30 April - 01 May, 2019 | PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 30 April 2019


9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair


9:10 am - 9:50 am ARTC Executive Update: Lessons Learned from Parkes to Narromine to Move Projects from Feasibility to Construction

Richard Wankmuller - Chief Executive Officer, Inland Rail, Australian Rail Track Corporation
With P2N underway and N2NS expected to start construction in 2019, completion of the Feasibility Designs and EIS for the remaining brownfield and greenfield corridors between 2019 – 2021 are critical for Inland Rail’s timeline. This ARTC Executive Update will explore the priorities underway to ensure construction and operations of the Inland Rail remain on track, and the lessons already learned from the P2N section that can be applied for the remaining corridors.

Richard Wankmuller

Chief Executive Officer, Inland Rail
Australian Rail Track Corporation


9:50 am - 10:30 am Skills Planning and Resourcing for Major Rail Infrastructure Projects: A HS2 Case Study

Kate Myers - Head of Skills, Employment and Education, High Speed Two (HS2)
  • Maintaining relationships and consistency with track owners, staff and other stakeholders to collectively improve safety, integration of technology and interoperability of the final project
  • Finding people to make it happen: Overcoming the challenges of managing demand and expectations
  • Utilising once-in-a-generation opportunities as a means to grow railway and construction skills and widen the current workforce

Kate Myers

Head of Skills, Employment and Education
High Speed Two (HS2)

10:30 am - 11:00 am Thought Leadership Session

11:00 am - 11:30 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!



12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Geotechnical Challenges and Sustainable R&D Solutions in Track Design, Construction and Maintenance
Dominic Luddy - Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon
Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna - Director, Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering, University of Wollongong
There are significant engineering challenges in design, construction and maintenance when tracks are built on low-lying and coastal areas. With increasing numbers of rail projects are planned to be constructed in coming years (e.g. Inland Rail) which will involve 14000 tonnes of steel and a rigorous process for efficient construction that will shed light on the remaining process. In preparation for this, rail owners should adopt innovative and effective methods to improve serviceability and effectiveness, and reduce maintenance and construction costs of rail tracks. This session will address the importance of adopting sustainable solutions in track design, construction and maintenance of resilient tracks catering for heavy freight trains in various ground conditions, including:

  • An overview of typical Australian track problems across various passenger, freight and heavy haul to analyse track damages and develop resilience techniques to ensure long term protection of the corridors
  • Preserving dedicated corridors which could link to the Inland Rail as a long term necessity to improve the efficiency of future supply chains
  • The implications for Inland Rail and freight networks: Optimum heavy haul track design approaches (i.e. testing and computational modelling rigor) for improved track longevity and faster speeds
  • State-of-the art geotechnical laboratories at the CGRE including series of large-scales testing facilities for ballasted tracks and iconic national facility for cyclic testing of highspeed rail (ARC-LIEF) recently constructed at the Russell Vale

Stream Chair:

Dominic Luddy

Manager, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement


Distinguished Professor Buddhima Indraratna

Director, Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering
University of Wollongong


12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Communication and Engagement Strategy on Infrastructure Projects – How the Game is Changing
Belinda Coleman - QLD/NT Lead, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement, Aurecon
Now more than ever customers and communities are playing an important role in how infrastructure projects are being delivered. We now know the financial cost of ineffective engagement which, in the billions, is too high to ignore. But over the past five years, we’ve seen and continue to see rapid changes in the needs and expectations of communities and stakeholders when it comes to projects that impact not only them, but the generations to come. Using real project examples, we’ll take a look at the benefits of engaging early and what it really means to develop an effective communication strategy that engages all project stakeholders to achieve positive outcomes for your project.

  • Traditional Engagement vs New Age methods (Why the change? Do we always have to do digital now? How do you know the right ‘mix’ to use on your project?)
  • Timing of Engagement – current and emerging trends (clients are bringing in stakeholder engagement earlier in the process than ever before; co-creation is on the rise – what does this mean?)
  • Using this knowledge – how can we effectively develop and plan communication and management strategies for our project and external stakeholders?

Belinda Coleman

QLD/NT Lead, Communication and Stakeholder Engagement


12:00 pm - 12:40 pm Case Study from the Port of Melbourne
Jim Cooper - Executive General Manager, Commercial, Port of Melbourne
Port of Melbourne will discuss their sustainable port freight rail solution that will compliment the Inland Rail and the benefits it will bring for supply chains. In this session, hear about the creation of the rail access strategy and the distribution from ports to metropolitan regions in order to identify the areas that will increase network capacity for logistics and supply chains.

Jim Cooper

Executive General Manager, Commercial
Port of Melbourne


12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Case Study: Capturing Freight from Road: How SCT Logistics Expands Business in Regional Areas through Unique Rail Operations and New Terminal Facilities
Andrew Williams - Chief Operating Officer, SCT Logistics
SCT Logistics have proven to be one of Australia’s most efficient freight services through the strategic development of their sites in Wodonga and Brisbane. With the launch of the Melbourne – Wodonga – Brisbane rail services, SCT Logistics are also aligned with the Inland Rail to expand regional business, connect with the East-West corridor and therefore, significantly reduce costs and transit time for freight rail. This case study will explore SCT Logistics’ strategic journey in developing intermodal estates, improving the supply chain connectivity and aligning operations to the Inland Rail.

  • Providing an additional source of rail volumes and changing the perception of rail as an alternative to road along the east coast
  • Partnering with councils to promote and take advantage of unique supply chain networks and solutions
  • Opportunities on a service level to accommodate double stacking and how it reduce operating costs

Andrew Williams

Chief Operating Officer
SCT Logistics

1:20 pm - 2:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm Case Study: How VicRoads Assists with Technical Design of Bridge Structures to Accommodate Road and Rail Networks

Dr Hani Nahlawi - Senior Project Integration Engineer, Relationship Manager – Inland Rail, VicRoads
In Victoria, the Inland Rail will potentially impact 30 bridges along VicRoads’ network. This includes the expectation of six new bridge replacements and 24 bridges with track lowering. As such, VicRoads’ is playing an important role as a stakeholder for this project, offering technical design solutions and assisting the ARTC in the planning stage to ensure the best outcome possible for both the bridges and road networks, and the safe construction and operability of the Inland Rail.

  • Developing strong relationships and engagement with various internal and external stakeholders including legal, state government and the ARTC on the planning, project development and impact on VicRoads structures
  • Design that matters in the planning phase: Assuming the role of SMEs to deliver advice and input on i) the proposed design and technical solutions, and ii) the safety and constructability of the infrastructure
  • Taking into consideration bridge and road infrastructure and the impact it will have on bridge replacements and track lowering designs to accommodate rail infrastructure

Dr Hani Nahlawi

Senior Project Integration Engineer, Relationship Manager – Inland Rail

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Case Study: Ventilation, Fire and Life Safety: System Requirements in Challenging Tunnel Designs for Diesel Freight Operations

Chris Baker - Tunnel Systems Discipline Leader, Future Freight Joint Venture
  • Having very limited precedence to follow the tunnel design has had to establish the ventilation, electrical and control system requirements to allow high power diesel locomotives with 1.8km double stacked freight through long tunnels at high grades while preventing overheating.
  • Identifying the systems and equipment that accommodate a fire and life safety strategy that can reduce risks to drivers and passengers.
  • Working closely with utility providers, operators and fire and emergency services to establish a plan for intervening during incident or emergency in tunnel the tunnel environment.

Chris Baker

Tunnel Systems Discipline Leader
Future Freight Joint Venture

  • Exploring the long term benefits of rail: What ways will the routes and intermodal capabilities benefit the volume and capacity of freight task to grow future operations?
  • Moving beyond just transporting products: How the Inland Rail will allow users to assist their suppliers, regional markets and export business
  • How users benefit from the early days of construction: Working with stakeholders to determine future strategies for terminal development, sites and changes to potential operations to prepare for when the project is ready

James Dixon

General Manager, Transportation and Aviation
Australia Post


Ian Ross

Chief Corporate Development Officer
DP World Australia


Greg Pauline

Director, Infrastructure and Property
Qube Holdings Limited

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Case Study: How Port of Newcastle’s Existing Connections to the Inland Rail will Benefit Regional NSW Exporters

Senior Representative - ., Port of Newcastle
Port of Newcastle provides a global trade gateway for regional NSW. It has existing connections to major inland hubs throughout the extensive Hunter Valley and Country Rail Networks. Once complete, Port of Newcastle is well positioned to extend these benefits to cargo owners utilizing Inland Rail across the East Coast – from Brisbane to Melbourne. Key to the Port of Newcastle’s untapped potential is its available capacity, including a shipping channel that can handle more than 10,000 shipping movements per annum – more than double its current trade. Direct connections also link the Port with an uncongested rail network designed for large trade volumes. This session will explore how Port of Newcastle, in conjunction with Inland Rail, will further enhance Newcastle’s connectivity and consolidate rail access to an expanded catchment across NSW.

  • How the development of the Newcastle Container Terminal will provide a more efficient use of the transport network and deliver cost savings for growers and producers.
  • Port of Newcastle’s current capability to deliver 1.5 km trains directly to the berth and how it will handle 1.8km trains in the future.

Senior Representative

Port of Newcastle


4:10 pm - 4:50 pm CASE STUDY: Enabling Moree Plains Shire Council and Surrounding Communities to be Inland Rail Infrastructure Ready

John Carleton - Executive Projects Manager, Moree Plains Shire Council
  • The role of local government councils to inform of challenging structural conditions to help ensure resilient structure for major infrastructure projects
  • Exploring how Moree Plains Shire Council is liaising with the ARTC to understand how to deliver information efficiently to their people and community
  • How local councils can help develop their staff and council workforce to develop the skills to assist with building the infrastructure

John Carleton

Executive Projects Manager
Moree Plains Shire Council

Champagne Roundtable Discussions

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Grab a glass of wine, beer or soft drink and join your industry peers to discuss and work through pressing challenges around the topic of your choice. Each round will last 20 minutes, giving you the chance to rotate and discuss two topics.

Topic One

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Exploring Collaboration as an Essential Piece to Unlocking Inland Rail Infrastructure Requirements and Future Investment

Topic Two

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Understanding the Safety Responsibilities of Stakeholders in the Construction and Operation of the Inland Rail

Topic Three

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Creating a Freight Strategy to Promote Freight on Rail and Connectivity with Other Transport Modes