The IPWEA NSW 2nd Annual Development Engineering Forum is a must-attend gathering to help stakeholders streamline the engineering processes within the public works and engineering sector. This Forum is relevant for all levels of public works professionals across cities, towns and regional councils.

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Being held Wednesday 2nd & Thursday 3rd October 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Warwick Farm, Sydney, this two-day gathering will galvanise thought leaders, award-winning case studies, grass-roots practitioners, and planning entities that are at the forefront of innovation and reforms.

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Confirmed speakers and panel members including

The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP, Minister for Water, Property and Housing 

Hon Adam Searle, MLC, Shadow Minister for Planning & Better Living 

John Roydhouse, Chief Executive Officer, IPWEA NSW

Tim Poole, COO, Western City & Aerotropolis Authority (WCAA)

Peter Colacino, Executive Director, Policy & Research, Infrastructure Australia

Phillip Birtles, Urban Water and Waterways Manager, Sydney Water

Belinda Atkins, Manager, Projects & Programs, Sydney Coastal Councils Group

John Wall, Program Manager, Future Vehicles & Technology, Austroads 

Rukshan de Silva RPIA, Principal Planner, Planning, Industry and Environment

Gus Balloot, Councillor, City of Liverpool

Leigh Colacino, Councillor, City of Wollongong

Mark Johnston, Senior Design Engineer, Dubbo Regional Council

Jamie Ewert, National Engagement Manager, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities

Ray Baksmati, Development Director, Fraser Property Group

John Earls, Manager, City Assets, City of Canada Bay Council

Chris Wahbe, Director and Accredited Certifier, Land Development Certificates

Robert Barbuto, Principle Engineer, Major Developments, Northern Beaches Council

Musarrat Khan, Senior Development Engineer, Dubbo Regional Council

David Heins, Construction Improvement Manager, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)

Andrew Halmarick, Director, Craig & Rhodes

Sam Haddad, Director, S & GC Consultants

Mark Liebman, CPEng MIEAust, Senior Drainage Engineer, Blacktown Council/Kustom Engineering

Toby Travanner,  The Learning Company

Veronica Morgan, Principle, Good Deeds

Antony Pedroza, Senior Corruption Prevention Officer (Planning), Corruption Prevention Division, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption

...and rest being finalised

Join more than 100 delegates at this dedicated forum being designed by engineers and for engineers:  This Forum has attracted upwards of 100 delegates from across New South Wales. These delegates are multi-disciplinary and represent the public and private sectors. The agenda focuses on relevant, topical and innovative speakers. This Forum promotes success and innovative practices with forward-thinking solutions for all the disciplines of public works.

An extensive program is being developed for this October to enable development engineers to gain a deeper appreciation of the development processes, together with the ability to engage across the eco-system in an interactive and thought-provoking manner.

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, contact: Shahida Sweeney, NSW Sector Conferences Manager, Tel: 6 12 8267 3009; Email:

Topics being developed include:

  • Building standards for development applications, as well as guidelines, and consistency
  • Using AUS-SPEC as a reference tool
  • Strengthening communication between development engineers, consultants, certifiers and developers
  • Where do town planners sit in all this?  
  • Future-proofing communities, especially across local councils
  • Meeting funding obligations and the safety of community assets
  • Managing assets, including transport, cultural and recreational facilities (and not just roads water and sewer)
  • Who pays for faulty work when the developer takes short cuts on projects?   
  • Ensuring quality outcomes for the building and construction processes
  • What happens to a project when the developer disappears?
  • Tackling new growth and changing demands in emerging areas
  • Managing the plethora of applications, especially for new development
  • Upgrading the water supply for new development: who pays? The council or the developer?
  • Stormwater treatment for environmental outcomes
  • Water sensitive design (WUD) blueprint
  • Rebuilding & preparing after extensive flooding
  • Adapting to high/medium density housing parking arrangements
  • Electric vehicles or mobility-as-a-service: who pays for the infrastructure?
  • If new modes of transport are not managed properly, who carries the liability? 
  • Dealing with legislation, for example, the environmental/heritage issues
  • Tracking outcomes involving the Land and Environment Court
  • Practitioner case studies that spotlight ways to overcome development challenges 

Who attends: Industry sectors including State Government, Local Government, Council, Engineering Schools, Universities, Infrastructure, Public Works, Town Planning, Legal, Architecture

Delegate profile including: *Urban & Regional Planner, *Certifier, *Regulator, *Developer, *Senior Development Engineer/Development Engineer, *Urban Planner, *Development Director, Civil Engineer, Public Works, *National Engineering Manager, *Principal Engineer, *Senior Project Coordinator, Subdivision, *Director, Project Risk Consulting Audit, Assurance & Risk Management, *Director, Road Design & Engineering, *Specialist Development/Drainage Engineer, Engineer, *Catchment Planning & Management, *Engineering Coordinator, Subdivisions, *Team Leader, Engineering Certification, *Land Development Engineer, *Project Engineer, *Engineering Design & Approvals Manager, *Analyst/Documentation Consultant, *Senior Subdivision & Development Engineer, *Design Engineer, *Manager, Building and Engineering Assessment, *Asset & Subdivisions Engineer, *Group Manager, Engineering Operations, *Director, Road Design & Engineering Services, *Development & Subdivisions Engineer Coordinator, *Manager - Technical Services, *Manager, City Assets, *Coordinator, Civil Construction, *Construction Improvement Manager, *Senior Project Design Coordinator, *Design Officer, *Specialist Development/Drainage Engineer..and anyone in the development engineering space

Members of the Development Engineering Panel

  • Will Barton - Canterbury Bankstown Council (Chair)
  • Craig Hopfe - Blacktown City Council
  • Musarrat Khan - Dubbo Regional Council
  • Geoff Fowler OAM
  • Keith Davies - Queanbeyan Palerang Council
  • Giuseppe Rizzo - Griffith City Council
  • Jack Bond - Murray River Council

Purpose of the Development Engineering Panel: To assist in the delivery of the Annual Development Engineering Forum and potentially assist in the area of stormwater, Water Sensitive Urban Design, open spaces as well as Development Engineering.