WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 2019
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With WA’s infrastructure and mining sectors rebounding to peak levels, the 2020 WA Major Projects Conference will provide attendees with plenty of opportunity to break through the state’s infrastructure space.
The recent establishment of Infrastructure WA means the state will be equipped with an independent body tasked to develop Western Australia’s first 20-year infrastructure strategy.
The strategy will outline the state's significant infrastructure needs, addressing a broad range of sectors.
Infrastructure WA Chair John Langoulant AO will speak at the conference on the new body’s priorities, including how the strategy will outline projects, programs and policy reforms to meet the State's long-term infrastructure needs.
Many of these projects are focused within WA’s mining sector. Warren Harris, Director of the $1.8 billion Eliwana Iron Ore Mine and Rail Project will join Langoulant at the conference to update attendees on the large-scale project, which is expected to generate 1,900 jobs during construction and another 500 permanent full-time positions once operational.
Harris will also present on Fortescue’s $3.7 billion Iron Bridge Magnetite Project, which will tap into demand for higher-grade iron ore to create significant rewards for Western Australia, while creating 3,000 jobs during construction and 900 operational jobs upon completion.
The WA Major Projects Conference will also cover landmark major projects for WA, which, though they have yet to be developed in the state until now, possess benefits which hold transformative potential.
ACCIONA Geotech Managing Director Bede Noonan will take the conference stage to present on Australia’s first thermal Waste to Energy plant, located 40km south of Perth in the Kwinana Industrial Area.
Through best practice strategies which will be discussed by Noonan at the conference, up to 40,000 tonnes of waste a year will be processed at the plant, exporting enough electricity to power around 50,000 households, and cementing ACCIONA’s aim to tap into the often-underutilised Waste to Energy technique. During the construction, operation and maintenance phases combined, nearly 900 jobs will be created thanks to the plant.
Alongside each major project case study, the WA Major Projects Conference will bring a group of seasoned experts together to zero in on two areas of importance for WA’s infrastructure sector.
A panel of experts will identify projects with the potential to provide a better quality of life for commuters living in WA’s urban and regional areas. The panel will explore ways of reshaping planning and decision-making of major project delivery, with a view towards promoting successful urban growth and development for the state.
Panellists include Sandra Brewer, WA Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia, Master Builders WA Executive Director John Gelavis, WA General Manager of Engineers Australia Susan Kreemer Pickford, and CEO OF UDIA WA Tanya Steinbeck.
From major projects promising various job openings for WA locals and visitors alike, to best-practice speeches and panels providing knowledge on effective delivery of infrastructure, the conference will provide plenty of opportunities for business looking to maximise their presence in WA’s infrastructure sphere.
The 11th Annual WA Major Projects Conference will be held on the 4th and 5th of March at the Perth Convention Centre.
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