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Transurban & RMS outline unsolicited proposals process

RA members and guests were privy to an exclusive briefing on lessons learned through the NorthConnex unsolicited proposal process at a special lunch in Sydney with guest speakers Andrew Head, Group General Manager NSW, Transurban and Ken Kanofski, Chief Operating Officer, NSW Roads and Maritime Services.

The briefing took guests through the entire process from concept development and submitting the proposal; confirming the D&C price; passing the uniqueness test; developing commercials (funding and financing); Federal Government contribution; concurrent planning approval; and eventually achieving financial close. The presentation was especially timely in light of future stages of WestConnex and the keen interest in market led proposals across the country. 

This event was kindly sponsored by Hyder Consulting.

Photographs from the lunch can be viewed / downloaded HERE.

The Victorian Treasurer heads north

The Treasurer of Victoria, the Hon Tim Pallas MP, was the guest speaker at a special RA single table luncheon at the RACA in Sydney. The Treasurer spoke about the need to provide a coherent and transparent infrastructure delivery program in Victoria and the inherent benefits to the state brought on by market led proposals. He discussed his desire to encourage innovation, to engage more closely with the private sector and to standardise and simplify bid protocols.

The lunch was kindly sponsored by Evolution Road Maintenance.

Photographs from the event can be viewed / downloaded HERE

IRF-RA Regional Conference, Sydney

The International Road Federation (IRF) – Roads Australia (RA) Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia, recently held in Sydney, focussed attention on the advancement of major initiatives and thought leadership within the national and international road sector.

Under the theme of road safety and innovating for the future, the joint regional conference affirmed Roads Australia’s and the IRF's commitment to the goals of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action for Road Safety - to stabilise and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by increasing activities conducted at national, regional and global levels. Both the IRF and RA pledged to work through their respective policy arms to advance these goals at industry and government levels.

The conference also reaffirmed our organisations’ respective commitments to working with stakeholders to facilitate and support the adoption of best-practice in ITS and the implementation of technology to facilitate better outcomes for road users and communities worldwide. A number of innovative case studies highlighted the significant growth of ITS in improving global road network operations. From a funding and financing perspective, we support the trialling of road usage charging where suitable and applicable, particularly in an Australian context. The industry will continue to work with all stakeholders to promote sensible debate and further investigations in this area which is gaining traction worldwide.

The IRF and RA called upon leaders from various countries to support the move to place the issue of road safety on a higher pedestal in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, which will be finalised in September 2015.  It was urged upon the leadership to assist in the propagation of this important and critical issue far and wide, so it garners a large number of votes and is included in the SDGs.

The conference, which was the largest of its type to be held in the Asia-Pacific region, welcomed 90+ speakers and 350+ delegates and dignitaries from more than a dozen countries including Brunei; Canada; China; France; Greece; India; the Netherlands; New Zealand; the Philippines; South Africa; Switzerland; USA; UK; Vietnam; and Zambia.

Presentations from the conference can be viewed and downloaded HERE

Photographs can be viewed and downloaded HERE

Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Single Table Luncheon with Scott Stewart (Brisbane)

BY INVITATION  Join us around the RA single table for an intimate briefing with Brisbane Infrastructure Divisional Manager, Scott Stewart.  

Proudly sponsored by Hyder Consulting

Phone for Last Seats or Changes Tuesday July 14 2015
12:00 till 14:30

POLICY National Road Barrier Safety and Accreditation Workshop

Road barrier safety and accreditation continues to remain an issue for both public and private sectors. A sector scheme has been identified as a potential solution, however, more work is required to address issues/concerns within industry. This session seeks to better understand the practicalities.

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This RA event is brought to you with the support of Roads and Maritime Services.

Register Now Tuesday July 21 2015
09:00 till 14:00

RA Forum (Perth)


For the first time, Roads Australia will be holding a one-day Forum in Perth on Wednesday 22nd July.

Join the State’s road and infrastructure leaders at this outstanding industry networking and information sharing event. The lunchtime speaker will be Mr Steve Troughton, Managing Director, Main Roads WA.

Proudly Sponsored by Jacobs

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Register Now Wednesday July 22 2015
08:30 till 15:30

Policy Workshop and Industry Luncheon with Peter Chandler (Darwin)


Roads Australia is pleased to host a special policy workshop and industry lunch in Darwin on Tuesday 28th July from 10:30am to 2:30pm.

The industry lunch guest speaker will the Hon. Peter Chandler MLA, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure. RA members and guests will have the opportunity to hear about the Northern Territory Government’s program priorities for the infrastructure sector and gain the Minister’s personal perspective on the role of government and the private sector in addressing the Territory’s current and future road transport challenges.

Directly preceding the lunch, there will be an interactive policy workshop led by Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Chief Executive, Department of Transport, Northern Territory. Clare will outline the Developing Northern Australia white paper, focussing on opportunities for transport in the Territory. This will be followed by a facilitated discussion.

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Register Now Tuesday July 28 2015
12:00 till 14:30

RA Luncheon with Luke Donnellan (Melbourne)


Please join us as we welcome the Hon. Luke Donnellan MP – Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports as the guest speaker at a Roads Australia industry lunch in Melbourne on Wednesday 12th August.

In his first appearance at a Roads Australia event, the Minister will outline the State Government’s priorities for road infrastructure planning and delivery in Victoria.

Proudly sponsored by Advisian

Register Now Wednesday August 12 2015
12:00 till 14:30

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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.

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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.