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

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 29th May 2018

7:00 am - 9:15 am Workshop B: Managing and Prioritising a Long-Term Plan for Optimal Management of Rail Structures and Assets


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

9:55 am - 10:35 am INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Establishing Last Mile Rail Connectivity Through PPP on Indian Railways to Attract Freight Business Back on Rail

Yogendra Sharma - President, Rail Adani Mines and Power
Indian Railways are among the five countries in the world, which carry more than 1 Billion tonnes of freight annually. The challenge is such freight trains use the same rail network where passengers trains have priority over freight trains. Also on Indian Railways, approximately 16 per cent of the network carries over 55 per cent, causing constraints on the passenger network and capacity. As a result, two dedicated freight corridors of more than 3000 kms are under construction and to be commissioned by Decembe 2019. In addition, four more DFCs of 5000km are being planned. In order to provide the First and Last mile connectivity to major freight lines, including DFCs, India Railways which has lost significant market share to road for various bulk and break bulk commodities have adopted innovative PPP models to attracting freight back onto the rail business and relieve congestion on the current passenger network. With reference to the innovative technologies and business case for such financial modeling, Yogendra will discuss:

  • Analyzing the importance for PPP to deliver infrastructure assets through proper risk management, innovative design solutions and efficient construction methodologies
  • Designing appropriate PPP models to attract private investors according to local conditions to bring shareholders value
  • Engaging early with legal, commercial and financial, probity and technical advisors and develop an effective procurement strategy and design Expression of Interest
  • Building innovative model for cost effective maintenance to increase throughput

Yogendra Sharma

President, Rail
Adani Mines and Power

10:35 am - 11:15 am Fast-tracking Economic Growth: Albury Wodonga and the Inland Rail Project

Frank Zaknich - General Manager Albury City
Patience Harrington - Chief Executive Officer City of Wodonga
A major regional capital and Australia’s 20th largest city, Albury Wodonga is adept at identifying the opportunities for economic growth presented by the Inland Rail project. Strategically located on the NSW – Victorian border, the twin cities service a regional economy valued at $6.8 billion and have recently entered into a ‘Two Cities One Community’ partnership to realise a shared vision for their wider community.

Under the adopted Inland Rail project alignment, Albury Wodonga will act as the stopping point on the Victorian-NSW border, opening up opportunities for the region into new markets and improving existing freight connectivity. Both AlburyCity and Wodonga Council have invested heavily in infrastructure to support the development of the Inland Rail project, including the NEXUS Industrial Precinct in Albury and Logic Wodonga, Wodonga’s freight and logistics hub with both precincts tenanted with rail terminals.

With comparative advantages in Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Transport and Logistics, Albury Wodonga is open for business and ready to capitalise on its strategic location.

Frank Zaknich

General Manager
Albury City


Patience Harrington

Chief Executive Officer
City of Wodonga


11:45 am - 12:25 pm CASE STUDY: Establishing the Need for the Last Mile – Creating the Case for Port of Brisbane Connectivity to Rail Freight

Peter Keyte - Chief Operating Officer Port of Brisbane PTY Ltd
Port of Brisbane is establishing an economic study which depicts the importance of developing a standard dedicated rail link. Part of this study will also explore how this link will coincide with the Inland Rail, which is currently planned to stop at Acacia Ridge. PoB has seen a decline over the years of rail operations using the existing Queensland Regional Network down to two per cent. By establishing a case for port connectivity, PoB believes rail freight modal share will increase, creating long term gain for the agricultural market and improve livability in the Brisbane community. In this session, Peter will discuss:

  • Developing the growth strategy to improve the rail access to move more product from road to rail, currently only used by predominately frozen meats and dangerous goods
  • Establishing engineering and community benefit assessments and Identifying rail corridors to establish corridor preservation for the dedicated rail link
  • Supporting the future freight growth and supply chain through freight planning and driving priority for infrastructure investment

Peter Keyte

Chief Operating Officer
Port of Brisbane PTY Ltd

12:25 pm - 1:05 pm CASE STUDY: Supporting the Economic Growth and Development of the Inland Rail for the Communities across the Darling Downs and South West Queensland

Senior Representative - Regional Development Australia, Darling Downs and South West
Working with Local Governments and communities across the Darling Downs and South West, RDA Darling Downs and South West is focused on ensuring the economic growth and major benefits from priority infrastructure projects are shared by all. RDA DDSW covers parts of the Inland Rail route from the NSW Border up to Toowoomba, providing local intelligence and information on the proposed construction in and around Toowoomba to improve opportunities for individuals and businesses. In this session, the RDA DDSW will discuss:

  • How the organisation is supporting the initiatives of the Inland Rail to improve network connection and establish the region as a transport and logistics hub
  • Advocating for current and proposed rail infrastructure projects that could link to the Inland Rail and potentially increase economic activity in the region
  • Assisting the stakeholders and contractors required to influence connectivity and innovation of the Inland Rail construction to help the region reap the economic and social benefits

Senior Representative

Regional Development Australia, Darling Downs and South West

1:05 pm - 2:05 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:05 pm - 2:45 pm CASE STUDY: Transport Modelling to Demonstrate the Impact of Rail improvements on Agriculture

Andrew Higgins - Principal Research Scientist CSIRO
Transport Infrastructure moves over 80 million tonnes of Australian agricultural output. In order to demonstrate the costs and benefits of infrastructure investments, CSIRO developed the Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT) to analyse the impact of road and rail upgrades on the future of agriculture supply chains. For the Inland Rail, this means options for reduced costs and increased volumes for other agricultural commodities. Recent applications of grain through an initiative of the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper showed rail movements for grain can save roughly $200m per annum compared to if shifted to road. This session will explore:

  • Providing data analysis to inform investments for rail infrastructure, including new freight hubs and integration with road transport
  • Harnessing data as a means to identify the regions and routes that will benefit from upgrades to improve connectivity and efficiencies in the agricultural supply chain
  • Discussion on potential applications to support long term growth of the Inland Rail freight movements, and adaptation of supply chains for various commodities and optimising the use of rail and road

Andrew Higgins

Principal Research Scientist

2:45 pm - 3:25 pm CASE STUDY: Embracing a New Industry and Long-Term Freight Vision for Freight Rail at Scenic Rim Regional Council

Cr Greg Christensen - Mayor Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Collaboration as an essential piece to unlocking potential: Cooperation between all three levels of government - Federal, State and Local with SCT
  • Next Generation Freight Movement and what it looks like: Benefits of the Bromelton Industrial Estate and how that intersects with moving from good to great
  • Understanding true intermodal capacity through SCT: What's happened so far and how it has created great efficiency changes for the freight task
  • What are the future opportunities to deliver best value for the Australian community? – Extracting the best value by having the courage to plan big and think big
  • Inland Rail, Bromelton and connectivity with the Port of Brisbane: Looking at the essential elements that need to be addressed to deliver best value from this investment

Cr Greg Christensen

Scenic Rim Regional Council

3:25 pm - 4:05 pm CASE STUDY: Preparing for Construction Through the Lockyer Valley – Assessing the Infrastructure Requirements between LVRC and the ARTC

Myles Fairbairn - Executive Director, Infrastructure Works and Services Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Two of the 13 projects of the Inland Rail will cross through Lockyer Valley Regional Council: Gowrie to Helidon and Helidon to Calvert. With much of the project involving new dual gauge tracks and a combined 7.6km tunnel, challenges are expected to arise with the infrastructure requirements through the steep terrain of the Toowoomba and Little Liverpool Ranges. In order to prepare for the construction, Lockyer Valley Regional Council and the ARTC will need to work together, along with its designated Community Consultative Committee, to prepare for the project’s scope. In this session, Myles will provide a regional council perspective to explore areas on:

  • Ensuring that there is adequate assessment of the impact of Inland Rail on existing transport links, e.g., the severance of local roads
  • Helping ARTC to identify, mitigate and prepare for construction phase impacts on the existing local roads and the community
  • Addressing potential flooding impacts in the region: How Lockyer Valley Regional Council is assisting with the rigorous planning and engineering to overcome these concerns
  • Ensuring land use objectives and development contributes to Lockyer Valley Regional Council’s social, economic and environmental sustainability outcomes

Myles Fairbairn

Executive Director, Infrastructure Works and Services
Lockyer Valley Regional Council