Downer industry supply brief webinar

Rail Projects Victoria has appointed Downer to design and build key components of the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades, which will deliver better rail services for passengers in Geelong and in Victoria’s southwest.

On Wednesday 15 April 2020, Downer hosted an online industry supply brief webinar to provide an update on the projects, and outline the construction timeframes and the potential local supplier and job opportunities.

The webinar featured presentations from the Downer project team, Rail Projects Victoria and representatives from G21 Region Opportunities for Work, Industry Capability Network and Supply Chain Sustainability School.

Project overview

Rob Harrison, Downer’s Project Director for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades, provides an overview of the company.

Liam Mills, Acting Project Director for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades with Rail Projects Victoria, provides an overview of the more than $4 billion Regional Rail Revival program, which is upgrading every regional passenger rail line in Victoria and creating jobs and supplier opportunities. It is a joint initiative of the Victorian and Australian governments.


Downer’s Deputy Project Director, Jamie Threader, discusses project timelines and early works plus the design partnership between AECOM and Arcadis.

Downer’s Delivery Manager for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades, Amin Mousavi, details the specific scope of the project, including works required to facilitate construction activities and expected outputs for the project.


Ross Brookshaw, Downer’s Environmental Sustainability Manger, discusses the company’s specific sustainability targets through its consideration of materials being used and installed for the project and how it strives to identify opportunities to innovate.

People and Culture

Josh Milne, Downer’s HR Business Partner for Transport Projects, talks about the company’s commitment to the Victorian Government’s Local Jobs First Policy and about providing employment opportunities to boost the local economy and social growth within the area.

G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW)

Liz Everest from the G21 Region Opportunities for Work (GROW) initiative discusses how businesses can get involved in important local projects like the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades.

Industry Capability Network (ICN)

Andrew Bradley, ICN’s Manager Strategic Projects and Supply Chains, talks about the company’s purpose in relation to the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades and how businesses can register their interest.

Supply Chain Sustainability School

Hayley Jarick, CEO of the Australian Supply Chain Sustainability School, highlights how the school helps to build clever, collaborative and competitive construction and infrastructure sectors through increasing knowledge and competency of social, environmental and economic sustainability.

Commercial and procurement

Andrew Whitwell, Downer’s Commercial Manager for the Geelong and Warrnambool line upgrades, discusses what is critical for delivering the project to timeline and budget.

Jay Miranda, Downer’s Procurement Manger, provides a high-level snapshot of the procurement process for the project, from expressions of interest through to mobilisation.