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Vale Bruce Loder, an industry champion

It’s with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bruce Loder on January 7.

Bruce was Commissioner of Main Roads in NSW from 1981 to 1986, and President of the Australian Road Federation (the forerunner of Roads Australia) for 10 years from 1988.

Bruce was in charge of Main Roads when the ground-breaking Sydney Harbour tunnel contract was drawn up and let, and subsequently became a champion for innovative road funding models, including toll roads and PPPs, to help alleviate Sydney’s congestion problems.

He was afforded Life Membership of the then Australian Road Federation in 1998 and until very recently remained an active participant at Roads Australia events.

On behalf of the Board and members of Roads Australia, we pass on our sincere condolences to Bruce’s wife Beryl and his family and many friends.

The family is planning a private funeral.

Pictured: Bruce (right) receives his ARF/RA life membership from former President, Ray Fisher, back in 1998.

RA members turn out in numbers for annual lunches

Above: The magnificent Adelaide Town Hall proved a fitting backdrop for our record-breaking Adelaide annual lunch. 

A record number of RA members and stakeholders have turned out to celebrate the season and look back on the successes of 2015 at our national round of annual lunches.

Over 320 turned out in Melbourne to hear Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan; another 300 in Sydney for Sydney Motorway Corporation Chair, Peter Brecht; 240 in Brisbane for BCC Deputy Mayor, Adrian Schrinner; 170 in Adelaide with Premier Jay Weatherill;160 in Perth to break bread with Main Roads WA Managing Director, Steve Troughton; over 60 joined Premier Will Hodgman and Infrastructure Minister, Rene Hidding, in Hobart; and in Darwin, 45 local industry leaders sat down with Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Peter Chandler.

As always, we're grateful to our annual lunch sponsors for helping us bring these events to fruition - Beca in Sydney; Transurban in Brisbane, GHD in Perth, pitt&sherry in Hobart, BMD Constructions in Darwin; Aurecon in Adelaide and Laing O'Rourke in Melbourne.

Above right:  Victorian Public Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan;  above left: Aurecon MD - Infrastructure, Geoff Linke, makes a point for SA Premier, Jay Weatherill;  below:  Laing O'Rourke staff and guests at the Melbourne lunch.



Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Industry Luncheon with Peter Duncan (Sydney)

NSW Roads and Maritime Services Chief Executive, Peter Duncan, is our first keynote lunch speaker in Sydney for 2016.

Proudly sponsored by Ingal Civil Products

Wednesday February 24 2016
12:00 till 14:30

Austroads/RA Road Asset Metadata Harmonisation Workshop (North Sydney)


The first of our policy workshops for 2016 provides an opportunity for industry feedback on the revised road asset metadata standard currently being developed by Austroads. Proudly supported by Austroads, NSW Roads and Maritime Services, and Opus.
Wednesday March 2 2016
10:00 till 13:00

RA Industry Luncheon with Luke Donnellan (Melbourne)

Our first Melbourne industry lunch of the year sees Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister, Luke Donnellan, return to the RA table.
Thursday March 17 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Mike Stapleton (Brisbane)


Queensland Transport and Main Roads Deputy DG, Mike Stapleton, is our special guest at this single table lunch event for industry leaders.

Tuesday May 31 2016
12:00 till 14:30

2016 RA National Roads Summit and John Shaw Award Dinner (Syd)

All roads lead to a connected future is the theme of this year's Roads Australia National Roads Summit, the industry's premier networking and knowledge sharing event. The glittering John Shaw Award Dinner at the Sydney Town Hall will again be the highlight of Day One. Early-bird registration is now open until March 30.

Monday June 27 2016
08:30 till 15:00

RA Industry Luncheon with Dean Nalder (Perth)

We welcome back WA Transport Minister, Dean Nalder, for this major industry lunch in Perth.
Thursday July 21 2016
12:00 till 14:30

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Delivering for Australia's most important asset

As the peak body of road industry stakeholders, Roads Australia provides a national forum for debate and discussion on how we can best manage, fund, maintain and renew this vital economic asset for the benefit of all Australians.

Membership of Roads Australia is your entree to the most powerful networking experience in the Australian transport and infrastructure sectors. As we like to say, the top people come because the top people come.

Roads Australia has a unique approach to policy. We work from inside the tent, providing regular opportunities for our public and private sector members to come together in our Policy Chapters to drive practical policy outcomes. It's a formula for influencing policy like no other, and it works.

Did you know?

  • Australia's national road network is a $280 billion-plus asset.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.

  • Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although State-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.