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It was Oscar Wilde who said that “travel improves the mind wonderfully, and does away with one’s prejudices” and having just returned home after 4 weeks of travelling through Europe I can attest to that.

Of course as a transport planner I was never going to be fully in holiday mode as I observed various aspects of travel in different cities so you may see one or two articles and photos from me in future newsletters. What was apparent to me though (and reinforced my views about travel in China and Bangladesh in the 1990s when I did a lot of World Bank funded transport projects) is that success or otherwise of a possible solution to a transport problem is very much dependent on behaviours and cultures.
I can’t imagine for example the volume and speed of cars travelling in the narrow lanes in Rome being tolerated in the “shared zones” in the city of Adelaide. Perhaps this might prompt some ideas amongst members to conduct research funded by the Ted Huxtable grant.

The point of mentioning my holiday experiences though was to provide a segway into the forthcoming national conference in Perth later this month. The national conference has always provided the opportunity for policy makers, practitioners and academics working in the transport industry around Australia and internationally to come together and share knowledge and experiences all aspects of traffic and transport for the benefit of delegates. In Perth this year we are bringing a world class line up of international and local keynote speakers including Paul Steely White (New York), Tim Armitage (London) and Rick Donnelly (Albuquerque). 

I am hopeful as always that the key issues that arise out of the conference presentations will lead into ongoing discussions at future technical forums and seminars to be organised by the branch committees in each state. 

The conference proceedings will be complemented by a full day of workshops and a smorgasboard of pre and post conference tours and activities. We already have over 300 registered delegates and if you haven’t registered yet there is still time and we would love to see you there – visit our website for all the details.

The Annual General Meeting will be held during the week of the conference and I am looking forward to presenting on the significant achievements of national council and the state branch committees. We will be saying farewell to John Stephens and Jasmina Jovanovic who are stepping down after many years of services on national council and I thank them publicly for their contributions. Nominations were sought for three vacancies on what is now the Board of Directors and only three were received from Dan Sullivan, Gary Wood and Kyriakos Tyrologos. Dan and Kyriakos are already serving on the board and I am glad to welcome back Gary Wood who sat on national council a few years ago as State Branch President for Queensland. 

As the number of nominations equals the number of vacancies there will be no need for a national ballot and the appointments of Dan, Kyriakos and Gary will be ratified at the AGM. My term as National President is coming to an end and I have thoroughly enjoyed representing the Institute. I thank members for entrusting me with the responsibility. The National President for 2018-19 will be elected by the new Board of Directors following the AGM.
See you at the conference

Andrew Leedham
National President
National Conference - Autonomous vehicles

One of the great thing about our conference, is establishing more contacts and more links to information as you prepare to deliver a paper.

I am presenting a paper on autonomous vehicles and how we need to have an on-going consideration of what the traffic engineering environment is needed for them to operate safely and effectively.
My approach is more of a discussion paper than a specifically focused, research paper on one particular area.  In this regard it was great to talk to AITPM member Scott Benjamin who is Technical Director, Intelligent Transport for ANZ Region at WSP. He gave me some great links to recent research.  I also spoke to a planner at Cox Richardson who concurred with the concern that we are building housing developments that have no allowances for the potential increase in bus and shared vehicle transport that must surely come with the new technology. 

I hope the national conference is a further opportunity to flesh out some thoughts and ideas about an issue that, to date, has been dominated by what car companies are doing.

National Conference - An approach to road safety

The great value in co-authoring a paper is to have a sounding board in the preparation and the development of your thinking.

Liz Ampt (well known as an international expert on house hold travel surreys and behaviour change processes) has ensured that our paper “Road safety and the science of behaviour change “ has some important technical rigour in the area of behaviour change.

I am also looking forward to the paper that is on before ours in session 14 on Wednesday morning in the transport planning stream. It is titled “Build it and they might not come – Travel Behaviour change as a Travel Demand Management Tool”. This ties in strongly with a perception that was raised at our Adelaide conference in 2014.

Ethical and Fair Behaviour 

Consult Australia released a Model Client report that seeks to ensure governments behave “ethically and fairly in their dealings their suppliers”.

Consult Australia is an industry association for consulting companies in the built environment sector, including engineers, architects, project managers, planners, environmental scientists and quantity surveyors, among others.

I have spoken to them about this and while it is not specifically in reference to traffic and transport there were some common ground in our thinking including the need for good data and evidence-based decisions.
One of the comments from the report I found particularly interesting was:

“…….it is important governments are aware of what is taking place. At the moment there is a wall of silence: industry cannot talk to government through fear of being out of favour for future work. This is not good for our industry, for the taxpayer, or the cities, spaces and infrastructure they design.” 

Media and Communication 

In a recent newsletter it was noted that the Transport Group (formerly Ipenz) Conference in New Zealand developed a running theme of “engagement”.

Too often this is thought of as “How do we make our presentations more entertaining” or “I have listened to them now I will push my agenda”.

It is exciting to see that the National Conference is adopting new forms of technology and this should be encouraged whole heartedly.

New technologies and approaches are a great opportunity but the key elements of communication still hold true. 

National AGM

At the AGM that will be held at the National Conference I will give a brief report on the newsletter which I see as an ever-evolving way through which we can communicate.  Certainly not the only way.

I will give a few examples of what many consider is the critical aspect of communicating particularly among special interest groups.

I find a lot of social media, including professional groups like LinkedIn are good in keeping you aware contacts and a few things that are close to people’s heart but it is also heavily weighed down with peripheral material that is advertorial or just plain bling. 

Video News

I have not done any AITPM video news items for a while now. I received some positive comments and Professor David Hensher said we can put it on the Sydney University ITLS web site and the AITPM President and Vice President agreed that that would be very good cross promotion.

The problem I find, apart from the time to put them together, is that we do not have the resources to promote them.  This is not an advertising campaign but a lot of relationship management.  An example was a story we did on a report from a major consultant as well as another story from an association that we could have active communication with (the acoustic society of Australia and NZ that are heavily involved in sound barriers beside transport infrastructure).

In both cases there was no time to send it out to a range of stakeholders, chase up the people, see how they responded and see if we could do further mutually beneficial activities. 


While talking about professor David Hensher, I recorded an interview with him for a podcast the other day on the modelling program his team has developed at Sydney University. His program does more than being technical clever, because of its speed and breadth.
David has addressed the AITPM NSW branch on several occasions.  It is really a great chance to have a conversation with one of the most highly regarded transport academics (whose work has enormous practicality) in the world.

I have a more detailed report on the interview later in the newsletter.

At last the safety feature we all need 
In the ads for the World Cup soccer, Hyundai play a tribute to Bob Marley by reprising his famous feel good hit ‘Three Little Birds’.

The lyrics for the song start out as follows:

Don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
The link to motoring is that the safer the car with technology such as automatic emergency braking, the less you have to worry.

There is one feature that I have thought should be introduced as quickly as possible.  In their latest Sante Fe SUV model, that has just been released onto the Australian market, a person (including children) cannot open the driver’s side rear door if the Hyundai detects a vehicle approaching in the nearby lane. 
While this has not yet been applied on all doors, the potential to reduce the possibility of dooring cyclists or opening into other traffic in any situation, is closer to reality with the development of this technology.

(The pictures are from the American ad) 
ARRB New Logo

The ARRB has a new logo and it has already been awarded Gold at the prestigious Sydney Design Show in the Graphic Design – Illustration and Type section.
ARRB worked with Davidson Branding – one of Australia’s leading brand and communication agencies – to produce the logo.

It will be added to the current ARRB website as part of a full site revamp coming very soon!

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There are only a few short weeks left to secure yourself a place at the BIGGEST AITPM CONFERENCE EVER! 

The 2018 National Conference includes four streams and workshops over four days with amazing networking events everyday:
  • Tuesday 24th July: 
    • Two informative city tours to choose from (Perth City highlights bike tour/ RAC Autonomous Intellibus tour)
    • Welcome reception and networking evening at PCEC 
  • Wednesday 25th July: 
    • Concurrent and plenary sessions across four streams
    • Awards Dinner at Frasers overlooking the CBD and river
  • Thursday 26th July: 
    • Concurrent and plenary sessions across four streams
    • Sit down lunch at PCEC
    • Social networking evening at the Flour Factory
  • Friday 27th July: 
    • Four forums and workshops to choose from
    • Optional post conference family and friends getaway kicks off!
In 2018 the National Conference will feature:
1.         International Speakers from London, New York City, Singapore and Albuquerque
2.         Leading Case Studies including:
  • UK Autodrive: Project Director Tim Armitage on how private/public partnership works to support Connected and Automated Vehicle innovation, with practical lessons learnt across the host cities.
  • National Freight and Supply Chain Inquiry and Westport Taskforce:Nicole Lockwood on the National Inquiry and the Westport’s strategy in WA
  • NYC Vision Zero: Paul Steely-White a leading advocate for bicycling, walking and public transportation in NYC on how the Vision Zero Action Plan is helping to help end traffic deaths and injuries on New York City streets.
  • Safeguarding Sydney: working with the Terrorism Protection Unit, A/ Professor Douglas Tomkin will highlight recent work including safeguarding the Sydney Opera House, protection of Sydney transport hubs and other places of mass gathering.
As well as an exemplary technical program during the day, we have put together a diverse range of networking events at unique venues across the Perth CBD. These events will be an amazing opportunity to catch-up and network with conference delegates, sponsors as well as sample some incredible local cuisine!

Have a look through the FINAL 2018 conference program and then head over to our Travel page when you are ready to book to take advantage of the exclusive packages and rates we have secured for our delegates.

So what are you waiting for!? 
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Conference app

We are thrilled to introduce the first ever AITPM Conference mobile phone app!
Downloadable from the Google Play and Apple Itunes store for free now this app enables delegates, sponsors and exhibitors to:
  • Build a personal profile
  • Chat to other delegates
  • Find out more about every session, speaker, sponsor and exhibitor
  • Personalise your conference program
  • Participate in live polls during the conference
  • Review relevant conference maps for the main venue and other sites
  • Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from our Conference team and Keynote speakers
  • And more!
The app is LIVE now so be sure to download before you join us in July to make sure you have time to set up your personalised conference week program.
To download the app simply:

1. Search “AITPM” in the Google Play and Apple Itunes store

2. Click download
3. Upon opening the app you will need to sign up once to build your profile (please note if you are a conference speaker your own profile has already been created for you, all you need to do is login with the email address you have provided us)

4. Feel free to personalise your profile and tick if you would like to allow your details to be shared with other conference delegates (you can do this by clicking on the pencil icon to “edit your profile”)
Don’t forget the workshops

The Conference not only has a wide range of papers during the first two full days, but on the third day there are four workshops.

Transport Planning interactive workshop
Our cities and towns are changing. Working with some of WA’s Councils to reimagine a local street, to a number of different scenarios from anything goes to watching the pennies! This is your chance to get creative and make a difference, working with small groups of individuals with support from locals to give context to the streets. We will be looking at making these streets more usable, friendly and vibrant places to be. And reclaiming them from the car!
NB - this workshop is now full
Traffic Engineering and Management interactive workshop/site tour
Come and join us for a tour around some of Perth’s key traffic / network operations facilities for our City. We will be leaving from PCEC and visiting RNOC, Wellington Street Bus Station and the QUBE control room.

RNOC (Road Network Operations Centre) is operated by Main Roads WA and is the central hub for the management of the City major road networks and traffic signals. This facility is also used for the management of significant events and traffic management. Wellington Street Bus Station is a state of the art bus interchange with dynamic stand allocation allowing for more effecient management of bus services.
QUBE run a control room here in the City which manage their freight movements, track their vehicles and allow for prompt incident management.

Transport and Land use modelling interactive workshop
The Transport and land use modelling workshop provides one of the few opportunities Australia-wide to interact and network with a range of transport and land use modellers and has now been going for over 6 years. Activities will include a discussion on the hot topic of Activity Based modelling in North America and Australia, a series of rapid fire presentations by young professional modellers, an exploration of the impacts of operational modelling on traffic signals in the Perth CBD and an interactive panel session with a range of guest speakers from around Australia in conjunction with drinks to end the day.  Come and join our strong industry community, build connections and contribute to sharing knowledge and information about this specialist field.
Freight and Ports WorkshopThe “Westport Supply Chain of the Future: Think-a-thon”
Participants will work in teams to confront the real world challenge of creating a vision of the Westport in 2068; defining how its supply chain will operate and integrate.

Solutions will be judged by panel of experts with winners awarded separate prizes for:
1.The most popular solution and
2.The most creative and effective solution.
Westport will host and facilitate this event
Zoe Wilks
AITPM National Conference Convenor

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Traffic Engineering & Road Safety in Practice 

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VIC Yarra Trams New Preston Depot Site Tour 
As part of a podcast series for the University of Sydney Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS), David Brown had a conversation with Professor David Hensher, the founder and director of the ITLS.

The subject was on computer modelling of the landuse/transport systems, most particularly the ITLS developed MetroScan model.

The full interview can be heard at
A few edited comments from the interview.

DB: Computer modelling of the transport system; you're not condemning the previous ones, are you? It's just that it's an evolution that we've got to go through? 

DH: It is an evolution and we've been doing this for over 60 years now and it's been rather slow in coming up with what I would regard as behaviorally more appropriate ways of looking at the question, "what is the best spend" in terms of infrastructure improvement or service changes to our entire system, not just roads but public transport. So what we've been doing, and if I could just tell you the motivation for doing this because I think that's interesting, is that for many years consultants were asked by government in the main to evaluate two or three pre-chosen projects of which the decision was that one of them will be built or delivered in some form. 

Therein lies a problem. It is known as how “do you actually identify the candidate?” how do you identify a set of real possibilities that might make a difference to the way in which our cities grow and provide wellbeing, livability etc. that we all aspire to want to be part of. And so I've had some frustration for many years, that instead of predetermining a few projects, and often they're the pet projects of politicians, like it will be a light rail or it'll be a heavy rail or it might be a road; why not ask a broader question on how can we develop a framework in which we can include, in a systematic way, lots of possible projects, programs, policies that may identify other ways in which we could get a better spend from the scarce tax dollar that the taxpayer essentially contributes to. 

In other words, there must be a better way of narrowing down the set of projects that we want to seriously evaluate than just simply what I would describe as a bit of a favorites list, that's often the case. And then what happens, the “favourites” list is maybe two or three projects to evaluate, and often it's the one project with two variations like two different alignments of a road or two different alignments of a rail track for example, and then we hire a consultant for say three years on a huge sum of money to do a major evaluation of the very limited set of options, instead of finding a mechanism by which we can very quickly evaluate many possibilities to narrow down to the ones that could really make a difference on demand and on benefit and cost. 

What we have done at the University of Sydney over the last 10 to 15 years is develop such a framework which we call MetroScan and it's called MetroScan because it's a way in which we can scan, very quickly, literally hundreds of possible ways in which we could improve the performance of our transport system but to do it at a level of detail where it may not be necessary to do anything more than that in providing an evaluation outcome that could be used to determine whether that project is one worth supporting. Then we go into the design phase. 

DB: The thing about evaluating them too is that we often have blind statements of faith which direct where the process will go on. "Public transport should be free" or "we should toll everything" which may be some important points, I'm not denying it, but it seems to me that they narrow the approach. Now you're talking about a model system that you can run very quickly. That's important isn't it, so that we don't have to wait for a long time to get an idea, not a total solution, but an idea of where a statement may lead us rather than necessarily come at the end and say well yes it's either good or bad (whatever that means). 

DH: That's a very good point. We don't want to wait two years for a consultant to come out with a recommendation which is not it's not a good recommendation either. And the beauty of MetroScan and we're fortunate at the University of Sydney that we have access to high speed computers, in fact the fastest and Australia I'm told, is that once we've got all our models working efficiently you come to us and say what might be the situation if we were to build say a light rail between "a" and "b" we should be able to within 40 minutes, and I tell you 40 minutes, do a passenger forecast 30 years out and then move those forecasts into a benefit/cost analysis given the cost of providing that system, to come up with a benefit/cost ratio where the benefits relate to the relative advantages in terms of time savings, cost savings, crowding impacts, whatever else is a benefit. 

DB: Might that also then spill over into public interaction. I've been to many a public meeting for information which tends to be a presentation on what the government has already decided. 

DH: Yes. 

DB:One government official once described it as "we have an approach of ‘decide and defend’. We decide and then the whole public consultation is about defending that".

DH: Yes. 

DB: Whereas, sometimes they are open ended but they're open ended in the wrong way. "What would you like?". "I'd love to train". "All right we will see what we can do". No one asks well “how would you use it?, what would you pay for it? and what can't we afford to pay if you do that”. Your point earlier, here's some money, what would you like to do? If you do it, your system might well be able to say well let’s have a meeting and propose three things I'll come back and tell you what it means. 

DH: Yes, the important thing about the way we evaluate these is that you're evaluating them on the full population that live in the area, and although you may wish to share that with the community which may be a community group that's got a lobbying interest, they need to understand what the community at large would respect as a possible outcome because there's no doubt about it that a lot of these town hall meetings, for want of a better word, are very much against a narrowly focused group that has a vested interest rather than the community at large. So the word community meeting is a bit of a misnomer in my view. Having been brought up in economics and planning and behaviouralism, a good community is one that has some degree of representation across all segments; not just those who are able to go to a meeting, speak loudly, be articulate and win a few points, and silent minority in dominant majority I should say. 

And so, nothing wrong with that process, but we need to put it in context and to have that as supplementary evidence from an independent source like a university to say, well, this is the position and the beauty of our work, we can disaggregate down the results to different groups of people like the low income and the high income. We want to know whether some of these projects will benefit those or more socially excluded members for example. We know for example from work we did in using MetroScan in Melbourne is that adding an additional bus service per hour in the outer suburbs has far more benefit in terms of improved access per dollar than doing the same in the middle suburbs or the inner suburbs. It's about three times the value per trip because there the people have poor access. 

AITPM members often swap emails about some traffic engineering issues. Here are a few that are worth reflecting on including some comments from others.

Political Patronage and Planning Cities
The Issue
Having political patronage is an important part of getting a project done.

AITPM member Graeme Pattison found an interesting article on the building of a new Mega City Region in China.  It is to be a legacy of the leader of China General Secretary Xi Jinping.

When the master plan was released the China press reported aspects from the report including 
  • "a strategic decision with profound historic significance made by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) with Comrade Xi Jinping at the core."
  • "General Secretary Xi Jinping has planned for, made decisions on and promoted [the Xiongan New Area] in person, devoting painstaking efforts," 
The targets suggest a new city with a population of 5 million erected by 2035 and completed by around 2050. 

There were the usual aspirational aspects of the plan to make a green, ecological and liveable new area.

Some of the proscriptive requirements are:
  • spatial specifications: green space 70%, development land 30% (a total area of around 530km²), arable land 18% (including permanent farming land 10%), population density 10,000 people/km²
  • transport connectivity: high-speed rail network – 20 minutes to the new Beijing airport, 30 minutes to Beijing and Tianjing, and 60 minutes to Shijiazhuang; expressway network – 60 minutes to Beijing and Tianjing, and 90 minutes to Shijiazhuang; 90% green transport share and 80% public transit share in vehicle transport in the initial development area; exploring intelligent driving and logistics systems.
Graeme Pattison’s Comments
Their transport planning is impressive and there from the start.
David Brown's comments I like the idea of positive, constructive and forceful decisions.

It is critical however that the desire for a political legacy does not over power thoughtful planning.
While I am all for democracy, our political systems pushes us towards such short term decisions that have short term political expediency.

The proscriptive requirements (such as the amount of green space) are all well and good but they should be considered in conjunction with performance standards such as how many people can readily access the green space and use it effectively.
The issue

AITPM life member Harry Camkin alerted us to an interesting speech giving in Canberra in June.
When the Head of the Public Service in Australia, Martin Parkinson,made a speech to the Property Council recently you might have thought that it would be a sanitised, feel good presentation to a strong and powerful group in the community.

It wasn’t.

He embraced the issue of technological change, as well as reflecting on population growth and an aging population.

He showed a wide understanding when he took a historical view.  In his own words he said “I may be the first person to cover the printing press, the Reformation and the Age of Reason in an address to the Property Council!”

Some of his other comments included:
  • The ‘disruptions’ witnessed in the Brexit referendum and President Trump’s election highlight ongoing, deeper, tectonic shifts. The significance of these disruptions lies not just in their direct and observable impact but, more deeply, in what they reveal about what has been occurring over long periods of time.
  • We are only on the cusp of a new period of technological change, not halfway through it.
  • Australian cities are among the fastest-growing in the OECD.
  • We need to get our macro policy and regulatory settings right to maximize the benefits of technology and address the risks.
  • There will be a tendency to over-regulate. If governments surrender to this tendency, we’ll miss out on the immense opportunities that technology offers to make lives better.
  • But I’m not here to blithely proselytise technology
  • We need to ensure its benefits are spread widely. The technological revolution must be a human one – one that makes people lives’ better, instead of leaving some people stranded without the skills and support they need to thrive in a changing world.
  • I am heartened by the innovation I already see in the Australian Public Service.  At the same time, I strongly support the Government’s recent announcement of a major review of the Australian Public Service. This review – the first ‘root and branch’ analysis of its kind since the Coombs Royal Commission of the early 1970s – will ask how to ensure the Australian Public Service remains fit-for-purpose for the coming decades.
  • Expertise no longer commands the same respect. In today’s public square, shrill partisanship and ideology gets more ‘likes’ than principled debate.
  • Circling back on the importance of maintaining a robust social license… urban planning, residential development and major infrastructure proposals are not immune from the buffeting winds of populism – as I’m sure this audience is well aware. While the Western Sydney City Deal is a positive and forward-looking example, we’ve also seen the visceral and litigious community backlashes directed to proposals such as amalgamating local councils to lift scale and capacity, zoning for increased urban density around major transport routes, and compulsory acquisitions to facilitate new roads.
Harry Camkin’s Comment 
You might find this interesting, coming as it does from one of Australia’s top Mandarins.

Oh that more of our “Planners” had such strategic insight!
David Brown’s Comments 
We have to develop ways to praise those things that are working and point out those things that are not. I emphasise the words “point out”, not rush into a “politics of opposites” debate. I think Mr Parkinson did this well.

His reference to a preference for “likes” rather than good debate is all too true.
ReferencesMartin Parkinson made reference to a number of reports:
Overcoming our mistrust of robots in our homes and workplaces
Western Sydney Aerotropolis won’t build itself – a lot is riding on what governments do

The issue

A ‘mega-region’ stretching from Newcastle to Wollongong through Western Sydney could be a global economic powerhouse of 10million people, linked together by fast rail, world-class industries and major trade points, according to a new report published by the Committee for Sydney.

Some of the points raised The size and significance of the region is shown in a number of measures 
  • Over 70% of the NSW population and nearly 25% of the national population. 
  • three major trade ports that act as gateways to the world, including Port Botany, NSW’s largest container port, which contributes $3.2 billion to Gross State Product.
  • Within the region, there are eight universities, six of which are ranked among QS’s top 250 universities worldwide, and two are within the top 50 universities. 
  • The six cities are also serviced by the 1,588 km-long passenger rail network of NSW and three, soon to be four, passenger service airports; 
What they want:
  • A network of one-hour or less heavy rail connections between cities within the mega-region 
  • New housing across the rail corridor will help to take pressure off the market in Sydney. 
What they claim:
  • The concept of a mega-region is internationally recognised. 
  • ‘Off the shelf’ fast rail technology could achieve the desired results
  • An additional 40,000 dwellings could be built across NSW by opening up land across rail corridors and with improved rail connections by 2036, this network could deliver over $75 billion of housing affordability improvements for Sydney.
  • By 2036, there could be an additional 4,725 local jobs in Wollongong, 3,875 in Gosford and 3,225 in Newcastle because of improved rail access to Sydney.   
  • The current journey time from Newcastle to Parramatta could reduce from 153 minutes to 60 minutes; Wollongong to the Sydney CBD from 85 minutes to 60 minutes and Gosford to the Sydney CBD from 80 minutes to 40 minutes.
Ken Dobinson’s Comments:
  • A mega metropolis of Sydney Newcastle (Hunter) and Wollongong (Illawarra) of10 million people is most likely by mid 21 century.
  • But distribution is likely to be more skewed that today. Sydney will grow largely to the west probably at its current rate; Wollongong (Illawarra) is constrained by available suitable land and will probably grow at a slower p[ace; Central Coast is even more constrained by available suitable land and will grow at even slower pace; Newcastle (Hunter) is the least constrained and can grow at an even greater pace than today. This will impact on priorities e.g. need for VHST which need is presently driven in priority by politicians who see the greatest need is for a Sydney-Canberra connection.
  • The meat city, as indicated, would be the economic power house of Australia by generating well in excess of 50% of GDP  and this should drive economic development with funds available to capitalise on this growth. This would create major political issue for the Feds in fund allocation.
  • The proposed 3 major ports appears sound but we should stop the arguments as to which the funds should go  and work out the role and needs of each and allocate funds and priority accordingly
  • Transport service should be based on objective of achieving a maximum of one hour travel time for commuting – this means VHST needed for Sydney Newcastle and Wollongong which can ready be extended north and south as develop other regional centres rather than just provide minimum rail service that would have to be duplicated to extend north and south.
Queensland is preparing for a transition to electric vehicles (EV), which has the potential to provide a range of environmental, economic and social benefits.

The Queensland Government has launched The Future is Electric – Queensland's Electric Vehicle Strategy. A key feature of this strategy is the Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH) – Australia’s longest electric fast charging highway in a single state. The Queensland Government in collaboration with local councils and other partners is rolling out the QESH to encourage, support and accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles in Queensland.

Mathew Yong, is leading the team responsible for delivering the Queensland’s Electric Vehicle Strategy. 
"Charging costs for electric vehicles are around 60-90 per cent cheaper than fuel costs for a fossil fuel vehicle," Mat explained.
"By choosing to use an electric vehicle, Queenslanders can reduce their transport costs, while helping to remove air pollution in urban areas and reduce Queensland's carbon footprint."

“The Queensland Electric Super Highway is the marquee action under Queensland’s electric vehicle strategy. Phase one of the highway was completed in January 2018.  Motorists can now drive from Coolangatta to Cairns and west from Brisbane to Toowoomba in an EV.’ 
“The aim of the QESH is to provide a backbone network of charging infrastructure that will not only remove barriers to EV adoption but also act as a catalyst for private investment in charging infrastructure in Queensland” said Mat.
The QESH is a series of 17 EV fast chargers, which will be installed in convenient, safe locations close to major highways where there are existing amenities such as cafes, restaurants and shops. The sites have been identified to allow motorists to easily charge their vehicle and have a short break during their journey allowing them to prepare for a safe journey.
All of the electricity will be from Green Energy using green energy credits and offsets making it a carbon friendly, pollutant free transport option. 
As the percentage of renewables in Queensland's local energy generation mix increases, the full emissions reduction potential of EVs will be realised. To encourage people to use the stations, the fast-charging stations will be available for free until the end of December 2018.

Mat said that “the Queensland Government, as part of its election commitment to Future Proof the Bruce, will provide an additional $2.5 million of funding for phase two of the QESH.” 

“Planning has already begun for phase two, which will focus on reducing the distance between charging stations and high-usage areas” said Mat.

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Austroads Roadwatch 

Webinar: Network Performance Indicators
Thursday 12 July 2018 | Online, 12pm - 1pm AEST Austroads’ Network Performance Indicators (NPIs) were developed to provide a consistent basis for comparison of road network performance across Australia and New Zealand. The performance indicators comprise a number of metrics including travel time, journey time reliability and safety. However, their take up and application has been relatively limited. 

Network Performance Indicators
The purpose of the Austroads NEG1995: Network Performance Indicators study is to understand customer and community expectations with respect to the Austroads Network Performance Indicators (NPIs). In order to fulfil the study purpose and seek to realign the NPIs, the study comprises four distinct tasks: Industry practice review. Development of key principles. Stakeholder consultation. Development of proof of concept configurable dashboard example. 

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2018 Young Professional Award Winners

Five young professionals will be attending the National Conference as winners from each state as 2018 Young Professional Award Winners.
Clements is currently working as a Transport Analyst at Veitch Lister Consulting (VLC) having graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Astrophysics). After recognising the urgent need for transport attitude changes in Melbourne during his degree, Clements has decided to pursue a career in the transport industry.

During his time with VLC, Clements has assisted in numerous government projects where he was heavily involved with demographic processing and strategic transport modelling for different cities around Australia. 
Clements aims to understand the fundamental drivers behind transport behaviour as a Transport Analyst before using these skills to develop a career in Transport Planning. 

Clements sees the 2018 AITPM National Conference as an invaluable learning opportunity where he is given the chance to meet many successful industry leaders. In particular, Clements is most interested in understanding how cities such as Melbourne could be transformed into a less private car dependent society. Clements recognises that the conference is an important cornerstone in his career and wishes to be inspired by young and experienced industry professionals alike. 
Nabelais a Graduate Traffic Engineer with Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure where she is responsible for the provision of a range of technical support and advisory services pertaining to the identification, development, implementation and maintenance of the most appropriate traffic engineering solutions relating to hazardous locations, speed zoning , pedestrian safety , bicycle lane and a variety of other related issues and problems to ensure the ongoing provisions of the most effective and efficient traffic management services. 
Nabela has undertaken training to advance her skills in transportation/traffic modelling, which includes modelling signalised and unsignalised intersections and roundabouts, and strategic modelling which is forecasting the traffic demand for future. 

Nabela isparticularly passionate about providing safe and efficient transport for all road users in South Australia. While undertaking her masters in transportation at the University of South Australia, her research project was to investigate the access and egress walking time to and from public transport facilities in Adelaide. Nabela’s research on “Walking access to public transport in Adelaide: issues and concerns” has been published in the International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM) 2017. Nabelaco-authored another research publication, “Investigation of the performance of traffic flow gating using signalised and un-signalised design and research aid (SIDRA)” published in the conference of Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies, 2017.

Nabela sees the upcoming AITPM Conference in Perth as a great opportunity for her to network and establish connections with other professionals in traffic/transportation industry. For a young professional like Nabela, it would be a great opportunity to learn from the experts in this field and improving my skills and knowledge of transportation engineering.
Rachael is a Graduate Traffic Engineer at Point8 Pty Ltd with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the Queensland University of Technology. Since commencing as a Cadet Traffic Engineer at Point8, Rachael has developed a keen interest in transport modelling, traffic operations and the emerging field of autonomous vehicles. Rachael has worked on complex urban master plans, regional green field developments, detailed micro-simulation assessments and active transport planning. 
Rachael’s final year thesis looked into the impact of introducing autonomous vehicles in a city environment focusing on whether the transition period (before all vehicles become autonomous) will affect travel time. Rachael presented her work at the AITPM QLD Half Day Modelling Seminar and FutureNet. Rachael has a keen interest in the industry and is looking forward to building a long career in transport by expanding her industry network and keeping up-to-date on the latest developments at the National Conference. In addition, she is looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of the AITPM QLD State Branch Committee and represent young professionals.
Sophie is a Graduate Engineer working in Arup’s Sydney Transport Planning team. During her final year of study at The University of NSW (UNSW), Sophie undertook an honours thesis in collaboration with the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI). This research used crowd-sourced data for disaster analytics, focusing on resiliency in the context of road networks. The aim of the research was to quantitatively evaluate the system performance of road networks across the world, during the time that they experienced a disaster event.
Sophie is motivated to develop innovative outcomes in the planning phase to ensure the effective movement of people and goods and the delivery of live-able places. Consulting on a variety of projects with Arup, as well as previous work experience on the construction phases of major motorway and rail projects, has given Sophie an appreciation for the ‘big picture’. Sophie sees a large opportunity for social responsibility in transport planning, with the need to increase transport accessibility to all socio-economic groups, ensuring that essential facilities such as hospitals and shopping centres can be accessed easily by public transport.
Sophie considers that the 2018 AITPM National Conference will be a great opportunity to immerse herself in the abundance of transport-related topics and expertise present, as well as build a network of dedicated colleagues.
Xin is a Graduate Transport Engineer at WSP and graduated with a Master’s degree in Professional Engineering, majoring in Civil Engineering.

During her studies, Xin has actively sought the opportunity to work within various sectors of the transport industry, including construction, government and consulting. Xin is passionate about implementing innovative measures to implement transport efficiencies beyond traditional methods.
Xin sees the future of our industry with barrier free communication between city planners, road designers, engineers, road users and asset managers and enhancing communication between stakeholders.
Over the next few years, Xin anticipates there will be several dramatic changes to our industry. Although congestion levels may continue increasing in the short term, the development of intelligent transport systems, autonomous vehicles and a higher priority given sustainable modes of transport, will help create opportunities to make our cities more efficient and livable. 

Xin is especially interested in encouraging active transport and giving back our urban areas to human activities, she is looking forward to attending the presentations related to this area during the conference.


Following the success of the inaugural speed networking event last year, QLD Branch held a similar event this year. The speed networking event has proven once again to be popular amongst members, with very positive feedback received. It is an effective way to network but the 5-minute time limit means you have to get straight to the point!           

Jon Douglas
B Eng (Civil), GradDipBA, CPEng, RPEQ, MIEAust

I’ve worked in a number of positions with local and state governments over the last thirty years – these roles have encompassed most facets of traffic and road safety engineering practice.

What is your current role? :  Director (Traffic Engineering)
What first attracted you to get involved in the transport industry?

I commenced my first job, as a civil engineer, with Toowoomba Regional Council in 1987. Council was about to implement some revolutionary and innovative new management schemes at the time, including a CBD ring road, roundabouts and signalised intersections with more than two phases! I was thrown in the deep end and had so much fun that I decided to stick with the traffic engineering caper for the next 30 years.

Could you explain some key opportunities in your career and how they contributed to your development?

I’ve had too many great opportunities to list, but the most significant was a two year gig as the Austroads representative on the PIARC Safer Roads Committee (which required attendance at meetings in France, Malaysia, Germany, Sweden, Spain and Mexico – it was tough!). This experience provided access to an extraordinarily knowledgeable and passionate global network of traffic and road safety engineers and psychologists, and opened my eyes to alternative approaches to safety and traffic management (it really drove home the lag with adoption of new design practice in Australia).

What has been/will be your involvement with AITPM?

I spent close to a decade actively involved in the Qld Branch committee, under the stewardship of some great guys, which culminated with a stint as President. Great memories!

What are your personal and/or professional career plans for the future?

While I still really enjoy work and will be here for another 3-5 years, I’m starting to think about the light at the end of the tunnel… the approaching retirement train. I’m actually looking forward to spending more time at home (to finish renovating our home, purchased in 1994) and cataloguing and displaying a collection of Australiana accumulated over the last 25 years. One thing I won’t be doing is writing letters to the Premier and Transport Minister about opportunities to improve safety for vulnerable road users 

Do you have any advice you would like to share to professionals in the transport/traffic industry?

Get involved in your State AITPM Committee, network and have fun!
Bentley celebrates sewing machine day

Bentley is celebrating Sewing Machine Day by shining a light on the people and technology behind its world-class, industry leading stitching and embroidery.

The120-strong dedicated sewing team in Crewe, England, are highly experienced artisans – some having as much as 40 years’ experience to their credit. As is Bentley tradition, the longer-serving members of the team are charged with passing on their knowledge and experience to the apprentices.

For Bentley, the humble sewing machine has always played an integral part in the brand’s near-100-year story. The hand-crafted interiors synonymous with the luxury British marque have – since 1919 – been created thanks in part to these machines and, of course, the craftspeople who operate them.

Scooter-Sharing Brings a Weird Twist to the Gig Economy

“Bird hunting” has become a pastime and a side hustle for teens and young professionals, but for some it’s a cutthroat business.

Every afternoon around 4:00 p.m., when school lets out, Brandon, an 18-year-old high-school senior in Los Angeles who asked to be referred to only by his first name, goes “Bird hunting.” He heads for his minivan and, on the drive home, he’ll swing through convenient neighborhoods, picking up about 13 Bird electric scooters along the way, tossing them into the back of his car.

Over the course of the next few hours, Brandon loops around his Santa Monica, California, neighborhood collecting as many scooters as possible. He brings back his bounty and, as his parents sleep, neatly sets them up to charge in batches overnight.
Toyota design: No more boring cars?

I have also thought that Toyota car design were like a pair of sensible shoes. They were functional and long lasting but they were definitely not stylish let alone elegant. 

Apparently, Toyota agrees. 

They now have a corporate edict to “stop building boring cars”.

I had a go at drawing and clay modelling. The results clearly show that I do not have skills in this area.

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National Platinum Sponsors
National Sponsors
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • PSA Consulting - QLD/NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios - QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA
  • GHD – SA
  • GTA - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’Brien Traffic - VIC
  • Trafficworks – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
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