Week Two of the Critical Infrastructure Summit

Construct 2020

Keeping the industry up to date on major projects under construction in Australia

Was live on September 9th

Construct 2020 explored some of the biggest infrastructure projects underway in Australia across road, rail, airport, port, urban construction and utilities.

The Virtual Conference looked at current projects, providing delegates with milestone updates, insights into new technologies and smart processes being employed, and at potential opportunities. 

Delegates heard first-hand from the people leading some of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects.


Conference Program

Jessica Dickers, Editor, Infrastructure magazine and Conference MC

Welcome remarks

Hon Michael McCormack MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Opening video presentation - National construction outlook

Priscilla Radice, CEO, Infrastructure Association of Queensland

Queensland’s infrastructure pipeline – a look into the design and planning stages of major projects, long-term strategic planning, and challenges and opportunities around project funding, including how we can lift private sector investment.

Tom McCormack, Chief Information Officer, Western Sydney Airport

The construction task ahead for the Western Sydney Airport, and how the project is implementing new technologies.

Paul Thomas, Deputy Director of Tunnels and Stations, Rail Projects Victoria

A construction update on the Melbourne Metro project; the current challenges and future opportunities.

Peter Engelen, GM Planning and Infrastructure, NSW Ports

Major construction works underway for NSW Ports, including the on-dock rail at Port Botany.

Meet The Speakers

Priscilla Radice - CEO of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) and Director of Contribute Consulting.

Priscilla is a dynamic senior leader with a proven track record in designing, implementing and leading transformational change. This has been demonstrated across the breadth of Priscilla’s corporate history in consulting and government, where she has led significant transformational programmes and shaped successful new operating models.

Priscilla is a trusted business advisor on change management and leadership and a well regarded project director in port development, transport and logistics and city strategy sectors.

As a sociologist, Priscilla always places people at the centre of her thinking and is passionate about infrastructure’s role to support thriving connected communities and sustainable economies.

Tom McCormack - Chief Information Officer at Western Sydney Airport

Tom McCormack is the Chief Information Officer at Western Sydney Airport. In this role, Tom is responsible for the design and implementation of all technology and cyber security aspects of Australia’s first smart airport, which is due to open in 2026.

Over his career, Tom has been involved in the creation, implementation and operations of complex technology systems across a range of sectors, including financial services, transportation, public sector, and media amongst othersWith a great deal of experience across both the FMCG and aviation industries, Tom has held a number of transformational technology leadership roles within a range of global brands.  He is widely regarded for providing thought leadership in technology outsourcing.

Paul Thomas - Deputy Director of Tunnels and Stations, Rail Projects Victoria 

Paul leads the design development of the Metro Tunnel Project and has been involved in the project from the very early planning and design phase along with procurement and delivery.

Paul is originally from South Wales in the United Kingdom. Following the completion of his Civil Engineering studies and engineer training he left the UK in 1993 and has lived in Melbourne since 2005.

Paul has 30 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering industry with 25 years spent in tunnelling and underground construction, mostly in the design and construction of mass transit, hydro-power and deep sewer projects. Mass Transit projects include international locations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Riyadh and New Delhi, as well as hydro power and deep tunnel sewer projects in Melbourne and Victoria.

Paul has extensive experience with Tunnel Boring Machines, tunnels and drill blast tunnels, as well as mined caverns and underground station structures.

Peter Engelen - General Manager Planning and Infrastructure, NSW Ports

Peter Engelen oversees the strategic and statutory land use planning, as well as the development and maintenance of the port and intermodal infrastructure in line with NSW Ports’ strategic asset management plan. 

Peter has 20 years experience in the planning, design and delivery of port development projects. From 2007, he was involved with the expansion of Port Botany and its container terminals. He transferred from Sydney Ports Corporation to NSW Ports at its inception in 2013. 

Prior to coming to Australia in 2006, Peter held a senior position at Royal Haskoning, where he managed international port planning and development projects. He holds a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering and is board member at PIANC Australia, the Bayside Business Enterprise Centre, and the Illawarra Regional Advisory Council.

Hon Michael McCormack MP - Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

Michael McCormack has lived and worked in the Riverina region all of his life. He was elected as The Nationals’ Member for Riverina 2010 and has held the roles of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance, Assistant Minister to Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, Assistant Minister for Defence, Minister for Small Business, Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel. In February 2018, Michael was elected the 14th Leader of The Nationals and was sworn in as Australia's 18th Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. 

Prior to entering Parliament, Michael began professional life with a journalism cadetship with The Daily Advertiser newspaper in Wagga Wagga in 1981. He became editor at the age of 27, making him the youngest person appointed to edit a daily newspaper in Australia at the time. Michael later co-founded a media and publishing small business in Wagga Wagga, which he owned and operated in partnership until he was elected to Parliament.