Northern Maritime and Coastal Infrastructure Forum

9:00am Tuesday, 30 November 2021
7:00pm Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Sector & Technical Conferences
Opal Cove Resort - Coffs Harbour
Opal Blvd
Coffs Harbour , New South Wales 2450

Northern Maritime and Coastal Infrastructure Forum 

The Maritime and Coastal Infrastructure Forum is a 1 day Forum showcasing the latest innovations in Marine Infrastructure Management. Collaborate with the Marine Sector and enhance your working relationships through invaluable networking opportunities during the Forum breaks, canapes and followed by a local site tour showcasing excellence in project delivery.

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Speaker Lineup

Future Direction Statement

Gabrielle Pietrini is the Director for the North East Branch of the Biodiversity and Conservation Division of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Gabrielle and her team work with coastal councils to implement the NSW Government Coastal and Estuary Management Program and a Marine Estate Management Strategy project in the Richmond. Gabrielle’s role involves finding alignment between multiple programs, with a particular interest in coastal issues, after working as a Coastal and Estuary Officer on the South Coast of NSW for 10 years.


Oxley Beach Ocean Pool: A Case Study in Contemporary Coastal Design

James Carley is Principal Coastal Engineer at the Water Research Laboratory at UNSW Sydney. He has over 28 years’ experience in coastal engineering, coastal hazard assessment and coastal adaptation. James serves on Engineers Australia’s NSW Coast, Ocean and Port Engineering Panel (COPEP) and is Chair of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering. In his spare time, James enjoys being active in the water and lives in an LGA with 15 ocean pools.


Supporting Your Environmental Goals Through Reducing Plastic Waste and Upcycling Towards a More Sustainable Future

Stuart Neilson has over 25 years’ experience in the development of Synthetic Fibre Solutions as an alternative for the reinforcement of concrete structures both here in Australia and in Europe. He is a passionate advocate for the circular economy through sustainability in construction.


Present and Emerging Challenges for Marinas

Jeremy Visser is a Senior Environmental Consultant with BMT, specialising in the coastal and marine area, including maritime industries. Jeremy regularly works with public and private proponents in the design and approval of maritime infrastructure projects, including coastal protection works, boat ramps, dredging campaigns and port developments.


Importance of Hydrographic Survey Data in Maritime Projects

Richard has been involved in World Bank capacity building as a consultant on best practice surveying for engineering and navigation projects, routinely conducts dredging campaigns, environmental assessment, and marine infrastructure survey.  He holds the highest level of professional certification as a Level 1 Hydrographic Surveyor and a Master of Maritime Policy.  His experience is founded from 20 years as a Royal Australian Navy hydrographic surveyor conducting nautical charting survey, quality assurance and training. 


South Murwillumbah Levee – lessons learned

Paul Hay is PWA’s Director North Coast Region.  Paul is an engineering management professional with over 35 years of experience. He began with a mechanical trade and engineering cadetship which lead to managing major engineering and capital works projects across government, industrial and manufacturing sectors.  Paul is PWA’s lead for coastal and maritime services.


Clint Nittolo is a project manager in PWA’s North Coast Region with more than 12 years of experience in the building and construction industry.  Clint is experienced in managing the life cycle of assets and in the planning and delivery of diverse range of infrastructure projects.  Recent experience has included levee and riverbank restorations, and harbour dredging projects.


Manning River Entrance – Strategic Business Case

Louise Collier has over 25 years’ experience in coastal and maritime projects.  Her experience spans early investigations, concept design, environmental impact assessment, supervision of detailed design and the oversight of the preparation of construction contracts. She has been involved with the client-side supervision of coastal management works including dredging and beach nourishment.  She is a founding Director and Principal of Rhelm. 


Responsive management – The Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project

From Transport for NSW, Kim Bowra is the Manager of the Tweed Sand Bypass for the NSW and QLD state Governments with over thirteen years of experience in coastal science, engineering and maritime infrastructure. Kim has studied in the UK and Australia, working in both private and public roles across the Middle East and at home in South East Queensland and across NSW. Kim recently headed up the Maritime Infrastructure group in DPIE – Crownlands before it was merged with the Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office in Transport for NSW July 2020.


Connecting the Clarence - Maclean Riverside Precinct Plan

David Sutton has worked with engineers across the past 20 years of his professional career, fortunately for the community and visitors to the Clarence David is a Landscape Architect and Horticulturist not an Engineer. With a passion for creating great places for people David applies the design, construction and asset management experience gained working in the private and public sector at home and abroad to the many projects he delivers working as the Open Spaces Coordinator at Clarence Valley Council.


Jimmys Beach Renourishment: Responses to Emerging Challenges

Dr Oleg Makarynskyy has over 25 years’ project management experience and extensive skills in the areas of met-ocean and coastal numerical modelling and data collection, processing, integration and analysis. He has led multiple research field campaigns in Australia and overseas, hydrodynamic, wind wave and dredging studies, wastewater discharge and hydrocarbon spill assessments, in nearshore and open-ocean environments. Currently, Oleg is involved in MidCoast Council operational activities as well as Coastal and Flood Management Program development and implementation.



 Member$485 + GST 
 Non-Member$590 + GST

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