5.30pm to 7.00pm

Welcome Drinks - Mr Percivals, Howard Smith Wharves

An informal opportunity to relax, reconnect and make new friends before the forum official program kicks off on Wednesday 1 June at Cloudland.

6.30am - 7.30am

Guided walk around Brisbane


Guided Meditation


Registration and Coffee commences


Take your seats


Welcome to Country

with Maroochy Songwoman.


Official Opening

The Honourable…... (we will tell you soon, promise)


Opening Address

Romilly Madew AO, Infrastructure Australia - The Infrastructure Priority List and Community Engagement. What happens now?


Keynote Address: Water Infrastructure NSW - Wilcannia Weir Replacement Project – Listen, Learn, Adapt, Deliver - Together

Hear from the Aboriginal Community about how they want and expect to be engaged. Meet the NSW government project team who delivered engagement that the Aboriginal community define as “the best they have seen and the benchmark for what all Aboriginal engagement should be like”. Hear from Wilcannia Community Leader Brendon Adams who will discuss how they were engaged and the outcomes they achieved for their community. They will be supported by key members of the Water Infrastructure NSW, Wilcannia Weir project team – Brendan O’Neill, Lead Project Manager and Felicity Rooney, Community Engagement Lead. They will also be joined by Donna Kennedy, Water Infrastructure NSW and Russell Hill, WaterNSW to share with the engagement sector the significant and transformative outcomes that can be achieved by working with Aboriginal communities in genuine collaboration.

10.00am - 10.40am

Professor Sara Bice (Director, the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society) and Kirsty O’Connell (Industry Director, the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society) will talk about what’s driving trust for Australian infrastructure projects - a community perspective

Join the team from the ANU Institute for Infrastructure in Society to learn what 3500 Australians and nine infrastructure intensive communities are thinking about the selection, planning, design and delivery of infrastructure and the way in which infrastructure projects engage.

10.40am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.40am

Michelle Cramer, GHD will discuss engaging with Constantly Disrupted Communities

How can we do better?

11.40am - 12.20pm

Hear from nationally recognised Carly Taylor from Carly Taylor Coaching about how to better relate, understand, consult and engage with our colleagues and the community.

This presentation will especially focus on managing interactions with disenfranchised and enraged people. Carly is qualified in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Japanese Psychology (Morita Therapy and Naikan), a University qualified Nutritionist, a certified Personal Trainer and a certified Health Coach (IIN).

12.20pm - 1.00pm

Our wellness session - hosted by Comacon

Hear from Paul Taylor from the Mind Body Brain Performance Institute.  Paul is a Neuroscientist, Exercise Physiologist, Nutritionist and host of The MindBodyBrain Project podcast. Learn strategies to ensure you're in peak shape to do our demanding job to the best of your ability. Learn how to protect your energy, to perform better and get better outcomes.

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Comacon Wellness Luncheon

2.00pm - 3.00pm

Young and Emerging professionals panel chaired by Marion Short, IAP2

Panel will include:  Courtney Webb (GHD), Alexandra King (Aurecon) and Sophie Perissinotto (Leisa Prowse Consulting).

3.00pm - 3.30pm

Construction Comms 101 with Jill Boag from Gamuda

Here from one of the nation’s leading Infrastructure Project Directors on what we do right, what we can do better and how we can influence project outcomes.

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Afternoon Tea

4.00pm- 4.45pm

Panel Discussion hosted by Kate Kernaghan from Factotum Communications

COVID CRISIS - what did we learn from the comms we did during COVID? What engagement worked during COVID? How can this be the new norm? Has the increase in accessibility we provided during COVID  changed how we engage?  Panellists:  Tim Holmes (Gamuda), Debbie Low (Water NSW) and Rebecca Dean (Lendlease).

4.45pm - 5.15pm

Cobi Murphy, Cross River Rail

4.30pm - 5.00pm

Julie Castle and Debra Lancelot, Struber

How can you get to know your community and activate them in ways that make a difference?

Delivering major infrastructure with a difference.

5.15pm - 7.15pm

"Reflections:  Looking into the future" Hosted by GHD

Cocktail Party at Cloudland, level 2

7.00am to 7.45am

Sunrise Yoga


Guided Meditation


Coffee served

8.00am - 9.00am

Siobhan Hamblin, Counsel House will talk about Government Relations unveiled

What really happens in the Ministers Office? How do we get our comms through? Hear from the head of one of Australia's leading Government Relations Consultancies.

9.00am - 9.20am

Hear from the Director-General of one of Australia's largest infrastructure and transport departments

Key note address by Neil Scales from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads on 'The value of community and stakeholder engagement in the delivery of infrastructure’.

9.20am - 9.55am

Melbourne Water - hear from the Melbourne Water Community Engagement team, led by Manager Greg Bain and supported by Andrew Mellor, Team Leader Business Communications and Engagement

They will be detailing their award winning NextGen program. It's an organisational wide community engagement program, which ensures organisational buy in and commitment to Community Engagement. It is both innovative and effective and it works - especially in infrastructure delivery.

9.55am - 10.30am

Planning and community engagement

Who owns the process, what should the process be and what can we do to improve the planning process from a community engagement process.

10.30am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.30am

Jane MacMaster, Cheif Engineer, Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia - Comms and Engineers - the synergy?

11.30am - 12.10pm

Vanessa Pilla

11.30am - 12.10pm

Nicola Mitchell - ARTC Inland Rail - Engaging with the Country - A new perspective

Delivering a multi-billion dollar government-funded program comprising 13 individual projects spanning 1,700km through 36 local government areas across three states.

How can community engagement support the creation of social value in communities?

12.10pm - 12.45pm

Oliver Bates, Mysite

Hidden Benefits of Going Hybrid.

12.45pm - 1.45pm

Mysite Technology Lunch

1.45pm - 2.15pm

Anita Brown, Sydney Metro

Crisis Management on a major project.

2.15pm - 2.45pm

Leisa Prowse, Leisa Prowse Consulting - Mind your Qs and Qs

When it comes to engagement what’s better: quality or quantity?

2.45pm - 3.15pm

Becky Hirst - For the Love of Community Engagement

Insights from a personal expedition to inspire better public participation.

3.15pm - 3.30pm

Afternoon tea

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Angela Peace, AAP Consulting

3.30pm - 4.00pm

Sarah Barclay from Bridge Housing

Putting community engagement at the heart of social housing infrastructure.

Placing people and communities at the centre - the role of engagement in Social Impact Assessment for SSP.

4.00pm - 4.30pm

Ben Hughes, Hughes et al.

How to use collaborative contracting and employment strategies as part of your community engagement planning. Hear how these planning processes have resulted in exceptional community outcomes in regional communities.

4.30pm - 5.15pm

Sustainability and Community Engagement Panel chaired by Carolyn Gibbs, Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC)

Working together to support the Carbon Emissions target and drive cultural change in sustainability. Panel Members:  Coral Reynolds (Comacon), Amanda Bromley (GHD) and Libby Mitchell (WSP).


Closing drinks and networking

This program is subject to change.