RA takes its leadership role in promoting diversity and talent in the industry very seriously.
In this video I discuss some of the initiatives that RA is pursuing to champion a diverse, inclusive, sustainable and values-led organisation and industry.
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RA has released a forward calendar of planned events for the 2021/22 financial year which indicates remaining opportunities for sponsorship.
Sponsorships for events over the next year are selling quickly, so if you are interested in securing your preferred event, please act quickly!
To discuss your sponsorship options, please contact RA's Manager - Membership & Programs Prue Northey.
RA Director - Membership: Applications close tomorrow
A reminder that applications for an exciting opportunity as RA's Director - Membership close at 5pm tomorrow (Friday 23 July).
This is a senior position with high member visibility, engagement and responsibility. It offers a real opportunity to bring your professional and personalised approach to supporting Roads Australia's membership and programs.
For further information about the role and how to apply, please click here.
It is has been announced that Shane Graham will be leaving his role as Executive General Manager - Commercial at Holcim. He first joined the organisation as the Executive General Manager of Humes in March 2016 before subsequently being appointed to the role of Executive General Manager Commercial and Major Projects. Shane will focus on strategic projects before finishing up with Holcim at the end of October.
Tim Mumford has joined Beca as Business Director, Digital and Innovation, working from the organisation's Melbourne office. Tim's most recent role was with Infrastructure Australia, where he provided strategic advice on the development of the soon-to-be-released 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan. In his new role with Beca, Tim will take a leading role in the development and implementation of Beca’s digital strategy. See more details about the appointment here.
It was fantastic to bring people together at AECOM’s office in Brisbane on Tuesday evening for a group mentoring session as part of RA’s Emerging Leaders Program.
Hosted by Stuart Cook, Transport Lead – QLD, BG&E and RA Future Leaders Committee member, this session was themed around ‘Embracing Digital Transport’, exploring how data and technology are transforming the delivery and operation of integrated transport infrastructure.
This led our participants into some broader conversations with our mentors about what these changes mean for emerging leaders within the industry – and the leadership styles that will be most effective in this contemporary environment.
Particular thanks go to our mentors - Stuart Cook, Transport Lead – QLD, BG&E; Colette Munro, Chief Digital Officer, AECOM; Jo Duncan, Associate Director, ANZ Digital Solutions, AECOM and Yogish Archar, Project Manager – Townsville Ring Road Stage 5, Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Thanks also to AECOM for generously sponsoring the event and hosting the session at their office.
Remember, if you have news or achievements in the D&I space to share with our readers, please send details through to Prue Northey at RA.
The NSW Government has launched the first of three major tunnelling contracts for Sydney Metro West, with a joint venture between RA members Acciona Construction Australia and Ferrovial Construction. The $1.96bn contract includes the delivery of 11 kilometres of twin rail tunnels between Sydney Olympic Park and The Bays, as well as excavation and civil works for five new stations at The Bays, Five Dock, Burwood North, North Strathfield and Sydney Olympic Park. The tunnels will be constructed using two double shield, hard rock tunnel boring machines (TBMs), with completion expected in late 2025. See more.
In Victoria, those who make use of bus services will be able to gauge the network's performance more easily, with detailed service performance data now set to be produced monthly, in line with information that is already provided for train and tram services. The real-time passenger capacity indicator RideSpace, which is already available on train services, is also set to be trialed on high-frequency routes on the bus network to provide customers with accurate information that will allow them to plan journeys. See more details here.
In Queensland, the Department of Transport and Main Roads has opened applications for not-for-profit organisations seeking a share of $22.5 million of grants funding available for the state's Learner Driver Mentor and Road Safety Education Programs. Both programs focus on supporting younger drivers, by helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds obtain supervised on-road driving experience and by equipping children, adolescents and young people with the attitudes, skills and knowledge they need to become safer road users. Applications are open until 27 August. For further information and to apply, click here.
To South Australia, where the State Government is seeking industry and community feedback on the draft of South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy to 2031. The draft strategy included updated targets that seek to reduce fatalities from the current three-year average of 96 per year to less than 47 per year by 2031, and reduce serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2031 – a reduction from 708 to fewer than 515 on average. Feedback can be provided by completing a short survey, and written submissions can also be emailed. Submissions close on 1 September.
Infrastructure WA has released Western Australia's inaugural draft 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy for industry and community comment. Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow contains 88 individual recommendations - and around 75 per cent of these are non-build recommendations. There is a particular focus on responding to climate change challenges and enabling more effective approaches to asset management to extend the life of infrastructure through digital technology and real time date. Comments on the draft can be provided until 15 September. See more.
RA member SICE has been awarded a contract by the CPB Ghella UGL (CGU) Joint Venture delivering the the M6 Stage 1 project in Sydney. The agreement will see SICE deliver the Operations Management and Control System (OMCS) for the project, building on SICE's long-term commitment to transforming Sydney’s road network in partnership with the NSW Government, as the M6 Stage 1 connects underground into the WestConnex M8, also controlled by SICE’s OMCS. See more details here.
Infrastructure Australia (IA) has released a major refresh of its Assessment Framework, incorporating broader assessment criteria which allow for more holistic review of a proposal’s benefits. This enables Infrastructure Australia to better take account of benefits such as sustainability, resilience and quality of life in assessing proposed infrastructure projects. The updated Assessment Framework responds to input from stakeholders, aligns with state and territory approaches, and builds on IA's own research and experience from assessing infrastructure proposals.
Remember, if your organisation has news to share with the readers of RA Insider, please send details through to Simon Morgan
Last week, RA provided a detailed submission to the current House of Representatives Inquiry into Procurement Practices for Government-funded Infrastructure.
Governments across Australia are investing in road and transport projects at record levels, with many new infrastructure development and improvement projects across all states and territories. These investments are driven by a need to stimulate economic growth following the COVID-19 pandemic, and to deliver improved transport outcomes for the community.
Yet industry is facing a number of pressures as it seeks to deliver this massive pipeline of projects, especially in relation to industry capacity and capability. Continued border closures are making it difficult to recruit specialist workers to deliver complex projects, skills training is not properly aligned to industry needs and Australia lacks consistent national approaches to the uptake of enhanced contracting models and technological innovations, including digital engineering.
RA's submission makes 13 individual recommendations for ways Federal Parliament can use its position as a major funder of transport infrastructure projects to drive procurement reform. This includes focusing on procurement approaches that will enhance the uptake of technology across the sector, promote the use of recycled materials to promote greater sustainability in transport infrastructure, and the adoption of inclusive procurement models that will create a more skilled and diverse workforce more capable of reflecting community expectations.
RA's submission will be made available once it has been formally accepted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Infrastructure, Transport and Cities.
Many of the themes contained in RA's submission are also reflected in this joint letter signed by 14 industry groups, which calls on Federal Parliament to play an active role in driving improved industry culture and enhancing industry capacity and capability.
A reminder that RA is currently developing a submission for the Federal Parliament's recently announced inquiry into measures that can be taken to reduce trauma and deaths on Australian roads.
If you have suggestions or comments for inclusion as part of RA's submission, please get in touch with Royce Christie at RA.
New RA events are continuing to roll out all the time. Check out our Events Calendar and 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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