Cross River Rail: Project Management Insights From An Infrastructure Mega-Project | June Chapter Event

Business Acumen

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Join us on the June 16th to hear from Graeme Newton, CEO of Queensland’s largest infrastructure project – Cross River Rail. This complex project encompasses delivery of 10.2 km of new rail line, 5.9 km of twin tunnels, four new underground stations, two upgraded surface stations, rebuilding six southern suburban stations, three new Gold Coast stations, and the introduction of a new rail signalling system.
With the project’s Year of Tunnelling complete and the focus shift to tunnel build and fitout, Graeme will provide us with an overview of the project’s progress, the project management complexities involved to date, and the challenges still ahead.
You will also hear of the important role innovation and technology have played in the management of the project delivery, including the development and successful use of Digital Twin.
Taking lessons from major projects from around the world, Graeme will speak to the importance of moving beyond collaboration to the development of an ‘integration mindset’ for seamless integration across the many components of this mega project.
This event is a hybrid type event. You can either join us in-person, network with the project management community, or you can join with us remotely via Zoom online!


  • Overview of Cross River Rail project
  • Project management complexities to date and ongoing
  • The role of digital models and technical innovations
  • Our move to an integration mindset

Speaker Introduction


Graeme Newton

CEO | Cross River Rail Delivery Authority


Graeme Newton has 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the infrastructure sector, leading large and complex, high profile, multi-billion dollar projects within the private and public sector. 

His vast experience and industry expertise has seen him awarded both the National Award for Excellence and the QUT Outstanding Alumni Award. Graeme was appointed by the Queensland Premier in 2011 as the first Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. 

Over the years, Graeme has worked in a range of infrastructure leadership roles including as Director-General for the Department of Infrastructure and Planning where he was a key decision maker for Queensland, leading major infrastructure, investments, planning and project delivery. In addition, he was appointed as Coordinator-General under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) and has also worked for Deloitte Australia as Lead Partner for the Queensland Government.  

In his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Cross River Rail Delivery Authority, Graeme is leading the delivery of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project. Cross River Rail will transform South East Queensland’s public transport network, and be the catalyst for up to $20 billion of economic development in and around the station precincts. This role involves extensive engagement with the rail and infrastructure sector, strategic policy advice, and high level commercial negotiations. 

Graeme’s key strengths are in strategy, delivery, transformation and building high performing teams. 



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Event:Chapter Event

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Event Date:16 June 2022

Event Time:17:30 to 20:00

Registration Close Date: 16 June 2022 at 20:00

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Members: $25.00



Cross River Rail Experience Centre

Level 1/151 Elizabeth St
Brisbane City, QLD, 4000

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