Background: The Echuca Maoma Community have been tirelessly working towards the opportunity of a second river crossing, and it seems now 'we are as close as we have ever been'. So it is now time to explore the benefits, challenges and opportunities that may come from this 3.8km piece of infrastructure during its construction and long into the future.
To explore the economic, business, community, arts, social and other challenges and benefits that the bridge will offer both throughout its design and planning stages, through procurement and construction, and into the final stages and beyond.
Key note speakers from across industry, academia and government will offer a lens through which we can understand the projects development, how it will roll out, and what outcomes are possible. We must dare to dream, capture and commit to having a 'bridge to the future'.
Who Should Come
The event expects to attract over one hundred plus delegates and will include local businesses and community, government representatives, arts and culture representatives, architectural designers and the construction industry, academics and students, tourism organisations and businesses, economic and community development decision makers, and everyone who has an interest in the project or can learn from the high caliber of speakers.
Key Note Speakers
Opening Address: TBC
Mal Kersting- Regional Director Northern Region- Vic Roads
As the key driver for this significant project, Mr. Kersting will offer project planning updates of the 2nd River Crossing including critical 'principles of design' and the design and construct elements and proposed time frames.
Stan Liacos- Director Loddon Mallee Region- Regional Development Victoria (RDV)
Working across large infrastructure projects, investment attraction, regional jobs and skills growth and industry development, Mr. Liacos will offer his unique insights into his vast experience with major projects, how to consider regional opportunity and how to consider current and future assets to increase prosperity for the region.
Glen Cappuano- Id- Australia's Population Experts
Working across the nation as local governments 'go-to' on all things population and demographics, IdProfile will be offering key insights into the impacts on population as researched in other regional areas including major bypass projects, regional population trends and how to keep a vibrant centre.
Phil Crouch, ANZ Head of Regional Banking VIC & TAS
Offering unique insights from past bridge funding projects whilst working in South East Asia and contemporary economic and business insights relating to regional economies and other other domestic infrastructure examples.
Trevor Budge- City of Greater Bendigo Strategy Manager, Adjunct Associate Professor at La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus, Board Member Victorian Planning Authority
As a highly regarded international speaker on rural and regional planning and running many outbound delegations and study tours on planning, unique insights into transitioning regional towns with evidence and examples from across the globe, this will make for a very engaging and educational session.
Rebecca Arnaud- Principal Urban Planner- Brisbane City Council
This is an incredible and unique opportunity to hear from one of the world's most successful cities regarding its engaging river front development strategies including enterprise precincts, community use and livability elements and city connectivity.
Chris Bilkey- The Bridge Arts Project- Project Insight
Learn about the exciting opportunity and plans to transform Moama's future under-bridge and new reserve area into a significant spaces through the adoption of arts precincts and planning opportunities.
Des Morgan Snr- Yorta Yorta Elder
Hear from a local elder about local opportunities regarding cultural asset development, planning and engagement opportunities and what the bridge means to the indigenous community.
James Whitten - Urban Designer, Architect and Graduate Researcher (University of Melbourne)
Taylor Tran- Author of 'Innovation Melbourne' & Director of CVP Strategy
His recently published book 'Innovation Melbourne' explores collaborative and co-working spaces across all sectors and many locations across Victoria. With deep corporate knowledge and a passion for driving innovation through fresh thinking, this will be a thought provoking presentation.
Final Speakers being confirmed.