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  • Roads Australia Insider - Oct 6, 2016 Articled 2 weeks ago
    Infrastructure Victoria’s much anticipated Draft 30-year Infrastructure Strategy was released this week and is out for public consultation until the end of this month.
  • Governments told to be ready for start of driverless revolution by 2020 Articled 2 months ago
    Aug 24, 2016 - The driverless vehicle revolution will test the value of private car ownership and road-based public transport, and have a dramatic impact on everything from motor vehicle registration revenues to city planning and health spending, according to the key players in Australia’s land transport sector.
  • Transport Plan a dynamic blueprint for Perth’s future  Articled 3 months ago
    July 29, 2016 - Roads Australia welcomes the Perth Transport Plan as a timely and vital blueprint for the future mobility needs of a growing city.

Opposite ends of the continent, but not poles apart

Above: Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas locked in conversation with Daniel Gregor, Melbourne Transport and Advisory Services Manager with SMEC Australia

They might be operating at opposite ends of the country, but Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas and NT Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison share a common vision - to ensure the infrastructure is in place to fuel economic growth and social well-being in their respective jurisdictions.

Ms Manison, who is also the Territory's Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure, was our guest at a major industry lunch in Darwin this month, sponsored by CPB Contractors. It was the first time she'd spoken to the industry-at-large since the election of the new NT Government in August - and the clear message was that infrastructure was key to the continuing economic development of the Territory.

This was a sentiment echoed by Mark Coffey, head of the Federal Government Office of Northern Australia, in a policy briefing held prior to the lunch.

Meantime, in Melbourne Treasurer Tim Pallas ranged across topics from road spending - including maintenance - to ITS and the new Office of Projects Victoria, headed up by former Linking Melbourne Authority chief (and Roads Australia Vice President), Ken Mathers.

Sponsored by SMEC Australia, our Melbourne lunch drew 170 industry leaders.

Above left: (L to R) Chris Walton from Professionals Australia; RA President, David Stuart-Watt; Treasurer Tim Pallas; and Madeleine McManus from Monash University.  Above right: Nicole Manison.

Meantime, Building Queensland CEO, David Quinn, was our special guest at an exclusive single-table lunch sponsored by Arup in Brisbane last week.

David and his team provide the Queensland Government with independent, expert advice on major infrastructure, working closely with all departments, government-owned corporations and statutory authorities.

In June, Building Queensland delivered its first pipeline report, identifying four proposals as being ready for a government investment decision - Cross River Rail; the European Train Control System (ETCS)—Inner City; Cunningham Highway—Yamanto Interchange to Ebenezer Creek; and the Pacific Motorway—Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes.

Right:  Our Brisbane single-table lunch with David Quinn.  Below:  Arup's Alex Borg and David.

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Upcoming Roads Australia events

POLICY Driverless Disruption (Melbourne)


Driverless disruption - bigger than Ben Hur is the intriguing title of this interactive RA policy workshop, designed to tease out more of the implications and opportunities arising from the advent of automated vehicles. Proudly supported by Clayton Utz.  

Thursday October 27 2016
12:30 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Jeff McCarthy (Sydney)


We're delighted to welcome back RMS' Director of Infrastructure Development, Jeff McCarthy, to continue the round-table discussion we hosted in March this year. Part of the 2016 Coffey Series. 

Wednesday November 2 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Board and New Members Luncheon (Sydney)


Our inaugural New Members' Lunch is an opportunity to meet some of our Board members and senior staff, and at the same time get a better appreciation of what we do and how you can maximise the value of your membership. Part of the 2016 SMEC Australia Series.

Friday November 4 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Neil Scales (Brisbane)


Transport and Main Roads Director-General, Neil Scales, joins us for this high-level, single-table lunch. Part of the 2016 Advisian Series. 

Tuesday November 8 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Corey Hannett (Melbourne)


We're pleased to welcome back the Coordinator-General of Victoria's Major Transport Infrastructure Program, Corey Hannett, for this exclusive single-table lunch.  Proudly sponsored by BMD Constructions. 

Wednesday November 9 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Industry Luncheon with Paul Gelston (Adelaide)

NEW EVENT - BOOK NOW DPTI Chief Operating Officer, Paul Gelston, returns to the RA table for this not-to-be-missed, industry-wide lunch. Proudly sponsored by Laing O'Rourke.
Thursday November 10 2016
12:00 till 14:30

Women in Infrastructure (Melbourne)


RA continues to champion gender diversity across the roads industry, with the issue being the central focus of our inaugural Women in Infrastructure lunch. Part of the 2016 Coffey Series. 

Friday November 11 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA National Fellowship Dinner (Melbourne)


Roads Australia Fellows and Mentors, past and present, come together to welcome the 2017 intake and mark the completion of the 2016 Program at this major networking event.  Proudly sponsored by John Holland Group.

Tuesday November 15 2016
18:15 till 21:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Rene Hidding (Hobart)

Infrastructure Minister, Rene Hidding, rejoins the RA table to celebrate the Season with Tasmania's infrastructure leaders.  Proudly sponsored by pitt&sherry.
Monday November 21 2016
12:00 till 14:30

AGM/RA Annual Luncheon with Andrew Constance (Sydney)

NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Andrew Constance, returns for one of the biggest events on our calendar - our Sydney Annual Lunch. Proudly sponsored by Aurecon.
Friday November 25 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Luke Donnellan (Melbourne)

Roads, Road Safety and Ports Minister, Luke Donnellan, joins us to mark the end of another successful year for the Victorian infrastructure industry. Proudly sponsored by Laing O'Rourke.
Tuesday November 29 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon (Brisbane)

Our Annual Brisbane Lunch is an opportunity to celebrate the Season with the 'who's who' of Queensland roads and transport planning, design, delivery and operation. Proudly sponsored by Transurban.
Tuesday December 6 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon (Perth)

WA's infrastructure leaders will again be out in force for this major annual networking event. Proudly sponsored by GHD.
Thursday December 8 2016
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Stephen Mulligan (Adelaide)

Transport and Infrastructure Minister, Stephen Mullighan, will join colleagues from across South Australia's infrastructure sector to celebrate year's end at this major industry event. Proudly sponsored by Aurecon.
Tuesday December 13 2016
12:00 till 14:30

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Delivering for Australia's most important asset

As the peak body of road industry stakeholders, Roads Australia provides a national forum for debate and discussion on how we can best manage, fund, maintain and renew this vital economic asset for the benefit of all Australians.

Membership of Roads Australia is your entree to the most powerful networking experience in the Australian transport and infrastructure sectors. As we like to say, the top people come because the top people come.

Roads Australia has a unique approach to policy. We work from inside the tent, providing regular opportunities for our public and private sector members to come together in our Policy Chapters to drive practical policy outcomes. It's a formula for influencing policy like no other, and it works.

Did you know?

  • Australia's national road network is a $280 billion-plus asset.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.

  • Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although State-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.