I was fortunate to attend the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) 30th anniversary event at the University of Sydney last Saturday.
The celebration was joined by senior leaders from academic institutions, government and industry and was a fitting way to mark the Institute's contribution to research and policy-making in Australia over the last three decades.
COVID-19 has powerfully reinforced the importance of optimised transport infrastructure and supply chains to the functioning of contemporary society - and since its establishment ITLS has led pioneering research in these fields.
Recently the founder of ITLS, Professor David Hensher, produced a chapter for the new International Encyclopedia of Transportation exploring the value of fatal risk reductions in a road safety context.
L to R: Matt Threlkeld, Executive Director - BusNSW; Prof David Hensher, Founding Director - ITLS; Rob Sharp, Secretary - Transport for NSW; Michael Kilgariff, CEO - Roads Australia
Of course, road safety has been top-of-mind for RA and our members over the past week as we continue to observe National Road Safety Week (NRSW).
I was honoured to be present in Adelaide on Sunday evening for the official launch of NRSW. The President of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group Peter Frazer spoke movingly of how the tragic loss of his daughter Sarah in 2012 continues to motivate his work to encourage all Australians to drive safely.
It's also been inspiring to see the number of landmarks across cities and towns lit up in yellow throughout the week, demonstrating strong support from governments, industry and the community for making our roads safer.
In Victoria tomorrow, motorists are being encouraged to turn on their headlights to show their support for NRSW, and there are still a number of events taking place over the next few days to highlight the importance of road safety across all communities. I encourage you to get involved, and Take the Pledge to drive so that others survive.
Stay safe and well.
Chief Executive Officer
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RA has provided a submission for the Infrastructure and Transport Ministers' Meeting (ITMM) that will be held next Friday, 28 May. The submission highlights several key matters for RA members, including:
- Road Worker Safety - asking Ministers to repay our industry's commitment to the provision of safe transport infrastructure by developing a consistent national road worker safety strategy, through the Office of Road Safety;
- Procurement Reform - highlighting key recommendations from RA's Procurement Reform Report that ITMM should pursue collaboratively to ensure a nationally consistent approach; and
- Alignment of skills training with industry needs - requesting that ITMM establish a taskforce that will ensure better alignment between skills training and industry needs - and ensure that industry can access specialist skills in a timely manner, despite COVID-related border and migration restrictions.
The Victorian State Budget was handed down this afternoon, and contains a range of further investments that build on the state's substantial pipeline of projects already being delivered. Of note are a further $100 million to progress planned upgrades on key roads (including the Calder Freeway and M80 Ring Road), $95 million to upgrade suburban and regional roads, $42 million to enhance the safety of Victoria's freight network by upgrading bridges and improving heavy vehicle access, and $14 million to continue planning the Bulla Bypass. There is also $386 million provided for a new road safety strategy, which will focus on using technology to address poor driver behaviour.
The Budget also contains a number of investments in passenger rail projects (including new rolling stock), improvements to tram and bus services and $21 million for new active transport infrastructure.
RA members wishing to provide feedback for consideration in the development of RA policy submissions should contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy.
Aurecon has announced a number of changes to its executive management and transport leadership teams. Louise Adams has stepped up to become Group Chief Operating Officer, supporting CEO William Cox who said Louise will be responsible for driving the financial, operational and people performance across all areas of the business to achieve the Group’s strategic business goals. Appointments to Aurecon's transport leadership team include Angus Leitch, who becomes Managing Director, Transportation – Australia, and Managing Director Clients & Markets. At the same time, Scott Smith will take on the newly created role of Market Operations Director, Transportation – Australia. Learn more here.
Following the re-election of the Tasmanian State Government on 1 May, the Hon. Michael Ferguson has been reappointed as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport. Minister Ferguson also has portfolio responsibilities for Finance, State Development, Construction and Housing, and Science and Technology.
CPEE are delighted to announce that Victoria’s Inaugural Chief Engineer and ARRB Director Dr Collette Burke has joined CPEE Post Graduate Program specialising in Roads & Pavements and is heading the Unit: Pavement Renewal – Rehabilitation & Reconstruction. She will be sharing her passion and expertise in roads and construction with CPEE’s students, and her appointment is a result of CPEE’s now strong focus on diversity and student attraction and engagement for the post graduate program. Austroads has long supported this Unit through the awarding of the Student Excellence Award.
CPEE CEO Madeleine McManus OAM & Dr Collette Burke
Members of the RA team were proud to attend the 2021 CareerSeekers Spotlight event at Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday evening. CareerSeekers supports skilled refugees and asylum seekers recently arrived in Australia by placing them in suitable roles with partnering organisations.
To date, the program has seen more than 95 people placed into internships and ongoing roles with 17 RA members.
The evening was an incredible opportunity to hear powerful personal stories from highly skilled refugees and asylum seekers about opportunities they have secured through internships and ongoing roles with leading organisations, including many in the engineering sector.
Just as inspiring was to see and hear the way those placed in roles through CareerSeekers have enhanced diversity and workplace culture, helping to build an industry that better reflects the community it serves.
If you are interested in learning more about how your organisation can get involved, please reach out to Marlie Curtis at RA.
Thanks also to everyone who attended this morning's RA Emerging Leaders Breakfast in Brisbane.
We were fortunate to hear from industry experts Rob Storey, Director Pre-Contracts at ARTC Inland Rail, Emily Gentilini, Engineer and Sustainability Consultant at Arup and Shaun Baker, Acting Manager (Procurement Policy, Planning and Capability) at the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
The theme of the breakfast was on opportunities for emerging leaders to embed sustainability across day-to-day activities, both in terms of enhancing the environmental performance of infrastrucutre assets themselves and building a future-focused workforce. Our speakers touched on the circular economy, the challenges presented by the massive infrastructure pipeline now needing to be delivered and the opportunities that present for improving social procurement.
Thanks to Arup for their support as the sponsor of today’s breakfast.
(L to R) Stuart Cook, RA Future Leaders Committee & Transport Lead, Queensland, BG&E; Shaun Baker, Acting Manager (Procurement Policy, Planning and Capability) DTMR; Nahila Rahman, Structural & Asset Management Engineer, & Co-Chair Queensland Emerging Professionals Program, ARUP; Rob Storey, Director Pre-Contracts, ARTC Inland Rail; Emily Gentilini, Engineer and Sustainability Consultant, Arup; Prue Northey, Administration and Program Coordinator, RA.
The call is out for local contractors to tender for new works on the Newell Highway upgrade in NSW. The upgrades include the construction of new overtaking lanes, shoulder widening and the installation of rumble strips at Alleena, 20km south of West Wyalong. To register your interest to receive a tender package, email the Newell Highway Program Alliance at email@example.com
The Victorian Government has announced that RA member Symal has been chosen to deliver three new rail stations in the Bendigo region, at Goornong, Huntly and Raywood. Each new station will incorporate a single platform and car parking as well as lighting, seating and shelter. The new stations form part of the Bendigo and Echuca Line Upgrade being delivered by Rail Projects Victoria.
Queensland has chosen National Road Safety Week to announce it will shortly commence consultation on new laws to protect the safety of first responders on-site when road incidents occur. In addition to legislative change, the review will consider improvements to driver education, safety campaigns and traffic management solutions. See the announcement here.
In Western Australia, last weekend saw the biggest Tee-roff beams ever manufactured in the state installed as part of ongoing work on the METRONET project. The beams were manufactured by RA member Georgiou, and have been installed installed on the new Ranford Road Bridge that is being built as part of the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link. The new bridge will be longer and higher to future-proof the rail corridor, and will have three general traffic lanes in each direction, bus lanes and a shared path on either side. More details here.
EastLink has provided $100,000 to the Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre as part of its ongoing commitment to assist local people experiencing disadvantage. Safe Steps is Victoria’s 24/7 family violence response centre, providing specialist support services for anyone in Victoria who is experiencing family violence. The contribution takes EastLink’s total for donations to support local communities during 2021 to $500,000. Learn more.
As National Road Safety Week continues, RA member Holcim is reminding pedestrians to take care around heavy vehicles, producing a video, poster and brochure with the theme 'Look Out Before You Step Out'. The material encourages pedestrians to exercise caution around trucks - maintaining a safe distance so that drivers can see them and bearing in mind that trucks require extra distance to stop safely.
SMEC recently hosted a virtual reality (VR) simulation for their client, Transurban, to test potential design changes to improve traffic flow through Melbourne’s Burnley Tunnel, like dynamic ‘pace maker’ lighting systems. Members of the public were invited (with COVID-safe measures in place) to use the VR headset and custom driving rig to experience what it is like to interact with options for new tunnel designs in a virtual environment. With support from Snobal, VR models were developed and SMEC provided design inputs with regards to road safety, traffic engineering and system design. It has been a great project to highlight the value of VR technology in developing solutions for road infrastructure in a cost efficient and collaborative manner. Lean more and watch the video here.
The NSW Government is partnering with Liverpool City Council on a new pilot of digital smart kerbs that provide real time information on where on-street parking is available. Data collected during the trial will help inform future transport planning, and may assist with the introduction of technologies such as digital parking signs directing drivers to parking spots. The trial is also intended to address congestion by reducing instances of cars 'circling' for parking spots. Discover more here.
- May 25 2021 - RA Single Table Lunch with William Tieppo (Melbourne) (by invitation). Sponsored by Symal
- June 1 2021 - RA Webinar with Simon Hickey. Bookings now open. Sponsorship available
- 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 16 2021 - RA Pre-Summit Board Dinner with Rob Sharp (Sydney). By invitation. Sponsored by BMD
- 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
- June 18 2021 - RA Industry Lunch with Minister Paul Fletcher (on location at the RA Transport Summit). Bookings now open. Sponsored by ACRS
New RA events are continuing to roll out all the time, so 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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