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The Hub is the place where integrated transport meets. News, views and insights on infrastructure and integrated transport issues brought to you by Roads Australia.
Feb 21, 2024
Empowering women this IWD: Heather Jones
Listen in for the first of a two-part series focusing on the economic empowerment of women in the transport sector in the lead-up to International Women’s Day. In this episode, you’ll hear from Heather Jones – Founder of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls Group. Heather is living this year’s IWD theme of economic empowerment every day, providing incredible opportunities for women in the transport sector and drawing on her incredible story to support women grasp new opportunities.
Dec 6, 2023
Asset Management: Doing more with less
In this episode of The Hub hear from Peter Dourlein Global Asset Management Director, Arcadis, as he discusses all things asset management with Verity Turner, Environment and Planning Director, Transurban and Deputy Chair of RA's Future Leaders Committee. Peter's passion for a more sustainable transport future shines through as he outlines how our industry can do more with less in a tough economic environment.
Nov 15, 2023
Enhancing road worker safety
November 9 marked Road Worker Day of Remembrance, an opportunity to reflect on and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while working on our road network. Roads Australia is proud to support this initiative, as a principal partner of the Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH) Group and we remain steadfast in our commitment to supporting measures that lead to improved safety outcomes for road workers. With this recent date in mind and the launch of the Australian Work Zone Memorial by the Traffic Management Association of Australia, now is a timely opportunity to share some snippets from our panel discussion on road safety at our Transport Summit held in Sydney earlier this year. The panel discussion was moderated by James Pennings, Chief Commercial Officer at Altus. You’ll also hear from: - Matthew Bereni, CEO, Traffic Management Association of Australia - Lee Vossen, Traffic Manager – Sydney Gateway Project, Seymour Whyte - Jane Rotsey, General Manager – Health Safety and Environment, Transurban
Oct 18, 2023
Global decarbonisation lessons
Listen in to this exciting new episode of The Hub and hear from Jose Luis Blasco – Global CEO, ACCIONA Carbon Technologies. Following the recent launch of the Infrastructure Net Zero Initiative, Independent Chair, Nicole Lockwood, sat down with Jose Luis when he was in Australia recently to discuss all things infrastructure decarbonisation, from carbon pricing, lessons from across Europe and the opportunities to shape a more sustainable transport future. This is a great chance to hear firsthand from a global sustainability leader with extensive experience driving decarbonisation across the world.
Sep 20, 2023
Decarbonising transport operations with GHD
Decarbonising transport is a crucial part of Australia's journey to a zero-emission future. In this episode hear from GHD Queensland Market Leader Mia Barnard about the opportunities and solutions available to work towards this goal in the future. Alongside Mia, GHD Fleet Decarbonisation Lead, Rippan Bhattacharjee, discusses the challenges faced with the decarbonisation of heavy vehicles and GHD's fleet decarbonisation efforts in Canada.
Sep 6, 2023
Procurement and risk
In December 2022, RA released the Procurement Reform Report Update: Momentum for a sustainable transport sector This summary of a panel discussion at RA's 2023 Transport Summit includes perspectives from both government and industry that highlight progress on procurement reform to date. Panellists discussed the current economic climate and how governments, industry and the community can get the best possible return from transport infrastructure projects. Speakers in this episode: - Scott Olson, CEO, Fredon - Kay Salvair Smith, Managing Director, Fusion Advisory - Don Johnson, Chief Operating Officer and Executive General Manager – NSW Civil and Rail / Tunnelling / Major Projects, CPB Contractors - Camilla Drover, Deputy Secretary – Infrastructure and Place, Transport for NSW
Aug 2, 2023
Youth and passion in transport
We’re excited to bring you this podcast featuring RA's inspiring 2022 and 2023 Emerging Leader PPP winners. This annual award is presented to a leader who displays the values of Promise, Passion and Pursuit within the transport industry. In this episode you'll hear from: - 2022 PPP Award Winner: John Hallam, Associate Director - Infrastructure Advisory Group - 2023 PPP Award Winner: Fiona McDonald, Senior Manager Inter Government Relations, Industry Engagement & Development, Infrastructure & Place - Transport for NSW The recipient of the PPP award, generously sponsored by CPB Contractors, has the opportunity to engage in a 12-month industry ambassador experience, observing and understanding how leaders interact and make decisions while playing an integral role in the growth and development of the Emerging Leaders Program, crucial in highlighting the amazing opportunities across the transport sector and promoting the industry as a career of choice.
Jul 19, 2023
Sustainability and the circular economy
This episode is the second in our series of panel discussion summaries from RA’s Transport Summit held earlier in the year. This episode is focused on sustainability and the opportunities that exist to utilise circular economy principles across the transport and infrastructure sectors, while also considering potential policy shifts to continue supporting the decarbonisation journey of the industry. Speakers: - Nicole Neal, Chief Executive – Australia, Tonkin + Taylor - Alexandra Monson, Group Manager – Sustainability, Ventia - Bede Noonan, Chief Executive Officer, ACCIONA Australia - Joan Ko, Principal | Climate & Sustainability Leader – Australasia, Arup
Jul 5, 2023
Convergence: How decarbonisation drives transport productivity
As part of RA’s Transport Summit five panel discussions were held on some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the transport industry. We are excited to share snippets of these informative discussions, with leaders in their respective fields bouncing ideas off one another, sharing innovative ideas and highlighting the opportunities that exist across the transport sector. In his episode, we’ll bring you some of the perspectives that were shared in the first of these panel discussions, “Convergence: How decarbonisation drives transport productivity," made possible thanks to the support of Arup. Speakers: - Alex Borg, Principal & Highways Leader Australasia, Arup - Silje Troseth, Vice President APAC & General Manager – Australia , Q-Free ASA - Simon Swan, Global Solutions Director – New Mobility, Arcadis - Rita Excell, Head of Transport ANZ, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Apr 19, 2023
Getting ready for RADS
Data offers a world of opportunity to underpin the delivery of transport services that are more aligned with customer experiences. When it comes to the management of transport infrastructure and assets, data is a powerful tool that lets us plan and deliver those activities more effectively. However, all of this relies on interoperability. If systems can’t ‘talk’ to each other, we will miss out on productivity, safety and customer experience benefits. And that’s where data standards come in. To talk about why they matter, how they can help and some of the work Austroads has been doing to prepare and now implement a data standard for the national road network, RA is joined by Dr Sarah Jones, who is Project Director for the implementation of Austroads’ Road Asset Data Standard (RADS). You can learn more about RADS and its associated knowledge sharing platform here And if you missed Dr. Sarah Jones' recent article in RA Insider, it's also available on our website
Apr 5, 2023
Putting decarbonisation at the centre of design
Decarbonisation is at the forefront of plenty of design conversations in the transport sector today. But there are still some industry participants unsure of where and how to get started, because they don't feel they have the right tools to start driving change in the way they do business. Following on from his recent article in RA Insider, we're joined by Ken Lunty, Technical Director, Arcadis Australia and his colleague Nicole Liang to explore implementing a holistic approach to embedding decarbonisation into the design process.
Mar 21, 2023
Recently, RA held a series of networking events in all state capitals in support of *International Women's Day 2023* and its theme, embrace equity. In this episode, we're bringing you some of the perspectives that were shared by our keynote speakers and panel members at those events. This is not an exhaustive representation of everything that was said by every speaker at every event. Rather, we're hoping to provide listeners with a snapshot of some different views and ideas put forward about what industry can do to better support women and create a more welcoming workforce environment.
Aug 15, 2022
Shaping a more sustainable transport sector and workforce
RA sits down for a conversation with Belinda Virant, Managing Director – Transportation, Arcadis Australia. Belinda discusses how her own career journey and perspectives are fueling her passion for creating a more sustainable transport sector and enhancing workforce culture. You can also listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Aug 9, 2022
Next Generation Perspectives - Sustainability and Engineering Careers
This episode spotlights a case competition hosted by RA member SYSTRA ANZ for University of NSW students, in partnership with the UNSW Women in Engineering Society. Meet some of those involved in this year's competition - as competitors, as organisers and as judges. Learn how taking part in the competition has provided students with mentoring opportunities that have helped them as they embark on their own careers in engineering. You can also listen to this episode on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
Mar 9, 2022
Promise, Passion & Pursuit
We chat with our two most recent PPP Award winners about their career backgrounds, the importance of mentoring and their priorities for change in the industry. *Rezarta Rushitaj, *Principal Highways Engineer and ANZ Technical Practice Leader – Highways,* AECOM *and *John Hallam*, Business Development Lead, *Laing O’Rourke *joined us to discuss what motivates them in their roles, how they have leaned on mentors to help them navigate challenges over the course of their careers and explore ways our industry needs to change in order to be more welcoming to those from more diverse backgrounds and life experiences.
Jun 2, 2021
Encouraging Flexible Work
Attracting and retaining the best pool of talent relies on our industry supporting its workforce and empowering people to be the best they can be in all facets of their life. Encouraging flexible work practices is an essential element of this - and directions around flexibility come from the top down. Seeing senior executives within an organisation ‘practice what they preach’ around flexible working is an important aspect of driving cultural change and providing assurance to teams that it’s ‘OK’ to avail themselves of these options. To explore these issues and set out how senior industry leaders can support flexible work practices, RA's Marlie Curtis sat down with Kelly Maslin, Vice President and Executive Director Operations – People and place Solutions, Delivery – New Zealand and South East Australia, Jacobs; Cathal O’Rourke, Managing Director, Laing O’Rourke and John Galvin, Executive Vice President – APAC, Clough.
Jan 19, 2021
NSW Procurement Reform
In late 2020, Roads Australia sat down with *Camilla Drover*, Head of Commercial, Performance and Strategy - Infrastructure & Place at *Transport for NSW* and *Kay Salvair Smith*, Capacity Policy Stream Deputy Chair, RA and Partner at *MinterEllison* *Consulting*, to talk through some of the significant procurement reform initiatives being undertaken in NSW. This is part of a continuing conversation that RA is leading nationally through our *Procurement Reform Report* about the changes we need to make to procurement practices that will allow industry to get the best use of its resources and its people, while also ensuring that the community derives maximum benefit from transport infrastructure projects.
Aug 3, 2020
Future Leaders - should I stay or should I go?
In the first of our Future Leaders podcasts aimed at the next generation of industry leaders, we ask two senior industry figures about the decision-making processes they went through when facing the inevitable question: when is a career move the right move?
Jun 10, 2020
Mobility as a Service (MaaS): where to next?
Mobility as a Service - or MaaS - is an idea that's as much 'in motion' as it is 'about motion'. The concept of planning, booking and paying for a seamless journey across modes isn't exactly new, but it's yet to gain significant traction here in Australia. Now, with the COVID experience under our belts, the big question is - how is MaaS likely to evolve to suit 'the new normal'? To discuss this question, we're joined by Professor *David Hensher*, Founding Director of the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) at the University of Sydney; *Jacqui Banks*, Melbourne Cities Director at Arcadis, and *Aneetha de Silva *Managing Director of Government - ANZ at Aurecon and Chair of RA's Journey Reliability Policy Stream.
May 27, 2020
Workplace diversity and flexibility: what can we take forward from the COVID experience?
If there's anything positive to come out of this COVID experience, it may be that work-from-home becomes part of 'the new normal' in the transport and infrastructure sector - and as a consequence, open up more opportunities for women to build their careers and presence within the sector. Two champions of change - Aurecon's Aneetha de Silva and A Human Agency's Katriina Takha - discuss how our response to COVID might reshape the sector's Diversity and Inclusion agenda.
May 17, 2020
Building resilience into our infrastructure
The bushfire crisis of December - January has raised questions about the resilience of Australia's infrastructure, and more broadly the role of sustainability in project planning and assessment. So, what have we learned - and are we ready to take the lessons forward? We put these questions to Infrastructure Australia CEO *Romilly Madew* and her counterpart from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), *Ainsley Simpson*.
Apr 30, 2020
Transport network pricing: new thinking on an old problem
How, what and when we charge users of roads and transport is a particularly sensitive topic for politicians and the broader community. In this episode, we're joined by Jonathan Spear and Moses Lee from Infrastructure Victoria to talk about new research that points to some potential ways forward.
Apr 14, 2020
What does COVID-19 mean for Australia's infrastructure pipeline?
Roads Australia's Michael Kilgariff and Mark Bowmer are joined by BIS Oxford Economics Associate Director Adrian Hart to look at what impacts the current COVID crisis will have on infrastructure delivery in Australia.