4th Annual Development Engineering Forum 2021

9:00am Wednesday, 8 December 2021
7:00pm Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Sector & Technical Conferences
The Connection, Rhodes
30 Shoreline Drive
Rhodes, Sydney, New South Wales 2138

Be at the heart of the conversation for development engineers: The 4th Annual Development Engineering Forum is a must-attend gathering, tailored for Development Engineers, Certifiers, Planners, Consultants, Approvals Managers, Asset Managers…anyone impacted by the development process. This is your chance to gain candid, timely and first-hand insights into the development process – across cities, towns and regional areas.

To view the full program, click below on the '4th Annual Development Engineering Forum Program' PDF



The key themes include:

  • Public works: Planning for future generations – key milestones and challenges
  • Streamlining the development approval process: are we there yet?
  • Ensuring developers, consultants, development engineers, or councillors speak the same language
  • Getting the DA process right the first time to avoid costly delays or push-back from councils
  • Future-proofing communities across local councils
  • Managing sub-division development and improving the dialogue between developers, consultants, certifiers, and engineers
  • Developments in stormwater treatment
  • Developments in water sensitive urban design (WSUD)
  • Ensuring developments adapt to changing needs, 20 years from now
  • Waste management strategies
  • Navigating the minefield of development approvals: fault or failure

Overview of the Design and Building Practitioners Act

Angus Abadee is the Director of Building and Construction Policy at the NSW Department of Customer Service where he is responsible for the design and implementation of the NSW Government’s reform agenda across the building industry.

Before taking up this role in July 2020, Angus has served as the Director, Safer Communities at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Director of Policy & Legislation at Liquor & Gaming NSW, as well as roles at the NSW Department of Justice, advising on criminal law policy, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, advising on Indigenous and constitutional law policy.

Engineering issues arising from Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change

Megan Hawley is a partner and director at Lindsay Taylor Lawyers. She has been practising in local government, environment and planning law for almost 30 years and is an accredited specialist. Part of LTL’s specialist practice is in development contributions and planning agreements, and Megan has advised many of LTL’s significant local government client base on all aspects of contributions plans and s7.11 and s7.12 contributions, and has advised and acted for the State government in respect of special infrastructure contributions. She has drafted a multitude of planning agreements for councils, the Minister for Planning, and private developers dealing with development contributions.

Engineering issues arising from Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Change

Katie Mortimer is a senior associate at Lindsay Taylor Lawyers She has qualifications in both science and law, and practices across the fields of planning, environment, local government and administrative law.  Katie has acted for both government authorities and private clients in a range of development appeals, as well as acting in judicial review proceedings concerning challenges to the making of planning instruments, coastal zone management plans and challenges to development consents. Katie has also prosecuted environmental offences in both the Local Court and the Land and Environment Court. She has particular expertise in biodiversity and coastal management issues.


Frenches Forest Priority Growth Area – Stormwater Management

Rob started his Local Government career at Sutherland Shire Council in 1989 as a trainee engineer after graduating working in a small Civil engineering consultancy undertaking drainage and structural design work on a range of projects from housing to commercial development.

He then worked for Parramatta Council from 1994-1997 as a Development Engineer and Team Leader gaining experience all types of development including flood mitigation projects  by the Upper Parramatta Catchment Trust.

After Parramatta Council Rob started at Warringah Council as a Senior Development Engineer and progressed to Manager Development Engineering. Following that he took on the additional stormwater management role for 3 years where he was involved with asset management and capital works programs.

Since the Council amalgamations in 2015, Rob commenced a different role as a Principal Engineer Major Developments and has more of a  strategic focus reviewing land release area proposals and state significant developments.

The Development Engineering Assessment Process

Dirk Jol entered local government at Wingecarribee Shire Council back in 1990 as a tradesman and evolved professionally to complete his time there in 2011 as the Operations Engineer in water and sewer.

Seeking a change saw a move to the now Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council where he held engineering functions in the Water and Sewer and Development Engineering teams.

During this time in local government Dirk had studied Diploma’s in Water Operations and Project Management and graduated from UTS in Engineering and Southern Cross University in Engineering Management.

Dirks most recent role since 2017 as the Program Coordinator – Subdivision at Queanbeyan Palerang Regional Council saw him leading a talented team of civil engineers in the collaborative assessment of engineering solutions and delivery of viable and sustainable public infrastructure assets on large urban developments, where the art of dealing with the developers interpretation of urban form was a version of developer wrangling.

Dirk in his desire to work in a more strategic role was recently appointed to the Manager of Roads at Coonamble Shire Council but has returned today to the development fraternity to share some of his experiences in dealing with the process of assessment.

Adopting the WSAA Water Supply and Sewerage Codes across Regional NSW

Matthew has been the Acting Water Asset Planning & Development Manager at Shoalhaven Water for the past 3 years and have been a Member of the NSW Water Directorate Executive Committee since 2015. Matthew has held various roles at Shoalhaven Water since 2007.

His current role in the development of the NSW LWUC was the project lead on the Water Directorate project team that worked with WSAA to develop the existing water and sewer codes to create the NSW Water and Sewer Local Water Utility Codes in 2019/2020.

Matthew has held various roles at Shoalhaven Water since 2007. Those being;

  • Unit Manager Projects & Asset, Shoalhaven Water – 3 years
  • Asset Data Coordinator, Shoalhaven Water - 1 year
  • Engineering Officer Developments, Shoalhaven Water - 7 years
  • Diving Construction Supervisor – Private sector 12 years

Matthew holds a number of qualifications including Cetified Practitioner Asset Management, Diploma in Water Operations, Diploma in Project Management and a Diploma in Civil Engineering.

Infrastructure Development using the National Construction Specifications

Nandini Mehta is AUS-SPEC Manager at NATSPEC, managing the national local government specifications for life cycle management of assets. A civil/structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry in Australia and overseas. She has developed various Technical documentation for roads, including the new AUS-SPEC Rural Roads Package, buildings, parks and public utilities and has expertise in the construction and maintenance of built environment. She ardently participates in the IPWEA NAMS Consultant Supporters Group, TfNSW Digital Engineering Forum, SBEnrc Projects and in the review of various ARRB Guides, Australian Standards, Austroads Guides, IPWEA Practice Notes and International Infrastructure Management Manual. She is currently the Secretary of the IPWEA NSW Metro North Regional Group.

WSPP Uniform Engineering Design Standards

Alex has 40 years’ experience, working in local government engineering, specialising over the last 30 years in the fields of Procurement, Contract Administration and Technical Specification customisation, for works delivery contracts.

As a professional local government civil engineer, Alex has gained a broad range of related skills and experience with a particular interest in process and system development. In that regard, he has and continues to participate in a number of value-adding improvement projects, in his employment with Liverpool City Council.

Recently, Alex participated in the Working Group for the Western Sydney Planning Partnership (WSPP), Engineering Design Manual, the topic of his presentation, which has direct relevance and should be of particular interest to, Development Engineering practitioners.

Integrating Sponge City and Climate Mitigation Concepts: Creating Welcoming and Future Proof Urban Spaces

Maud Cassaignau is a Melbourne-based architect and urbanist. She grew up in Europe where her passions for cities were born. In 2005, she co-founded the architecture and urban design agency XPACE. Its work explores the collective integration of city, landscape and architecture as new urban ecologies.

Maud’s co-authored book Building Mixity!, was shortlisted for the Australian Urban Design Awards in 2019, while her water urbanism research in Kunshan China, received the 2017 Award of Excellence in Innovation by the Australian government. Her latest project Melbourne Cool Lines! featured at the 2020 Melbourne Design week and in the 2021 virtual exhibition city X at the Venice Biennale. Maud’s PhD Working with The Urban Sitegeist: dynamic practices and interactivity from RMIT University reflects on the contribution and impacts of her self-driven and dynamic research methods.

Maud holds an ongoing academic position at Monash University (since 2011) and previously taught at ETH Zurich (2007-2008) and was a professor at University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (2009-2011). She will be joining RMIT as senior lecturer in 2022.

Join us to hear-first-hand from leading Urban, State and Regional Councils, State, Local and Federal Government Agencies, and Solutions Providers.  



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