CEDA 2024 Infrastructure Conference - hybrid event












This full day conference includes insightful discussions, shared learnings, and collaborative exploration to shape the future of Australian infrastructure, ensuring it aligns with regional needs, embraces sustainability, and stands resilient in the face of global challenges.

We'll explore themes like sustainable urban development, efficient transportation networks, energy system transition, skills and labour shortages, and enhanced rural connectivity.

Together, we will examine innovative approaches to ensure that infrastructure investment yields maximum value, positively impacting communities across Australia. Be part of this vital dialogue to shape a more connected and sustainable future for our nation.



  • The Hon. Catherine King, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government 

  • Diane Smith-Gander AO, Chairman, CEDA

  • Annabel Crookes, Director, Legal, Risk & Delivery, Laing O'Rourke Australia and President, Australian Constructors Association

  • Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Panel Member, Infrastructure Investment Program Review

  • Said Hirsh, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW

  • Gabrielle Trainor AO, Chair, Infrastructure Australia 

  • The Hon. Jenny Aitchison, NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads

  • Melinda Cilento, Chief Executive, CEDA

  • Erin Coldham, Chief Development Officer, Star of the South

  • Paul Dobing, Chief Executive Officer, Developing East Arnhem Limited

  • Steven Harding B.Eng (Civil & Computing), MBA, Adv Grad Dip Legal Studies, GAICD , Chief Executive Officer, Shire of East Pilbara

  • Liz Ritchie, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Australia Institute

  • Sarah Elliott, Chief People Officer, John Holland

  • Mark Hawkins, Relieving Chief Delivery Officer, TAFE NSW

  • Romilly Madew AO FTSE HonFIEAust EngExec, Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

  • David Simpson, Chief Executive, Transport, The APP Group

  • Braith Gilchrist, Industry Director Transport Australia, Aurecon

  • Aaron McGovern, Executive Director, Aleatica, IFM Investors

  • Caroline McGeechan, Executive General Manager, Transport Consulting, Systra ANZ

  • Justin Portelli, Executive General Manager of Strategy, Planning and Community, Melbourne Airport

  • Damon Hall, Executive Director, Olympic and Paralympic Infrastructure Office 

  • Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

  • Monica Barone, Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney

  • Adrian Collette AM, Chief Executive Officer, Creative Australia

  • Eliza Owen, Head of Research, CoreLogic 

  • Malcolm Smith, Cities – Australasia Leader, Arup

In person:
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney
1 Martin Place

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 8.30am
WA: 7.00am

TO REGISTER contact the CEDA events team.



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CEDA is an independent, membership-based think tank formed in 1960. Our purpose is to improve the lives of Australians by enabling a dynamic economy and vibrant society. Through independent research and frank debate, we influence policy and collaborate to disrupt for good.


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Event Date 12/04/2024
Event End Date 12/04/2024
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