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  • Roads industry welcomes Victorian major infrastructure spend Articled last month
    April 27, 2016 - State Government funding for the Metro Tunnel and Western Distributor projects, as well as suburban and outer-suburban road upgrades, will go a long way towards ensuring Melbourne maintains its crown as Australia’s most liveable city.
  • RA President re-elected as IRF Geneva Vice-Chair Articled last month
    Roads Australia President, David Stuart-Watt, was re-elected to his second term as Vice-Chair of the Geneva Board of the International Road Federation at last week's General Assembly in Amsterdam.
  • RA Chapter members provide input into proposed national metadata standard Articled 2 months ago
    March 4, 2016 - Members of Roads Australia's Network Reliability and Capacity chapters have provided valuable feedback and support for Austroads' strategic project to establish a harmonised road asset data standard for Australia and New Zealand.

2016 RA National Roads Summit and John Shaw Dinner set new benchmarks

Above: The John Shaw Award Dinner....the industry's 'night of nights'.

The Roads Australia National Roads Summit and John Shaw Award Dinner has come and gone for 2016, confirming yet again that it is the industry's premier networking and knowledge-sharing event.

This year 250 industry leaders turned out for the Summit in Sydney, while a record 550 gathered at the Sydney Town Hall for the John Shaw Award Dinner.

Summit speakers including Federal Major Projects Minister, Paul Fletcher; former state premiers Nick Greiner and Peter Beattie; international C-ITS expert, Dr Peter Sweatman; California Transportation Commissioner, Jim Madaffer; and road agency leaders Peter Duncan, Stephen Troughton, Peter Todd and Miles Vass provided their expert views on everything from autonomous vehicles and road usage charging to road safety and procurement.

Industry legend, Gordon Ralph, was honoured as the 2016 John Shaw Medallist in recognition of his almost four decades of contribution, including key roles in the delivery of some of Australia’s largest road projects, most notably EastLink, Airport Link and the Eastern Distributor.

Roads Australia Chief Executive, Ian Webb, said the success of the 2016 Summit and Dinner again owed much to the support of RA members and sponsors.

"The tremendous support we receive for this event underlines the collegiate nature of our industry and the importance members place on sharing ideas and learning from each other," Ian said this week.

"I especially want to thank our Gold sponsors - the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS), Advisian, Arcadis Australia Pacific, Opus International Consultants, SMEC Australia - our Silver sponsors - Altus Traffic and D'artagnan Consulting - and our John Shaw Dinner sponsor - Arup.

"We couldn't have done it without them."

Ian was himself recognised at this year's event, with RA President David Stuart-Watt bestowing life membership on him.

Above right: Minister Paul Fletcher opens the Summit on Day One.  Below: Nick Greiner makes a point in the discussion with Peter Beattie and journalist, Peter Thompson.

 

Below:  Gordon Ralph....our industry champion for 2016.

Upcoming Roads Australia events

CEO Industry Meeting

Tuesday May 31 2016
11:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Mike Stapleton (Brisbane)

BY INVITATION

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Deputy DG, Mike Stapleton, is our special guest at this single table lunch event for industry leaders. Part of the 2016 Arcadis Series.

Wednesday June 1 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Dave Thomas (Perth)

BY INVITATION

Major construction of Perth's Forrestfield-Airport Link kicks off later this year. This is a unique opportunity to sit down and discuss its 'ins and outs' with Deputy Project Director, Dave Thomas.  Part of the 2016 Arcadis Series.

Tuesday June 7 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Clare Gardiner-Barnes (Sydney)

BY INVITATION

Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Deputy Secretary, Freight, Strategy and Planning at Transport for NSW, joins us for this exclusive single table event. Part of the 2016 Advisian Series.

Wednesday June 8 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Vin Vassallo (Melbourne)

BY INVITATION

Transurban's Group General Manager for Victoria, Vin Vassallo, joins us at this exclusive single table event. Part of the 2016 Altus Traffic Series.

Tuesday June 14 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Industry Luncheon with Rodd Staples (Sydney)

Rodd Staples is charged with delivering Australia's largest public transport project - Sydney’s new, fully automated rapid transit network, the Sydney Metro. Join us in welcoming Rodd to this significant industry lunch for an update on progress and outline of opportunities and challenges.  Part of the 2016 Arcadis Series.
Friday June 17 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Jon Whelan (Adelaide)

BY INVITATION

General Manager - Infrastructure Delivery at DPTI, Jon Whelan, is our special guest as we bring industry leaders together for this single table lunch in Adelaide. Part of the 2016 Arup Series.

Tuesday June 21 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Forum (Brisbane)

Our one-day Brisbane Forum is our annual 'state of the state' overview of everything that's happening in Queensland transport and roads.  Our lunch speaker is TMR Director-General, Neil Scales.  Book now to secure your seat or corporate table at this not-to-be-missed event, proudly sponsored by SMEC, BMD and Altus Traffic.
Thursday June 23 2016
08:30 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.