Next week is among the most significant on our industry's annual calendar, as National Road Safety Week (NRSW) takes place from 16-23 May.
On Tuesday, I was pleased to join the driving force behind NRSW, Peter Frazer, President of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group in meeting with Victoria's Minister for Roads & Road Safety, Hon. Ben Carroll MP, to discuss the Victorian Government's support for NRSW and projects now being rolled out across the state to enhance the safety of the road network.
Road safety was also a key focus in the Federal Budget announced this week, which included over $10 billion in additional investments in transport infrastructure projects nation-wide. View the Policy section in this edition of RA Insider for further details about the Budget and RA's response.
Of course, reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads is about far more than physical infrastructure. As road users, it is up to all of us to take personal responsibility and drive so that others survive. RA is proud to be Principal Partner of NRSW. I encourage you to join with us over the week ahead, Take The Pledge, join in the livestream of the official launch on Sunday evening and check out what's happening in your area to support the week.
RA will also be posting NRSW content on our social media feeds throughout the week - and you can help spread the road safety message simply by hitting 'Like' and 'Share' on RA's LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram posts.
Stay safe and well.
Chief Executive Officer
Pictured (L to R): John Sanford, National Sales Director - Ennis-Flint; Peter Frazer, President - SARAH Group; Hon. Ben Carroll MP - Minister for Roads & Road Safety (VIC); Jeff Doyle, CEO - Altus Traffic; Michael Kilgariff, CEO - Roads Australia
DON'T MISS OUT! 2021 RA Transport Summit
Our extended Early-Bird rate for this year's RA Transport Summit must end on 21 May - so act now to secure your place at this signature industry event!
Before 21 May After 21 May
RA members $1,180 (inc GST) $1,475 (inc GST)
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Emerging Leaders RA members $300 (inc GST)
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The Emerging Leaders Rate is a special rate for those with 10-or-less years' experience, and/or who are under the age of 35.
The Transport Summit is the biggest policy event on RA’s calendar and will bring together international and Australian-based experts to explore the challenges and opportunities that now confront those who design, construct and maintain our integrated transport system.
In addition to insightful policy discussions and thought-provoking presentations, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with your fellow industry professionals and to meet our industry’s next generation of leaders.
You can view the latest Summit program here, and secure your registration today by clicking here.
EOIs Sought for Sustainability Project Expert Panel
RA and the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) are currently working in partnership to develop a report that will showcase best practice in the environmentally sustainable development and operation of transport infrastructure. It is envisaged the Report will provide overarching commentary on current issues, including policy recommendations for next steps.
The scope of the Project will encompass most major transport infrastructure assets, spanning that asset’s lifecycle. Furthermore, the primary focus of the Project will be on reducing emissions, including embodied emissions, operational emissions and enabled emissions, as described in the joint publication between ISCA, the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), and ClimateWorks Australia, Reshaping Infrastructure.
To ensure that the Report’s development is informed by a diversity of perspectives, expressions of interest are now sought from environmental sustainability experts working in the transport or other relevant sector with the capacity to participate on the Project’s Expert Panel.
This Panel will act in a peer review capacity, reviewing key project deliverables and providing feedback and guidance as required. At this stage, it is envisaged that those chosen as members of the Panel will commence their engagement in June 2021 and continue until August 2021.
If you are interested in learning more about the Panel and the selection criteria, please reach out to the Project Manager, Quentin Crombie, noting the closing date to submit expressions of interest will be Friday 21 May 2021.
The Federal Budget delivered on Tuesday evening was further evidence that new transport infrastructure will play a significant role in stimulating economic activity and supporting further reductions in unemployment, as the Government unveiled an additional $10 billion of investment in projects across every state and territory. The projects supported in the Budget will deliver long-term social and economic dividends by targeting unemployment, reducing congestion and improving the safety of our road networks, and enhancing mobility of both people and freight.
The focus on safety is particularly welcome, with the Budget allocating a further $1 billion to road safety upgrades, lifting total investment in the Federal Government's Road Safety Program to $3 billion. There has also been an expansion of support for local road projects, with the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, with a further $1 billion injected into the program and provided to jurisdictions on a 'use it or lose it' basis.
The Budget also contained a welcome focus on supporting skills training (and re-training), including additional STEM scholarships for women which will be provided in partnership with industry. However, as RA has previously noted, this additional support must be targeted effectively, so the that the training opportunities provided are aligned with industry needs, thereby enhancing industry capacity over the long term.
You can learn more about these and other Budget measures of interest to the transport infrastructure sector in RA's Budget Brief (which was emailed on Budget night), as well as our media release.
National Road Safety Week will have its official launch in Adelaide this Sunday - and throughout the week of 16-23 May, RA will be sharing content online relevant to each of the daily themes. Of particular note is the 'Move Over - Slow Down' theme for Wednesday 19 May, which specifically addresses the need to protect those for whom our roads are also a workplace - including those involved in the construction and maintenance of our road network.
Remember, if you have plans and/or activities that you would like RA to share on its social media channels during National Road Safety Week, please get in touch with Simon Morgan, RA Director - Corporate Affairs.
RA members wishing to provide feedback for consideration in the development of RA policy submissions should contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy.
McConnell Dowell has announced the appointment of Dr James Glastonbury as Executive General Manager Engineering, Technology and Innovation. James will be based in Sydney and will commence in the role in the coming months. CEO Scott Cummins said “We are very excited that James has elected to join the McConnell Dowell Group to help drive our journey in these areas, and to oversee the continued establishment of communities of practice and centres of excellence across our core disciplines.” View more details here
Camilla Drover has been appointed as Deputy Secretary, Infrastructure and Place at Transport for NSW. The Infrastructure & Place Division plans, develops and delivers transport infrastructure that capitalise on commercial opportunities to help develop liveable, vibrant places for the community.
RA extends its best wishes to Emily McLean, our Senior Policy Analyst, who finishes up with RA next week and will shortly commence a new role with the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB). Emily's dedication and professionalism has been a tremendous asset to the RA team, and her knowledge and passion for road safety matters was reflected in the leading role she played in organising and managing RA's Spotlight on Safety event in Brisbane last week. Our thanks to Emily for her contribution to the RA team and we look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role at ARRB.
One of the many benefits of Roads Australia’s Fellowship Program is the opportunity to hear perspectives from our industry’s senior leaders about their own leadership journey. This week, RA Fellows took part in a webinar with Philip Helberg, Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure WA where he reflected on the nature of leadership, his own career path and key lessons learnt along the way.
Philip spoke about the evolution of his own approach to leadership over the years, touching on how his experience living in South Africa during a volatile period shaped his perspective. From his diverse experience working across most areas in the industry he noted that leadership isn’t ultimately about the leader, but rather about how a leader uses their impact to empower those around them. He also explained why trust is the most essential form of capital a leader has – and why it’s important for leaders to trust their teams and not seek to micro-manage every aspect of an organisation’s activities.
Thanks to Thilanka Silva, Highways Business Lead | Infrastructure WA, Arup for hosting this webinar, and to John Holland for their sponsorship of RA’s Fellowship Program.
Remember, if you have news, views or innovations in the D&I space to share with the readers of RA Insider, please get in touch with Marlie Curtis at RA.
The NSW Government has confirmed details of two new Metro stations in central Sydney, as part of the Sydney Metro West project. Hunter Street station in the CBD will permit commuters to connect with Sydney Trains services at Wynyard and Martin Place, and with Sydney Metro at Martin Place. A new station will also be built at Pyrmont between Pyrmont Bridge Road and Union Street. The Sydney Metro West will double rail capacity between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD, reducing road congestion and significantly reducing journey times on key routes.
South Australia's most significant infrastructure project is progressing, with RA member Aurecon now undertaking ground investigations focussed on the Southern Tunnel section of the North-South Corridor. Earlier ground investigations and engineering survey site works have been completed at approximately 200 drilling sites with over 5,000 tests along the corridor. See more details here.
Crash investigation – and its importance for saving lives in the future – is often overlooked. Forensically examining a crash scene, and reconstruction of the crash itself, can have many critical road safety benefits. ARRB is holding a media and VIP event called CSI – Crash Scene Investigation – in Melbourne on Wednesday, May 19 as part of National Road Safety Week. ARRB’s CSI event will show a step-by-step crash investigation - reconstructing a collision at a roadworks site and showcasing the braking distance of various cars at various speeds. There are limited tickets available to those within the roads and transport industry - but you’ll need to be quick. Register here
RA member BG&E, has announced its expansion into the Gold Coast, opening a new office in Nerang. David Farah, Executive Director and Director – Queensland (QLD) at BG&E said “BG&E was established 50 years ago in Perth and we’ve had a presence in QLD for over 10 years. Today, our 80-strong QLD-based team are proud to increase our local footprint by opening an office on the Gold Coast. This expansion ensures that we can help clients to shape Australia’s sixth largest city.” Learn more.
Registrations are now open for the construction industry’s most prestigious award. The Australian Construction Achievement Award (ACAA) celebrates the skills and innovation at the heart of our construction industry. This year’s finalists include some of the best constructors from across Australia. Join your industry peers at the celebration event by registering today.
RA CEO Michael Kilgariff is one of the speakers at the Traffic Management Association of Australia (TMAA) Annual Conference in Melbourne on 3-4 June. RA members are eligible to register for the conference at the Member Rate. For more details, see the conference website.
The Victorian Government is partnering with Xerox to develop a new technology that will remotely monitor the structural health of bridges and permit more effective maintenance. The program is the result of trials carried out through a partnership between VicTrack and Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), which developed sensors that can be used to monitor structural health in bridges. Following the successful trials, the Government will invest $50 million to roll out the new technology on priority bridges across Victoria. The initiative uses fibre optic connected sensors attached to the bridge to accurately measure and estimate structural strain, thermal response, bending, loads, vibration, and corrosion. Learn more here.
SmartCrete CRC is working with VDZ, a globally recognized research centre for cement and concrete to develop a roadmap with the aim to identify decarbonisation pathways for the Australian cement and concrete sector. The project will evaluate current and emerging domestic and international technologies that could be adopted to accelerate the decarbonisation of Australia's cement and concrete sector. It will also assess demand-pull strategies, including Government procurement policies and related standards that could be used to increase adoption rates of lower carbon cement and concrete in Australia. Learn more via this interview with Dr Warren South, CEO of the SmartCrete CRC.
- May 19 2021 - RA Single Table Lunch with Dennis Walsh (Brisbane) (by invitation). Sponsored by Arcadis
- May 20 2021 - RA Emerging Leaders Breakfast (Brisbane). Bookings now open. Sponsored by Arup.
- May 25 2021 - RA Single Table Lunch with William Tieppo (Melbourne) (by invitation). Sponsored by Symal
- June 4 2021 - RA Industry Lunch with Tim Pallas (Melbourne). Bookings now open. Sponsored by McConnell Dowell
- June 10 2021 - RA Brisbane Industry Lunch with Adrian Schrinner. Bookings now open. Sponsored by SMEC.
- June 17-18 2021 - RA Transport Summit, Sydney. Bookings now open.
- June 17 2021 - John Shaw Dinner, Sydney. Currently at COVID capacity. Sponsored by WSP
New RA events are continuing to roll out all the time, so download our events calendar or keep an eye on our website www.roads.org.au to make sure you don't miss out on networking opportunities.
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