The 2021 RA Transport Summit is currently underway in Sydney.
During the Summit's opening session this morning, RA President Michael Bushby launched the Roads Australia Strategic Plan 2021-2023.
This latest iteration of our three-year rolling strategic plan sets out a clear path that will enable RA to continue living its four strategic values - to be the Leader, the Collaborator, the Facilitator and the Champion.
The updated Plan also groups RA’s policy objectives around four key themes – Resilience, People, Place Making and Data and Technology. Together, these themes reflect RA's continuing evolution, as we strive to meet changing community expectations and embrace emerging industry opportunities.
The Strategic Plan reaffirms RA’s commitment to building a more diverse and sustainable industry workforce through initiatives including our Fellows and Emerging Leaders programs, which identify, mentor and provide practical support to the next generation of leaders across our industry.
For further details, please see the media release RA issued earlier today regarding the updated Strategic Plan. You can also download your copy of the Strategic Plan here.
Remember, as the Summit continues, you can keep up to date with what's happening by following the hashtag #RASummit21 on LinkedIn and Twitter.
This evening, we will also reveal the winner of the 2021 John Shaw Medal during the John Shaw Dinner. To keep up to date with events throughout the evening, please follow the hashtag #RAJohnShaw21.
Stay safe and well.
Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Aument, Global Transportation Chief Executive at AECOM delivers her international keynote address live from the United States during today's 2021 RA Transport Summit in Sydney.
Congratulations to Lizzy Kuoth, Inclusion Capability Officer at RA member the Level Crossings Removal Project, who has been named as one of ten Ambassadors for the forthcoming Refugee Week 2021 (June 20-26).
Lizzy arrived in Melbourne in 2005 after fleeing war-torn South Sudan with her grandmother and three young brothers, and then getting stuck in Egypt for four years. She is passionate about helping other refugees to build new lives in Australia and contribute to their communities.
You can read more of Lizzy's story here.
Lizzy Kuoth - Refugee Week 2021 Ambassador
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ARTC has appointed Mike Zambelli as the inaugural Group Executive of its new Major Construction Projects division. As Group Executive of the division, Mike will oversee major construction projects nationwide (excluding Inland Rail, which will continue to be managed separately). He brings more than 30 years of major construction experience to the role, having previously held executive and project leadership roles for various Tier 1 contractors, including Lendlease, Baulderstone and Thiess.
Michael Tafe has been appointed to lead Aurecon’s risk practice, and comes to the role with 25 years’ experience in strategy, risk, megaprojects and resilience across a number of industries, including energy and transport. More details are available here.
Former RA Board member Clare Gardiner-Barnes will leave her role at Infrastructure NSW as the Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation at the end of June 2021. Said Hirsh will take the reins leading the Strategy, Planning and Innovation team at INSW, which has a focus on delivering NSW's next State Infrastructure Strategy. RA wishes to especially thank Clare for her dedication to and involvement with RA over many years, and wishes her all the best for the future.
Calibre has welcomed Clive Baker as the company's General Manager - Transport, Property and Places. Mr Baker was previously National Executive, Roads, Aviation and Civil at WSP.
RA is pleased to welcome Jason Romney to the team as our new
Senior Policy Officer.
Prior to joining RA, Jason led strategic development of smart cities at Telstra for 5 years, mobilising new technologies and business models whilst helping industry, government, academia and other smart city stakeholders collaborate towards innovative and impactful social outcomes.
Jason brings a strong policy eye to RA that draws on both his past legal background (as a barrister at the Victorian Bar) and senior media roles (at Fairfax, News and MSNBC). Jason’s experience working at technology companies such as Cisco and Telstra helps him understand how emerging areas such as 5G, IoT, C-ITS, AI, machine learning and data analytics will transform Australia’s transport industry.
He holds an Arts (Hons)/Law degree from the University of Melbourne, published the book “Law on the Line”, and was recently a mentor in the Federal Government’s Digital Champions program.
Jason can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance has confirmed plans to have Sydney's train network achieve net zero emissions by 2025. The proposal will see trains powered by renewable energy sources within four years. The plan may also see smaller public transport ferries operating on Sydney Harbour retrofitted with electric engines. Minister Constance said "By government making it crystal clear on innovation, the leadership comes from within. My vision is for the entire transport fleet to be electric.”
In Victoria, updated designs have been released for the new station and station precinct that forms part of level crossing removals on Union Road, Surrey Hills and Mont Albert Road, Mont Albert - two of Melbourne's most dangerous. The removals have been fast-tracked for removal by 2023, two years ahead of schedule and will see the rail line lowered beneath the roads in an open trench, with the new premium station allowing more services. The updated station and station precinct designs may be viewed here.
The Queensland State Budget was delivered on Tuesday, and included a number of significant additional investments in transport infrastructure projects and road safety measures. Of particular note is further funding to support delivery of the Bruce Highway upgrade, lifting joint funding from the Federal and State Governments for this project to $13 billion. There's also significant funding for projects to support growth in the movement of people and freight, including investments in the Gladstone Port Access Road project, the Mooloolah River Interchange, and further investment in light rail construction and an investment of $1.6 billion to prioritise safety upgrades, improve driver education, make school zonessafer and develop policies to reduce road crashes and trauma. Learn more about the transport investments in the Queensland Budget here.
Congratulations to RA member Bechtel on being chosen by the NSW Government as its Integration and Delivery Partner for the Sydney Metro West project. When completed, this major infrastructure project will connect Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD via a driverless rail line that will reduce journey times between the two urban centres to around 20 minutes. During its construction phases, the project is anticipated to create around 10,000 direct and 70,000 indirect jobs. Learn more about Bechtel's engagement here.
RA member UGL has been recognised for the company's exceptional commitment to delivery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, being presented with the 2020 Supplier Recognition Award: Focus on Execution by their client, ConocoPhillips. The award recognises the achievement of operational excellence, safety performance and cost efficiencies despite the unprecedented challenges presented by the pandemic. See more here.
- July 8 2021 - Industry Lunch with Alan Garner (Melbourne). Bookings open soon.
- July 16 2021 - Industry Lunch with Tony Braxton-Smith (Adelaide). Sponsored by Altus Traffic. Bookings open soon.
- August 5 2021 - Industry Lunch with Minister Michael Ferguson (Hobart). Bookings open soon.
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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