Rounding out 2018 in style

It’s been an exciting time in the events space for the YTP. In November we held two events, including an interactive event with Downer, focusing on innovation, environments and sustainability, and our inaugural End of Year Celebration! These were both new event formats for the YTP, and we were excited to see a fantastic level of involvement from our members.

In mid-November we hosted an event on Environment and Sustainability alongside Downer. Hosted at Downer’s central offices in the Melbourne CBD, over 50 members took the opportunity to attend three interactive workshops followed by a pizza-filled networking dinner.

During the event, members learned about the process behind achieving environmental certification for the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) from Ellese O’Sullivan (Environmental Sustainability Engineer). Ellese’s presentation highlighted the huge amount of effort that goes into manufacturing a rolling stock fleet while remaining environmentally conscious and keeping sustainability front of mind.

A second workshop presented by Ross Brookshaw (Manager Environmental Sustainability) outlined the challenges faced by the team constructing the HCMT maintenance depot in Pakenham East, focusing on the considerations made to accommodate the native flora and fauna of the area. Both of these presentations demonstrated how sustainable practices and the environment influence transport projects, and emphasised the types of considerations young transport professionals will encounter as they progress in this increasingly sustainable industry.

By the end of the year, the first HCMT will be tested and the new HCMT Depot will be completed. It’s anticipated that the first operational HCMTs will roll-out to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019.

The third and final workshop of the evening demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) technology is being used to improve maintenance and training practices in transport. Led by Downer’s Mike Ayling (General Manager Digital Technology and Innovation) and students from Swinburne University, YTP members were able to try out the VR devices and experience how train door maintenance is performed in an interactive digital space.

Special thanks to Vanessa Ramirez and Peter Moschou from Downer for their efforts in organising the event.

Following hot on the heels of our Downer event, the YTP hosted its first ever End of Year Celebration. Held at Platform 28 in the Docklands, more than 80 members got together for a night of networking, socialising and fun! This new event is really what the YTP is all about – connecting young professionals and celebrating our achievements as a key contingent in the transport industry. Thanks for coming down and helping us celebrate the end of the year in style!

Looking forward to the New Year, we’re planning more events for our members than ever before! Our ever-popular barefoot bowls night is back for another year in February, and we have events in the works with Young Engineers Australia, Jacobs and PTV. As always, if you have any feedback on our past events, have suggestions for new events or if there’s anything else you’d like to share, please drop us a line at

More information:

For more information on the HCMT project, visit

For more information on how Downer is taking the same environmentally friendly approach to the road industry, visit