Passenger Rail

Governments, operators, suppliers represented at ARA Light Rail 2019

Melbourne Tram

Key executives and senior management representatives from state governments, light rail operators and the design, manufacturing and supply sectors are all represented on the recently-released agenda for the Australasian Railway Association’s Light Rail 2019 conference in Melbourne.

The peak industry body’s Light Rail conference will be held at Crown Melbourne on March 4 and 5, 2019, the annual event’s first visit to Melbourne since 2016.

The two-day event will include a conference dinner on March 4, and a site tour of Bombardier’s Rail Vehicles Production Site at Dandenong on March 5.

Conference speakers include representatives from light rail operators and project teams in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Parramatta and Auckland.

Speakers, panellists and chairs include:

  • Melissa Horne, Victorian Minister for Public Transport
  • Jesse Baker, Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board
  • Jean-Francois Blanc, Alstom
  • Brian Brennan, Transdev Australasia
  • Danny Broad, Australasian Railway Association
  • Paul Brown, Bombardier Transportation Australia
  • Anna Chau, Infrastructure Australia
  • Belinda Coleman, Aurecon
  • Tony Crosby, 4Tel
  • Matt Diemer, Public Transport Research Group, Monash University
  • Andrew Fletcher, Keolis Downer Hunter
  • Naomi Frauenfelder, TrackSAFE Foundation
  • Nicholas Gindt, Yarra Trams (Keolis Downer)
  • Loulou Hammad, Bombardier Transportation Australia
  • Dr Jademond Kiang, SNC Lavalin
  • Gary Lomas, Downer
  • Phil Mumford, GoldlinQ
  • A/Prof Anjum Naweed, Central Queensland University
  • An Nguyen, Department of Treasury and Finance, Victoria
  • Marg Prendergast, Transport for NSW
  • Marcus Sainsbury, Transport Canberra Light Rail
  • Steve Sammartino, Futurist and Business Technologist
  • Emma Thomas, ACT Government
  • Emilie van de Graaff, Yarra Trams
  • Jeroen Weimar, Public Transport Victoria

For more information on Light Rail 2019, visit