In the lead up to next month's Victorian state election, Roads Australia has hosted Victorian Treasurer, Michael O’Brien, and Shadow Treasurer, Tim Pallas, at individual RA industry lunches in Melbourne.
Held at Leonda by the Yarra, each event attracted some 80-plus RA members and guests, and provided an opportunity for audiences to hear firsthand the differences in policies and priorities, especially in regard to major infrastructure planning and development.
(Left) Victorian Treasurer, Michael O'Brien; (below), Shadow Treasurer, Tim Pallas.
Inaugural Road Safety Forum a resounding success
Roads Australia (RA) brought together over 100 industry stakeholders for its first Road Safety Forum, held in Sydney last month.
The event was held in response to a challenge by Secretary of Transport for NSW, Dave Stewart, at an RA Industry luncheon in May this year for our members to help reduce road crash statistics on NSW roads.
The Forum put the spotlight on actions being undertaken by major construction firms to nurture safety; tools and techniques used by NSW Police to influence road user behaviour; and road barrier technology and safety innovation, including the challenges faced by road workers. A presentation on pro-active approaches and a ‘Near Miss’ program was very well received and served to inspire participants to review their own systems.
An interactive session with Dave Stewart and his team from Transport for NSW – Tim Reardon (Deputy Director General – Policy and Regulation) and Marg Prendergast (General Manager of the Centre for Road Safety) – highlighted what industry could do to make a difference.
As a follow-up to the successful Sydney Forum, RA is planning more road safety workshops in other capital cities in coming months.
(From left): Jim Appleby, Downer; Michael Caltabiano, AAPA; and Michael Bushby, Network Reliability Policy Chapter Chair, addressing stakeholders at the Road Safety Forum.