TAS Major Projects 2024

3-4 September 2024
Wrest Point Conference Centre
Hobart, TAS, Australia

#TASMP24

Speakers

The Hon. Michael Ferguson
The Hon. Michael Ferguson

Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister of Planning Tasmanian Government

Ben Goodsir
Ben Goodsir

Chief Executive Officer Infrastructure Tasmania

Tony Willmott
Tony Willmott

General Manager - Project Delivery TasWater

Anne Beach
Anne Beach

Chief Executive Officer Macquarie Point Development Corporation

Susie Bower
Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd

Nathan Calman
Nathan Calman

Chief Executive Officer Tas Farmers

Ben Moloney
Ben Moloney

Project Director, New Bridgewater Department of State Growth (TAS)

Anne Greentree
Anne Greentree

Director, Visitor Economy Strategy & Research Tourism Tasmania

Vanessa King
Vanessa King

Acting Director Programming and Delivery Department of State Growth (TAS)

Catherine Searle
Catherine Searle

Industry leadership in Infrastructure and Renewable Energy

Jennifer Lawley
Jennifer Lawley

Manager Land Use and Development Planning City Futures City of Hobart

Alex Barber
Alex Barber

Director of Major Infrastructure Projects Infrastructure Tasmania (Department of State Growth)

Jacob Gerke
Jacob Gerke

Project Delivery Program Manager Tas Irrigation

Alan Whykes
Alan Whykes

Editor Tasmanian Times

Simon Troman
Simon Troman

Assistant Director Development Renewables, Climate and Future Industries, Tasmania

Richard Eccleston
Richard Eccleston

Director, TPE and Professor of Public Policy University of Tasmania

Lachlan Johnson
Lachlan Johnson

Research Fellow, TPE University of Tasmania

Nik Ruparel
Nik Ruparel

Director ProNEXUS Careers

The Hon. Michael Ferguson

The Hon. Michael Ferguson

Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Minister of Planning, Tasmanian Government

Michael entered political life determined to make a real difference and improve the lives of Tasmanians. His vision is “for Tasmanians to be the happiest people, enjoying the best quality of life in Australia”. Michael has committed his time in public life to local, state and Federal levels of government.

Michael grew up, studied and married in Northern Tasmania. He displayed a passion for community work and charitable causes. He achieved two degrees at UTAS, a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Applied Science, developed interests in youth work, radio and politics. He started his own business before working as a high school teacher in 1996.

Michael taught maths, science and IT at state secondary schools. His continued commitment to many community organisations led him to being named Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year for 2002 by the National Australia Day Committee. That year Michael was elected to the Meander Valley Council.

From 2004 to 2007 he served as Federal Member for Bass. In that role he worked on a number of parliamentary and policy committees, secured funding for health, road, infrastructure, education and improved shipping between Tasmania and the Bass Strait Islands. Michael served the Clifford Craig Foundation as CEO, advancing its mission for world class medical research in Northern Tasmania.

In 2010 he was elected as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament and was returned each election since.

Michael currently serves the Tasmanian people as Deputy Premier, Treasurer, Minister for Infrastructure & Transport and Minister for Planning. Previous portfolios include Health, Finance, Local Government, Housing, State Growth, Small Business, Science & Technology, Police, Fire & Emergency Management and Leader of the House.

Michael strongly believes in the values of hard work, self-discipline and personal integrity all underpinned by his Christian faith.

Ben Goodsir

Ben Goodsir

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Tasmania

Ben Goodsir is currently the CEO of Infrastructure Tasmania. In this current role Ben is leading Infrastructure Tasmania which has a diverse role, including:

  • Providing expert advice on infrastructure, transport, freight, and land use planning
  • Promoting and manage infrastructure investment and delivery improvements
  • Leading major infrastructure and capital projects for Government
  • Developing policy, strategy, governance, and legislative reforms
  • Providing road network planning, operational and management support.

Ben has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining Infrastructure Tasmania in May 2022 Ben held various leadership roles across several Tasmanian Government departments including Natural Resource and Environment, Treasury and Finance, and Premier and Cabinet.

Tony Willmott

Tony Willmott

General Manager - Project Delivery, TasWater

Tony has had an extensive career within the Local Government and Tasmanian Water & Sewerage Industry over the past 35 years and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is responsible for delivering TasWater’s large and ambitious capital works program, through the Capital Delivery Office (a joint venture alliance with UGL Engineering Ltd and CPB Contractors Pty Ltd) and the internal Project Delivery Group. In addition to the recent finalisation of the National Government Partnerships Excellence award winning Bryn Estyn WTP project, his team are currently delivering the Tamar Estuary River Health Action Plan (TERHAP) and the Selfs Point Sewer Transformation Projects. The wider program encompasses many projects that have been identified by our Customers, Regulators and Owners through to the delivery phase and handover to our Operations Teams.

Anne Beach

Anne Beach

Chief Executive Officer, Macquarie Point Development Corporation

Anne Beach is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the Macquarie Point Development Corporation. Anne has held senior executive positions in the Department of State Growth and Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, has worked in a range of State Government agencies and portfolios, and in the not-for-profit sector as a Board Chair and Director. Anne is experienced in leading teams and delivering strategy, policy, advising and leading negotiations, program design and delivery, corporate services, and establishing, reporting to and working on project and intergovernmental committees and Boards. Anne has a Bachelor of Science, an MBA majoring in Finance, and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Susie Bower

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer, BBAMZ Ltd

Results driven senior manager with broad management experience gained over twenty years in Local Government, Higher Education and Advanced Manufacturing sectors, with demonstrated expertise in Operations and Project Management, Strategy Development, Planning and Stakeholder Engagement.

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Nathan Calman

Nathan Calman

Chief Executive Officer, Tas Farmers

Nathan grew up in South Australia and studied a Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of Adelaide. He completed an Honours Year investigating the influence of Barley genetics and agronomic conditions on the impact of beer and brewing quality. For the last 16 years, he worked for Lion across NSW and Tasmania and as the Brewery Director of J. Boag and Son in Launceston.

He is a qualified Master Brewer from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK, has a Masters of Business Administration from UniSA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a board member of Self Help Workplace in Youngtown for the last six years, the Chairperson for the last three years.
 

Ben Moloney

Ben Moloney

Project Director, New Bridgewater, Department of State Growth (TAS)

Ben’s wealth of experience managing large scale infrastructure projects across the country has led him to his current role in delivering Tasmania’s single biggest transport infrastructure project, the $786 million New Bridgewater Bridge to be completed mid-2025. He is the ‘State’s Representative’ administering the design and construction contract for the project and leads the small internal government team that is working collaboratively with the contractor and consultants to deliver this once-in-a-generation project for the State. An engineer by trade, Ben started his professional career in Western Australia with the Maritime Division of the Department of Transport, before relocating to Tasmania almost two decades ago. Prior to his current role, Ben spent five years as the State’s Project Director for the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital Redevelopment, leading the team from the design development phase through to the completion of construction and commissioning. With experience in delivering major public sector infrastructure projects from the planning stages right through until completion, Ben has brought a unique set of skills to his current role where he is successfully managing a multitude of challenges typical of major infrastructure projects.

Anne Greentree

Anne Greentree

Director, Visitor Economy Strategy & Research, Tourism Tasmania

Anne is the Director Visitor Economy Strategy and Research for Tourism Tasmania. Over the last four years Anne has led collaboration across government and industry in the design and implementation of the two-year plan to support recovery of Tasmania’s tourism industry from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic; and most recently the 2030 Visitor Economy Strategy for Tasmania. Prior to moving to Tasmania in 2017, Anne held executive leadership positions over the last 20 years in the Queensland Government including ecotourism development in national parks and long-term tourism strategy. Prior to taking up the role in Tourism Tasmania in 2019, Anne worked remotely from Tasmania as the Vice-President for Business Development and the Asia Pacific for a boutique parks and recreation digital company in New York. Anne is passionate about protecting what is special about Tasmania and supporting our tourism sector to be part of that future.

Vanessa King

Vanessa King

Acting Director Programming and Delivery, Department of State Growth (TAS)

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure project delivery, in private and public sector organisations. After starting in water and wastewater, she has been “playing on the road” of Tasmanian highways for the past 8 years, with forays into projects (predominantly health sector) and energy infrastructure along the way. She’s interested in the connections between infrastructure and the people who use it, and passionate about making things better – whether that’s the assets themselves or the tools and processes we use in delivering projects.

Catherine Searle

Catherine Searle

Industry leadership in Infrastructure and Renewable Energy,

Catherine has had an interesting portfolio career as a Consultant Archaeologist, Political Advisor in Defence and Environment, Government Transformation Executive in the UK, and most recently Principal in Stakeholder Engagement and Communications for Jacobs and their Hobart Office Lead. Catherine is the Chair of the Tasmanian Committee of Consult Australia and an industry representative on the Government’s Building and Construction Roundtable. Catherine has a BA Hons in Archaeology, an MSc in Middle East Politics and is currently doing a PhD to develop a framework for Peace & Conflict Impact Assessment for controversial infrastructure projects in regions of the world that are prone to conflict.

 

Jennifer Lawley

Jennifer Lawley

Manager Land Use and Development Planning, City Futures City of Hobart

My career as a Senior Strategic Planner and Architect, has spanned over 18 years, and has focused in strategic land use planning, masterplanning and policy development. I have a deep passion for Tasmania, having chosen to relocate here from Sydney and recognise its unique landscape, both natural and built, as well as it’s established and emerging communities. In my current role at City of Hobart, as a Program Leader in the City Futures Division, I am leading the development of key projects and ensuring the strategic alignment of planning outcomes with the Greater Hobart Plan and other leading Government policies. I have also been leading the development of several structure plans to help guide the future settlement strategy for this incredible capital city. In my previous role as Coordinator of City Strategy at Glenorchy City Council, I took on high profile, complex strategic land use projects as well as being an active member of working groups across the Greater Hobart City Deal. Glenorchy has been experiencing rapid growth, as well as diversification of population and industry and I worked on masterplans, strategies and built-form analysis to ensure the growth of its commercial centres reflects the endorsed 2040 vision and focuses on ‘placemaking’ rather than solely on development.

Alex Barber

Alex Barber

Director of Major Infrastructure Projects, Infrastructure Tasmania (Department of State Growth)

Alex Barber is highly experienced in the property, development, and project management sectors with over 18 years’ experience in both government and government business enterprises. Alex has also led a number of high profile and complex property and commercial projects and transactions for government and the states key infrastructure bodies, including the commercial negotiations and relocation of Toll Transport from Macquarie Point to the Brighton Transport Hub and headlease negations with the Federal Group on the sale of Macq01 hotel and numerous statewide property transactions (lease, sales and acquisitions) including the establishment of complex competitive bid frameworks to support significant private development opportunities and investment. Alex is currently the Director of Major Infrastructure Projects, within Infrastructure Tasmania (Department of State Growth) leading a significant portfolio of complex capital and community infrastructure projects on behalf of the State Government, including the recently acquired UTAS Stadium Redevelopment Project, AFL High Performance Centre, relocated JackJumpers High Performance Centre and the States largest Community Recreation Centre now under construction in Mowbray.

Jacob Gerke

Jacob Gerke

Project Delivery Program Manager, Tas Irrigation

Jacob Gerke joined Tasmanian Irrigation in 2017 and leads the Company’s Project Delivery team. His principal focus is ensuring projects complete all phases, including detailed design, permits and approvals, construction and commissioning, in a safe manner while adhering to high quality, time and cost standards. Jacob is a skilled leader with more than 15 years’ experience in both the civil and offshore oil and gas construction sectors throughout Australia and Asia. Jacob has a strong project management and engineering background with a Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Systems) (Hons) from the Australian Maritime College in Launceston. Jacob started his career in Perth, Western Australia after growing up in the north east of Tasmania.

Alan Whykes

Alan Whykes

Editor, Tasmanian Times

Alan Whykes is Chief Editor of Tasmanian Times, an independent newsmagazine founded in 2002. He has spent many years as Australian correspondent for leading Indonesian daily Republika.

Simon Troman

Simon Troman

Assistant Director, Development Renewables, Climate and Future Industries, Tasmania

Simon has over 30 years’ experience throughout the renewable energy sector, covering international aid and development, government, commercial, project management, and research roles. Simon is well known in the renewable energy sector in his role as CEO of ITPower / ITP Renewables and later Atratus Consulting. He was a board member of several industry associations including the Smart Energy Council, Australian Ocean Energy Group and the Australian PV Institute. Simon was an inaugural member of the ARENA Advisory panel, and an advisor for the ACT government’s ambitious renewable energy plans, including the first large scale reverse auction. Simon was the first project manager for the Majura Community Owned Solar farm, an advisor to NASA and CSIRO on energy for their terrestrial tracking stations, and for something totally different an advisor to an eTrike mobility program. Under his leadership ITP won engineering and export awards and was formally recognised as a leader in gender equality. Simon has a passion for using electrification as a tool to assist developing countries, and has worked on projects in southern Africa, India, Colombia and throughout the Pacific. He was privileged to have been involved in the management and deployment of several iconic projects, including the Cape Barren Island and Coral Bay wind / diesel hybrid systems, the Tokelau Renewable Energy Program (the “world’s first solar powered nation”), the solar installation on Australian Parliament House, the first solar powered water pumping systems used in the Kalahari Desert, and the National Arboretum off-grid solar / battery project. Simon’s current role is Assistant Director Hydrogen Development with the Tasmanian Government, where he is responsible for delivering the Government’s domestic hydrogen plans.

Richard Eccleston

Richard Eccleston

Director, TPE and Professor of Public Policy, University of Tasmania

Richard Eccleston is a specialist in social and economic policy and has worked on a wide range of policy issues, analysing and developing practical evidence-based solutions to some of the most significant policy challenges facing our community. In recent years Richard has worked with a range of governments and led projects on a wide range of topics from tax reform, housing affordability, regional governance and development to climate and energy policy. He has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar based in Washington DC and was the Founding Director of the Institute for Social Change at the University of Tasmania.

Lachlan Johnson

Lachlan Johnson

Research Fellow, TPE, University of Tasmania

Lachlan Johnson completed his PhD on the role of knowledge networks in regional innovation clusters in early 2021. In the TPE, he has a leading role in project design, data analysis and visualisation and in research and stakeholder engagement. In addition to ARC-funded research investigating Australian taxation arrangements, Lachlan has contributed extensively to the TPE’s work on the Future of Local Government Review, regional employment and climate policy.

Nik Ruparel

Nik Ruparel

Director, ProNEXUS Careers

Nik began his career as an Accountant and then transitioned into Business Consulting, before specialising in the recruitment of Executive and Management positions, with over 20 years’ experience in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Nik has first-hand experience of identifying talent for major infrastructure projects across the country. Nik has delivered recruitment which has included permanent and temporary positions, managing single assignments and project-based recruitment, that has involved the development and delivery of large-scale international sourcing campaigns. Nik has successfully delivered a range of positions covering Senior Executive, Project Management, Transformation, Procurement, Commercial, Design.

 

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