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26 October 2017

Intelligent transport solutions, freight productivity and road safety will be key agenda items at the Australian Local Government Association’s National Local Roads and Transport Congress in Albany next month. 

More than 200 delegates from around Australia are expected to attend the annual event, which is being staged in Albany for the first time. The theme for this year’s Congress is ‘Shaping Transport’s Future’.  

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester will give a keynote address, along with ALGA president Mayor David O’Loughlin and a number of transport and infrastructure experts from the government and private sectors. 

As well as hosting the event, Albany will itself be prominently featured in Congress proceedings, with its ring road, grain handling facility and port widely regarded as outstanding examples of how industry and government can collaborate to engineer effective transport and freight solutions.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said that despite its innovative approach to infrastructure provision, the city could benefit from learning more about the roads and transport challenges facing rural and urban communities across Australia.

“I’m looking forward to discussing innovative solutions unique to regional cities,” Mayor Wellington said. “When we bring key industry players and regulators together like the Commonwealth, the WA government, and transport leaders and visionaries, we can help Albany and the region become a more prosperous, connected, and sustainable city.”

Minister Chester’s keynote address is expected to focus on road safety initiatives and to outline how Federal infrastructure funding is being directed to improve the productivity of Australia’s land transport networks.

Other keynote speakers include smart mobility and connected infrastructure expert Russell Whale, and Andrew Reese, an engineer from the US and an acknowledged expert on “green infrastructure” and innovative storm water management strategies.

Panel sessions will be held on a range of diverse topics and issues, including regional airports, local roads and bridges and improving community infrastructure. The Congress will conclude with an update on ALGA’s transport strategy and insights on the Association’s federal election strategy for 2018.