Past Roads Australia News

A good Budget for roads, but funding reform still needed Australia&rsquo;s road industry welcomes Tuesday&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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&rsquo;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