2018 Program at a Glance

Details of the final 2018 symposium program.


3.00 – 5.00pm  Registration

5.00 – 7.00pm  Welcome drinks and networking


8.00 – 8.45am  Coffee and networking

8.45 – 9:00am  Welcome to city and region 
Speakers: Cr Bob Pynsent, Mayor Cessnock City Council; Cr Nuatali Nelmes, Lord Mayor City of Newcastle

9:00 – 10:00am Keynote
Speaker: Michael Pascoe
, Economics and finance commentator

10.00 – 10.30am  Morning tea

10.30 – 11.15am  Panel Sessions

  • Innovation - Second cities: the right environment for start-ups, scale-ups and innovation
    Host: Tim O'Loan, AECOM
    Participants: Katherine O'Regan, Cities Leadership Institute; Trent Bagnall, Slingshot Accelerator; Sahil Harriram, Elite Robotics; Peter Francis, Dantia
  • Infrastructure - Second cities: the case for major infrastructure
    Host: Dr Jim Bentley, Hunter Water
    Participants: David Warburton, Former Auckland Transport; Dr Peter Cock, Newcastle Airport; Cameron Reid, AGL Energy, Craig Carmody, Port of Newcastle
  • Liveability - Second Cities: a community for everyone
    Host: Michael Nolan, UN Compact Cities Programme
    Participants: Daniel Wallace, Newcastle Trades Hall Council; Prof. Dave Adamson, Compass Housing; Prof. SueAnne Ware, University of Newcastle

11.30am – 12.30pm  Speakers  

  • National Powerhouses: The economics of second cities
    Speaker: Dr Anthea Bill, Hunter Research Foundation Centre
  • Research paper: Geelong - Winning from Second: Learnings from international second cities
    Speaker: Rebecca Casson, Committee for Geelong
  • Greater Newcastle 2036: Creating a global city
    Speaker: Gary White, NSW Chief Planner

12.30 – 1.30pm  Lunch

1.30 – 2.30pm  Plenary Panel
Second Cities: How can we be smarter?

Host: Kyle Loades, former Chair NRMA
Participants: Michael Cassel, Hunter Development Corporation; Rebecca Casson, Committee for Geelong; Katherine O'Regan, Cities Leadership Institute

2.45 – 3.30pm  Clinics

  • Planning for uncertainty: Creating structure to develop a shared vision for leadership
    Host: Sander van Amelsvoort, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Australia and Committee for Melbourne
  • Maximising your assets: The path to a successful second city
    Host: Tim Williams, Arup

3.30 – 4.00pm  Afternoon tea

4.00 – 5.00pm  Walk-shops:

  • Newcastle CBD Walk-shop
  • Port of Newcastle
    The Port of Newcastle is one of the largest and most diverse ports in Australia and recognised as a global gateway for both the region and Australia. It is also embarking on an ambitious diversification strategy that leverages our natural advantages to the benefit of our customers and the Australian economy. 

    An afternoon on Newcastle’s working harbour is a chance to view key port infrastructure up close, including state-of-the-art coal and grain export terminals, along with the Port’s newest berth and bulk liquids import facility. The Port tour will also highlight the largest vacant portside development site in Australia earmarked the Newcastle Container Terminal development, and the future site of the Newcastle Cruise Terminal to support tourism and economic development in the Hunter.

6:30pm – 9.00pm Conference dinner
Keynote speaker: Bernard Salt
- Building a better Newcastle: A lesson in turning adversity into an agent of change


9.00 – 10.00am  Keynote - Winning from Second: The Eindhoven Story
Speaker: Sander van Amelsvoort, Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Australia and Committee for Melbourne

10:00 – 11:00am  Panels

  • Innovation - Second cities: Smart cities
    : Katherine O'Regan, Cities Leadership Institute
    Participants: Cr Kay Fraser, Mayor Lake Macqarie City Council; Richard Harris, Hunter Water; Senior Professor Pascal Perez, University of Wollongong; Cr Declan Clausen, Deputy Lord Mayor City of Newcastle
  • Infrastructure - Second cities: creating the right built environment
    Host: Michael Cassel, Hunter Development Corporation
    Participants: Monica Gibson, NSW Dept. of Planning and Environment; Geoff Rock, UDIA; Brian Jones, University of Newcastle
  • Liveability - Second cities: a place for millennials to call home
    : Prof. Will Rifkin, Hunter Research Foundation Centre
    Participants: Suzie Vincent, Subo; Belinda Howden, University of Newcastle; Matthew Endacott AECOM

11:00 – 11.30am  Morning tea

11:30am – 12:30pm  Mayors' Panel
Moderator: Jenny Marchant, ABC Newcastle
Participants: Cr Bob Pynsent, Cessnock City Council; Cr Nuatali Nelmes, City of Newcastle; Cr Kay Fraser, Lake Macquarie City Council; Cr Sarah Smith, Port Stephens Council; Cr David Brown, Wollongong City Council

12:30 – 1:30pm  Keynote
Speaker: Prof. Kevin Hall, University of Newcastle

1:30 – 2:30pm  Lunch / networking with NUA conference delegates

2.30 – 4.30pm  Outcomes workshop: Key symposium insights and where to next…
Facilitator: Kyle Loades, former Chair NRMA