28 - 29 May, 2018 | Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Brisbane, QLD

Conference Day One: Monday, 28th May 2018

7:00 am - 9:15 am Workshop A: Accommodating Double Stacking, Roll Off and Roll On and Enhanced Travel Speed – Implementing Innovative Construction Solutions to Increase Capacity on Dedicated Freight Corridors


9:45 am - 9:55 am Opening Remarks by the Conference Chair

9:55 am - 10:35 am Ministerial Update: Parkes to Narromine – Preparing for the Construction of Inland Rail’s First Existing Track Upgrade

The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Federal Member for Parkes,Parliament of Australia

The Hon Mark Coulton MP

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Federal Member for Parkes
Parliament of Australia

10:35 am - 11:15 am ARTC Executive Update: On the Way to 2025 – Construction Priorities to Meet the 10-Year Delivery Schedule

Simon Thomas, Programme Delivery Director, Inland Rail,Australian Rail Track Corporation
Building the national project will require approximately 2600 tonnes of steel, 130 000 tonnes of rail, over 8000 metres of tunnels, to name a few. To date, reference designs and EIS for two NSW priority projects have been delivered and concept designs for the remaining 11 have also been completed. With the expected completion year fast approaching, the ARTC is expecting to begin construction of the first of 13 projects this year. In this executive update, the ARTC will address the infrastructure and planning priorities ahead for 2018.

  • Paving the way for tendering: Determining the shortlist requirements for registrations of interest and finding the right construction partners and suppliers across the project
  • Maintaining consistency of greenfield and brownfield tracks to ensure efficiency and service reliability of future freight trains
  • Accommodating double-stack trains to boost connectivity to the east-west corridor

Simon Thomas

Programme Delivery Director, Inland Rail
Australian Rail Track Corporation

11:15 am - 11:40 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a *roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top of mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Topic One

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Developing a Sustainable Port Freight Rail Solution to Compliment Inland Rail Objectives
Caryn Anderson, Executive General Manager,Port of Melbourne
  • Developing intermodal choice to create efficiency between road and rail supply chain
  • Creating a rail access strategy and identifying how state and industries contribute to this while complimenting the Inland Rail
  • Analysing distribution from ports to the metropolitan region to identify the areas for increased network capacity

Caryn Anderson

Executive General Manager
Port of Melbourne

Topic Two

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Increasing Education on the Opportunities of Inland Rail to Increase Engagement and Support
Steve Abson, Chief Executive Officer,Infrastructure Association of Queensland
  • Highlighting the threats and opportunities to create a better understanding of the economic benefits of the projects for each industry
  • Understanding how reference groups, community consultation committees and the general public can provide local intelligence on the project
  • Utilising education and engagement as a means to identify research and development opportunities for infrastructure

Steve Abson

Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Association of Queensland

Topic Three

12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Understanding the Role of Sustainability to Inform Strategic Asset Management for Inland Rail’s Future Service Reliability and Quality Retention
Antony Sprigg, Chief Executive Officer,Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia
  • Identifying the areas of the project to create sustainable practices to ensure long term reliability of the track
  • Understanding the principles and elements of asset management in determining criteria for new infrastructure to address maintenance requirements without affecting life cycle costs
  • Developing a sustainable and strategic asset management framework for each project while maintaining consistency

Antony Sprigg

Chief Executive Officer
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

1:10 pm - 2:10 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Federal Update: Supporting and Delivering Australia’s Once-in-a-Generation Inland Rail to Deliver Future Eocnomic Growth

Melita Lanigan-King, Director, Regional and Industry Benefits, Inland Rail Division,Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Australia’s Inland Rail project is predicted to boost Australia’s GDP by $16 billion over the next 50 years, serving as the right infrastructure project to fundamentally change Australia’s freight network. The 2017-18 Budget revealed the Australian Government’s commitment to the full delivery of the project, providing an additional $8.4 billion in funding. This opening keynote address will explore the strategic investment of the Inland Rail, including:
  • Creating a new direct freight link through eastern Australia to serve as an improvement to Australia’s freight network for the next generation
  • Reducing time and rail distance travelled between Melbourne and Brisbane by 8 hours to achieve a transit time of under 24 hours
  • Connecting farms, mines, cities and ports to global markets and boosting economic benefits for regional communities

Melita Lanigan-King

Director, Regional and Industry Benefits, Inland Rail Division
Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Safety Response: Understanding Freight Rail Safety Responsibilities to Ensure Safety Excellence During the Construction and Completion of the Inland Rail

Simon Foster, Executive Director, Technical,Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
In 2016-17, ONRSR recorded 30 freight train line derailments across Australia, 13 of which occurred in NSW alone. While the consequences of the event are lower than passenger trains, risks along freight trains have higher occurrence and expose train crews, recovery teams and potentially the public to potential harm. As a result, consideration must be taken into account for the installation of tracks and construction undertaken by the contractors and operators to uphold the highest level of safety standards to minimise the risks that could occur along the Inland Rail once completed. In this session, Simon will discuss:

  • Ensuring the design, commissioning, manufacturing and supply of technical equipment and infrastructure for the project is carried through consistently across all 13 projects
  • Identifying a safety vision and safety management approach to ensure operators and workers comply with instructions to reduce risks
  • Application for the Inland Rail: How to commit to maintaining safety for land owners and local community members accessing the corridor

Simon Foster

Executive Director, Technical
Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator


4:00 pm - 4:40 pm CASE STUDY: New South Wales Case Study: Improving Access to Regional Markets to Reduce Congestion and Creating Capacity for Sydney Roads and Rail

James White, Project Director, Inland Rail,Transport for NSW
Of the 1700km planned route, 1047km is in NSW alone. This involves 475km of existing track upgrades and 399 kilometers of new tracks, accounting for 40 per cent of the overall project cost. Transport for NSW has been developing a strategic freight plan to deliver a more efficient freight network and system across NSW, which will assist in reducing congestion on the current road and rail network. Drawing on this plan and the Inland Rail investments in NSW, Damian will discuss:

  • Linking of the inland rail to the East-West Corridor: Investigating the new tracks that will reduce journey time and complete the missing link between Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane
  • Areas of growth for domestic and export markets, economic development and investment in regional NSW
  • Bypassing productive agriculture regions and diverting away from Sydney Metro to relieve pressure on the coastal network

James White

Project Director, Inland Rail
Transport for NSW

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm International Case Study: Creating a Sustainable and Harmonised Approach to Rail Freight at BLS Cargo – Lessons Learned from Euorpean Freight Corridors in Enhancing Reliability and Seamelss Networks

Juergen Maier-Gyomlay, Head of International Affairs and Projects,BLS Cargo
BLS Cargo’s market share in Swiss transit rail sits at roughly 28%, meaning that this corridor haulage provider plays a substantial contribution to rail freight across European freight traffic. In order to help in boosting rail freight and create sustainable, harmonised services, BLS Cargo has been involved in various European freight initiatives including legislative framework for successful modal shift and more effective measures for stakeholder engagement and coordination between corridors. Drawing on lessons learned from BLS Cargo’s strategies, this session will explore:
  • How BLS Cargo is playing a part in the development of uniform requirement for infrastructure managers to enhance interoperability and seamlessness across all corridors
  • Introducing and investing in new technology and processes, such as high performing freight messaging, that will work consistently with infrastructure and improve performance, productivity and profitability
  • Exploring the political initiatives and implement a long distance strategy to grow freight volumes and demands for neighbouring areas

Juergen Maier-Gyomlay

Head of International Affairs and Projects
BLS Cargo