Ports typically handle around 90 per cent of global trade, however in Australia, that figure reaches 98 per cent. Australia is dependent on shipping for international trade, domestic (coastal) freight movements and more recently international tourism. There are approximately 70 ports in Australia, all of which are key international trade and tourism gateways that underpin the economic performance of their state and territory and ensure its resilience to mitigate the risks of downturns and shortages in the global economy.
Michael Schaumburg, EA Technical Advisor Ports will be joined in a panel discussion by Margie Barbouttis, Policy and Operations Director at Ports Australia and Rob Nave, Chief Engineer at Port of Brisbane. The panel will analyse the findings and discuss the way forward for the sector to ensure it meets the current and future demands for Australia.
Key takeaways and learnings for the audience include:
- Findings and recommendations as outlined in the DP
- Industry experts’ view on maritime transport infrastructure and services today and in the future
- Port owner / operator (Port of Brisbane speaker) view on maritime transport infrastructure and services
- Overview of Ports /Maritime industry and policies from Ports Australia speaker
Margaret (Margie) Barbouttis
Margaret holds an ever keen interest in sustainability, logistics and insurance; and welcomes any opportunity to discuss these subjects. In her current role, Margaret manages policy and industry guidelines development at Ports Australia, with organisational foci at present being on climate change, critical infrastructure, and digital twins. She also manages Ports Australia's port communities of practice which examine aspects from logistics, to operations, to engineering and asset management to sustainability, environment and planning and more. Her background is in policy and project development for government health agencies, and holds a Master of Strategic Supply Chain Management.
Robert joined the port in 1993 and has held various roles within engineering and finance, making significant contributions to the development of the Port's infrastructure, including the planning and delivery of the capital works program such as the reclamation and improvement of land, new port infrastructure and other developments; environmental compliance and other programs; the planning for and maintenance of port infrastructure; as well as the Port’s procurement and Geographical Information System functions. He became General Manager Infrastructure in 2014 and now as Chief Engineer is responsible for strategic planning of landside and waterside infrastructure. Robert holds a Bachelor of Engineering - Civil (Second Class A Honours), Master of Commerce (Applied Finance) and is a Harvard Business School Alumni (General Management Program).
Michael is a Chief Executive and Project Director with three decades of varied experience in infrastructure, resources and industry development. Michael has an accomplished track record of growing organisations to deliver significant increases in shareholder value and advancing complex major projects. Michael's experience includes all facets of successful company administration and the various stages of project delivery life-cycle including planning and approvals, concept, feasibility, design, procurement, construction, operations and maintenance and assurance reviews.
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