Past Roads Australia News
A good Budget for roads, but funding reform still needed
Australia’s road industry welcomes Tuesday’s Budget commitments to transport infrastructure, along with the decision to hypothecate the revenues from fuel indexation to roads.
Thursday May 15th 2014 2:37pm
Vote for technical specifications that could be standardised
<p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.45599937438965px; text-align: justify">The standardisation and harmonisation of technical specifications to achieve cost savings was recently voted as the nation’s top priority by Roads Australia members and road agency representatives from State and Federal Governments.</span></p><p>Cast your vote and provide feedback on the 2014 technical specifications survey.</p>
Wednesday April 2nd 2014 10:00am
Community should get behind road pricing reforms
Federal and state governments have to put politics aside and show leadership in the debate on road usage charging, says Roads Australia.
Tuesday March 25th 2014 2:46pm
Governments must heed calls for infrastructure pipeline, says RA
Roads Australia has welcomed the Productivity Commission’s draft report on public infrastructure, in particular its recognition of the need for a more visible pipeline of funded projects and improved procurement practices.
Thursday March 13th 2014 4:52pm
RA and road agencies find common ground on better road outcomes
Roads Australia and Australia’s road agencies have agreed to work towards greater standardisation of technical specifications and champion the case for better asset management and road maintenance outcomes.
Wednesday February 26th 2014 1:17pm
Kieran Sharp wins Roads Australia’s Technical Excellence award for 2013
<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 19.453125px">Kieran Sharp’s 37 years of dedication to road research, both nationally and internationally, has been recognised with the Roads Australia Technical Excellence Award for 2013.</span>
Friday December 6th 2013 11:57am
Lauchlan McIntosh recognised as road industry champion
A career-long commitment to road safety, transport reform and better roads has seen Lauchlan McIntosh AM awarded the 2013 John Shaw Medal.
Wednesday June 12th 2013 3:12pm
RA to lead delegation to IRF World Meeting
Roads Australia will be leading an Australian delegation to the 17th IRF World Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 10 to 14.
Monday April 8th 2013 9:30am
States urged to maintain momentum on heavy vehicle reform process
The commencement of operations of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Brisbane this week is a welcome and historic step towards a safer and more efficient road freight industry.
Wednesday January 23rd 2013 6:07pm
Transport Master Plan delivers clear, unified vision
Roads Australia welcomes today’s release of the final version of the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Thursday December 13th 2012 6:01pm
Victorians urged to lead transport funding debate
Roads Australia has welcomed calls for a frank and honest discussion among Victorian transport users about ‘user pays’ charging.
Monday December 10th 2012 3:24pm
WestConnex ticks the boxes, says RA
Roads Australia welcomes the recommendation by Infrastructure NSW to prioritise the WestConnex motorway as Sydney’s next major road infrastructure project.
Wednesday October 3rd 2012 3:04pm
Draft Master Plan rightfully puts user-charging on the agenda
The NSW Government deserves congratulations for delivering a strong, integrated vision for the future of transport in NSW.
Tuesday September 4th 2012 4:19pm
F3-M2 missing link proposal welcomed
Today’s announcement by the NSW Government that it is studying a proposal from Transurban to deliver the F3 to M2 link is an encouraging step on the long road to completing Sydney’s missing links.
Thursday July 19th 2012 2:36pm
Ken Mathers awarded 2012 John Shaw Medal
Linking Melbourne Authority CEO, Ken Mathers, was a worthy and popular recipient of the 2012 John Shaw Medal, presented at the glittering Award dinner held at the Sydney Town Hall on May 30.
Wednesday June 13th 2012 10:15am
National pipeline a welcome resource for industry, says RA
Inspired by Roads Australia’s own Pipeline webpage, the Federal Government has launched its much anticipated National Infrastructure Construction Schedule (NICS) website.
Tuesday May 22nd 2012 9:58am
RA Comment on 2012 Federal Budget
The 2012 Federal Budget underscores the critical juncture we’ve reached on infrastructure planning and funding.
Thursday May 10th 2012 9:15am
Coordinated actions required to beat congestion: Wielinga
Transport for NSW Director-General, Les Wielinga, has spelt out a broad, co-ordinated framework of actions, including measures to moderate demand, he says are necessary to beat Sydney’s congestion woes.
Friday April 20th 2012 3:28pm
Well funded, visible program of works key to keeping skills in road industry, says RA
The dearth of funding and lack of a long-term construction program is exacerbating the skill shortage in the road industry, according to Roads Australia.
Friday March 2nd 2012 12:37pm
RA welcomes Victorian infrastructure priority list
Roads Australia welcomes the inclusion of critical transport infrastructure projects on the Victorian Government’s latest submission to Infrastructure Australia.
Thursday November 17th 2011 6:17pm
Call for nominees for the Roads Australia Award for Technical Excellence
Nominations are now open for the inaugural Roads Australia Award for Technical Excellence.
Friday July 15th 2011 10:36am
Steering the way to greener infrastructure
A landmark Policy Statement released this week affirms the commitment of the International Road Federation (IRF) to the development of environmentally sustainable roads as an investment in the long-term prosperity of both planet and society.
Tuesday January 25th 2011 5:02pm
New national president elected to lead Roads Australia
Australia’s peak road stakeholder group, Roads Australia, has had a change at the helm, with David Stuart-Watt elected President at today’s Annual General Meeting in Sydney.
Wednesday December 1st 2010 5:36pm
Letter to the Editor - The Australian, AFR
Response from RA President, Ray Fisher, to media reports on funding of long-term road projects in NSW.
Thursday June 10th 2010 11:00am
Road industry welcomes future ports strategy
Roads Australia, the peak national body of road industry stakeholders, has welcomed the release of the draft National Ports Strategy.
Friday May 7th 2010 7:01pm
Henry review should be catalyst for new deal on roads
The Henry tax review provides a generational opportunity to wipe the slate clean and come up with a new deal for transport infrastructure funding, planning and management in Australia.
Sunday May 2nd 2010 4:51pm
Member Policy Brief: Road Funding
The upcoming release of the Henry tax review provides a generational opportunity to come up with a new deal for transport infrastructure funding, planning and management, one more attuned to the challenges facing Australia in the 21st century.
Thursday April 29th 2010 2:46pm
Better road sharing is the way to go
Roads Australia says the positive message to come out of today’s announcement on road sharing by Minister Pallas is the recognition that we need to better manage our roads as a limited resource.
Wednesday March 3rd 2010 2:39pm
Letter to the Editor - The Age, Herald Sun
Response from RA Chief Executive, Ian Webb, to the Victorian Government's SmartRoads initiative.
Wednesday March 3rd 2010 1:35pm
Letter to the Editor - SMH
Response from RA Chief Executive, Ian Webb, to the release by the Sydney Morning Herald of its public transport inquiry preliminary findings.
Tuesday February 16th 2010 2:50pm
Road industry calls for 'new deal' on funding
Roads Australia has called for a major shake-up of road and transport infrastructure funding, ahead of the long awaited release of the Henry tax review.
Thursday December 10th 2009 6:58pm
Daley remains committed to M4 East
NSW Roads Minister, Michael Daley, reaffirmed his commitment to the future construction of an M4 East at last month’s Roads Australia Sixth National Roads Summit in Sydney.
Friday August 7th 2009 12:25pm
Max Lay Awarded John Shaw Medal
Dr Max Lay is the 2009 recipient of the Australian road industry’s top award for outstanding achievement, the John Shaw Medal.
Friday August 7th 2009 12:22pm
Qld road spending welcomed
Roads Australia has welcomed the road spending promises announced in this week’s Queensland State Budget.
Thursday June 18th 2009 1:25pm
NSW road spending welcomed
Roads Australia has welcomed the road spending promises announced in yesterday’s NSW State Budget.
Wednesday June 17th 2009 4:06pm
RA seeks co-ordinated, transparent plan for infrastructure delivery
Roads Australia seeks a co-ordinated, ‘open book’ approach to the ongoing planning and roll-out of the major road and rail infrastructure projects announced in tonight’s Budget.
Tuesday May 12th 2009 9:44pm
Government deserves applause for innovative thinking on Peninsula Link funding
Roads Australia has welcomed the Brumby Government’s forward-thinking approach to the funding of the Peninsula Link.
Tuesday March 31st 2009 1:31pm
Latest clearways initiative a good compromise, says roads industry
Today’s announcement by the Brumby Government of standardised afternoon peak clearway times on Melbourne’s key arterial roads represents a good compromise, according to Australia’s national road stakeholder group.
Wednesday March 25th 2009 1:46pm
Stimulus package puts the spotlight on road maintenance task
The road funding elements announced in the Rudd Government’s latest economic stimulus package are a welcome boost to safety and maintenance spending.
Monday February 9th 2009 2:30pm
Call for John Shaw Medal nominees
Nominations are now being accepted for the John Shaw Medal, the Australian road industry’s most prestigious award for individual achievement.
Monday February 2nd 2009 1:15pm
Roads Australia welcomes Victorian Transport Plan
Roads Australia has welcomed the Victorian Government’s commitment to new and improved road infrastructure as part of an integrated solution to urban congestion and future growth demands across the State.
Monday December 8th 2008 2:05pm
Speech by Minister Albanese at RA Launch
Read the full text of Minister Albanese's speech to road industry leaders at the launch of Roads Australia in Sydney on August 20, 2008.
Tuesday September 16th 2008 10:29am
Roads Australia welcomes clearway changes
Roads Australia (RA), the national stakeholder body for roads, has welcomed today’s introduction of the first of the Victorian Government’s planned clearway changes in Melbourne.
Friday August 29th 2008 1:43pm
Roads Australia a welcome partner in road transport debate
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, has welcomed Roads Australia as a new kind of stakeholder body for Australia’s roads.
Friday August 22nd 2008 2:35pm
ARF members invited inside the policy ‘tent’
The ARF is inviting interested member representatives to join its newly formed Policy Chapters on congestion, capacity and sustainability.
Friday June 20th 2008 5:07pm
Managing Roads As a Business: Address by ARF President, Ray Fisher
Text of the opening address by ARF President, Ray Fisher, at the ARF National Roads Summit 2008, Sydney, June 17.
Friday June 20th 2008 4:31pm
Infrastructure investment: Now for the hard part
The ARF welcomes the Federal Government’s twenty billion dollar commitment to the Building Australia Fund.
Wednesday May 14th 2008 3:47pm
ARF looks to the future
The Board of the Australian Road Forum has called an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in Sydney on June 18* to consider a change of name to Roads Australia.
Monday May 12th 2008 12:00pm
Entry open to Global Road Achievement Awards
The International Road Federation (IRF) is current accepting entries for the 2008 Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA). Entries close on May 30.
Wednesday April 9th 2008 10:29am
Infrastructure Australia needs to smooth out bumps in the road
The Federal Government’s new Infrastructure Australia body needs to address the uneven flow of projects in the national infrastructure pipeline as one of its first priorities, according to the ARF.
Wednesday February 27th 2008 2:36pm
ARF invited to nominate representatives to IA Council
The ARF has put forward two nominees for the Federal Government’s new Infrastructure Australia Council.
Monday February 18th 2008 10:03am
Call for John Shaw Medal nominees
Nominations are now being called for the 2008 John Shaw Medal, recognising an outstanding contribution by an individual to Australia's road transport sector.
Monday January 14th 2008 8:04am
Less talk, more action says Leighton chief
Leighton Holdings Chief Executive, Wal King, has told 200 senior road executives at ARF's annual luncheon that state and federal governments need to stop talking and start delivering major infrastructure projects such as roads.
Monday December 17th 2007 10:37am
ARF Skills Survey points to need for longer-term road planning and funding cycles
A survey of ARF members on the current skills crisis in the Australian road industry has underlined the importance of governments providing longer-term planning and funding programs.
Wednesday December 5th 2007 10:36am
Road industry calls for longer-term planning to overcome skills shortage
A survey of ARF members on the skills crisis has underlined the importance of the incoming Federal Government working with the states to provide longer-term road planning and funding pipelines and making use of innovative project delivery methods.
Tuesday November 20th 2007 2:39pm
Deadline extended for IRF Road Safety Award
The International Road Federation (IRF) has extended the deadline for submissions for the 2007 Road Safety Award to December 14.
Tuesday November 6th 2007 12:05pm
Award puts ARF on the world stage
The Australian Road Forum has received international recognition with the presentation of its IRF Global Road Achievement Award in the United States.
Tuesday November 6th 2007 11:39am
Federal Election an opportunity to renew focus on roads
ARF has renewed its call for a unified approach to road planning, management and funding across all levels of government ahead of next month's Federal election.
Wednesday October 17th 2007 9:58am
ARF welcomes additional engineering uni places
The Australian Road Forum has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to fund an additional 560 university placements for engineering students.
Wednesday September 19th 2007 2:27pm
Entries sought for international Road Safety Award
The International Road Federation is seeking submissions for the 2007 Road Safety Award by October 15.
Wednesday September 12th 2007 10:20am
ARF welcomes ConnectEast and AAPA onboard
ConnectEast and the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) are the latest organisations to join ARF’s growing membership of road industry stakeholders.
Monday August 13th 2007 11:41am
ARF Wins IRF Global Road Achievement Award
The Australian Road Forum has won a prestigious International Road Federation (IRF) Global Road Achievement Award for 2007. The Award recognises the significant success ARF has had in strategically reforming and rebuilding its membership.
Sunday July 29th 2007 10:06pm
Dr Ken Michael awarded John Shaw Medal for 2007
His Excellency Dr Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia, has been announced as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious John Shaw Medal for services to the Australian road industry.
Thursday June 21st 2007 11:53am
ARF seeking nominees for IRF Fellowship
The ARF is seeking nominees from within its membership for a 2008 International Road Federation (IRF) Fellowship.
Wednesday June 6th 2007 9:04am
Auslink funding welcome, now lets take the commitment to a higher level
The Australian Road Forum welcomes the AusLink 2 package of land transport funding announced in tonight’s Federal Budget.
Tuesday May 8th 2007 9:33pm
ARF to participate at World Road Congress
ARF is looking for members to join the Australian delegation to the World Road Congress in Paris from 17 to 21 September this year.
Wednesday April 11th 2007 10:42am
Members’ survey gives ARF the thumbs up
A comprehensive survey of ARF’s membership has found that the organisation is on track with its focus and delivery of services.
Friday March 23rd 2007 11:46am
SEITA hosts visit by ARF Board
ARF Board members were given a spectacular view of Melbourne’s EastLink tollway project last week.
Tuesday March 13th 2007 7:31am
ARF Congratulates new VicRoads CEO
The ARF congratulates Gary Liddle on his appointment as the new CEO of VicRoads.
Friday March 9th 2007 11:05am
Can you help us update our IRF Fellowship records?
The ARF is seeking assistance in updating its database of Australian IRF Fellowship recipients.
Monday February 26th 2007 11:31am
Queensland engineer recipient of 2007 IRF Fellowship
ARF nominee Gavin Soward has won a prestigious International Road Federation (IRF) Fellowship for 2007.
Friday February 9th 2007 2:27pm
IRF seeks entries in international road awards
The International Road Federation (IRF) is currently seeking nominations for the 2007 Global Road Achievement Awards.
Thursday February 8th 2007 1:53pm
2007 Member's Survey: Have Your Say
ARF members are urged to complete and return the 2007 ARF Member Survey that was emailed to them at the weekend.
Wednesday February 7th 2007 4:59pm
New Media Director for ARF
Mark Bowmer has been appointed to the role of Media Director with the ARF.
Wednesday February 7th 2007 4:56pm
ARF closing in on half century of members
The Victorian Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (DIIRD) has recently joined the Australian Road Forum as its 49th member.
Wednesday February 7th 2007 4:50pm
ARF nominates Queensland Main Roads Engineer for IRF Fellowship
ARF has nominated Mr Gavin Soward for the IRF Fellowship for 2007.
Wednesday January 31st 2007 10:08pm
ARF Board re-elected
ARF Annual General Meeting elected 2006 members.
Wednesday January 31st 2007 11:09am
2007 John Shaw Medal - Call for Nominations
The John Shaw Road Transport Medal is awarded by the Australian Road Forum for meritorious contribution to Road Transport in Australia. Nominations are now open for the medal to be presented in 2007.
Wednesday January 31st 2007 11:02am