Conference Day One: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Conference Registration and Arrival Coffee

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Opening Remarks by IQPC Australia and the Conference Chair

Adam Cohen, Managing Director, Australasian Marine Associates

Adam Cohen

Managing Director
Australasian Marine Associates

Opening Session

09:10 AM - 09:50 AM Managing a changing regulatory and policy landscape using a long term planning approach

Paul Doyle, Environment and Planning Chair, Queensland Ports Association and Ports Australia
  • Understanding the changing perceptions and expectations of port activities
  • The evolving dredging and port policy framework within Queensland and Australia – Ports Australia Dredging Code of Practice, Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, Sustainable Ports Development Act 2015, Queensland Government Maintenance Dredging Strategy
  • Challenges and opportunities for the ports sector
  • Planning and managing for the long term

Paul Doyle

Environment and Planning Chair
Queensland Ports Association and Ports Australia

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM Opening Case Study: Port of Hay Point Sustainable Sediment Management Project

Kevin Kane, Senior Environmental Manager, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation
  • Understanding port sediment drivers and the impacts of sediment on port operations
  • The London Protocol and National Assessment Guidelines for Dredging – What is meant by ‘avoid and reduce’?
  • Comparative analysis of sediment management options and selecting the most appropriate solution
  • Developing a long term sediment management plan


Kevin Kane

Senior Environmental Manager
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM SPEED NETWORKING



11:00 AM - 11:30 AM MORNING TEA & NETWORKING BREAK



  • An explanation of the legislative and monitoring requirements for dredging permits
  • Managing your dredging permit to maintain currency with best practice environmental management and changing policy
  • Cooperating with Queensland administering authorities to minimise dredging permit requirements and maximising value-adding

Neil Tripodi

Principal Scientist, Water Assessment and Systems
Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (QLD)

Kerynne Birch

Manager, Coastal and Marine Assessments
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (QLD)

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM Networking Lunch Break



1:10 PM - 1:50 PM Reviewing maintenance dredging strategies for Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Ports

Grant Gaston, Director of Ports, QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Background on the development of the Maintenance Dredging Strategy for Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area Ports, in accordance with the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan
  • Creating a framework for sustainable, leading practice management of maintenance dredging at Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area ports
  • Objectives of the Strategy, and a summary of key guiding principles and actions.


Grant Gaston

Director of Ports
QLD Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Communicating with your regulator to determine regulatory expectations and mitigate disputes
  • Addressing non-compliance quickly to prevent a reduction in approval
  • Staying up-to-date with policy changes to prevent incidental non-compliance

Kevin Kane

Senior Environmental Manager
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation

Adam Cohen

Managing Director
Australasian Marine Associates

Stuart Simpson

Senior Principal Research Scientist
CSIRO

Kerynne Birch

Manager, Coastal and Marine Assessments
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (QLD)

Dilip Abraham

Harbour Master
Victorian Regional Channels Authority

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM Case Study: Port Geographe - Involving external stakeholders in decision making processes to improve public relations and assist in productivity

Sharon Woodford-Jones, Property and Corporate Compliance, City of Busselton
  • Creating a long-term liaison process between community stakeholders and decision makers
  • Listening to and understanding the key apprehensions that stakeholders may have about the project
  • Adopting a transparent process with ongoing access to progress and information

Sharon Woodford-Jones

Property and Corporate Compliance
City of Busselton

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Afternoon Tea and Networking Break



3:40 PM - 4:20 PM Case Study: Brisbane’s Parallel Runway Project - Turning regulatory conditions into contractual adherence

Karyn Rains, Approvals and Relationships Manager, New Parallel Runway Project, Brisbane Airport Corp
  • Taking a prescriptive view of regulatory conditions in order to closely manage environmental risk
  • Creating a strong in-house client environmental team to monitor contract compliance
  • Ensuring cost-efficiency with contractors by adhering to a detailed budget

Karyn Rains

Approvals and Relationships Manager, New Parallel Runway Project
Brisbane Airport Corp

4:20 PM - 4:25 PM Champagne Roundtable

*Delegates will separate and choose a roundtable to participate in. Each roundtable will have a facilitator that will organise the collaboration of the topic. All delegates will have a selection of beer, wine or champagne that will be complimentary in the attendance of the roundtable. At the end of the time allocation, one delegate will report back to the whole audience and give a summary of the discussions their table generated.

Table 1

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM Table 1: Dredging carefully: Reducing the impact of dredging on an environment

Paul Doyle, Environment and Planning Chair, Queensland Ports Association and Ports Australia
  • Selective site disposal to reduce disturbance in an ecosystem
  • Appropriate environmental evaluations for choosing the right disposal site
  • Monitoring techniques to measure environmental impact of dredging activity on disposal site

Paul Doyle

Environment and Planning Chair
Queensland Ports Association and Ports Australia

Table 2

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM Table 2: Transhipping as a complement to traditional port operations

Ben King, Company Director, CQG Consulting
  • When is trans-shipping an applicable alternative?
  • What are the dredging requirements for transhipping?
  • What are the benefits?

Ben King

Company Director
CQG Consulting

Table 3

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM Table 3: Ensuring the scope of site investigation is adequate

Adam Cohen, Managing Director, Australasian Marine Associates
  • How do you choose the appropriate methods for site investigation?
  • How to predict how thorough the investigation should be?
  • When does an investigation have enough data?

Adam Cohen

Managing Director
Australasian Marine Associates

5:00 PM - 11:59 PM End of Day One & Networking Drinks for all Attendees