of air services
  • The proposed Canberra to Eden railway line, and what it would mean for new economic development in the Snowy region
  • The vision for a manufacturing industry at Cooma’s Polo Flats
  • New innovations in tunnelling and drilling technologies
  • Developing local engineering capability in the wider Southern region (and potential for local content)
  • The outlook for broader industrial development in the Southern region
  • Upskilling locals – training requirements and opportunities
  • Lessons learned from other regional centers who have experienced major infrastructure investment
  • The outlook for accommodation and other regional services to meet the expected influx of workers



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The Hon. Angus Taylor MP

Minister for Energy

Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro

Gary Barnes

Deputy Secretary, Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW

James McTavish

Cross Border Commissioner, Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW

John Rooney

Mayor, Snowy Monaro Regional Council

Dean Lynch

Relations Manager 2.0, Snowy Hydro

James Hayes OAM

Mayor, Snowy Valleys Council

Richard Lowe

Executive Manager, Business Growth, TransGrid

Toby Roxburgh

Co-Founder, Renew Estate

Hugh Cooke

Chair, Regional Development Australia (Southern Inland)

Edwin Michell

Director, Stormcloud Engineering

Richard Hopkins

Member, Cooma and Monaro Progress Association

Professor Andrew Blakers

Director, ANU Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems

Kerry Penton

Regional General Manager, South, TAFE NSW

Martin Darcy

Service Manager Business and Innovation, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Wally Hirsch

Regional Manager, Illawarra South East, Industry Capability Network (ICN)

Mark Adams

Group Manager of Economic Development & Tourism, Snowy Mountains Regional Council

Duncan Taylor

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director, Country Universities Centre

Mark Herbert

Committee Member, Cooma Chamber of Commerce

Lorraine Wysman

Vice President, Tumut Chamber of Commerce, Principal, PRDnationwide Tumut

Bruce Easton

President, Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce

Gordon Jenkinson

Principal, First National Kosciusko

Joan Bird

Principal, Ray White Jindabyne

David Collins

Executive Director, Training Services NSW, Skills and Economic Development, NSW Department of Industry

Heidi Stratford

Director, South East, DPC Regional, Department of Premier & Cabinet NSW

Julie Giddings

Principal, PRDnationwide Tumut, Committee Member, Tumbarumba Chamber of Commerce

Kay Whitehead

Executive Committee Member, Tumbarumba Chamber of Commerce

Peter Elford

Committee Member, Regional Development Australia - ACT

Natalie Godward

Cruise Development Manager, Port Authority of NSW

Shannon Fergusson

Director, Fergusson Real Estate & Property

Josh Elliott

Chief Operating Officer, Blyton Group

Adrian Sammons

Managing Director, AMSTEC

when & where

14 - 15 Nov 2018

Cooma Ex Services Club
106 Vale St, Cooma NSW 2630
(02) 6452 1144

Local Accommodation & Info
For a complete list of local accommodation options, sights to see and things to do while in town, and how to get there visit:

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Please call 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Nicholas Mayfield
Conference Producer
+61 (2) 9080 4477

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
+61 (2) 9080 4030

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