2017 RA NATIONAL ROADS SUMMIT – MAY 31 AND 1 JUNE
On 31 May and 1 June, Roads Australia hosted the annual National Roads Summit. The Conference and John Shaw Dinner exceeded expectations - with over 310 attending the Conference and 750 attending the gala dinner.
On Day 1, the NSW Minister for Roads, Freight and Maritime opened the event detailing the states road transport priorities.
Highlights from the Summit on Day 1 included the:
· Launch of RA’s ‘Preparing for the driverless revolution’ report detailing the key findings from the international study visit to RA members
· Road agency CEO’s panel session was hugely popular. Neil Scales emphasised the importance of agility as the transport market transforms. John Merritt spoke in strong support of road safety and Ken Kanofski explained that better understanding customer expectations in community terms is key to delivering great journeys.
· Telstra’s Chief Scientist, Hugh Bradlow, forecast new forms of supercomputing as the next era of innovation to support automated vehicles, and that quantum computing will enable every journey to be optimised
· Concurrent sessions on asset management, road safety, road pricing and customers were all well-attended with over 50 attendees at each session.
On Day 2, RA’s Capacity Chapter launched the ‘2017 Cost of tendering’ survey results to RA members revealing consistent themes from across RA’s 5 years of investigation into procurement and tendering processes.
In the same session, Scott Olsen hosted Roads and Maritime Services’ General Manager for Commercial – Infrastructure Division, Shalendra Ranasinghe, who offered an insightful agency perspective highlighting capability and capacity as important themes.
Infrastructure Australia’s CEO, Phil Davies, presented transport reform as a national opportunity ready to harness. Phil provided an update on key national priority list, the importance of sustainable road funding, the case for user pays approach and the case for road market reform.
Before lunch, the Cities of the Future panel session was an incredibly valuable conversation about the role of sustainability and cities for people. Lucy Turnbull described growth of urban canopy as a must. Clare Gardiner-Barnes reaffirmed the need for integrated land use and transport planning to be able to provide the most valuable service to Australian communities.
Bernard Salt closed the conference with a thought-provoking presentation over lunch about cultural shifts and the future of Australian cities.
Thank you to all our members who supported and attended the Conference. We look forward to seeing you again next year.
More presentations and photos available to view here.