Future Direction of the Construction Industry

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Wednesday, 9 October 2019
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Kirribilli Club
11 Harbourview Crescent , Lavender Bay NSW 2060


Since the Opal Towers evacuation last year, the construction industry has been subjected to harsh public scrutiny.  Earlier in the year, the NSW Government commissioned its own investigation into the crisis, and has more recently appointed a Building Commissioner, David Chandler, to oversee reforms it believes will redress these problems. 

The CIA has invited David Chandler, and Stephen Foster, co-author of the Opal Towers report, together with Hazel Easthope and Warwick Johnson to share their perspective and insights, not just into what happened with Opal Tower, but significantly into what problems currently afflict the industry. Facilitated by NSW Branch Executive Carlo Garofali our panel will explore how poor contracting and design practices have led us into this crisis, their impacts on end users in terms of both serviceability and rectification, and how our industry is being dragged into disrepute as a result. 

Our panel will share what we can learn from an exemplar contractor setting higher standards in quality, and finally ascertain what the proposed NSW Government reforms might mean for the construction industry generally and the concrete industry in particular. Join our panel for what promises to be an enlightening and challenging evening of discussions and debates to help ensure crises like Opal Towers do not occur again.


CIA Members $88.00 CIA Student Members $22.00 Non-Members $110.00 CIA Retired $44.00


David Chandler
NSW Building Commissioner - NSW Government

Stephen Foster
Head of School Civil and Environmental Engineering - University of New South Wales

Warwick Johnson
Regional Executive – Operations - Multiplex Constructions

Hazel Easthope
Associate Professor - University of New South Wales

Carlo Garofali
Consultant | Building, Construction and Infrastructure - Mills Oakley


David Chandler -  NSW Building Commissioner - NSW Government

David Chandler OAM is the NSW Building Commissioner. David has extensive experience across construction in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Stephen Foster Head of School Civil and Environmental Engineering - UNSW
Stephen is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Honorary Member of the CIA, a member Australian Standards Committee BD2, Chairman of sub-committee BD2/1 “Strength and Analysis”BD2/6 “Fibre Reinforced Concrete”, BD2/9 “Geopolymer Concrete” and chaired the BD90.5 working group on “Fibre Reinforced Concrete”.

Hazel Easthope - Associate Professor - UNSW
Hazel Easthope is an Associate Professor at the City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. She holds a prestigious UNSW Scientia Research Fellowship and is the UNSW Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Centre Director. 

Warwick Johnson - Regional Executive – Operations - Multiplex Constructions
With over 30 years’ experience, Warwick oversees the areas of safety, quality, environment and sustainability across the NSW business. He focuses on eliminating high-risk environments, establishing safer sites and ensuring delivery of quality buildings that function as intended and provide ongoing safety, in operational mode.

Carlo Garofali - Consultant | Building, Construction and Infrastructure - Mills Oakley

Carlo is a chartered civil engineer and a construction lawyer. He is a past-president of the Concrete Placers Association and former chair of the Construction Engineering Panel for EA. Carlo is currenty an executive member of the NSW branch committee of the Concrete Institute of Australia.




6.00 pm
Registrations Open
6.25 pm
Welcome and Introduction
6.30 pm
Panel Discussion Commences
8.00 pm
Discussion and Question Time
8.15 pm
Drinks and light refreshments will be served
9.00 pm Close

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