Perth in Focus
Transport and Congestion - Perth's Future Mobility


Thursday, 07 April 2016
11:30 - Registration Opens
12:00 - Event Start
14:30 - Event Concludes


Hyatt Regency Perth
Grand Ballroom
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth


Table of 10 $1650
Table of 8 $1320
Per person $175

This includes a two course lunch with wine.

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This Perth in Focus luncheon featured the CEO of Infrastructure Australia, Philip Davies, who has over 25 years of experience in shaping policy, delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects and leading reform. Philip discussed in more detail, the Audit, the Plan and the re-invigorated Infrastructure Priority List. Sally Braidwood from IPSOS also released the key findings from the Business Interviews done as part of the Get a Move On! project.

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Lunch Learnings

At the latest Committee for Perth’s, Perth in Focus luncheon Transport and Congestion - Perth's Future Mobility, Phillip Davies from Infrastructure Australia discussed the organisation’s recently released Australian Infrastructure Plan and Infrastructure Priority List.

Sally Braidwood from Ipsos also presented the key findings from a recent survey of 40 businesses as part of Committee’s partnership project with RAC – Get a Move On!

Mr Davies explained how the Plan sets out 78 recommendations to address Australia’s short and long-term infrastructure gaps along with a reform agenda.
The key takeaways from the presentations were:

On infrastructure

  • In 2011, the cost of congestion to the nation was $13.7 billion, in 2031 it’s predicted to be $53.3 billion a year which is 2% of GDP.
  • The Australian Infrastructure Audit released in April 2015 found that transport delay costs in Perth are expected to grow at an average annual rate of around 11% over the next 20 years, from $2 billion in 2031 to $16 billion in 2031.
  • Without additional capacity, Perth’s northern corridor is projected to become the most congested corridor in Perth, with demand expected to exceed capacity well before 2031. The delay cost on the corridor, including the Mitchell Freeway, Marmion Ave/West Coast Highway and Wanneroo Road, is estimated to be $2 billion in 2031.
  • Perth has only one project on Infrastructure Australia’s High Priority Project List, the Perth Freight Link.
  • The Perth CBD-north corridor, Perth to Forrestfield Airport Rail Link and upgrades to the Perth’s major east-west and southern corridors are priority initiatives.
  • The Forrestfield-Airport Rail Link is a project business case under assessment.
  • If the Plan is delivered, Australians can expect more affordable, innovative and competitive energy, telecommunications, water and transport services.
  • The reforms in the Plan are guided by four principles, Productive cities, Productive regions; Efficient infrastructure markets; Sustainable and equitable infrastructure; and Better decisions and better delivery.

Business on congestion
  • For many businesses in the CBD congestion is not on their agenda, they’re more focused on the tightened economic climate.
  • The reasons for being in the CBD are ease, vibe, brand, value and proximity and. businesses reported they would not currently consider moving.
  • Commuter frustrations have been felt in the city around road works and special events which can lead to increases in journey time.
  • Congestion is felt by large businesses located outside of the CBD. It also often centred around schools, hospitals and universities.
  • Decentralisation is not an appealing option for many city-based businesses. Additionally, the strategy is seen as failing to have real impact and losing traction while centralisation appears be on the rise.
  • Employers do not track how staff get to work and commuting is seen as the personal responsibility of employees.
  • While not the result of conscious strategy, the car is the most supported transport mode by business through provision of parking bays and related benefits like salary sacrifice.
  • It’s an accepted part of WA culture to live in the suburbs and work in the city.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Philip Davies

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Australia

Philip Davies is the Chief Executive Officer of Infrastructure Australia, with a mandate to provide independent expert advice to all levels of government on infrastructure policy and planning. Infrastructure Australia publicly advocates for reforms on key issues including means of funding, financing, delivering and operating infrastructure and how to better plan and utilise infrastructure networks.

Infrastructure Australia released the Australian Infrastructure Audit, in May 2015. A comprehensive independent review of Australia’s infrastructure and our future needs across transport, water, energy and telecommunications. 

Infrastructure Australia has recently finalised a 15-year Australian Infrastructure Plan – a strategic framework for addressing Australia’s future infrastructure needs.

Philip is an experienced infrastructure executive who has had over 25 years shaping policy, delivering nationally significant infrastructure projects, and leading reform within the infrastructure sector.

Before joining Infrastructure Australia, Philip led AECOM's Infrastructure Advisory business in Asia Pacific providing government and private sector clients with infrastructure advisory services.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

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Sally Braidwood

Director of Public Affairs WA, Ipsos

Sally is an experienced social and commercial researcher and leads Ipsos’ Public Affairs research division in Western Australia. With clients spanning the private and public sectors, Sally regularly bridges the gap between perception and reality and represents the voice of the community and other stakeholder groups in debates about transport, land use, housing and government policy.  

Through its Social Research Institute and Reputation Centre, Ipsos Public Affairs conducts strategic research to understand and manage issues, advance reputations, determine shifts in attitude and opinion, enhance communications and evaluate policy.

Sally holds a master of business research and a bachelor of laws from the University of Western Australia, is a member of the Australian Market and Social Research Society and is the chair of the board of Propel Youth Arts WA.

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Graeme Doyle

Managing Director, Policy, Planning and Investment at the Department of Transport

Graeme has 36 years’ experience in the Western Australian public sector, with the last 16 being in the Senior Executive Service.  He has held senior roles at Treasury in budget management fiscal strategy and financial policy as well as being Chief Finance Officer and heading corporate services in the Attorney General and Corrective Services departments.

Since Graeme joined the Department of Transport in 2011 he has worked to establish the right level of funding and resources for the Department and the Transport portfolio.  Some of Graeme’s key achievements include the successful implementation of the e-Business Platform, providing leadership for the Transport portfolio’s approach to the development of its investment priorities and successfully developing strong controls over the departmental budget.  Graeme was awarded the IPAA WA Lonnie Awards Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2015.

In his current role of Managing Director, Graeme has worked to secure approval of the State Aviation Strategy, provided strategic advice on Port policy and charges and overseen development of the bicycle  boulevards in Perth.  Strategic priorities for Graeme in the immediate future include the development of the Transport Plan for Perth for 3.5 million people and beyond, finalising tranche 2 of the Ports Governance Reform and continuing to put the right investment proposals to governments for funding consideration.

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Peter Newman

Professor at Curtin University

Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. He has written 16 books and over 300 papers. His books include ‘The End of Automobile Dependence’ (2015), ‘Green Urbanism in Asia’ (2013) and 'Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence' which was launched in the White House in 1999. Peter was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Virginia Charlottesville and was on the IPCC for their 5th Assessment Report. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological and Engineering Sciences Australia. Peter has worked in local government as an elected councillor, in state government as an advisor to three Premiers and in the Australian Government on the Board of Infrastructure Australia. 

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Dr Paul McLeod

Research Program Leader at the Planning and Transport Research Centre UWA.

Dr Paul McLeod is currently of, Director of Economic Research Associates and Research Program Leader at the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) at UWA.

Prior to this Paulhad a long and successful career at the  University of Western Australia where he was an Associate Professor of Economics. At UWA he had a number of senior roles including, Dean Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Head, Department of Economics, Executive Dean, Faculties of Education, Economics and Commerce and Law and Dean of the UWA Business School.

He taught business economics to MBA students and microeconomic theory, resource and environmental economics and public policy economics to third year, honours and Masters students in business and engineering. As an Adjunct Professor at the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, he also taught economics in the Executive MPA. At the professional development level, for several years he has taught the economics of gas  pricing and gas price regulation in the China Gas Program of the Australian Centre for Natural Gas Management. He currently also does professional development courses on cost benefit analysis and project evaluation for graduate economists in The WA Department of Treasury and on transport economics for the Department of Transport.

In 2013 he was invited by the Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA Division) and The University of Western Australia to  deliver the annual Gordon Reid Oration.

He is a long term member of the economics panel of the Economic Regulation Authority.

His expertise is in business economics, resource economics and public policy. Hs research and consulting focus on economic impact analysis, cost benefit analysis, hedonic price analysis, policy evaluation, resource management economics and industry analysis. He has published many articles and reports across a wide area of applied economics. These include consumer choice, transport demand, the demand for housing characteristics, advertising and demand for tobacco, estimating multi-product production functions, estimating the economic impact of major resource projects and the use of survey techniques to value natural resources.

Most recently, for PATREC he has completed a review of transport infrastructure funding options  for WA and was involved in economic population and employment modelling for MAX Light Rail.

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Dr Kirsten Martinus

Assistant Professor, School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia.

Kirsten’s diverse career of over 20 years includes private and public sector engagements in Australia and internationally with a strong focus on connectivity and global commerce. Her work is grounded in the desire to understand how cities ‘work from the inside’. She has a Bachelor in Economics (Hons) from The University of Western Australia and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University; and is a nationally accredited Japanese-English Interpreter.

Kirsten worked for 8 years abroad for various public and private companies in Japan, Indonesia and USA. She has 12 years’ experience working privately as an economic development research consultant in WA. Her project portfolio includes Zernike (Australia), Perth Area Consultative Committee, Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, Edith Cowan University, West Coast Institute Business Grow Centre, Curtin University and the WA State Police. Projects ranged from statistical and general urban analysis to strategic management reviews of Bentley Technology Park, Swan Chamber of Commerce and Business Grow Centre. She also lead State trade delegations to Tokyo as the expert language and business advisor, and drove the strategic visioning and business consultation for a number of large projects including EMICoL (engineering and manufacturing cluster), AASHE (Aboriginal Academy of Sport, Health and Education) and IALES (the International Academy of Law Enforcement and Security).    

In her more recent role as Assistant Professor in Human Geography at UWA, she works as an integral member of the Committee for Perth FACTBase team producing statistical and analytical reports focused on the socio-economic characteristics and strategic planning of Perth and Peel. She also collaborates with the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) to investigate labour movements across Perth and Peel and the efficacy of planning measures such as self-sufficiency, and researches advanced manufacturing and activity centre development and policy in Japan.