It goes without saying that 2020 has been a very difficult year for all of us - one accompanied by challenges few of us could have anticipated a year ago.
However, I am proud to say that thanks to the ongoing support of our members, Roads Australia (RA) will emerge from 2020 stronger than ever and ready to deliver the outcomes our industry needs as we move into a new year.
Earlier today, I had the honour of being re-elected as the President of Roads Australia during our 2020 Annual General Meeting in Sydney. I am deeply grateful to have received the support of RA's members and excited to be working with the enormously talented individuals who will comprise the RA Board over the next 12 months.
For your information, as a result of today's meeting, the RA Board is as follows:
- President - Michael Bushby, Strategic Advisor, WSP
- Vice President - Aneetha de Silva, Managing Director – Government Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon
- Vice President - Scott Olsen, CEO, Fredon
- Treasurer - Andrew Head, Chief Executive Officer, WestConnex
- Marko Misko, Partner, HWL Ebsworth
- Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Head of Strategy, Planning and Innovation, Infrastructure NSW
- Neil Scales OBE, Director-General, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads
- Jose Angel Andres Lopez, Executive General Manager, Acciona Construction Australia
- Scott Charlton, Chief Executive Officer, Transurban
- Sergio Cinerari, Chief Operating Officer, Downer Australian Operations
- Corey Hannett, Director-General, Major Transport Infrastructure Authority
- Rodd Staples, Secretary, Transport for NSW
- Immediate Past President - David Stuart-Watt, Director, Australia / Client Director Transport ANZ, WSP
During the AGM I was also pleased to table the Roads Australia Annual Review 2020, which provides an overview of RA’s policy, stakeholder and event activities during the past calendar year.
Despite the obvious challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Review demonstrates that RA has maintained a high level of activity and policy engagement.
I’ve been especially grateful for the enthusiastic way members have embraced our web-based event model. Remarkably, this has enabled RA to surpass our 2019 total of approximately 10,000 event registrations, with around 12,000 having been recorded in 2020.
The breadth and seniority of our membership is Roads Australia’s greatest strength - and this has ensured that throughout the year, we have been able to attract prominent speakers for our events and ensure that governments across the country recognise and respect our policy reform agenda.
Over the past year, Roads Australia has:
- Welcomed 13 new members and despite the challenging economic climate achieved a stable year-end membership of 154;
- Evolved its event delivery model to a mixture of in-person and online events. Despite COVID restrictions, we will still deliver 90 events for 2020 that have attracted approximately 12,000 registrations;
- Launched the Roads Australia Strategic Plan 2020-2022 reinforcing RA’s existing strengths, while setting out a clear pathway that will allow us to take an even greater policy leadership role;
- Published the Roads Australia Procurement Reform Report, providing a blueprint for meaningful procurement reform that will enable more effective delivery of projects;
- Found new ways to promulgate RA's policy positions through the publication of Policy Insights pieces and the launch of our podcasts;
- Supported our industry's future leaders during a difficult year by providing opportunities to connect through our RA Fellowship and Emerging Leaders programs;
- Strengthened our commitment to a more diverse and inclusive industry by establishing a D&I Committee, hosting D&I-focussed webinars and podcasts and establishing a D&I Scholarship; and
- Continued to highlight RA's activities and policy contributions through media releases, social media and our Insider newsletter, which now reaches over 17,000 recipients.
You can download your copy of the Annual Review here.
Of course, none of these achievements would have been possible without the support of RA's members over the course of an often unpredictable and challenging time as result of the COVID pandemic.
I would also like to thank the Roads Australia CEO, Michael Kilgariff, and our highly professional team of staff for their initiative and dedication to helping RA manage its was through a difficult year.
I am enormously grateful for your continued engagement with RA – and I look forward to working with you in 2021 as we continue our efforts to achieve a robust integrated transport system for people and freight that values and invests in all modes of land transport.