30 Apr 2024

Greater Shepparton Showcase

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Start Date: 30 Apr 2024

Start Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Location: The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank 7719 Goulburn Valley Hwy, Kialla VIC 3631, Australia

Tuesday 30 April | 4 pm – 6 pm | The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank.

Dear Attendees,

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you for being a part of the Greater Shepparton Showcase. It was truly our pleasure to have you with us for an engaging and productive event.

Document Presentation:

For your reference, please find the document that was presented during the event. You can access it here.

We hope you found the event informative and valuable. If you have any further questions or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Thank you once again for your participation and support. We look forward to welcoming you to future events.


Projects & Speakers

Project: Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA)
The Victorian Government’s Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA) has been established to design, procure, build, and upgrade the infrastructure needed to keep communities safe. With 57 projects worth $2.1 billion under active management CSBA provides end-to-end project management and delivery of Victoria’s new prisons, youth justice centres, court and custody facilities, emergency services facilities and public safety measures on behalf of the Department of Justice and Community Safety.

Program of works: CSBA is seeking to understand regional capabilities to assist in the design and construction of its upcoming investment pipeline, including the construction of seven CFA stations across the State located in Newborough, Pyalong, Wyndham Vale, Metcalfe, Serpentine, Riddells Creek and The Basiny. This is an opportunity to meet the Fire Services team within CSBA that manages and delivers infrastructure projects on behalf of the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Project: Suburban Rail Loop Linewide package
The Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) will deliver a 90km orbital rail line, starting with a segment from Cheltenham to Box Hill (stage 1). The bidding for the SRL East Linewide Alliance Work Package G is underway, with UrbanLeap—comprising Gamuda Engineering, Keolis Downer, Siemens, AECOM, GHD, Hyundai Rotem, and Downer Rail—preparing a detailed proposal. Awarding of this vital contract is anticipated in 2025, with procurement extending into 2030.

SRL East Linewide Alliance Work Package G covers essential rail network systems, including rail and linewide systems, Rolling Stock, network control including CBTC signalling, the Southern Stabling Yard, and an Emergency Support Facility, ensuring seamless integration and high-standard operations and maintenance.

UrbanLeap is committed to local engagement, aligning with the Local Jobs First Policy and the Victorian Social Procurement Framework. We’re organising market engagement events across Victoria, inviting current and potential suppliers from the Greater Shepparton region and beyond.

This is your opportunity to explore involvement in SRL East Linewide Alliance Work Package G. Register now for a chance to contribute to this transformative project and discover potential collaborations within the UrbanLeap supply chain. Further information is available here.

Project: Benalla Police Station Project
We’re excited to showcase the Benalla Police Station Project, designed by Foreground Architecture. This groundbreaking initiative will replace the outdated station with a state-of-the-art facility, enhancing service to our community. The new station focuses on operational efficiency and safety, with dedicated areas for victims and witnesses, secure interview rooms, and a visitor space for custody areas. It features purpose-built spaces for the police and community, including a memorial garden and an Incident Police Operation Centre for emergency management.

Project Highlights:

  • Civil works, new station construction, parking, landscaping, and demolition of the old station.
  • A secure walkway connecting the new station to the courthouse.
  • A 4,000 m^2 two-story building designed to allow the current station to operate until project completion. It combines functionality with aesthetics, using materials like granite and perforated aluminum to enhance light and reduce energy use.

This project is a significant investment in public safety and local economy, expected to create over 100 jobs and support local suppliers. Started in December 2023, it’s projected to finish by mid-2025.


Speaker: Sonia Meloni – Executive Director, Fire Services, Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA).
Sonia has 29 years’ experience working in a corrections and emergency services environment with extensive experience in community corrections and prisons operations, policy implementation and construction project management for prisons and emergency services.
Speaker: Billy Youssef – Design & Quality Manager, Community Safety Building Authority (CSBA).
Billy is a Design Manager with experience delivering public building infrastructure throughout Victoria with a focus on emergency services facilities. Billy has a strong structural consulting background spanning education, healthcare, commercial, sports and community infrastructure sectors; as well as a collaborative approach and is a strong communicator with a commitment to leading teams to deliver sustainable, ethical and high-quality project outcomes.
Speaker: Jamie McTaggart- Delivery Lead – Urban Leap.
Jamie possesses transport infrastructure expertise across planning, development, engineering, construction, integration, commissioning, operational readiness, revenue service and maintenance. Prior to his role at Gamuda Australia, he held numerous positions at UGL including Director, Rail Systems, was Deputy Director of Quality, Completions & Operational Readiness at Rail Projects Victoria and General Manager, Rail at McConnell Dowell.
Speaker:  Kelli Halden – Manager Project Delivery, Greater Shepparton City Council.
Kelli Halden is a motivated, personable professional with more than 15 years’ experience in project management and 25 years’ experience working in local government who brings energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the role. Kelli provides the strategic direction and execution of capital projects and asset management initiatives. Kelli’s leadership helps drive efficiency, sustainability, and excellence in the delivery of essential infrastructure and services.Kelli is currently the Manager of Project Delivery department with Greater Shepparton City Council where the team develop and execute strategic plans for capital works delivery, oversees project management processes to ensures timely and cost-effective project delivery.
Speaker: Peter Lutton – Contract Manager, Joss Group

With over 20 years industry experience, Peter has delivered numerous complex projects within Regional Victoria, each with their own unique challenges. Peter has built strong relationships with the Regional Victorian Subcontractor market and always has an eye out for future opportunities.

Speaker: Laura Grimmett – Submissions Coordinator, Joss Group

Working collaboratively, with the Estimators and Divisional Managers, Laura is responsible for all non-priced returnable schedules for tender submissions including:

  • Local Industry Development Plans
  • Social Procurement
  • Overseeing subcontractor Engagement
MC: Michael Smith – Industry Adviser for Northern Victoria, ICN VIC.
Michael Smith is the Industry Adviser for Northern Victoria for ICN Vic. Michael has been based in Regional Victoria for much of his life with Ballarat being his home. Michael joined ICN in October after a highly successful eleven year career in telecommunications culminating in State Manager roles at Optus. Passionate about regional Australia, he has worked across much of Western and Northern Victoria, not only in telco, but also in the not-for profit space with leadership roles in Employment Services and across the disability sector. He has managed social enterprises and understands the challenges faced by these organisations and the support that is required for them to succeed.


Council: Greater Shepparton City Council 

Greater Shepparton City Council is a local government authority which oversees the Greater Shepparton region, a dynamic and diverse community known as the ‘Food Bowl of Australia’. While the city of Shepparton sits at the heart of the municipality, there are many wonderful towns and communities which make up the region, including Mooroopna, Tatura, Murchison, Dookie, Merrigum, Congupna, Toolamba, Undera, Katandra and Tallygaroopna. Greater Shepparton City Council employs approximately 850 staff and provides over 120 services to the community.

Greater Shepparton has a population of more than 68,000 people and more than 7,000 local businesses which contribute to the region’s strong economy. The community is made up of over 30 nationalities who speak more than 50 languages, with 15.7 per cent of residents born overseas. Situated on the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton has the ideal climate and environment for food production. Shepparton is located approximately 180km north of Melbourne positioning the city as a major service centre for the Goulburn Valley and southern riverine area of New South Wales. Greater Shepparton is a bold, multicultural community which prides itself on being a thriving place to live, work, visit and invest.

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