Bridge Ahoy! presented a number of speakers specialist in their respective fields of engineering and architecture.  The intention was to give a range of perspectives and ‘readings’ on the various bridges examined, and included:

Craig Burton
Craig Burton lives and works in Pittwater NSW and is director of CABCONSULTING PTY LTD.  He practises as an architect, landscape architect, horticulturalist, fine arts historian, heritage consultant and environmental studies.  He has been involved with environmental heritage issues, particularly in the areas of architecture, cultural landscape identification and assessment since 1982.  He holds an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Western Australia and has been involved in education since 1979.

He is equally experienced as an architectural, landscape and urban designer having undertaken a wide range of design projects and always strives for design excellence through the integration of different disciplines and particularly the interpretation of heritage values and understanding place with contemporary design.

Gareth Collins
Gareth is the Principal Manager Centre for Urban Design at Roads and Maritime Services and is the co-author of ‘Beyond the Pavement’ recipient of the 2010 Australia Award for Urban Design and ‘Bridge Aesthetics’.  He studied Landscape Architecture and Urban Design at Edinburgh University and has been involved in road and bridge projects in the UK and Australia since the early 1990s. In his role Gareth and his team are involved in all significant road and maritime projects around the state including pedestrian bridge projects such as the Anzac Parade pedestrian bridge and the Nepean River Green Bridge and road bridges including Karuah Bridge, the new Iron Cove Bridge, the Sea Cliff bridge, a new crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton and the recent strengthening project on the Anzac Bridge.  He convenes the RMS Bridge Urban Design Panel with the Government Architect and has an ongoing design advisory role in the management of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Ross de la Motte
Ross is an architect, landscape architect and urban designer with 35 years experience in major urban renewal, urban transportation and city building projects.  Ross is a Principal of the international design practice, HASSELL, where he is Head of Urban Transport.  His major works include Homebush Bay Rail Link and Olympic Park Station, Parramatta Transport Interchange, Singapore Circle Line 870C, Perth MetroRail, Cross City Tunnel, South West Rail Link and the multi-award winning Epping to Chatswood Rail Link.  He is currently leading the architecture and urban design of the North West Rail Link for the North West Rapid Transport Consortium.

Ross is particularly concerned with the creation of beautiful, sustainable places for people, which enrich cities, accommodate growth and enhance the prosperity, health and enjoyment of the community.

Bruce Judd
Bruce Judd has worked across the Public and Private sectors.  His career highlights include:
Twenty-six years with the RTA, including: bridge design and construction supervision of numerous structures e.g. Mooney Mooney Creek Bridge; Superintendent of Anzac Bridge and Project Manager Sydney Harbour Tunnel

Over a period of two-years with Transfield Construction, and 13 years with Baulderstone Hornibrook, his work included;
• Feasibility and cost estimation for the Airport Rail to Mascot
• Project Director tendering for the Eastern Distributor and City Link (Melbourne)
• Troubleshooting e.g. devising and implementing solution for rectification of Third Runway Sea Walls, and Water Treatment plants on the Murray River.

Bruce has been an Adjunct Professor at Sydney University, and was Chairman of the Australian Infrastructure Development – Transport Committee.  He has presented various technical papers, including Very Fast Trains and is currently Chairman Engineers Australia Excellence Awards for Project Management and a Director of Australian Infrastructure Consultants Pty Ltd.

Dr Hari Kishan
During his 33 years with the RTA, Structural Engineer and Project Manager, Dr Hari Kishan was involved in the design of a number of bridges including the very tall concrete piers for bridges on the South Western Freeway, supervision of the maintenance and operation of bridges in the Sydney Metropolitan area including the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Hari was also responsible for the contract management of the construction of a number of bridgges including the Tom Ugly’s bridge and Ryde Bridges.

Dr Kishan was involved in the project management of motorway projects including the delivery of the Eastern Distributor as a Boot project, the design and development of Lane Cove Tunnel and the Feasiblity Study of the F3 to M2 Motorway.

Since leaving the RTA, Hari has been a judge for the Excellence Awards,  Engineers  Australia (Project Management Category).  Hari is a keen photographer and also works as a volunteer for the charitable organisation EKAL which provides for the education of tribal and poor children in India.</p>

Peter Mould
Peter Mould was NSW Government Architect from 2006 to 2012.  He has over 40 years experience in Australia and overseas in both the private sector and government.  Peter is currently a member of the City of Sydney Design Advisory Panel, the Victorian Design Review Panel, the South Australian Capital City Design Review Panel, the Sydney Olympic Park Design Review Panel, the Sydney Opera House Eminent Architects Panel, the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council and the Walsh Bay Arts Precinct Committee.  He also sits on design juries for competitions and projects in Australia and New Zealand.

He has served on NSW Heritage Council and chaired its Approvals Committee, the Central Sydney Planning Committee and was Deputy President of the NSW Architects Registration Board. His projects have received numerous awards for architecture, urban design and adaptive reuse.  His experience is in the design, documentation and construction of major public architectural and urban design projects.  He writes and lectures on architecture with a particular interest in Islamic Architecture.

Peter worked with the Roads and Traffic Authority to develop aesthetic guidelines for the design of bridges.  Peter is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, former Vice President of the NSW Chapter and was Visiting Professor at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of NSW 2009-2012.

Rob Wheen
Rob Wheen is a Civil Engineering graduate of the University of Sydney.  Following graduation he worked in the Bridge Design Section of the then Department of Main Roads (now RMS).  The bridges that he worked on as a designer included the Roseville Bridge, the Hunter River North Channel, Macquarie River at Dubbo and the Rip Bridge.

In 1969 he joined the academic staff of the University of Sydney.  His 40+ year academic career culminated in his appointment as Head of Civil Engineering in 2000.  He is passionate about bridges and takes a special delight in new concepts, inventions and ideas.


Bridge Ahoy! featured a range of ferry-based curatorial reflections (and recorded performances/artworks) that acted as interpretive juxtaposition and commentary. These were presented/performed as transitional works linking and/or commenting on bridges examined. Curators/performers:

Glenn Barkley
Glenn Barkley is a Sydney based independent curator, arts writer and commentator. He was previously Senior Curator, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, where he led major curatorial projects including Almanac: The Gift of Ann Lewis AO (2009-10), Making it New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art (2009) and Avoiding Myth & Message: Australian artists and the literary world (2009). Glenn Barkley was previously curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection from 1996 to 2007, and was founding co-Director (with Lisa Havilah and Nathan Clark) of Project Contemporary Artspace, Wollongong. In 2007-08 Glenn Barkley was Director of the Ergas Collection based in Sydney and Canberra.

Victoria Harbutt
Victoria Harbutt is a curator/ producer of exhibitions and cultural programs designed to be of interest to a broad range of people and audiences; her work, a form of communal maximalism, often blends visual art, museology, dance, film, music, popular culture, social history and community and interdisciplinary engagement strategies. Her projects include: The Power of Hair, djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (2000); Vinyl House, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2003); Making Sugar: a photosynthetic artifice, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2004); Tracksuits of St Marys, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2007); Class∙Classy∙Classic, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2009); Strictly Samoan, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2008); UV3D: Vernon Treweeke, Carriageworks (2010) NOISE (Co-Curator), Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2013) ; Crowning Glory, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2013). It is proposed that Victoria Harbutt would create a 2hr mixed tape of recorded music (and related commentary).

Anne Loxley
Anne Loxley is a curator and writer who works with contemporary artists both in and outside gallery contexts, in communities and in public spaces. She is Curator, C3West, for Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art and also maintains an active consultancy as a public art curator. Her recent C3West projects include Michel Tuffery’s Transforma (2014) and Ivan and Heather Morison’s Sleepers Awake (2014). She is also public art curator of Sydney’s 5 Martin Place development, with artworks by Josef Albers, Stephen Walker, Imants Tillers and Emily Floyd. A former Sydney Morning Herald art critic (2008-2011), Anne Loxley was previously Director, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2005-2009) and director of the National Trust’s S.H.Ervin Gallery (1990-1993).

Candy Royalle
Candy Royalle is a Sydney based performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. She tackles topics ranging from sexual obsession to social injustice, illuminating the darker areas of the human psyche for her audiences. Few who see her can forget her intensity, her combustible blend of intellect, imagination and heart. It is proposed that Royalle would create a series of poetry ‘mash up’ that include her own writings/interpretive works ‘mashed’ with poetic works from Australian poetry classics e.g. Slessor, Lawson and CJ Dennis.

Jacinta Tobin
Jacinta Tobin is a Darug woman. She is a songwriter, performer, recording artist, teacher and academic. Jacinta has a Masters degree in Social Ecology and has been a member of the World Heritage Indigenous Network since 2002. She has worked in the Aboriginal Community for over 15 years, and in 2009 was given the official honor to be called Aunty or Elder from ‘The Darug Tribal Aboriginal Corporation’. Jacinta has lectured at the University of Western Sydney, and has worked in all levels of education using music and her background as a community worker to educate children and adults about Darug culture and life. Jacinta is a scriptwriter and musical composer for Yarramundi Kids, NITV; the first Indigenous commissioned children’s program. In 2010 Jacinta received the ‘UNSUNG HERO” NAIDOC award. Jacinta has a strong connection and unbroken women’s line to her traditional lands of the Darug people


John Kirkman – Curator
John Kirkman is Executive Director ICE. Prior to this he was Chief Executive Officer Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (2005-2012), previous to this he was Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2001-2005). Previously he was Curator/Manager of djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (1998-2001), and was inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1992-98). John Kirkman has worked as curator and project manager for a range of exhibitions, performance programs and major public art commissions and consultancies, and has coordinated and curated a range of international cultural exchange programs with particular focus on Japan and India.

Jonathan Wilson – Producer
Jonathan Wilson is ICE Producer – sub/Urban Culture (and is a musician, artist and artist manager), and has produced and released albums in Australia, Europe, the USA and Asia. From 2004 to 2010 he owned and ran ‘Speak n Spell’, one of Australia’s largest independent record labels and artist management companies. Jonathan Wilson produced The Pearls of Granville for the 2013 Sydney Architecture Festival and The Calling for the 2014 Sydney Festival.

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