IRF and Roads Australia to host major regional conference in Sydney, May 2015

September 17, 2014 – Road industry leaders from across Asia and the Pacific will descend on Sydney in May 2015 for the first ever joint regional conference hosted by the International Road Federation (IRF) Geneva and Roads Australia (RA).

The IRF – RA Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia will take place in Sydney between May 4 and 6 2015, coinciding with the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week. Road safety will be a key theme of the Conference, alongside innovation and value-for-money procurement and delivery of infrastructure.

In a joint statement, IRF Geneva Chairman, Kiran Kapila, and Roads Australia President, David Stuart-Watt, said the Conference would bring together industry leaders from both the private and public sectors to share learnings and strengthen regional relationships.

“Australia is regional headquarters to many international players and has a strong local road industry,” Mr Stuart-Watt said.

“This Conference takes place at a time when two of the biggest urban road projects ever undertaken in Australia are getting underway.  Our local industry is innovating and thriving, and we have a great story to tell.” 

Mr Kapila said the Conference would also reinforce the strong messages on road safety that are at the heart of the UN Global Road Safety Week.

“This is an opportunity for industry and governments to come together to share lessons on road safety and demonstrate a strong regional commitment to the goals of the Decade of Action for Road Safety,” Mr Kapila said. 

Dignitaries from governments across the region will be invited to Sydney to spell out their commitment to road safety and progress in meeting the goals set in the Decade of Action.

The organising committee is now inviting abstracts for presentations at the Conference.  The deadline for abstracts is November 30.

For more information, including sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, contact Mark Bowmer at Roads Australia – – or visit

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