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27 and 28 August 2020

Hear from government and industry leaders about the challenges and solutions associated with the delivery of world class community engagement in infrastructure development.

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National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum 2019 Call for Speakers is now CLOSED

The NCEIF will continue to provide highly engaging sessions in Sydney in August 2019 - Don’t miss out!

The Forum Cocktail Party will be held on Thursday 22 August 2019 at the Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

2019 WelcomE address with Lord Mayor of sydney Clover Moore
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What is the Agenda

  • Panel discussions and key note presentations from senior politicians, government representatives and business leaders
  • Case studies on major national and international infrastructure projects
  • Participatory workshops and masterclasses
  • Discussions on risks, challenges, policy implications and emerging trends

Why should I attend?

Here are the top 5 reasons you should attend:

• Network with community engagement leaders and infrastructure practitioners from around the country

• Learn from successful case studies of best practice community consultation and engagement

• Discover new industry trends and policies which may impact the community engagement framework and the development of infrastructure projects now and in the future

• Share innovative ideas and advances in infrastructure planning, design and construction

• Explore new tools and the latest research to support community and stakeholder engagement for infrastructure

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The conference is a not-for-profit event aimed at building capacity within our industry and helping Government and the private sector deliver infrastructure which achieves the best outcomes for all stakeholders.

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The 2019 Program

Explore best practice solutions with fellow industry leaders, including community and stakeholder engagement professionals, communication consultants, policy makers, civil engineers, urban architects, technology experts and related professions.

5.30pm to 7.00pm

Networking Drinks - Pier One Hotel Lobby Bar

An informal opportunity to relax, reconnect and make new friends before the forum official program kicks off on Thursday 22 August.  Pier One Sydney Harbour – Autograph Collection
Sponsored by Darzin and Simply Stakeholders.

6:30am to 7:30am

Morning Yoga over the Harbour

Bridge Marquee at the Pier One Hotel. Sponsored by Comacon.

7:35am to 7:55am

Mindful Session with Fran Woodruff

Private Dining Room, Pier One Hotel.

7:30am to 8:30am

Reception and Registration

The Registration Desk opens at 7:30am on Thursday 22 August 2019. Please check in at the forum registration desk before proceeding to the main forum hall.

8:30am to 10:30am

Welcome to Day One of NCEIF 2019

Welcome to Country
Welcome with Lord Mayor City of Sydney Councillor Clover Moore
Lachlan Hunter,  United Nations. Toward 2030: Australia and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

10:30am to 11:00 am

Break - Morning Tea

11:00am to 12:55pm

Morning Keynote Sessions

Romilly Madew, Infrastructure Australia. Key findings from the 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit

Prue Tarmizi, School Infrastructure NSW - Building a house with strong foundations: The role of culture and leadership in high-performing teams

Pioneers Panel with Lucy Cole-Edelstein, Straight-Talk – part of RPS (Facilitating); Vivien Twyford, Twyfords; Sue Netterfield, Sydney Metro; and Geoff Roberts AM, Greater Sydney Commission

12:55pm to 1:40pm


1:40pm to 2:15pm

AfternoonBreakout Sessions 1

Breakout Room 1: Matagarup Bridge: Changing Perth's skyline one conversation at a time  
Charlie Wilson-Clarke, Cannings Purple and Miranda Nikolich, JAC Communications

Main Plenary: Water Security 2020 – 2040 Panel Melanie Layton, GHD (Facilitating); Sophie Walker, SEQ Water; Arli Miller, Sydney Water; Kerin McMahon, Melbourne Water; and Debbie Low, WaterNSW

Breakout Room 2: The Transformative Power of Co-Design 
Catherine Searle, Jacobs 

2:20pm  to 3:05 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2

Breakout Room 1: The stakeholder perspective on impacts/ dealing with professionals? 
Community engagement in relation to Sydney Light rail! 
Margaret Harvie, Plancom and Angela Vithoulkas, Councillor at City of Sydney 

Main Plenary: Green Square’s transformation – community at the core 
Lauren Flaherty, Maria Pavlides and Ali Dexter from City of Sydney

Breakout Room 2: Building resiliance
Allison White and Holly Langler, Infrastructure NSW

3:10pm  to 3:40 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 3

Main Plenary: Through the looking glass. A community group perspective on gettingan infrastructure project built in the local area.
Linda McDonald, Bendigo Bank Support Lindfield Community Group, and Andrew Sweeney, Greengate Property/Support Lindfield Community Group

Breakout Room 1: That ambiguous thing called balance 
Denise Wilson, ID Planning

Breakout Room 2: Innovative Engagement for Mega‐Projects 
Tim Holmes, Holmes Group Consulting  

3:40pm  to 4:00 pm

Afternoon Tea

4:00pm  to 4:45 pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 4

Main Plenary: Moving beyond box ticking: What do we mean by best practice engagement? 
Kirsty Jones, NextGen ANU 

Breakout Room 1: Digging deeper into community views
Tracy Pendergast, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Breakout Room 2: Westport’s story: understanding and applying the new community engagement paradigm in government infrastructure projects 
Nicole Lockwood, Westport’s Independent Chair  

4:45pm - 5:15pm

Catch-Box Forum Review with Max Hardy, Max Hardy Consulting


Forum Close

6:30 pm - 9:30pm

Forum Cocktail Party - Under the Stars

Sponsored by Comacon

6:30am - 7:30am

Guided Morning Powerwalk

Meet at Pier One Hotel Concierge. Sponsored by GHD.

7:35am - 7:55am

Mindful Session with Fran Woodruff

Private Dining Room, Pier One Hotel.

9:00am - 10:55am

Welcome to Day Two of NCEIF 2019

Morning Keynote Sessions
Keynote address with Eleni Petinos, MP
Mary Anne Graham, Western Sydney Airport.
Andrew McAnulty, Link Housing. The key to delivering Urban Renewal and Affordable Housing Infrastructure - Effective Community Engagement

10:55am - 11:20am

Break Morning Tea

11:20am - 1:05pm

Morning Keynote Sessions

Kirsty O'Connell, Next Gen ANU. The Next Generation Engagement Program: Delivering on a research agenda

Matthew Martyn-Jones, Cross River Rail. Building social licence at Queensland top priority Infrastructure project

Donna Groves, Comacon. How do we ensure the voice of lower socio-economic communities is heard in the development and construction of infrastructure?                                            

1:05pm - 2:00pm


2:00pm– 2:30pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 1

Breakout Room 1: Work-life balance – job share at an executive level
Julie Browning and Jo Davie, Infrastructure Victoria 

Main Plenary: Young and emerging practitioners’ panel
Marion Short, IAP2 Australasia (Facilitator); Emma Wiggan, RPS; Nina Kozulin, Comacon; Morgan Clark, Roads and Maritime Services; and Ursula Melhem, Aurecon Group

Breakout Room 2: Resilience in the face of community outrage 
Kylie Cochrane, Aurecon & IAP2 International Chair 

2:35pm– 3:05pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2

Breakout Room 1: Why Local & Regional Content Group Think Needs to Change  
Ben Hughes, EconomX 

Main Plenary: Energy Panel - Social license to operate in the energy sector
Lisa Stiebel, Neoen Australia; Jonathan Avery, Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia

Breakout Room 2: Applying a SIA paradigm to engagement practice to improve social well being and project practice
Angela Peace, Umwelt Australia 

3:10pm– 3:40pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 3

Breakout Room 1: Unpacking the pros and cons of digital engagement 
Anne-Marie Kirkman and Molly Campbell from GHD 

Main Plenary: A Data Driven Approach to Social Licence to Operate  
Kieren Moffat, CSIRO Reflexivity  

Breakout Room 2: Four basic tools to set up project communications and engagement for success
Holly Havers, Struber

3:40pm– 4:00pm

Break - Afternoon Tea

4:00pm - 4:45pm

Interactive Workshop with Kelly Lofberg, Mara Consulting

Mini workshops in using LEGO Serious Play® methods and materials to help facilitate conversations in complex infrastructure


Forum Wrap up and close


Why Sponsor?

Note the igloos are subject to weather conditions allowing them to still be in place for the event and may be replaced by exclusive event areas.
This ‘Special’ Scholarship Sponsorship will provide a scholarship recipient with the following:

The 2019 Venue - Pier One

Built on and over the water, Pier One Sydney Harbour, Autograph Collection celebrates the heritage of Australia at every opportunity. The Walsh Bay hotel mixes Federation-style décor with contemporary elements, and its enviable location alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge allows for spectacular water views.

Easy to get to

Relax and travel by bus, train or ferry to Circular Quay, then it’s a lovely stroll, (10-12 minutes), to Pier One Sydney.


11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

Apply to become a Speaker

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the second National Community Engagement for Infrastructure Forum (NCEIF) being held in Sydney on 22 and 23 August 2019.

The NCEIF Committee will be reviewing all applications and you will be advised if your application is successful.  

Applications close 15 May 2019


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