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RA sets its 2015 policy agenda

Each year, Roads Australia (RA) sets its major policy agenda based on a series of consultative workshops and meetings.

The first of these is the annual Board Strategy Workshop, which was held this year in Sydney in late January. This Workshop was attended by the heads of Australia’s road agencies, representatives from the Federal Government and RA Board members.

At that Workshop, key policy areas were identified and prioritised. Those policies were then discussed at length at the annual CEOs Industry meeting which was hosted by Queensland Transport and Main Roads (QTMR) in mid-February. The workshop was attended by the chief executives of RA’s major member organisations and road agency heads.

These policies will now be ratified by the RA Board, establishing the strategic direction of the organisation for the coming 12 months.  Policy priorities will be rolled out throughout the year via policy meetings, workshops, forums, discussion papers and the 2015 IRF-RA Regional Conference in May, 2015 


NSW Treasurer commits to infrastructure delivery

In the lead up to the New South Wales state election, Roads Australia members and guests had the opportunity to hear about the NSW Government’s program and plans for transport infrastructure at an industry lunch with NSW Treasurer and Minister for industrial Relations, the Hon. Andrew Constance MP.

The Treasurer discussed the NSW Government’s commitment to funding and delivering major road transport infrastructure and acknowledged the importance of "getting on with the job." He also provided his perspective on the significant role of the private sector in meeting future infrastructure challenges.

Please see our PHOTO GALLERY for photos from the event.
This event was kindly sponsored by Cardno, a new Roads Australia patron for 2015.

 

Steve Troughton lunch in Perth

Roads Australia recently held a single table luncheon in Perth with guest speaker, Steve Troughton, Managing Director of Main Roads WA. 

The event, attended by a select number of RA members and invited guests was both informative and enjoyable. Steve spoke candidly about future projects, getting Main Roads WA ready for change, and set out what his department’s key priorities were.  He challenged guests in attendance to take action “if you want change, you have to make it happen.”

Please see our PHOTO GALLERY for photos from the event.

Thank you to Hyder for its kind sponsorship of this lunch and for once again being a Roads Australia patron in 2015. 

Our next Perth event is an industry luncheon with Reece Waldock on Friday 20th March. Please see details HERE.

 

The 2015 RA events season kicks off

The first event of the 2015 Roads Australia events season was held
on the 29th January. 

Following the first day of our annual Board Strategy Workshop, the Board dinner, at the new Langham Sydney, was attended by some 60 CEOs and senior management of RA’s member organisations. 

The guest speaker was the NSW Minister for Roads and Freight, Duncan Gay, who spoke of the importance of sending a clear message to communities across the country about the benefits of infrastructure planning.

The event was kindly sponsored by Coffey.

 

  

  

 

 

 

Upcoming Roads Australia events

Contracting opportunities for road projects in Papua New Guinea (Bris)

The Roads Australia Capacity Chapter invites you to register for a complimentary workshop exploring contracting opportunities for road projects in Papua New Guinea. 

At the workshop, road contractors and consultants will hear from Papua New Guinea government officials and donors who will discuss upcoming contracting opportunities in an effort to encourage industry to bid for road projects in PNG.

SOLD OUT Thursday March 12 2015
09:00 till 14:00

Industry Luncheon with Peter Duncan (Syd)

 Roads Australia is pleased to announce that Mr Peter Duncan AM, Chief Executive of NSW Roads & Maritime Services will be the guest speaker at an Industry Lunch on Thursday 12 March in Sydney. Part of the 2015 Hyder Series

CLICK HERE for more information

Register Now Thursday March 12 2015
12:00 till 14:30

Industry Luncheon with John Merritt (Melbourne)

NEW EVENT - Book Now  Melbourne’s first Roads Australia industry lunch for 2015 will be held on Friday 13 March with guest speaker John Merritt, Chief Executive of VicRoads.

In this period of change and some uncertainty in the state’s road infrastructure planning, this is the ideal opportunity for RA members and guests to gain insight into VicRoad’s challenges and priorities for the year ahead, including major projects and safety initiatives. Part of the 2015 Hyder Consulting Series

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Register Now Friday March 13 2015
12:00 till 14:30

Industry Meeting on Capacity, Capability and Procurement with Shane Gregory and Minister Hidding (Hobart)

BY INVITATION  - Together, Roads Australia and the Department of State Growth are hosting an industry meeting in Hobart with Tasmania's  Minister for Infrastructure, the Hon. Rene Hidding MP and Secretary of the Department of Treasury and Finance, Mr Tony Ferrall.

The meeting welcomes Shane Gregory, General Manager, Transport Infrastructure Services at the Department of State Growth to discuss Tasmania's capacity and capability to sustainably manage the local road network into the future. Local leading contractors and consultants will discuss industry's outlook over the next 5-10 years and procurement strategies to help support industry during this time. 

SOLD OUT Friday March 13 2015
09:45 till 14:00

RA Single Table Luncheon with Geoff Fogarty/Jeff McCarthy (Sydney)

  BY INVITATION - Roads Australia will be holding an intimate luncheon with guest speakers Geoff Fogarty, the current Director of Infrastructure Development with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), and Jeff McCarthy, formerly the Executive General Manager for Westlink M7 and now, Geoff’s successor when he retires in April this year. Part of the 2015 Coffey Series

SOLD OUT Wednesday March 18 2015
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Tony Marshall (Perth)

BY INVITATION Roads Australia will be holding an intimate luncheon with guest speaker Tony Marshall, Global Highways Business Leader - Arup.  Tony is visiting Australia for one week only, to present on 'The Future of Highways.'  From electric cars to fully-automated navigation systems and driverless cars, this will be a unique opportunity for Roads Australia members and invited guests to hear from an internationally renowned expert in the field of global highways.   Proudly sponsored by Arup

Register Now Thursday March 19 2015
12:00 till 14:30

Industry Luncheon with Reece Waldock (Perth)

 NEW EVENT - Book Now  

Join Mr Reece Waldock, head of Western Australia’s three transport portfolio agencies at the first Roads Australia Industry event in Perth for 2015.

Reece will outline the strategic direction of transport for the state, and provide details of WA’s integrated infrastructure platform and innovative capital projects, shining a light of what lies ahead for this year and beyond. Part of the 2015 Advisian Series

Click here for more information

Register Now Friday March 20 2015
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Tony Marshall (Melbourne)

BY INVITATION Roads Australia will be holding an intimate luncheon with guest speaker Tony Marshall, Global Highways Business Leader - Arup.  Tony is visiting Australia for one week only, to present on 'The Future of Highways.'  From electric cars to fully-automated navigation systems and driverless cars, this will be a unique opportunity for Roads Australia members and invited guests to hear from an internationally renowned expert in the field of global highways.   Proudly sponsored by Arup

Register Now Tuesday March 24 2015
12:00 till 14:30

TRB AFB20(2) Roadside Safety Design Committee on International Research Activities Meeting (Melbourne)

The Roads Australia Network Reliability Chapter is pleased to announce that the TRB AFB20((2) Roadside Safety Design International Research Subcommittee will be holding its first meeting in Australia on Thursday 26 March 2015 in Melbourne.  Reservations are limited to the first 100 registrants. 

CLICK HERE for more information

Register Now Thursday March 26 2015
09:00 till 18:00

2015 IRF/RA Regional Conference and John Shaw Award Dinner (Syd)

2 Weeks Left on EARLY BIRD REGISTRATIONS for the CONFERENCE 

The IRF – RA Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia will take place in Sydney between May 4 and 6 2015, coinciding with the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week.

Road safety, innovation and value-for-money procurement and delivery of infrastructure are the key themes of the Conference.

2015 John Shaw Gala Dinner - BOOK YOUR TABLES NOW

CLICK HERE for more information

Register Now Monday May 4 2015
08:30 till 15:00

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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.