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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Cities of the Future Forum (Townsville)

23/10/2019 09:30 to 23/10/2019 12:00

Venue: Seagulls Resort

As part of Roads Australia’s Sustainability policy stream, we have made an effort to go beyond metropolitan hubs and explore opportunities for future development within regional and growth areas. 

In 2018 we explored City Deals across the country including Geelong, Hobart, Darwin and Western Sydney.

This time, we are bringing RA to Townsville to learn of the progress in the 3 years since Australia’s first City Deal was implemented. Bringing together speakers from DTMR, Port of Townsville, Department of State Development and the Future Cities Taskforce we will explore lessons learned, what’s next for the city, and how together we can create a more sustainable transport future.   

The day will conclude with a session specifically for young professionals, exploring the opportunities within and beyond Townsville, the importance of investing in young talent to support the delivery of Queensland and Australia’s massive pipeline, and how to influence as a leader from the region.




Date:        Wednesday 23 October 2019

Time:        9.30am - 12noon (Young Professionals staying on until 2pm)

Where:     Seagulls Resort, 74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens, Townsville, Queensland

Diet:         Please inform us if you have special dietary requirements




RA Non Members $50 per seat (incl GST)




Sanjay Ram - Regional Director of North Queensland for Department of Transport and Main Roads

Sanjay Ram is the Regional Director of North Queensland for Department of Transport and Main Roads. Sanjay has worked in TMR since 1994 and worked in various roles within the Department. 

Some of the large infrastructure projects he has worked on are:

  • the Gold Coast Light Rail Project as deputy Project Director
  • the Gateway Bridge Duplication
  • the Pacific Motorway Upgrade (Nerang to Varsity Lakes); and
  • Flood Recovery works after the 2011 Floods in Brisbane

He currently oversees the delivery of more than $500 million of works across North Queensland Region which covers Cairns, Cloncurry and Townville areas.


Jaqueline Bohn – City Placemaker, Townsville City Council

An exceptionally experienced Project Director with a background in Engineering, Sustainability,  Local and State Government and Interior Design, Jaqui is leading the way in the delivery of multiple city-wide transformational projects. Prior to her time at Townsville City Council, Jaqui was the Senior Director – Southern Region for the Department of Infrastructure Planning and Logistics in the Northern Territory.  Responsible for overseeing Capital Delivery and Maintenance Programs, Jaqui delivered many significant successful roads and infrastructure projects.

As City Placemaker, Jaqui is working collaboratively with the community to create and reimagine public spaces in order to build residents’ connection to Townsville. Jaqui is responsible for realising the Townsville2020 projects, commercial activation opportunities and projects within the Townsville City Deal.


Glenys Schuntner, CEO, Regional Development Australia, Townsville and North West Queensland

Glenys joined Regional Development Australia Townsville and North West Queensland as CEO in 2010 where her role involves facilitation and advocacy for economic development across 15 local government areas that make up a quarter of Queensland. Current focus areas include the Inland Queensland Roads Action Project (IQ-RAP), a regional aviation project, a STEM skills initiative and the Regional Employment Trials Program.

Glenys’ previous roles include CEO of Townsville Enterprise, the peak development and marketing body for North Queensland, senior positions at the Australian Trade Commission in Australia, Japan and Malaysia and management roles in the travel industry in Japan and Australia.

Outside her work commitments, Glenys is the Deputy Chair of the JCU Townsville Fire team in the Women’s National Basketball League.


Kim Gebers, General Manager - Infrastructure, Port of Townsville

Kim has extensive experience in the planning, operation and development of major infrastructure assets. Appointed to his current role  in 2014, he was previously Chief Executive of the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, managing assets valued at $5 billion, and leading the operational implementation of a $1.3 billion terminal expansion to increase capacity from 56 to 85 million tonnes per annum.

Prior to this Kim held a range of management roles in heavy industry and resources, including power generation, nickel refining and aluminium smelting. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and a Company Directors Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Michael Bancroft, North Queensland Business Manager, Cardno

Michael Bancroft is Cardno's North Queensland Business Manager responsible for the promotional, technical, and financial performance of Cardno’s Townsville & Cairns operations. He is a born and bred North Queensland local and a graduate of James Cook University.

Professionally, Michael is an RPEQ Civil Engineer with 15 years' experience gained across a diverse range of projects for both public and private sector clients. His experience includes all facets of project delivery from inception to completion in addition to more than 10 years managerial experience.



Cathie Norton, Queensland Transport Planning Leader, Arup

Cathie is the Queensland Transport Planning Leader for Arup and an Associate Transport Planner with significant experience of leading transport projects with key state and local governments in Australia and the UK. Cathie is passionate about achieving integrated multi-modal transport policy, planning and design outcomes to influence better planning outcomes for communities.

Since joining Arup in 2016, Cathie has had significant involvement in North and Central Queensland planning projects. With a detailed knowledge of major event planning, she has led the transport planning for the North Queensland Stadium in Townsville including facilitating engagement between stakeholder groups. Prior to her role at Arup, Cathie was the City of Gold Coast’s Project Manager for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Travel Demand Management Program.






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