News bulletin 10: 14 Mar 2017
A second motorway bridge has collapsed in Italy in six months, with a criminal investigation for manslaughter launched. The country’s infrastructure ministry is also conducting its own inquiry and questions about bureaucracy and seismic activity have come up.
Australian governments spent $28 billion more on transport infrastructure over the past 15 years than they told taxpayers they would spend, the Grattan Institute has revealed. It gathered three experts to discuss how to get the right infrastructure at the right price, including the Institute’s transport program director, Marion Terrill, who also contributed a detailed article to the AFR.
The ISCP (International Society for Concrete Pavements) has recently elected John Figueroa (Aurecon), Justin Moss (Arcadis) and Craig Whitaker (EIC Activities – CPB) to its board of directors, for a two-year term. Dr Anna-Carin Brink (AECOM) continues as a director while George Vorobieff has retired as a director after leaving RMS. The ASCP said its organisation and the ISCP have enjoyed close working relations since ASCP’s formation in 2008, with ISCP Directors being frequent presenters at ASCP biennial conferences, and that the strong representation of Australian professionals on the international society’s board will enhance ongoing interaction.
Engineers Australia said over the last 25 years, substantial pressure has been placed on Western Australia’s infrastructure assets while “costly and contentious infrastructure projects” have been “stuck in the pipeline, stalled by electoral cycles and political debate”.
A number of councils across Sydney have called on the Greater Sydney Commission to provide plans for the NSW capital’s future that are both more detailed and more ambitious than what has previously been released.