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Another year, another successful conference

Above: Guests gather at the Sydney Town hall for our 'night of nights', the John Shaw Dinner.

The Roads Australia – IRF Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia has come and gone, and we’d like to take the opportunity of thanking all our sponsors, members, international guest speakers and stakeholders who contributed to making this year’s summit one of our best ever.

With attendees from as far afield as Singapore, India, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Nigeria, our 2018 conference at the ICC Darling Harbour had a truly international flavour – reflected also in the presentations and case studies on leading-edge road and transport technologies and solutions from Asia, the US and Europe.

The John Shaw Dinner was once again the social highlight of the two-day conference, with over 700 in attendance at the Sydney Town Hall to congratulate internationally recognised infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer, Doug Jones, on being awarded the industry’s top honour.

Our closing lunch with Professor Tim Flannery also proved to be a fantastic addition to the program, with Australia’s most famous environmental scientist delivering a thought-provoking and highly relevant speech that highlighted the opportunities for those in our industry - both individuals and organisations – to show leadership around climate change and infrastructure adaptation.

We could not have delivered such a successful 2018 conference without the support of our Gold and Silver sponsors - AECOM,  Altus Traffic, CPB Contractors, Cardno, McConnell Dowell, SMEC Australia, the National Highways Authority of India, Gawar Construction, the Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels, and Kapsch TrafficCom Australia - not to mention our John Shaw Dinner sponsor, ARUP.

Above right: Dissecting the industry's big issues....CPB Contractors' Juan Santamaria, Transport Canberra and City Services' Emma Thomas, and Bechtel Infrastructure Australia's Ailie MacAdam.  Above left: Cardno's Asia Pacific Environment and Sustainability Director, Nicole Neal, moves the vote of thanks for Professor Tim Flannery at our closing lunch.

Above: The roll-call of industry champions....(from left) Arup Australasia Regional Chair, Peter Chamley; past John Shaw Medallists Greg Hallam and Bruce Judd; RA Chief Executive, Ian Webb; Clayton Utz Partner, Marko Misko, collecting the 2018 Award on behalf of Doug Jones; another former medallist in Colin Jordan; and RA President, David Stuart-Watt. 

Right: Two of our eminent speakers from the US, Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director, Randy Iwasaki; and AECOM's VP of Connected and Automated Vehicles, Suzanne Murtha.


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Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Single Table Dinner with Phil Davies (Melbourne)


We're pleased to welcome Infrastructure Australia CEO, Phil Davies, back to our Melbourne table for this exclusive dinner. Part of the 2018 Advisian Series.
Wednesday June 27 2018
18:30 till 21:30

RA Board Dinner (Adelaide)


Newly appointed South Australia Minister for Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, Stephan Knoll, joins us for the first time at this high-level dinner.  Part of the 2018 Altus Traffic Series.

Thursday June 28 2018
18:30 till 22:00

RA Journey Reliability Workshop (Adelaide)

How do we keep Adelaide moving in the future? Join us as we examine the next wave of challenges and opportunities around roads and transport in the City of Churches. Proudly hosted by DPTI.
Friday June 29 2018
09:00 till 12:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Nina Lyhne (Perth)


WA Transport Acting D-G, Nina Lyhne, joins us for this exclusive and high-level round table lunch. Part of the 2018 Altus Traffic Series.
Thursday July 5 2018
12:00 till 14:30

RA Leadership on Diversity Forum (Sydney)

Join industry and government leaders - including Libby Lyons, Tim Reardon, Ken Kanofski and Craig Laslett - and join the conversation at our inaugural Leadership Forum on Diversity. Proudly supported by Lendlease and SMEC Australia.

Friday July 6 2018
09:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Mike Stapleton (Brisbane)


This is an exclusive opportunity to share the table with one of Queensland's most senior transport bureaucrats, responsible for customer service, safety and regulation. Part of the 2018 Coffey Series.
Tuesday July 10 2018
12:00 till 14:30

RA - Emerging Cities of the Future Forum - Western Sydney

This Emerging Cities of the Future Forum will examine the challenges and opportunities facing Western Sydney, with a particular focus on transport and planning, as it strives to create a liveable, sustainable and prosperous place to live for future generations. Proudly supported by Amey and Ferrovial Services.

Friday July 13 2018
10:00 till 14:00

RA Single Table Luncheon with Wes Ballantine (Melbourne)


Transurban's Group Executive Victoria and Group Strategy, Wes Ballantine, joins us to discuss projects and priorities in Melbourne. Part of the 2018 Arcadis Series.
Friday July 20 2018
12:00 till 14:30

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