In Sydney this afternoon, the Roads Australia 2021 Transport Oration was delivered by Julieanne Alroe, Chair of Infrastructure Australia.
Each year, the Transport Oration provides a senior industry or political leader with the opportunity to present their vision for land transport in Australia and reflect on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Julieanne's address today provided invaluable insights in to the thinking that underpins the next Australian Infrastructure Plan later this year, and how it will contribute to driving reforms Australia needs in order to boost productivity growth and enhance our standard of living.
This includes pursuing opportunities to enhance uptake of active transport to manage congestion in our major cities, identifying opportunities for growth in regional areas, promoting greater infrastructure pipeline visibility to allow industry to plan its investment and activities, and developing the industry's capacity - ensuring it has a skilled workforce capable of meeting future needs.
The commitment of Roads Australia's members to enhanced safety outcomes for our workforce and for the wider community has been borne out by the fact our Spotlight on Safety event in Brisbane on 6 May is now sold out (although waitlist is still available).
However, we will be conducting an active social media conversation throughout the event and its aftermath that will still enable you to share your views, even if you can't be there in person.
Check out the brief video preview of Spotlight on Safety below and find out how you can still be part of the discussion.
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Winner of Ray Fisher Award Announced
Roads Australia extends its congratulations to David Hazell from Cardno, who was announced as the winner of the 2020 Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence in Sydney this afternoon.
The formal presentation had been delayed by COVID restrictions, but was finally able to take place at the conclusion of the 2021 RA Transport Oration, with former RA President and RA Life Member Ray Fisher congratulating David on his success in securing this prestigious industry honour.
David Hazell has been an active proponent of research into the use of recycled materials in road construction throughout his 42-year career, encompassing both government and private sector roles.
His peer-reviewed efforts to demonstrate the environmental benefits and viability of sustainable materials and practices in the construction of pavements and roads across Australia and New Zealand have had a measurable impact upon the sector's environmental performance and delivered practical benefits for industry, government and the wider community.
In pioneering innovative ways to construct and rehabilitate roads and design pavements, David's work reflects a holistic approach to sustainability in infrastructure and asset management.
Importantly, David has also displayed an enormous commitment to sharing his knowledge across the industry, publishing numerous papers and educating his peers as a presenter at technical education seminars and short-courses which demonstrate that enhanced sustainability in pavement design is not merely desirable, but eminently achievable.
David’s ability to recognise issues, look into and find solutions for problems associated with pavements has been widely recognised across multiple jurisdictions and industry organisations and makes him a very worthy winner of the 2020 Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence.
David Hazell, Senior Pavement Engineer - Cardno
Preliminary Program - 2021 RA Transport Summit
The preliminary program for this year's RA Transport Summit in Sydney on 17 and 18 June is now available.
The Summit is the biggest policy event on RA’s calendar and will bring together international and Australian-based experts to explore the challenges and opportunities that now confront those who design, construct and maintain our integrated transport system.
In addition to insightful policy discussions and thought-provoking presentations, you’ll also have the opportunity to network with your fellow industry professionals and to meet our industry’s next generation of leaders.
Tickets for the Summit is sure to sell quickly, so please register now to secure your place.
(Please also note - the John Shaw Dinner is not included in the Transport Summit registration. If you wish to attend the John Shaw Dinner, you will need to register separately. See further details here.)
Progress On Perth's Smarter Freeways
Plans to roll out Smarter Freeways technology in Perth have progressed, with three consortia involving RA members invited to submit detailed proposals for construction and design:
- CPB, GHD, UGL and SAGE
- Intelligent Freeways Alliance (NRW, Lendlease Services, WSP)
- SmartWays Alliance (BMD, Ventia, Arup)
This phase of the project will deliver coordinated ramp signals at seven freeway entry ramps on the Mitchell Freeway (South) from Reid Highway to Vincent Street, along with lane use management technology that display open and closed traffic lanes for incident management - unlocking additional freeway capacity.
It is anticipated the works will deliver savings of up to seven minutes from Hodges Drive to Vincent Street. Learn more here.
The nation's largest road infrastructure project has chalked up another milestone as tunneling work on a crucial element of WestConnex in NSW passes the halfway mark. When completed, the Rozelle Interchange will involve a total of 24km of tunnels that will (in association with the M4-M5 tunnels) connect City West Link and the future Western Harbour Tunnel, while also alleviating congestion through bypassing Victoria Road. The Rozelle Interchange will enhance community amenity through the associated establishment of 10 hectares of public parkland and open space, incorporating new pedestrian and cycle paths.
Investments by the Federal and Victorian Governments will enhance traffic flows and pedestrian safety as new pedestrian crossing technology and electronic speed signs commence operation at schools across the west, east and south-east of Melbourne. The 75 new dynamic pedestrian crossings deploy sensors and high definition cameras to assess how many people are waiting at a crossing and adjust the crossing time accordingly.
To Queensland, where motorists using one of Brisbane's busiest interchanges are feeling the benefits of reduced congestion six months ahead of schedule thanks to early completion of the Sumners Road Interchange on the Centenary Motorway, which provides two new bridges, accommodates six lanes of traffic and removes two roundabouts. Work on the project was expediated to assist with post-COVID economic recovery, and early completion of the $80 million project means the 35,000 motorists who use the section of the Centenary Motorway daily are now experiencing safer journeys.
Austroads has released new guides to road design. The update to Part 1 of the Guide to Road Design provides practitioners with a detailed description of the critical aspects of road design, while the new Part 7: New and Emerging Treatments has been created to provide information to practitioners using emerging treatments.
The iMove CRC has shared the findings of its two year Sydney Mobility as a Service (MaaS) trial, which you can now view via a webinar recording and through the Final Report on the project. Research for the trial - the first of its type in Australia - was conducted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is working on creating a tax determination that will set out the Commissioner’s proposed view on what is a public road for fuel tax credit purposes. This will assist clients, tax professionals and industry with consistent classification of public roads. The determination, or one in draft form, is expected by June 2021.
RA member John Holland is among the first engineering companies in Australia to achieve Kitemark certification for its Building Information Modelling (BIM) capabilities. CEO Joe Barr said prioritising advancements in the digital space, particularly regarding BIM is an important part of the organisation's forward strategy. Learn more here.
Australian strategic advisory, project delivery and technical services consultancy Indec has reached agreement to be acquired by Egis, thus accelerating Egis’ ambition to become a key player in the Australian infrastructure market. David Gotze, Managing Director and Founder of Indec said: “During this time of a rapidly expanding Australian infrastructure pipeline, Indec will now be able to access global capabilities to better meet the complex needs of our existing and future clients." See more.
RA member Holcim is encouraging pedestrians to take care around heavy vehicles, producing a video, poster and brochure with the theme 'Look Out Before You Step Out'. The material encourages pedestrians to exercise caution around trucks - maintaining a safe distance so that drivers can see them and bearing in mind that trucks require extra distance to stop safely.
Former Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Warren Truss AC has been reappointed as Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), a position in which he has served since April 2018. Hon. Michael McCormack, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development said that Mr Truss’s wealth of knowledge in governance, freight and regional Australia will continue to be an asset to ARTC.
Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has announced the appointment of Tony Moleta as its Managing Director in Victoria. He began his career as an undergraduate at RLB just over 22 years ago before being appointed an associate in 2007, and then a director in 2014. Most recently, Tony established RLB’s Victorian Infrastructure Division and has overseen the rapid growth of its team and project portfolio.
The Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has a new CEO, with former Victorian Government Minister Mary Wooldridge taking over from outgoing CEO Libby Lyons, who has served in the role for six years. Minister for Women Senator the Hon. Marise Payne noted Ms. Wooldridge's experience in the non-government sector and public service (including as Minister for Women in the previous Victorian Government) as being of great value in further promoting and improving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
Yesterday RA provided evidence at a public hearing of the ongoing Senate Inquiry into the Inland Rail project. RA's comments reflected material from our original submission to the Inquiry in 2019, as well as more recent developments in connection with ARTC Inland Rail's positive approach to procurement on the project, facilitating involvement by regional contractors.
We also noted the numerous other benefits Inland Rail has for our industry, particularly around enhancing workforce capacity and skills in our sector, which can subsequently be deployed on other projects.
National Road Safety Week is less than a month away - and as part of RA's communications throughout the week of 16-23 May, we are eager to highlight what RA members are doing in order to spread the message about driving so that others survive.
If you have plans and/or activities that you would like RA to share on its social media channels during National Road Safety Week, please get in touch with Simon Morgan, RA Director - Corporate Affairs.
RA members wishing to provide feedback for consideration in the development of RA policy submissions should contact Royce Christie, RA Director - Policy.
RA member Laing O'Rourke has announced its ambitious new target for gender balance across its workforce, designed to ensure the numbers of men and women employed in its international staff (currently 5500 people) are equal by 2033.
This will also involve deploying specific initiatives designed to improve gender balance among frontline construction workers employed by the company.
Other mechanisms proven to increase female participation in the business include specific recruitment strategies targeting women, a referral bonus scheme, sponsorship of emerging female leaders and mandatory inclusivity training for senior and hiring managers.
These measures have already paid off for Laing O'Rourke, with the company now has 36% more women in senior project roles in Australia than 12 months ago. Learn more about their approach 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.
The NSW Government has announced a new partnership with Australian company Q-CTRL which will explore how quantum computing technology can create a more resilient integrated transport network.
This emerging technology uses quantum physics to undertake complex calculations in a fraction of the time it takes binary computer systems - potentially allowing transport vehicles and infrastructure to 'talk' to each other and facilitate real-time updates to schedules for services during times of high demand. Learn more via Transport for NSW.
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.
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