Many of us have just enjoyed a relaxing Easter break with family and friends. Regrettably however, the long weekend was tinged with tragedy for far too many Australian families.
The spike in this year's national Easter road toll is a powerful reminder of the need to constant reinforce the road safety message and remind drivers of their obligation to behave responsibly on our roads.
National Road Safety Week on 16-23 May presents an opportunity for individuals and organisations to demonstrate their commitment to protecting the community, and to stand in solidarity with victims, their loved ones, and all those affected by road trauma.
RA is proud to again be a Principal Partner of National Road Safety Week this year, and to support the efforts being undertaken by Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH), federal, state and local government agencies, road safety organisations and corporates to encourage all road users to drive so that other survive.
In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing more details about how you can show your support for National Road Safety Week and help share information about the actions we can take to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads.
Of course, our industry's commitment to enhanced road safety outcomes will also be demonstrated during RA's upcoming Spotlight on Safety event in Brisbane on 6 May.
We have an impressive line of of speakers and places are filling quickly. If you haven't yet secured your seat, I encourage you to book now to make sure you are part of this vital safety conversation.
Stay safe and well
Chief Executive Officer
RA Insider is going weekly
Soon it will be even easier for your to keep in touch with what's happening across our industry and to share your news with the more than 18,000 recipients of RA Insider.
From mid-May, we will be producing an edition of RA Insider weekly each Thursday, with the first weekly edition planned for Thursday 13 May.
The move to a weekly publication will help ensure that subscribers to RA Insider are getting the very latest about RA's activities, as well as news and views from the world of integrated transport.
It will also provide RA members with more opportunities to showcase their projects, highlight the achievements of their people and share their ideas with our broader readership.
As always, if you have stories you'd like to include in RA Insider, please contact Simon Morgan, RA Director - Corporate Affairs.
Job Opportunity - Join the RA team
Do you have experience developing and analysing policy, a passion for integrated transport issues and relish the chance to work with a great team?
Roads Australia currently has an opportunity open for a Senior Policy Officer to assist with the development and delivery of evidence-based policy outcomes, across five transport policy streams – safety, capacity, transport reform, customer experience and sustainability.
Possessing the strong policy development and communication skills necessary to develop credible policy positions, the Senior Policy Officer will also have the agility and administrative skills to take ownership of organising events and meetings, as well as other policy related work.
For further details, view our job advertisement or contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy.
IA Chair to deliver RA 2021 Transport Oration
Each year, Roads Australia’s annual Transport Oration sees a senior industry or political leader present their vision for land transport in Australia and reflect on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
This year's event will take place in Sydney on Friday 23 April and will be delivered by Julieanne Alroe, Chair - Infrastructure Australia (IA), who will outline how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered Australia’s transport infrastructure priorities. She will also discuss how IA’s new investigative work around market capacity is drawing upon the experience of the last year to help industry deliver a record pipeline of transport infrastructure projects nationally.
As Infrastructure Australia prepares to launch the next Australian Infrastructure Plan in mid-2021, this is also your opportunity to learn more about how the updated Plan will contribute to driving reforms needed to boost productivity growth, in order to maintain and enhance our standard of living.
To register your attendance, click here.
Sponsorship of the RA 2021 Transport Oration is also available - please contact RA National Event & Membership Manager Marlie Curtis for details.
Building Queensland to integrate with government
The Queensland Government has announced it is integrating Building Queensland with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning.
Building Queensland has played a key role in setting government up for the successful delivery of major transport projects in Queensland. Building Queensland-led business cases have supported the development of various upgrades to the Bruce Highway (Caboolture/Bribie Island Road to Steve Irwin Way; Edmonton to Gordonvale; Kate Street to Aumuller Street), the M1 Pacific Motorway (Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill and Varsity Lakes to Tugun), as well as the Smithfield Transport Corridor and various rail projects including Cross River Rail, Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade and Gold Coast Light Rail Stage 3A.
Industry has long called for a transparent pipeline of work to have certainty to make business decisions. Part of this transparency is the early planning and sharing of project information, which Building Queensland has successfully delivered through its Infrastructure Pipeline Report, website and engagement with Roads Australia.
RA congratulates Building Queensland for its contribution to the infrastructure sector and looks forward to continuing our engagement with the Building Queensland team through the Department.
Testing remains crucial as infrastructure spend grows
As spending and road construction activity increases to stimulate post-COVID economic recovery, testing and compliance will play a critical role in ensuring initial construction costs are controlled and that future maintenance costs are minimised.
Rectification work as a result of non-compliance, for whatever reason, can run into multi millions of dollars on large projects, often with huge legal fees when disputes are not readily resolved.
The challenge facing the industry - and potential solutions - have been outlined in an article by Ray Farrelly OAM, Executive Manager: Professional Development at the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE).
Click here to read the article.
The NSW Government has established a Regional Road Flood Recovery Taskforce to assist with fast-tracking efforts to repair parts of the road network that suffered damage during recent flooding events across the state. Informed by lessons learned as part of recovery efforts during the 2019/20 bushfires, the Taskforce will assess damage, report ongoing road closures to locals, assist the freight industry and other road users, and support councils in applying for funds to undertake reconstruction and recovery works.
The Federal and Victorian Governments have provided an early look at how the Melbourne Airport Rail could take shape, providing concept designs for a proposed new rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River and elevated twin tracks between Sunshine and the Albion Junction. The new bridge would become the second-highest in Melbourne (after the West Gate), standing some 50 metres high and running alongside existing heritage-listed rail bridge over the Maribyrnong River. Construction on the Melbourne Airport Rail is scheduled to commence next year subject to all relevant approvals, with a target opening date of 2029.
To South Australia, where work has now commenced to address one of Adelaide's most frustrating traffic bottlenecks. The $196 million Ovingham Level Crossing Removal Project will see Torrens Road elevated over the rail line, meaning reduced travel times for the 21,300 vehicles on average that use the crossing each day. The project is expected to support 256 full-time jobs, with piling works due start in May 2021 and completion of the works due in 2023. More details are available here.
Main Roads Western Australia is encouraging drivers to interact safely with oversize and overmass (OSOM) vehicles through the launch of new videos and online resources. The videos provide easy-to-follow advice for what drivers should do when they encounter oversize vehicles travelling towards them, accompanied by a Heavy Vehicle Pilot or Traffic Escort Warden vehicle. There's also advice about how to safely interact with and overtake longer vehicles, including road trains. Learn more about the the campaign and view the videos here.
Infrastructure Victoria has released outcomes of its month-long virtual workshop series with the community around the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). The panel has delivered a total of 21 recommendations for Victoria’s independent infrastructure advisory body to consider in supporting this transition. These include advocating for government fleets to use electric cars (which could create a second-hand market with lower prices) and introducing planning controls that would require new developments to install charging infrastructure.
RA is pleased share some exciting results from the trial of An Integrated Approach to Wellness - an industry-first organisational culture framework proven to significantly reduce workplace burnout and improve work-life balance. The framework is being tested through a pilot program with RA members McConnell Dowell and Decmil (who are working together on the Mordialloc Freeway Project joint venture). It provides a standardised approach for building a culture of positive mental health and wellbeing in organisations, driving much-needed positive cultural change for the construction industry and beyond. Learn more here.
TSA Management (TSA) has acquired the Capital Projects Advisory team from Advisian, which will see 110 people join TSA’s Advisory arm, creating a 530 person APAC Project Consulting business. TSA's CEO, Andrew Wilson, said, "We wanted to create a place where our staff and our clients could be excited by what we are building. There are very few independent global project consultancies, and we wanted to create one here in Australia and New Zealand. The Advisian team have deep experience in Capital Projects Advisory, and we know our clients are excited by the change. We are excited to have the Capital Projects Advisory team join our advisory business."
Egis has appointed Hongyu Li as Chief Executive Officer of its Asia-Pacific Region to lead the implementation of the 5-year strategy. Hongyu will oversee the Group’s growth in the zone and organise Egis’ current and future business activities dealing in the key sectors of Buildings, Rail & Urban Transportation and Operation & Maintenance. Australia is among five target countries to drive growth. Hongyu will be based in the regional headquarters in Hong Kong.
Lendlease has announced the appointment of Deborah (Deb) Yates as its Chief People Officer, to be based in Sydney. She joins the organisation after a 25 year career in the HR space, most recently as KPMG’s National Managing Partner for People and Corporate Affairs. She will commence in the role on 1 July.
Clough has made two new appointments to its Executive Committee (EXCOM). Jing Leong, Chief Business Integration and Security Officer, has been appointed in recognition of how crucial his responsibilities (which include the Group’s cyber security and the protection of its data) are to day-to-day operations across the whole organisation. Similarly, Cynthia Calderon, Group Manager Corporate Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement has been added to the EXCOM, reflecting the pivotal role communications plays in achieving strategic goals.
RA has collaborated with the Australasian Railway Association (ARA) to produce a joint submission to Federal Parliament's current inquiry into Australia’s Skilled Migration Program.
The inquiry is examining opportunities to streamline processes around migration for skilled international workers, with a particular focus on ensuring Australia has access to the skills needed to support delivery of infrastrucutre projects that will underpin post-COVID economic recovery.
The joint RA/ARA submission calls on government to work with relevant industry associations to identify additional occupations for inclusion on the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation list, and to include infrastrucutre as a ‘target sector’ for the purposes of the Global Talent Visa Program.
The joint submission is expected to be released publicly shortly via the inquiry's website, and will also be made available on RA's website once public.
Don't forget to pitch us your road safety innovation or invention for a chance to present at our upcoming flagship safety policy event - Spotlight on Safety
This year's program will incorporate an innovation and invention session - and we want to hear pitches from industry, government, research bodies and the community about innovative or inventive road safety projects, campaigns or initiatives.
Those selected will be invited to present a 3-4 minute PowerPoint presentation at the event, followed by questions from our audience of road safety professionals.
To learn more about this opportunity and details of how to submit your pitch, click here.
RA members wishing to provide feedback for consideration in the development of RA policy submissions should contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy.
RA congratulates our first-ever Roads Australia Fellow from Tasmania, Erin Jackson of GHD, on winning the prestigious GHD Chairman’s Award for Technical Excellence for her development of the Network Operation Plan for central/urban Launceston.
Erin and her project team worked alongside the Department of State Growth and the City of Launceston to trial a new approach to undertaking network planning. Their Network Operation Plan is a decision-making framework that incorporates components of the Movement and Place methodology, specifically, the better integration of land use and place into the allocation of road space during the design process. This method, which better situates Place as a dimension, provides a graphical output of the proposed development and can be used to resolve conflicts with stakeholders that may not have common objectives.
This augmented tool is a pragmatic approach to planning integrated transport that has the potential to offer major benefits to the residents. If adopted, the tool could provide a framework for improving Inner Launceston’s transportation network, reducing congestion, improving public safety and preparing the built environment for potential future mode shifts to more active transport options.
You can learn more about Erin's award here.
Remember, if you have news, views or innovations in the D&I space to share with the readers of RA Insider, please get in touch with Marlie Curtis at RA.
World-leading transport technology is now being trialed in Coffs Harbour NSW, where the next phase of the BusBot trial will see the public shuttle service operate at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Garden in true driverless mode. There will be no supervisor on-board the vehicle, although it will continue to be monitored remotely.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said this will make the Coffs Harbour service the first automated passenger shuttle bus service to reach this global milestone. Learn more here.
New RA events are continuing to roll out all the time, so download our events calendar or keep an eye on our website www.roads.org.au to make sure you don't miss out on networking opportunities.
Event Enquiries - Contact RA Director Events Rachael Rooney
Booking Enquiries - Contact RA Event Coordinator Alex Smith
Sponsorship Enquiries - Contact RA National Event & Membership Manager Marlie Curtis
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