Having government and industry as part of our membership allows RA to actively facilitate policy leadership. When we speak, it is with a powerful and considered voice. Where others seek attention, Roads Australia seeks positive, practical outcomes that deliver national economic and social results.
The Roads Australia CEO’s Workshop each year is a clear demonstration of this approach, as senior leaders from the public
and private sector sit down and collaboratively identify opportunities for RA to develop solutions to challenges now confronting our industry.
The Report from the 2021 Roads Australia CEO Workshop held on 16 June in Sydney is now available.
This year, the CEO Workshop took each of the priority areas identified by government agencies during the March 2021 RA Board Strategy day and established potential actions under each theme.
RA is now actively pursuing the actions identified by Workshop participants to help deliver enhanced outcomes for industry, governments and the community.
This is already being reflected through the activities of RA's Policy Streams, as well as our significant program of policy and networking events.
The RA Policy Streams, Themes and Strategic Goals are outlined in the RA Strategic Plan 2021-2023, which was launched at the RA Transport Summit on 17 June.
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NSW awards contracts for major road projects
Transport for NSW has awarded contracts for two of the state's significant road projects in the past week - and the good news is that RA members are front and centre.
CPB Contractors and Downer have been awarded the design and construction contract in a joint venture for the Warringah Freeway upgrade. The project will deliver improved network capacity, help reduce congestion, provide better connections to existing and future transport infrastructure and enhance active transport options.
Meanwhile in regional NSW, plans to build the nation's longest road tunnel have progressed as AECOM is awarded a contract to undertake the environmental assessment. The proposed 11-kilometre tunnel is a core element of the Great Western Highway upgrade between Katoomba and Lithgow.
REMINDER: Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence
The Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence recognises an individual for technical excellence in the broader transport industry.
Nominations for the 2021 award are open until Friday, 8 October 2021.
To be eligible, a nominee's contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport in Australia.
For more details on the award and to nominate someone you know, please download the nomination form.
One of the major issues emphasised in the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan recently released by Infrastructure Australia was the need to modernise Australia's transport network pricing regime in a nationally consistent manner.
Improving fuel efficiency and encouraging the shift toward zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs) powered by clean fuel technology is undoubtedly a desirable policy objective. At the same time, it has profound implications for the way transport infrastructure in Australia is paid for, as revenues from traditional sources such as fuel taxes and vehicle registration decline.
Next week's RA Policy Webinar, Shifting Gears: Modernising the way we use, manage & pay for roads will consider how technology can help address this challenge, how systems can integrate with existing and emerging transport technology and what a nationally consistent, demand-based transport network pricing regime could look like in Australia.
You will hear insights from an international and domestic perspective, and learn more about how reforming Australia's approach to transport network pricing can promote greater efficiency, sustainability and social equity.
Take a moment to register your participation and join us next Wednesday for this important conversation sponsored by Q-Free.
In sad news this week, RA is saying farewell to our Policy Officer Sophie Chalmers, who is moving on to pursue a new challenge after 2.5 years with us.
Sophie is well known to those RA members involved with our Policy Streams, and has been an especially enthusiastic and dedicated support for our Road Worker Safety Working Group since its formation in 2019. She has also been integral to the organisation of the policy webinars that have proved central to RA's policy engagement activities during the challenges of COVID lockdowns over the last 18 months. We wish Sophie every success for her future.
A new appointment to the role has been made and will be announced soon.
Michael Hill - a 2016 RA Fellow - has been appointed to a new role within AECOM, becoming Group Leader - Transit & Connectivity NSW & ACT. He will be responsible for leading strategy and growth of AECOM's rail, bridges & structures, ground engineering and asset management business in NSW and the ACT.
Brendan Bruce has become Acting Chief Digital and Information Officer at NSW's Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. He has extensive experience in the planning and infrastructure sectors, including senior roles with Laing O'Rourke, Infrastructure NSW and Victoria's Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Jackie Aggett is departing her role as Director Commercial at Sydney Metro to take up a new opportunity as Commercial Director with GS Engineering & Construction Australia, working for the Spark Consortium. The Spark Consortium is delivering Victoria's North East Link project, and comprises WeBuild, GS Engineering and Construction, CPB Contractors, China Construction Oceania, Ventia, Capella Capital, John Laing Investments, DIF and Pacific Partnerships.
The NSW Government has unveiled its Electric Vehicle Charging Masterplan, designed to assist charging providers and planners to explore the potential of the network and invest in its expansion. The online open-access map helps investors identify optimal locations for fast charging infrastructure and will help to assess applications for EV charging grants. The Masterplan is a key aspect of NSW's plan to boost the EV charging network by over 300 per cent.
In Victoria, the Mordialloc Freeway is set to be completed ahead of schedule, with major works now 90 per cent complete. Being delivered by Major Road Projects Victoria with involvement from RA members including McConnell Dowell and Decmil, the Mordialloc Freeway has been dubbed Australia’s greenest freeway, incorporating around 800,000 tonnes of recycled and reused materials. This includes the world’s first recycled plastic noise walls, recycled plastic in drainage pipes, recycled glass in asphalt, recycled concrete in road base and reclaimed asphalt pavement.
To Queensland, where industry and community input is being sought on a new Draft State Infrastructure Strategy containing 148 state-wide priorities, along with a framework to guide infrastructure planning and investment. There is a significant focus on enhancing the resilience of Queensland's infrastructure, decarbonisation, creating liveable and connected communities, as well as promoting an enduring legacy through the opportunities presented by the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games. Submissions close on 7 October.
Western Australia's State Budget was delivered late last week, incorporating a $30.7 billion infrastructure program over the next four years, including $11.7 billion for road projects and road upgrades. At the same time, the State Government confirmed that due to capacity pressures within the industry as a result of strong state economic growth and continued COVID-19 border restrictions, a smoothing of the project pipeline has occurred. This will result in $506 million in 2021‑22 of infrastructure investment smoothed over the forward estimates and $565 million worth of investment being smoothed beyond the next four years. A list of the projects affected can be seen here.
RA member John Holland has delivered a powerful message encouraging those involved in our industry to 'get the jab done, so we can get the job done.' At the same time, priority vaccination appointments for construction workers in Victoria are now available, and walk-in vaccination appointments for construction workers have been facilitated at several hubs. See further details here.
Improving road safety performance is a priority for all levels of government in Australia and an iMOVE project is leading the way on innovative approaches to capturing road feature data for road safety Star Ratings. The initiative is being led by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and includes the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and Australian geospatial data experts, Anditi. The project, funded by the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre, will deliver 20,000km of road attribute data for the State road network in New South Wales using TomTom’s MN-R data, as well as prove feature extraction techniques and machine learning for LiDAR data. The project aims to prove rapid, scalable and repeatable methods for road data extraction as part of iRAP’s global ‘AiRAP’ initiative.
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Although COVID restrictions are preventing travel between many states at present, RA is continuing to support our industry's Emerging Leaders through a series of online events designed to share personal experiences and develop leadership capabilities.
Our webinar next Tuesday, Inclusive Leadership on Major Projects is sponsored by AECOM and is designed to help address what can be a challenging aspect of working on major projects - building a cohesive, multi-generational team.
The session will provide Emerging Leaders the chance to hear some personal reflections from our expert speakers, before breaking into smaller “virtual” rooms for a Q&A session and the chance to discuss some of the issues in greater detail.
RA's Emerging Leaders Program is a national program of networking, thought leadership and mentoring events for the next generation of industry's leaders - specifically those with 10-or-less years' experience, or under the age of 35.
Register your participation today.
Applications for the Ashurst Scholarship for the 2022 RA Fellowship Program close TOMORROW (17 September 2021).
The scholarship forms part of Ashurst's social values initiatives with Rail Projects Victoria for the Victorian Rail Infrastructure Program, and is designed to support and increase participation in rail and construction industry leadership positions among those from under-represented demographic groups.
Please note scholarship applicants do not need to be Roads Australia members. Preference will be given to candidates best satisfying one or more of the following criteria:
- Active in the Victorian rail sector (required);
- First Nations background;
- Employed by (or subcontracted to) a non-Tier 1 contractor.
For further details on how to apply for the scholarship, click here.
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