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Roads Australia Insider - March 14, 2017

Vic Government strategy aims for more women In transport sector

An ambitious new State Government plan has been launched to increase the number of women working in Victoria’s transport sector from 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020.

Launched this month by Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, and Minister for Roads and Ports, Luke Donnellan, the Women in Transport Program will fund scholarships for women to study transport-related degrees, and provide a range of apprenticeships, traineeships and cadetships to attract 150 more women to the sector each year.

The $1 million Program will also set targets to increase the number of women in senior and leadership roles in the transport industry, to support and mentor young women through their careers.

Major transport contracts already include gender equality procurement guidelines, making sure that equality is a priority for organisations, suppliers and agencies working with the government.

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Green light given to new national intelligent transport R&D centre

The Federal Government has announced a 10-year, $55 million funding package to establish a new co-operative research centre (CRC) to work with organisations and researchers on the development of intelligent transport systems in Australia.

The iMOVE CRC will focus on real world research problems and delivering solutions to Australia’s transport sector. The program will address three main areas: intelligent transport systems and infrastructure; end-to-end freight solutions; and enhanced personal mobility.

ARRB Group CEO, Michael Caltabiano, has welcomed the funding announcement and says ARRB is looking forward to collaborating with the 46 industry, government and research partners involved.

“This is a perfect fit for ARRB as we move to create knowledge for tomorrow’s transport challenges and solutions for today. Researching transport solutions is what we do.”

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Top 100 infrastructure proposals affirmed in latest IA report

Roads and transport projects dominate the latest list of national infrastructure priorities and proposals released by Infrastructure Australia (IA).

IA has identified 100 projects and initiatives as national priorities in a newly revised Infrastructure Priority List, released last month. The Infrastructure Priority List is the authoritative list of nationally-significant infrastructure investments Australia needs over the next 15 years. Based on data from the Australian Infrastructure Audit and extensive consultation with State and Territory Governments, the Priority List provides independent, evidence-based advice on the projects that will most benefit Australian communities.  

The newly revised List includes seven High Priority and 11 Priority Projects, and the highest ever number of projects with approved business cases.

On the roads and transport front, IA has added the Northern Road Upgrade in the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area to the Priority List. After the Infrastructure Australia Board's recent approval of the business cases for Western Sydney Airport and Stage 2 of the Bringelly Road Upgrade, it says the addition of this project is another important step in harnessing the expected population and employment growth in Western Sydney.

In Queensland, upgrades to the Cooroy to Curra and Mackay Ring Road sections of the Bruce Highway are also now listed as Priority Projects.

The updated Priority List includes 25 High Priority Initiatives and 57 Priority Initiatives. These are proposals that have been identified to potentially address a nationally-significant problem, but require further development. New High Priority Initiatives on the List include mass transit options for Parramatta to Sydney CBD (NSW) and the remaining sections of Ipswich Motorway Rocklea-Darra (QLD). The redevelopment of Sydney's Central Station (NSW) and Brisbane to Gold Coast Transport Corridor Upgrades (QLD) are also listed as Priority Initiatives.

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