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Determined to upgrade New South Wales’ infrastructure, the State Government has recently committed to spending $73 billion on improving various sectors. In a bid to optimise the state for current and future generations, the allocated funds from this year’s State Budget have become a major discussion topic for those in the infrastructure industry.
Conversations around “building NSW’s future” will be continued at the 9th Annual NSW Major Projects Conference 2017 held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on the 14th and 15th of November. This year’s agenda will feature over 25 expert speakers presenting on infrastructure in sectors such as public transport, motorways, healthcare, education and tourism. The two-day conference will not only be an opportunity for delegates to network, but also to talk to and learn about innovation in their industries and how to better enhance future and current projects.
Highlights during the event will include speakers in senior positions in some of the State’s most progressive public, private and governmental facilities. This includes Sydney Metro’s Deputy Program Director, Tom Gellibrand; the Programme Director of the new Inland Rail, Simon Thomas; West Connex’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Cliche; the Redevelopment Director of the Western Sydney Local Health District Capital Works program, Leena Singh and Sean Duggan, Director of Ultraspeed Australia the representatives in charge of investigating the feasibility of the trans-state Hyperloop.
Projects found on this year’s agenda are the type of innovations that are moving Sydney into the category of a smart city. With ideas such as the Melbourne to Sydney Hyperloop, which will travel approximately 1000kph on only a small amount of fuel, it’s no surprise that there are currently conversations within the transport industry regarding driverless buses and trains. It’s this type of innovative brainstorming that comes from simple networking, is what the Major Projects Conference is known for.
In 2016 alone, the Conference attracted over 250 delegates, and since its inception in 2009 it has become more popular and successful each year. Other areas of topics to be explored include Sydney’s problematic rising house price and the state’s liveability affordability at the 2017 panel discussion.