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Project Industry Briefing: Djilang Alliance – South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication

Thursday 4 August 2022 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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Opening Address & Introduction - Andrew Bradley, ICN Victoria

Ben Barbour - Project Director, Regional Rail Victoria

Melissa Kalemis - Workforce Development Manager, Djilang Alliance
Carmel Veenstra - Workforce Development Manager, Djilang Alliance

Anthony Hobson - Commercial and Finance Manager, Djilang Alliance
Rosemary Rice - Mobilisation Manager, Djilang Alliance

John Dalton - Alliance Safety Manager, Djilang Alliance

ICN Gateway Page - facilitated by Andrew Bradley

Social Procurement - Rebecca Lee, ICN Victoria

Social Procurement - Nick Newbey, Engagement and Major Projects Consultant, Grow Geelong - Give Where You Live Foundation

Q&A with all speakers - facilitated by Andrew Bradley

Networking Opportunity


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Ben Barbour is the Project Director on the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Duplication Project and has been involved in the project since the commencement of the interactive RFP phase. He has over 30 years’ experience, including 12 years of Senior Leadership experience in the commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors. 

Ben has worked on various Rail and Infrastructure projects in variety of roles that include general management, operational management, project execution, business development, bid leadership estimating and service delivery roles.

Ben’s leadership and management skills, proven in all areas of business, means he strives to work closely with teams and stakeholders in a collaborative manner to understand their key requirements and ensure any challenges are dealt with in a solution-driven approach.

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Ben Barbour 
Project Director
Regional Rail Victoria

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Workplace Development and Industry
Participation Managers 
Djilang Alliance

Melissa Kalemis 

Carmel Veenstra

Melissa and Carmel share the Workforce Development and Industry Participation Manager role for the Djilang Alliance. Implementation of social employment initiatives to meet project targets is at the centre of their remit.


The duo will work closely with subcontractors, the Alliance and in collaboration with local community stakeholders - to support sustainable employment for priority job seekers and new entrants. 


They have combined 50 years’ experience working with Education Providers, Group Training, Industry Skills Councils and peak bodies and most recently co-chaired the Inner Melbourne Skills and Training Taskforce while managing a local jobs and skills recovery fund.

Anthony has worked in the Construction/Infrastructure industry for more than 27 years and brings an operational focus to Financial and Commercial management. Having worked across Alliance delivery models, he is an experienced professional always seeking ways to engage with the market to support the successful delivery of a project.


Anthony Hobson 
Finance and Commercial Manager
Djilang Alliance

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Rosemary Rice – Delivery Manager for the South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Project

Rosemary currently leads the construction team that are mobilising to deliver the project. She has extensive civil construction and operational environment experience. Her experience extends to works at Melbourne Airport, at Webb Dock port, and most recently on the level crossing removal projects, showing a proven ability to deliver major civil projects in complex operational constraints.

Rosemary Rice
Delivery Manager 
South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Project

As the Health and Safety Manager for the project the role is required to provide strategic leadership with regard to safety management across the project. Managing a team of approx. 10 safety professionals the team provides guidance, advice and governance to the wider project team and  to ensure compliance against the project and clients requirements and also meet legal compliance with respect to workplace health and safety legislation and rail safety legislation.

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John Dalton
Delivery Manager 
Djilang Alliance


Andrew Bradley
Senior Industry Advisor
ICN Victoria

Having joined ICN Victoria in 2007 as Grampians Regional Manager, Andrew is currently the Senior Industry Liaison, a position that is crucial to delivering the state government’s Local Jobs First Policy. Andrew has extensive experience in this field and works cross-functionally within ICN to ensure that all of our customers’ needs are met.


Maintaining and improving the level of Australian businesses with onshore operations acts as one of Andrew’s key motivators, which in turn involves regularly bringing together project owners, buyers, and suppliers from across the state. Andrew’s career commenced in the UK working for a Builders Merchants Group which lead to spending time living and working in Jordan and Qatar in the same field. A year working as Export

Manager for Johnson Tiles in the UK was followed by a move to Australia with the same company.


A subsequent move to Ballarat to work at Eureka Tiles as National Sales Manager and then as Export Manager for Athlegen has ensured that Andrew well and truly calls Ballarat home.

Rebecca Lee is the Principal Social Procurement Adviser at ICN Victoria. Her work with ICN Victoria encompasses three years in the Local Jobs First Policy team, and she now brings this experience in policy implementation to the Social Procurement Framework. Rebecca has experience in driving effective policy implementation and compliance from her previous role as Policy Compliance Team Leader. She has aspirations for social and sustainable procurement practices and looks forward to applying her background in Women and Gender studies to the Building Equality Policy program for ICN Victoria.

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Rebecca Lee 
Principal Social Procurement Adviser
ICN Victoria

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Nicholas Newby is the Engagement manager Major Projects across the G21 region for Grow. GROW local and social procurement strategies target major infrastructure projects and routine spend by local businesses. These strategies are designed to stimulate local economic growth and job creation, and target outcomes in areas with the highest rates of joblessness ie Whittington, Colac, Norlane and Corio through supporting the projects to achieve lasting outcomes via the Social Procurement Framework.

Nicholas Newby
Engagement Manager Major Projects
Give Where You Live Foundation 

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