This is an exciting event held in North Queensland and brought to you by the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (IAQ) and Regional Development Australia (RDA)

Prospects for an infrastructure recovery in Queensland was recently identified in a Project Pipeline report commissioned by the Infrastructure Association of Queensland and its partners Queensland Major Contractors Association and Construction Skills Queensland. This industry leading  report was authored by independent firm BIS-Oxford Economics,  and identified $39.1 Billion of Major Contracts over the next 5 years, with North Queensland identified as the region with the strongest growth potential. So where to from here for the industry?

There’s enormous opportunities to stimulate urban, tourism and agricultural growth within regional Queensland. To fulfil this potential, key strategies are being outlined to provide more investment in enabling infrastructure that will lower business and household costs, attract investment and provide employment opportunities.

Join Senator Matthew Canavan, the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, as he discusses the Commonwealth Government’s strategies for the development of northern Australia in the short, medium and long-term. He will be joined by Adrian Hart, Senior Economist with BIS-Oxford, who will present the key findings of the 2017 Queensland Major Projects Pipeline report and the infrastructure challenges and opportunities for North Queensland. This will be followed by a Q & A session to give event attendees the opportunity to delve deeper.

Event attendees will obtain a thorough understanding of both the opportunities and challenges involved in transitioning the region and what it means for the Queensland infrastructure industry.

The event will be followed by an optional Infrastructure Tour. The tour will travel to the port for a briefing and on-site tour then travel on to Townsville State Development Area and see the proposed rail corridor. A privately hired bus will pick up delegates at 9.30am from the Townsville RSL Club with expected tour completion around midday.  TOUR SOLD OUT

VENUE: Townsville RSL Club, 139 Charters Towers Rd, Hyde Park, Townsville

TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am

COST: Members $115, Non-members $140, Members Tables of 10 $1035, Non-members Tables of 10 $1400 (includes GST)






Senator Matthew Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia:

Matthew grew up in Logan, just south of Brisbane. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Economics at the University of Queensland, Matthew worked at the Productivity Commission where he eventually rose to the level of Director.

During that time Matthew worked on projects ranging from competition laws, housing affordability to counting the number of policies that Australian governments have introduced to tackle climate change (the answer was 244).

Becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of coherent economic policy by the Rudd Government, Matthew went to work for Barnaby Joyce as his Chief-of-Staff ahead of the 2010 election. In that role, Matthew helped develop policies to provide tax concessions for vital infrastructure and to encourage people to move to the regions, worked on a Senate inquiry that recommended stricter environmental controls on coal seam gas developments and developed a Coalition report on the potential to invest in new dams throughout Australia.

At the 2013 election, Matthew was elected to the Senate. He took up his position as a Senator in the Nationals party room in July 2014 as a Senator based in Rockhampton, the first Senator to be based in Rockhampton for more than 20 years.

Matthew is a former Lions Youth of the Year and worked as a Leader with the Christian Brothers on Edmund Rice Camps, where he met his wife. They now live in Yeppoon near Rockhampton, with their four sons and baby daughter.

While Matthew’s family is very proud of him being preselected by the LNP to run for the Senate, his Father remains slightly disappointed that he gave up cricket at 16 and therefore never fulfilled his true calling to play test cricket for Australia.

Adrian Hart, Associate Director, Construction, Maintenance and Mining, BIS Oxford Economics

Adrian Hart is Associate Director, Construction, Maintenance and Mining at BIS Oxford Economics, effectively managing research across the Building and Infrastructure and Mining Units of the Company. He has been Senior Manager of the Infrastructure and Mining Unit at BIS Oxford Economics since 2007, having worked as an Economist with the company since the late 1990s. The Infrastructure and Mining Unit provides analysis and forecasts for activities across the engineering construction, mining and maintenance sectors, whilst the Building Unit provides similar services and forecasts for residential and non-residential building in Australia, New Zealand, and across Asia.

Adrian is also widely involved with privately commissioned research studies and consulting exercises. These include the analysis of construction costs and development of escalation forecasts, workforce capability analyses in Australia and New Zealand, the provision of unique BIS Oxford Economics estimates and forecasts of civil construction activity and product demand forecasting models for companies with links to the construction and mining industries.

Adrian undertakes presentations and workshops with senior management of organisations operating in the construction, maintenance and mining sectors, discussing the outlook and implications of BIS Oxford Economics analyses and forecasts for business planning and strategy. He also regularly speaks at infrastructure industry events and forums for organisations such as the Australian Constructors Association, Civil Contractors Federation, Roads Australia and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia.

Adrian holds a 1st class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney.