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Transport & Logistics

South Australia’s transport infrastructure in focus

22 May 2013, by Informa Insights

South Australia is enjoying tremendous economic growth and is currently attracting both local and foreign investment. Transport infrastructure will play a crucial role in supporting and fostering local industry into the future.  An expert panel discussed the state current transport capabilities at the South Australian Transport Infrastructure Summit in 2012. We have made the  following slides available for complimentary viewing and download:

Screenshot Rod HookGovernment Address:  Delivering South Australia’s transport future, now!

• Ensuring a transport network that supports South Australia’s future economic growth – What needs to be done?

• Enabling efficient, integrated and commercially viable freight transport for South Australia – Outlining current government project priorities

Rod Hook, CEO, Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, SA

Examining current and future transport requirements needed to further enable the South Australian minerals industry

Screenshot Joe Mastrangelo• What are the existing and impending capacity constraints for South Australian ports, railways and roads?

• Identifying the transport projects needed to add value to the current mining boom

• Developing an efficient and economically effective supply chain network to create a competitive advantage from the mine-gate to the export market – The opportunities and the challenges

Joe Mastrangelo, Director, Major Projects and Investment Attraction, Resources and Energy Sector Infrastructure Council (RESIC)

Screenshot Simon ParsonsCASE STUDY: Transport requirements for the Cairn Hill Project

Simon Parsons, General Manager – Cairn Hill Project, IMX Resource


CASE STUDY: The northern Connector – A progress report on plans for a dual-use road and rail corridor linking northern Expressway with Port River Expressway and South Road

Screenshot Mark ElfordThe South Australian Government has released detailed plans for a dual purpose transport link designed to reduce freight rail travelling through Adelaide’s northern suburbs and provide a more direct route for freight exports at the Port of Adelaide. Subject to funding, the planned project includes a 15km multi-laned freeway and a 31km rail line in Adelaide’s north-west. Delegates will be privy to project insights including:

• Project outlook – Examining the proposed plans for the Northern Connector and its strategic objective to move freight and people more efficiently

• An anticipated timeline for implementation

Mark Elford, Director Road Transport Policy and Planning, Policy and Planning Division, Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure, SA

CASE STUDY: Strengthening aviation in South Australia – An Adelaide Airport perspective

Screenshot Mark YoungOn average more than 20,000 passengers pass Adelaide Airport each day. Given its geographic significance, the airport has developed into an integral hub not only for Australia’s east/west and north/south domestic routes but for the movement of freight for South Australia’s regional industrial, mining and agricultural centres. This session will examine:

• Expansion plans to accommodate an increase in flights from 800 in 2013 to 1800 by 2021

• The impact of the mining boom on aviation in South Australia

• Analysing recent developments in the aviation industry, both in Australia and abroad – What are the repercussions and/or opportunities for South Australia?

Mark Young, Managing Director, Adelaide Airport

CASE STUDY: Insight into the planning, design and construction of Wimmera Regional Intermodal Freight Hub in Victoria

Screenshot Kevin McGlinn• An overview of the project

• Meeting the projects objective of building the Wimmera region’s growth by reducing rail, road and ports bottlenecks

• Planning for and designing efficient and strategically located intermodal terminals to facilitate the transport of freight from one mode to another

Kevin McGlinn, Senior Project Manager, GHD

Taking a fresh approach to transport infrastructure financing

Screenshot Andrew NewmanWith governments reaching their borrowing capacity for big-ticket infrastructure, the need to examine alternative ways of funding transport projects is paramount to ensuring a productive and prosperous future for South Australia. Therefore we will explore:

• The current state of financial markets

• The evolution of PPP projects and whether they should be redesigned to more effectively attract private sector investment?

• Techniques to encourage the private sector to further invest in infrastructure

• Case studies

Andrew Newman, Associate Director, Macquarie Capital

Is the expansion of the South Australian mining sector an opportunity or a threat to the state’s transport and logistics workforce?

Screenshot Romana Hutchinson• Is the “people crisis” set to return to SA?  How can we ensure transport sector expansion opportunities in the wake of the mining boom are not stifled by an insufficient workforce?

• How can the transport industry compete with higher salaries and wages available in the mining sector?

• Strategies for attraction and retention

Dr. Romana Hutchinson, Executive Officer, TDTSA

We hope you will find these presentations useful. Please feel free share them with your colleagues and in your professional network. You can find more information about the 2013 SA Australia Transport Infrastructure Summit here.


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