Capricornia Major Projects Forum

Capricornia Major Projects Forum

Date(s) - 8 Nov 2018
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Kortes Resort Conference Centre


Registrations closed 4:30pm Friday 2nd November 2018.

The 2018 Capricorn Enterprise Major Projects Forum will be the premier project forum in the region highlighting projects in the key sectors of Defence, Resources and General Infrastructure (including Renewables). The Forum also incorporates a segment to review the Region’s Priority Initiatives.

With over $2 billion to be invested in the local area over the ensuing five years, this year’s Forum will highlight the extent of many of these projects, their timelines for delivery and importantly how regional business and industry groups can engage.

Speakers at the Forum have been specially selected to inform, engage and network, ensuring that this is a “must attend” for businesses wishing to engage in regional investment opportunities.  Program Flyer

Preliminary Program Segments:

  • Defence
  • Resources
  • General Infrastructure
  • Capricorn Enterprise Priority Initiatives Review

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Official Opening and Keynote Address: 

The Hon. Scott Buchholz MP, Federal Member for Wright, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport

Scott has had 25 years in the transport industry in Queensland. Until recently, he was a Director of CQX and Toowoomba Express Couriers. Prior to starting his own businesses, Scott’s interest in economics stemmed from his time in the finance industry with Australian Guarantee Limited (AGC) where he got his start in the Credit Department. From there he expanded his Commercial and Agri-Finance skill sets, working with rural businesses across Queensland. Scott’s business background means he is a staunch advocate for small businesses. In addition to his recent appointment as Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport, Scott was also appointed to the Regional and Rural Committee of Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister. This committee considers policies to deliver opportunity and effective services in rural and regional Australia.

Speakers include:

Chris Birrer, First Assistant Secretary-Infrastructure, Department of Defence

Chris Birrer joined the Department of Defence through the 1994 graduate program. Chris worked initially in financial management and resource analysis, including in the secretariat of the Defence Efficiency Review and the Defence Reform Program, and in the establishment of the Defence Corporate Support organisation. Between 1999 and 2016, Chris was in the International Policy and Strategic Policy Divisions in a number of positions at different levels up to periods of acting as the head of both divisions. In addition to leading policy teams on a range of geographical and thematic policy issues, he was the Policy Adviser to the Australian National Commander in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. From 2007 until 2010, Chris was posted to the Australian Embassy in Washington DC as the Strategic Policy Liaison Officer. Chris was appointed as the First Assistant Secretary Infrastructure in Estate and Infrastructure Group in April 2016.

Martin MacDonald, Project Manager and Contractor’s Representative, Defence Development, FKG

Holding a Bachelor of Construction from the University of Technology, Sydney, Martin has spent most of his 15 year career in construction building facilities for Defence in QLD, NSW and the ACT. Most recently, Martin is the Managing Contractor’s Representative leading the Downer FKG Joint Venture to design and deliver the $140M Shoalwater Bay Training Area Remediation Project for the Department of Defence.

Tania Constable, CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

Before joining the MCA on 9 July 2018, Tania Constable PSM was CEO of the CO2 Cooperative Research Centre. Tania previously worked as chief adviser in the Personal and Retirement Income Division of Treasury, working on taxrelated
matters. Prior to her work at Treasury, she held various senior resources and energy roles in the Department of Industry. Ms Constable was the Head of Resources for more than four years. She had responsibility for policy advice to the Minister for Industry on oil and gas regulation, exploration and development, and mining activities. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.

Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive, Queensland Resources Council

Ian was elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Groom in October 1998 and is Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions. Ian has extensive experience across the resources and energy, agribusiness, science and innovation, skills and training and manufacturing and industry sectors. Ian retired from Federal Parliament in May 2016.

Peter Donaghy, A/Executive Director, Minerals and Energy Resources, Minerals and Coal, Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Peter holds a Bachelor of Resource Economics and a Bachelor of Agriculture Science from the University of Queensland and a Masters of Business (Research) with Central Queensland University. Peter leads a highly dedicated team responsible for managing Queensland’s coal permits. He is also responsible for managing the department’s stakeholder engagement with landholders, resource companies, traditional owners and conservation groups interested in coal.

Lucas Dow, Chief Executive Officer, ADANI Australia

Lucas joined Adani in April 2018 as CEO of Adani Mining and is responsible for strategic direction and all activities of Adani Mining. He is an experienced senior executive with proven track record of outstanding performance across distinct businesses, diverse commodities and geographies. He has managed full profit and loss accountability for multi-billion dollar businesses and capital projects. Prior to joining Adani, Lucas held senior and diverse roles in global organizations including CEO and Asset President for BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) and VP – Operations and Director – South 32. He originally trained as a Mining Engineer and in his early career held operational and management roles in thermal and metallurgical coal operations.

Tracey Lines, Director – Reef Development, Clean Energy Finance Corporation

Tracey Lines is Reef Development Director with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, working to help accelerate the development of clean energy investment opportunities in north Queensland. Tracey has extensive experience in large-scale infrastructure, particularly ports, supply chains, energy and water infrastructure. Tracey was most recently General Manager of Economic Development of Townsville Enterprise. She was previously an advisor to Infrastructure Australia and has worked in seven ports around Australia and eight internationally.

Mark Rayner, Director, Lacour Energy

Mark has over 18 years in the renewable energy sector, involved in projects all across Australia with experience in a wide range of technologies. Mark’s university degree in engineering, furthered by his Masters studies, has provided him with excellent analytical and problem solving skills. Mark has an in depth understanding of all facets of renewable energy project development including: resource analysis, technology assessment, economics and financial modelling, offtake arrangements, transmission network access arrangements, EPC and O&M contractual negotiations, land and environmental/development approvals, and stakeholder relations (government, local and media).

Mitch Carr, Project Director – Rookwood Weir, SunWater Limited

Mitch has worked in the building and construction industry for over 20 years. During that time he has worked on a wide variety of different projects, including major buildings as well as civil and infrastructure projects. Prior to his current appointment as Project Director for the Rookwood Weir, with Sunwater, Mitch was the senior project manager in charge of delivering 300km of greenfield railway in Central Western NSW, as part of the Inland Rail program. Mitch enjoys working on major projects in regional communities and is interested in the opportunities for social benefit that these projects can provide. In a long-distant life Mitch was an Army officer in the Royal Australian Artillery.

Event details

Time and Date: 8:00am registration for an 8:30am start. Official program ends at 4:00pm followed by networking. Thursday 8th November 2018

Location: Kortes Resort Conference Centre, 984 Yaamba Road, Parkhurst.

Cost:  $99 Individual Full Rate

$549 Table Ticket – Full Rate (6 persons)

RSVP: Friday 26th October 2018 – Registrations closed

For more information
Contact: Neil Lethlean, Capricorn Enterprise, P. 4927 2055

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