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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Corporate Affairs Network (Sydney)

29/04/2021 17:30 to 29/04/2021 19:30

Venue: Cargo Bar


Join Roads Australia on 29 April and hear from industry leaders about why social licence matters as they highlight effective strategies to secure the community’s ‘buy in’ on major projects.

Delivering modern transport infrastructure projects is an increasingly complex undertaking, for a range of reasons that include costs, securing planning and environmental approvals, the need for specialised skills and competition from other sectors for labour.

Perhaps one of the most significant contemporary challenges facing the industry is the need to secure ‘social licence’ for projects. This is an often intangible but nevertheless vital commodity that secures the broader community’s support for a project.

An effective approach to social licence will build widespread recognition of a project’s benefits, creating allies and alleviating the risk of delays or cancellation through formal objections, protests or political pressure.

This special Roads Australia event for corporate affairs, communications and stakeholder relations specialists will explore how this has been achieved on some recent major projects in Sydney.

You’ll hear from some of our industry’s leading practitioners about how they met the challenge – and how their experiences can be used to enhance your own organisation’s approach to building and maintaining social licence.

Plus, you’ll have the chance to connect with like-minded professionals in a relaxed atmosphere and share your own experiences with those working in a similar environment.

*Please note there is a maximum of two attendees per company. 

Date: Thursday 29 April

Time: 5.30pm -7.30pm

Where: Cargo Bar, Upstairs Exclusive 52-60 The Promenade, King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour Sydney



Julie Sundqvist, Acting Director – Eastern Harbour City, Community and Place Branch, Greater Sydney Division TfNSW

Alisa Hitchcock, Communications Director, WestConnex - Transurban

 Alisa Hitchcock is the Communications Director for Transurban overseeing the NSW market, including WestConnex - Australia’s largest road infrastructure project.
Alisa is responsible for managing stakeholder relations, community engagement, media and government relations across project delivery and operations for Transurban’s largest market with 10 road assets and 1 major project currently under construction. With almost 2 decades of experience working on large scale infrastructure and urban renewal projects, including Barangaroo, Lane Cove Tunnel, Epping to Chatswood Rail Line and the National Broadband Network, Alisa is a seasoned communications professional with specialist skills in complex stakeholder management, social license, strategic media and government relations and acting as a company spokesperson to industry and the media.
She has a passion for leading teams of people to deliver projects and initiatives that make a positive contribution to our community and leave a lasting legacy.


This event is proudly sponsored by John Holland 


Bookings are to be confirmed and paid in full 48 hours prior to the event.  Bookings received 48 hours prior to the event cannot be guaranteed unless a confirmation has been received by the Events Director. Cancellations should be notified in writing by email.  Cancellations received prior to one week before the event will receive a full refund less 25%.   No refund will be applicable for cancellations received after one week prior to the event although substitute delegates are welcomed.    

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