Roads Australia’s great strength lies in our ability to bring industry and governments together to pursue collaborative and solutions-focussed policy outcomes. This has been evident this week, as RA appeared before two separate parliamentary inquiries dealing with matters of vital importance to our industry.
On Tuesday, we addressed the NSW Legislative Council’s Inquiry into Road Tolling Regimes, in support of the submission we made earlier this year. This was an important opportunity to reinforce that involving the private sector in design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of transport infrastructure facilitates innovation - and ultimately leads to better project and community outcomes.
Earlier today, we appeared before the Federal Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Road Safety, where we able to draw attention to matters in our submission, especially around improving safety for on-site road workers. In two weeks, we will be back before another Federal Parliamentary inquiry, this time focusing on issues contained in our submission to the House of Representatives Inquiry into Procurement Practices for Government-funded Infrastructure.
Our commitment to industry collaboration has also been in evidence over recent times, though initiatives such as the Joint Industry Statement on speed cameras for road work sites and our recently-announced industry partnership that will identify opportunity to reduce the climate change impact of new and existing transport infrastructure.
RA’s approach to policy eschews the pursuit of a short-term headline in favour of outcomes that will be durable over the longer term, delivering benefits to the industry, governments and the wider community. We will continue to work with our members and stakeholders to bring about policy changes required to enhance our industry’s productivity, diversity and sustainability.
Stay well and safe
Chief Executive Officer
Meet RA's new Director - Membership
RA is excited to welcome Georgie Fidge to the team this week as our new Director – Membership.
Georgie comes to RA with an impressive array of experience garnered through more than 25 years’ experience in senior strategic marketing, communication and stakeholder roles across a breadth of industries and premium brands.
This has included working in a diverse range of sectors such as construction, financial services, the AFL, education and FMCG. She has specific experience working with member-based organisations to meet growth objectives and enhance impact.
Engaging with complex issues across varied industries has equipped Georgie with a deep appreciation of how policy leadership and meaningful engagement with stakeholders are central to delivering outcomes and a value proposition for members.
Georgie’s role is a crucial one within RA, driving our vision in recognising the need to champion a diverse, inclusive, sustainable and values-led organisation and industry. In collaboration with the RA team and our members, Georgie will help RA to build its presence as a voice of influence and enhance our industry’s profile in the broader community.
Over the coming weeks, Georgie will continue to reach out to members to understand more about your priorities and to discuss opportunities for collaboration. RA members who would like to contact Georgie directly are welcome to do so via email or mobile (0414 739 732).
LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE -
Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence
There's just over one week remaining until nominations close for this year's Ray Fisher Award for Technical Excellence.
This award recognises an individual for technical excellence in the broader transport industry.
To be eligible, a nominee's contribution must be in a technical or scientific area relevant to transport in Australia.
For more details on the award and to nominate someone you know, please download the nomination form. Nominations close at COB on Friday, 8 October 2021.
SICE supports delivery of Auckland's City Rail Link
SICE has been appointed to provide the design, testing and commissioning of the Tunnel Ventilation Control System of the City Rail Link project in Auckland.
This is currently New Zealand's largest transport infrastructure project and is being delivered by the Link Alliance consortium, which includes other RA members Downer, WSP, AECOM and Tonkin & Taylor.
This represents SICE's first rail contract in the ANZ region, and includes an option to deliver support and maintenance of the systems for two years.
A reminder too that RA is seeking Expressions of Interest for the Roads Australia Study Visit to New Zealand, scheduled for the week of 4 April 2022 (subject to COVID border restrictions easing). You can register your interest in participating by emailing RA CEO Michael Kilgariff.
RA CEO Michael Kilgariff and Royce Christie, Director - Policy appeared via video link earlier today at a public hearing of Federal Parliament's Joint Select Committee on Road Safety.
This was an important opportunity to reinforce the issues contained in our submission to the Committee last month and to engage in a conversation with MPs and Senators from all parties about road safety issues.
During our appearance, RA particularly emphasised the unique safety challenges facing road workers. Given the massive pipeline of road infrastructure now being delivered nationally because of post-COVID economic stimulus, ensuring those for whom the road is also a workplace return safe to their loved ones each day has become even more salient.
One of the key challenges faced in the development of road worker safety initiatives is the lack of empirical evidence around incidents and ‘near misses’ involving roadside workers. The development of a reliable central repository for this data is an urgent priority and RA again emphasised our call for this to be led at the national level by the Office of Road Safety, with cooperation and input from all other jurisdictions.
We also noted that government clients should be setting the standard by actively seeking the incorporation of enhanced road worker safety measures within bids, so that contractors who win work are applying a high level of safety for those workers present at sites. The concept of value within contracts must include a focus on safety, rather than a narrow ‘cash only’ basis.
The Committee's hearings will continue in the weeks ahead, with its final Report due to be presented by 1 July 2022.
Congratulations to Founder and President of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group Peter Frazer, who has been awarded the 2021 Australasian College of Road Safety Fellowship. The award recognises Peter's tireless advocacy in support of better road safety across the nation over the past decade, following the tragic death of his daughter Sarah in a roadside accident in 2012. This has included establishing Australia's annual National Road Safety Week, for which Roads Australia is a proud Principal Partner each year.
GHD has announced several transport related Business Group Leader appointments in its Brisbane office. Angela Fry will lead South Queensland Roads & Highways, David Law takes on Rail, Norest Govha will be responsible for Aviation & Pavements, while Shelly Webster will lead South Queensland Integrated Transport Planning. The changes will also see David Parminter - who has led GHD's combined transport team in Brisbane over recent years - take on a new role as the organisation's Relationship Manager with Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
Keith Lawson has been appointed to the role of Senior Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific & Middle East at Jacobs, based in Singapore. A civil engineer with a background in the delivery of large infrastructure projects, Keith’s 20-year career has spanned Europe, Australia and Asia covering business leadership roles across operations, business development and project delivery. Since joining Jacobs 14 years ago, Keith has progressed through a range of leadership roles, most recently in the role of Vice President and Regional Director, Asia since 2018.
Tenders are now open through Transport for NSW for a head contractor to manage the upgrade of four sections of the Newell Highway between Narrabri and Moree. Jointly funded between the Federal and NSW Governments, the package includes new road pavement, intersection improvements, widening of road shoulders and the provision of five additional overtaking lanes. A mandatory pre-tender meeting for pre-qualified tenderers will be held on Tuesday 12 October, with tenders closing on Friday 19 November.
Safety issues on regional roads in Victoria has been highlighted through the results of the My Country Road survey released by RACV this week. 4,000 participants engaged in the process, providing a clear picture of locations across the network where safety challenges exist and offering thoughts on potential solutions. Respondents nominated dangerous driver behaviour as the most significant road safety challenge to be overcome, with sixty-one per cent agreeing that speed limits on selected roads should be reduced until upgrades occur.
In Queensland, the Sunshine Coast's largest-ever infrastructure is now complete, with the $932 million upgrade of the Bruce Highway commenced in 2017 now completed. Jointly funded by the Federal and the Queensland Governments, the works have increased capacity from four lanes to six between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway. At the same time, there have been significant safety enhancements delivered through interchange upgrades and the construction of new service roads for local traffic.
A tender for works to upgrade the Heysen Tunnels in South Australia has been released to market, with works on the project jointly funded by the Federal and SA Governments expected to commence in the second quarter of 2022. The works package will include upgraded lighting and ventilation, new fire suppression and traffic management systems, an upgraded over-height vehicle detection system and improved communication systems between the tunnel and Traffic Management Centre. The tender closes on Thursday 14 October.
As communities seek greater integration of transport services, a number of cities around Australia are currently delivering projects that enhance connections between airports and passenger rail services. This article from WSP examines some of the challenges and solutions for designing and constructing new rail infrastructure at airports while maintaining airport operations, especially noting opportunities around digital engineering and sustainability initiatives.
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The Port Wakefield to Port Augusta Alliance, comprising RA members CPB Contractors, Aurecon and GHD working with SA's Department for Infrastructure and Transport is facilitating skills and training opportunities on the project that will help enhance the diversity of the industry's workforce.
Through a partnership with TAFE SA and Intract Australia, the Alliance is facilitated an on-site training program for 16 Indigenous trainees on the Port Wakefield Overpass and Highway Duplication Project.
Conducted over 16 weeks, the program supported each participant to obtain a Certificate II in Civil Construction, as well as offering practical on-site experience each day.
The success of this initiative is borne out by the fact that each of trainees taking part has now secured an employment opportunity within the industry. The program is an excellent example of an industry-driven initiative the is addressing barriers to participation within our sector, while also ensuring our workforce is future-ready. See more details here.
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.
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