Perth in Focus
Transport and Congestion - An international perspective on the transport debate


Thursday, 16 June 2016
11:30 - Registration Opens
12:00 - Event Start
14:30 - Event Concludes


Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ballroom 1
21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth



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

Table of 10 $2000
Table of 8 $1600
Per person $210

This includes a two course lunch with wine.

OPEN TO PUBLIC Registration has now closed

Event Overview

Lunch Learnings: Transport and Congestion - An international perspective on the transport debate

Our latest Perth in Focus luncheon brought together a range of informative and engaging speakers on the topic of Transport and Congestion - An international perspective on the transport debate.

The event provided the opportunity for retiring Department of Transport Director General, Reece Waldock to reflect on his years leading the transport portfolios. Reece spoke about the need to optimise the existing transport network and better integrate land use and transport planning so that public transport could be offered as a convenient and viable alternative to the car. He said that maintaining a vision to deliver a vibrant, connected and productive transport system was important given that when Perth’s population grows to 3.5 million the plan is to have significantly reduced car trips to the CBD and increase commutes by public transport.

Professor Jon Shaw from Plymouth University and co-author of ‘The Transport Debate’ delivered the keynote address about international commuting trends and behaviour. His key points were:

  • General trends:

    • At a worldwide level, the amount that people drive has either plateaued or fallen.
    • Young people are choosing not to drive because of the cost of running a car.
  • In the UK:
    • The average number of trips a person takes each year has fallen below 200.
    • A commuter living in London travels 7,200 kilometres a year. Someone living in rural UK travels twice that distance.
  • In the USA:
    • 50% of US youths would rather lose access to a car than the internet.
    • 64 million employees, about half the US workforce, are able to telecommute at least part-time.
  • On public policy:
    • When developing public transport policy, issues around technology, traffic restriction, economic incentives, better public transport, encouraging active modes, promoting attitude change and links to other policy areas must all be explored to provide genuine choice across socio-economic groups and geographic areas.
    • In Europe, a range of models are used to fund public transport including business rates uplift, congestion charges, fuel duty top-up, payroll tax and an additional percentage on sales tax.
    • Self-driving cars aren’t the silver bullet.

Meet our speakers and panellists

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Prof. Jon Shaw

Head of Geography at Plymouth University

Jon Shaw is Professor and Head of Geography at Plymouth University.  He has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Transport Geography at Plymouth University and the Journal of Transport Geography. Jon is a Specialist Advisor to the Transport Committee of the House of Commons.  He researches issues associated with mobility, transport policy and governance and is widely published in academic and policy literatures. Jon is also the co-author of the book 'The Transport Debate'.

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Reece Waldock

Director General – Departmnet of Transport

As the head of the Transport portfolio, Reece is responsible for setting the strategic direction of transport in the State, shaping the development of a number of major integrated transport plans and leading the implementation of some of WA’s most transformational capital projects.

With more than 35 years’ experience in strategic management, with particular expertise in organisational reform, his appointment as Director

General – Transport in 2010 was the culmination of a 20-year journey within various State Government transport agencies including 14 years as a Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his public sector career, Reece held a number of senior management roles with BHP Pty Ltd.

Reece is also a Commissioner of the Western Australian Planning Commission, Lifeline WA board member and a Director of the Australian Urban Design Research Centre.

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Gemma Davis

Manager, Research and Strategy at the Committee for Perth

Gemma is Manager of Research and Strategy for the Committee for Perth and is an Honorary Research Fellow with the University of Western Australia. She is a Policy and Strategic Planning professional with 19 years of experience and has prepared research and strategy reports for the Committee on a contract basis since 2007. During this time she has also worked as a consultant in Australia and New Zealand, undertaking research and strategic planning projects for public and private organisations. She holds an Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Curtin University and has undertaken studies in Arts and Psychology at The University of Western Australia and Aboriginal Studies at Curtin University.

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Dr Pascal Bourgeat

Director of Consulting, Behavioural & Cognitive Science at IPSOS Australia

Pascal Bourgeat PhD is director of behavioural science at Ipsos Australia and is involved in observing and making sense of the behaviour of commuters, grocery buyers, customers of service providers, users of public sector services, patients and healthcare professionals. His expertise in transport is in the area of transport demand models, design of customer services and effectiveness of communication/behaviour change programs.

Pascal has over 25 years experience in research in Europe and Asia-Pacific, specialising in quantitative research and modelling consumer behaviour. Pascal works at Ipsos with a range of clients across a breadth of complex quantitative problems, including segmentation, driver analysis, profiling, choice models, market response models, advertising response models, customer change models, satisfaction models, customer acquisition and retention models, and business performance models.

Pascal has both a profile as an expert in many research areas and a hands-on person able to communicate the big picture with various stakeholders in plain language. He has substantial academic training both in cognitive psychology and in quantitative research and modelling ranging from scale development, testing, data reduction methods, clustering and partitioning methods, causal models of attitude or choice behaviour, demand and sales forecasting models.