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2017 RA NATIONAL ROADS SUMMIT – MAY 31 AND 1 JUNE

On 31 May and 1 June, Roads Australia hosted the annual National Roads Summit.  The Conference and John Shaw Dinner exceeded expectations - with over 310 attending the Conference and 750 attending the gala dinner.

On Day 1, the NSW Minister for Roads, Freight and Maritime opened the event detailing the states road transport priorities.

Highlights from the Summit on Day 1 included the:

·    Launch of RA’s Preparing for the driverless revolution report detailing the key findings from the international study visit to RA members

·    Road agency CEO’s panel session was hugely popular. Neil Scales emphasised the importance of agility as the transport market transforms. John Merritt spoke in strong support of road safety and Ken Kanofski explained that better understanding customer expectations in community terms is key to delivering great journeys.

·    Telstra’s Chief Scientist, Hugh Bradlow, forecast new forms of supercomputing as the next era of innovation to support automated vehicles, and that quantum computing will enable every journey to be optimised

·    Concurrent sessions on asset management, road safety, road pricing and customers were all well-attended with over 50 attendees at each session.

On Day 2, RA’s Capacity Chapter launched the ‘2017 Cost of tendering’ survey results to RA members revealing consistent themes from across RA’s 5 years of investigation into procurement and tendering processes.

In the same session, Scott Olsen hosted Roads and Maritime Services’ General Manager for Commercial – Infrastructure Division, Shalendra Ranasinghe, who offered an insightful agency perspective highlighting capability and capacity as important themes.

Infrastructure Australia’s CEO, Phil Davies, presented transport reform as a national opportunity ready to harness.  Phil provided an update on key national priority list, the importance of sustainable road funding, the case for user pays approach and the case for road market reform.

Before lunch, the Cities of the Future panel session was an incredibly valuable conversation about the role of sustainability and cities for people. Lucy Turnbull described growth of urban canopy as a must.  Clare Gardiner-Barnes reaffirmed the need for integrated land use and transport planning to be able to provide the most valuable service to Australian communities.

Bernard Salt closed the conference with a thought-provoking presentation over lunch about cultural shifts and the future of Australian cities. 

Thank you to all our members who supported and attended the Conference. We look forward to seeing you again next year. 

More presentations and photos available to view here. 

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Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Forum (Perth)

Our annual Perth Forum is the biggest event on our WA calendar. This year's event will be opened by Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, with our lunch speaker being Department of Transport Director-General, Richard Sellers. Proudly sponsored by Altus Traffic, BMD Constructions and Advisian.

This event is now closed.  If you have any changes or late enquiries contact rachael@roads.org.au

Tuesday June 27 2017
08:30 till 14:30

RA POLICY - Western Sydney of the Future Forum (Sydney)

Join us for our inaugural Western Sydney of the Future Forum, an initiative of the RA Sustainability Chapter. Proudly sponsored by AECOM.

This event is now closed.  If you have any changes or late enquiries contact rachael@roads.org.au

Thursday June 29 2017
10:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Corey Hannett (Melbourne)

BY INVITATION

Co-ordinator General of Victoria's Major Transport Infrastructure Program, Corey Hannett, returns to update our industry leaders. Part of the 2017 Cardno Series.
Wednesday July 5 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA Single Table Luncheon with Miles Vass (Brisbane)

BY INVITATION

Queensland Transport and Main Roads Deputy Director-General, Miles Vass, is back for this top-shelf networking opportunity. Part of the 2017 Aurecon Series.
Friday July 7 2017
12:00 till 14:30

RA POLICY Strategic Road Maintenance - Making money work smarter (Sydney)

POLICY - Join an invaluable RA policy discussion on strategic road maintenance. Proudly supported by Advisian

Thursday July 13 2017
09:00 till 14:00

RA POLICY - Industry Briefing on RA International Study Visit on Automated Vehicles (Sydney)

Join us for a whirlwind update on key findings from RA’s recent international study visit on automated vehicles, recently launched in RA’s interim report Preparing for the driverless revolution’  Proudly sponsored by Kapsch

Wednesday July 19 2017
10:15 till 14:00

RA POLICY Policymaker Forum (Sydney)

BY INVITATION

This policymaker meeting directly follows the Industry Briefing on key findings from RA's International Study Visit on Automated Vehicles. This is a follow up meeting to the first held in February 2017, hosted by RA's Transport Reform Policy Chapter. 

Wednesday July 19 2017
14:30 till 16:00

RA Industry Luncheon with Julienne TePohe (Adelaide)

We welcome Julienne TePohe, Chief Corporate Officer at the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Chair of the Women in DPTI Committee.  Julienne will seek to address some of the key issues in enhancing gender diversity, and discuss what the Department is doing to tackle some of these.  Proudly sponsored by Laing O'Rourke

Friday July 21 2017
12:00 till 14:30

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