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Roads Australia Event Details

RA Policy Webinar - Re-engaging public transport customers

06/08/2020 11:00 to 06/08/2020 12:00

Venue: via Zoom

Across Australia COVID-19 restrictions have seen public transport patronage plummet. This webinar will explore likely customer behaviour moving forward, and what is needed to persuade customers to return safely and confidently to public transport.

The discussion will be kicked off by Alana Newbrook, General Manager - Advisory, WSP, who will provide insights into WSP’s recently released white paper “COVID-19 & Public Transport: From Response to Recovery”.

To bring a front line perspective, we will also hear from Nick Foa, Head of Transport Services, Department of Transport Victoria and Adam Berry, COVID-19 Taskforce Lead, Transport for NSW. They will provide their perspectives on what adjustments to services will be needed to ensure public transport remains a key part of our transport system as we transition to a ‘new normal’.

The session will be moderated by Aneetha de Silva, Board Member and Journey Reliability Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Managing Director, Government - Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon.

We'll also be keen to hear the views of our webinar participants, so an interactive Q&A will follow the panel discussion.

 Date:    Thursday 6 August

Time:     11-12noon AEST

ZOOM:  The Zoom link will be sent to you when you have registered your interest



RA Members can participate for FREE

RA Non members - $150 (inc GST)

Contact - Director Events - Rachael Rooney for event bookings


View Alana Newbrook's presentation here.

View the Re-engaging Public Transport Policy Insights here.



This event has been proudly sponsored by WSP





Alana Newbrook, General Manager - Advisory, WSP

Alana is the General Manager for WSP’s National Advisory Business in Australia; delivering a wide range of services across the infrastructure lifecycle from policy and planning, through to investment decision making and delivery and into efficient asset management.
Over the last 18 years, Alana has been consulting to clients to assist delivering critical infrastructure projects across a variety of sectors, including Transport, Defence, Mining, Oil and Gas, Water and Utilities. Alana is also the Regional Director for WSP NSW.

Nick Foa, Head of Transport Services, Department of Transport Victoria

Nick Foa was appointed Head of Transport Services in July 2020, overseeing the state’s infrastructure needs for transportation and working with a range of public and private partners. Since April 2020, Nick has been the Associate Secretary of the Department of Transport, overseeing day to day operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From September 2019, Nick was Chief Executive Officer of the government’s Suburban Rail Loop Authority. The SRLA is planning and developing the transformational Suburban Rail Loop project, a 90km rail network connecting Melbourne’s middle suburbs that will change the way people move around and enhance the liveability of key growth areas.
Prior to SRLA, Nick was a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services, overseeing an $8 billion infrastructure project pipeline encompassing sport, health and housing.

Adam Berry, COVID-19 Taskforce Lead, Transport for NSW

Adam Berry has worked in transport infrastructure and services for the last 15 years, and prior to this worked in human services and policing. 
Prior to joining the Transport for NSW Covid-19 Taskforce that he is currently leading, Adam was Executive Director of the Sydney Coordination Office.
The Sydney Coordination Office exists to keep transport networks functional and minimise the customer disruption associated with delivery of the NSW Government’s ambitious transport infrastructure program. 
He and his teams provide support and advice to a number of NSW Government programs and projects including Sydney Metro, Sydney Light Rail, Parramatta Light Rail, the Sydney Football Stadium and Sydney Fish Market redevelopments and Sydney’s Motorway construction program.

Aneetha De Silva, Board Member and Journey Reliability Policy Stream Chair, Roads Australia and Managing Director, Government - Australia & New Zealand, Aurecon

Aneetha is an infrastructure professional with over 22 years’ leadership experience in the private and public sectors, and is experienced in developing, procuring, delivering and managing large-scale infrastructure assets and services. She has led commercial, legal, project finance, planning, environmental and sustainability, governance, risk, community and stakeholder relations functions. A respected authority with specialist expertise in public sector procurement and privately financed public infrastructure, Aneetha has advised national governments and shaped the public agenda in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Aneetha is a director of Aurecon’s Global Board and also a Board Member of Roads Australia. Aneetha holds a Bachelor and Masters of Law from the University of Melbourne, attended the Infrastructure Executive Education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.