Thursday 30th Mar, 2017

CCF National Conference Underway

Tony Baulderstone

Hundreds of civil contractors, suppliers and exhibitors have gathered in Melbourne for the annual CCF National Conference & Exhibition, which began yesterday with the president’s welcome reception, hosted by CCF National President Tony Baulderstone, and the welcome dinner at South Wharf.

Victorian CCF President Dominic De Fazio welcomed delegates to the second day of proceedings this morning, with discussion, debate and presentations from several leading industry figures.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas, whose department is handling the proposed Port of Melbourne privatisation, addressed the audience about the benefits of asset recycling.

The funnelling of revenue into new infrastructure projects, he said, would create 4,500 jobs, with the removal of 50 level crossings already on the table. Another 2,000 jobs would come from a $2 billion dollar investment in roads, he added.

You can see Mr. Pallas’s presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/the-hon-tim-pallas-mp

Highlights from the conference so far:

Fair Work Building & Construction director Nigel Hadgkiss provided an Industrial Relations update from the FWBC’s perspective. Presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/nigel-hadgkiss-fair-work-building-and-construction

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards discussed the Australian Government’s policy for the industry. Presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/alan-edwards-federal-safety-commisioner

Adrian Hart, senior manager of infrastructure and mining at BIS addressed the current state of civil construction and stressed the need for new growth drivers.

Philip Davies, chief executive of Infrastructure Australia, discussed the priorities and challenges raised by Australia’s population growth. Presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/philip-davies-infrastructure-australia

David Quinn, chief executive of Building Queensland, elaborated on the state’s pipeline of priority projects. Presentation here: http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz/david-quinn-building-queensland

CCF Exhibition

Hundreds of people have been walking through the free CCF exhibition to see the latest industry innovations and test new and soon to be released equipment. The exhibition is open to the public all day tomorrow:  http://www.ccfconference.com.au/infrastructure-conference/exhibition-entry-rego-form