12
Apr 17

Building a long term sustainable pavement management strategy

The Campbelltown City Council area has 718 kilometres of local road infrastructure assets, with a replacement cost of approximately $400 million. The rapid growth of Campbelltown City, from 25,000 residents in 1966 to more than 160,000 today, has required a significant investment in infrastructure, including the road network, to service the ever-growing residential, commercial and … Continue reading Building a long term sustainable pavement management strategy

05
Apr 17

Creating a role for ‘sustainability’ to inform & evaluate road maintenance & operations contracts

Environment, Social, Economic, Governance: the four pillars that make up the quadruple bottom line of sustainability. This can be translated to the management of impacts on, and the enhancement of: Environment: flora, fauna, air, water, land Social: community, stakeholders, heritage, workforce, supply chain Economic: financial sustainability, budgets, materials’ lifecycles, maintenance cycles Governance: asset maturity, risk … Continue reading Creating a role for ‘sustainability’ to inform & evaluate road maintenance & operations contracts

20
Oct 15

Indigenous Procurement: Delivering Social Impact Through Purchasing

Our purchasing decisions influence the way that supply chains develop. Seeking the lowest price at all costs can result in supply chains with layers of hidden costs through damage to the environment and to the communities involved in that supply chain. However, there are great examples where buyers have changed supply chains in order to deliver … Continue reading Indigenous Procurement: Delivering Social Impact Through Purchasing

19
Oct 15

Promises are Promises, but only Performance is Reality

It was the sometimes controversial American businessman Harold Geneen who famously said “It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality“.  Good performance is an essential part of good management and governance in any organisation.  It assists in ensuring accountability, transparency and … Continue reading Promises are Promises, but only Performance is Reality

01
Oct 14

Who are HMEP and what can road maintenance professionals in Australia learn from them?

My name is Jason Russell and I am Assistant Director for Highways and Transport at Surrey County Council in the UK. I also lead the South East 7 highways alliance, and am heavily involved in a number of UK Government improvement programmes, including the Highways Maintenance Efficiency Programme (HMEP), the Government Construction Strategy, and Infrastructure … Continue reading Who are HMEP and what can road maintenance professionals in Australia learn from them?

17
Sep 14

How well are you performing with your road network management?

One of the challenges facing Councils in the UK is understanding how well we are performing in our management of our highway networks. Under previous Governments we had a set of National Key Performance Indicators, which measured how well we were doing in a number of areas, such as condition and road safety, however these … Continue reading How well are you performing with your road network management?

29
Jul 14

Stop wasting billions says Productivity Commission Infrastructure Report

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The Productivity Commission’s recent report into public infrastructure has identified a series of assessment and development procedures that can be vastly improved to save governments billions. A couple of the key findings included: 1. There is an urgent need to comprehensively overhaul processes for assessing and developing public infrastructure projects. There are numerous examples of … Continue reading Stop wasting billions says Productivity Commission Infrastructure Report

17
Jul 14

10 key priorities for the future established at the Sydney Road Maintenance Conference

The week before last we hosted our ‘Road Maintenance, Driving value for money via innovative delivery models Conference’ in Sydney.  It was an engaging two days where we heard a variety of case study centred presentations sharing international, contractor, state and local government perspectives on developing and implementing the right contracting model for your organisation.  … Continue reading 10 key priorities for the future established at the Sydney Road Maintenance Conference