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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - Regional and rural road safety

19/08/2020 16:00 to 19/08/2020 17:00

Venue: via Zoom

Join us for the second in a series of webinars focusing on regional roads, and in support of Rural Road Safety Month.

Despite making up only 17 per cent of the nation’s population, deaths on regional roads account for two in every three of the lives lost nationally. Last month’s webinar focused on low-cost, high-gain infrastructure treatments to improve road safety and this month we continue the discussion. Join us to hear from:

  • Russell White, CEO, Australian Road Safety Foundation (ARSF) presenting on Rural Road Safety Month - a national awareness campaign targeting regional and rural road safety - and their initiatives in this space.
  • Rob McInerney, CEO, International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) presenting on the Global Road Safety performance targets and investment priorities in regional and rural towns and highways.
  • Catherine Vick, Team Leader Highways and Principal Transport Engineer, AECOM presenting on the importance of road design and the factors that should be addressed in the design process.
The session will be moderated by Tara McCarthy, Safety Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Deputy Secretary, Safety, Environment and Regulation, Transport for NSW.
 We will also be keen to hear the views of our webinar participants, so an interactive Q&A session will follow the panel discussion.


 Date:    Wednesday 19 August

Time:     4-5pm AEST

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest


RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings



View Russell White's presentation here

View Rob McInerney's presentation here

View Catherine Vick's presentation here

Download RA Policy Insights - Regional and Rural Road Safety Webinar August 2020



Russell White, CEO, Australian Road Safety Foundation

Russell’s experience in the road safety field is unique. His career spans more than 29 years and encompasses expertise across a broad range of road safety matters. He is widely regarded as one of Australia’s leading road safety advocates and media commentators, with regular appearances on programs such as Sunrise, The Today Show and The Project.

The driving force behind his commitment to reducing road trauma is based around three key factors: Advocacy, Research and Education.

Russell is the Managing Director of Driver Safety Australia. In addition, he is also the Founder and CEO of the Australian Road Safety Foundation. The Foundation operates national community-based road safety campaigns – ‘Fatality Free Friday’ and ‘Rural Road Safety Month’.

The foundation’s latest initiative is RoadSet, an interactive road safety education program for year 9 students.

Russell’s vision, innovation and long-term experience makes him a “one of a kind” in the road safety industry.

Rob McInerney, CEO, International Road Assessment Program

Rob McInerney is the Chief Executive Officer for the international Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), a registered charity with the vision for a world free of high-risk roads.  With RAP projects and programmes now active in over 100 countries worldwide, Rob works closely with key development bank, political and technical leaders from each country to build local capacity and deliver large scale and long term road safety benefits through the provision of safer road infrastructure as part of their own RAP programmes.

Rob was awarded the IRF Global Road Safety Award in 2017, Fellowship of the Australasian College of Road Safety in 2015 and received the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award in 2014 in recognition of the work of iRAP globally.

Catherine Vick, Team Leader Highways and Principal Transport Engineer, AECOM

Catherine has extensive experience in transport and traffic engineering, network operation, project management and administration of engineering projects. Catherine is the Team Leader of the Highways team in Melbourne and also a Principal Transport Engineer.

With over 14 years’ experience in consultancy and road authorities both in Australia and internationally, she possesses a keen understanding of client needs. Her project work has enabled her to develop specialist skills in the areas of project management, network operation, traffic impact assessments, road safety audits, transport planning, parking and road design, road safety, traffic modelling using SIDRA, design using AutoCAD, traffic capacity analysis, road geometry, road marking layouts and major intersection improvement schemes.

TaraMcCarthy, Safety Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Deputy Secretary, Safety, Environment and Regulation, Transport for NSW

Tara McCarthy is the Deputy Secretary Safety, Environment and Regulation with Transport for NSW. She is responsible for leading a unified transport cluster approach and response to safety, environment, asset management and regulation.

Tara’s division plays a vital role in underpinning Transport for NSW’s Future Transport 2056 strategy to deliver globally-recognised, safe and sustainable outcomes for the people of NSW.

Tara has worked across government, not for profit and commercial sectors. She was formerly Executive Director in Point to Point Transport, successfully leading the establishment of the new regulator.

More recently, she was Chief Executive of Local Government NSW where she brought together all local government, supporting and advocating for them so they could continue to meet the needs of local communities.

She has extensive operational and strategic leadership experience, from leading programs totalling billions in Transport to being the Deputy Commissioner of the NSW SES. Tara commenced her career as a Paramedic.