Leadership and Policy Seminar Series
Established in 2003, the ITLS Leadership and Policy Seminar Series benefits from leading national and international experts (CEOs, Visiting Professors etc) speaking on topical transport and logistics issues relevant to business and academia. The seminar series attracts a broad audience from industry, government and academia as well as our own faculty and research students. Seminars are usually one hour long including the presentation and time for Q&A.
Seminars are normally held fortnightly on Tuesdays, between March and November (with a break in July), from 11am to noon with coffee and tea available from 10.30am. The venue is: Lecture Theatre 1, Level 1, 173-175 Phillip Street, Sydney CBD. See directions.
Invitations are sent to our mailing list at least one week in advance. Seminars are free, however, an RSVP is required, so please respond to the seminar invitation.
Date: 12th May 2015 11:00 am
Speaker: Jarrett Walker, President and Principal Consultant
Topic: Yes, You Can Erase Your Bus Network and Design a New One. Lessons from Houston, Auckland, and other cities
Abstract: Australian practices in bus service planning tend to emphasise gradual changes and additions of new service, but it is rare to see sweeping redesigns that erase the existing network and start from scratch. Sometimes, however, bus networks become so obsolete or overgrown that there is no incremental path to success. The network must simply be erased and redesigned so that it makes sense for the city of today.
Jarrett Walker explains why the geometry and history of public transport predictably lead to these "redesign crises." He then shares his experience with leading total bus network redesigns in Houston, Auckland, and other cities, while also reviewing Barcelona's famous new grid system. Walker speaks from experience about managing the fear of change, working with civic leaders to build understanding, and the predictable challenges along the way. As a former Sydneysider, he applies these lessons to the challenges -- both geographic and cultural -- of bus network design in the modern Australian city.
Bio: Jarrett Walker is an international consultant in public transit planning and policy, including the links between transit and all aspects of community planning and urban structure. His clients include transit authorities, cities, developers, and non-profits – anyone who wants to make better use of public transit as a tool to support resilient communities, individual liberty, and social inclusion. His work includes planning projects, senior advisory roles, and interactive consultation and training.
In his 24 years of transit consulting, Jarrett has worked on more than 200 public transit planning projects across North America, Australia, and New Zealand, in more than 100 cities, from small towns to major metro areas. His network designs have been implemented successfully in many cities.
From this core expertise, he has also built a strong track record in a range of transit planning and policy issues, including local-regional transit integration, flexible services planning, and innovative public involvement. He has written and worked extensively on the integration of public transit into community planning at all scales, from the design of a small development to the structure of an urban region. His work covers the spectrum of planning perspectives, from visionary urbanism to operational detail.
Jarrett is also known for his work educating stakeholders about the choices that public transit requires, building clear public consultation processes, and helping organizations form coherent and implementable transit goals. Since 2009 he has written the popular blog HumanTransit.org, which has grown into an online collection of articles explaining key transit concepts and issues.
In November 2011, Island Press released his book, Human Transit: How clearer thinking about public transit can enrich our communities and our lives. The book aims to help any thoughtful person understand the public transit problem and the trade-offs that public transit requires us to think about, so that they can form more resilient views.
Date: 16th Jun 2015 11:00 am
Speaker: Christopher Selth, ADC Forum
Topic: Paying our way on infrastructure, New approaches
Abstract: Government capital recycling – selling brownfield assets to investors and using the proceeds to finance new projects – has been a step forward. But is it sufficient to underwrite the broad infrastructure needs of the community? The scale of what is needed by Australia demands we expand the tools at our disposal, including generating new revenue sources with public support to underpin project development.
There are reforms we can make in how we develop infrastructure, how we finance it, and how we facilitate investment by our pension system and other pools of capital. These are attractive in themselves, and would drop costs and increase potential revenues. But the impact could be dramatically more powerful when combined into a unified data and process platform, which would allow stakeholders to scrutinise all aspects of the development process, and consider choices.
To get the full benefits we need more than just access to the facts. We need to leverage technology to advance and develop stakeholder engagement processes and supporting tools.
Stronger connections between community, government, and business can boost the confidence to raise revenue streams from a broader pool of options. This improves project economics, increasing the range of projects that can be developed, supplying needed assets to the pension pool, and opening up additional finance for project development. It is more than a matter of words. New processes and technologies are evolving to better manage that conversation. Possibly the most important investment we need to make is in social capital, using new tools and a renewed commitment to better communication.
From the perspective of the man on the street the gist of our report can be reduced to two simple questions:
‘Would you pay the local government levy, congestion charge or toll needed to support this piece of infrastructure because otherwise there is insufficient revenue to build and service it?’
‘Would you buy this asset with your pension fund?’
We propose structures that would make answering those questions much easier. Currently, it is virtually impossible for the average person to make such assessments.
Bio: Chris is an investor, entrepreneur, researcher, and thinker. Currently he is working with ADC Forum as the Chair of their Infrastructure Funding & Finance Work Group, which is developing new initiatives built around originating infrastructure through stakeholder collaboration. Previously he was Chief Investment Officer at Five Oceans Asset Management, an international funds management business he co-founded in 2005, and before that Head of International Equities at BT Funds Management and an Executive Vice President. Chris’s career is marked by top tier investment performance over 25 years, multiple industry awards, and an experience set assessing global economic and business trends, interviewing thought leaders and business leadership, and building business models and economic assessments.
Date: 11th Aug 2015 11:00 am
Speaker: Sara Stace, Link Place
Topic: Saving $1 billion for the national economy, by foot or cycle
Abstract: In Australia, cycling for transport contributes $1.43 per kilometre cycled; while walking contributes $2.12 per kilometre.
That means a 20-minute commute by bike contributes around $14 to the economy; while a walker contributes $8 every day.
There is huge potential to increase the mode share of cycling and walking: Fourteen percent of Australian adults drive less than 5km to work or study, and a further 16 per cent live within 5-10km, totalling 1.3 million adults. If a quarter of them could be convinced to swap 2-3 hours per week for cycling or walking instead, it would save $1 billion for the national economy every year. That’s a very big potential return on investment.
This presentation outlines four broad steps to facilitate greater mode share of active travel:
This presentation will illustrate how these four steps cascade from a national perspective down to regional, metropolitan and local level. It will present key statistics and case studies to demonstrate how these policies are linked across portfolios - from infrastructure and planning to health and education. A true whole-of-government approach.
Bio: Sara Stace has a reputation as a strategic thinker, consensus broker and change agent. As executive director of Link Place Consulting she writes policy on cities and urban transport. She was recently commissioned by Infrastructure Australia for a paper on ‘Urban Development, Housing and Liveability’ as part of the National Infrastructure Audit (due for release Q2 2015).
Stace previously worked in the Australian government for Infrastructure Australia and Major Cities Unit where she led six years of policy development including the national urban design protocol ‘Creating Places for People’ and a new policy on ‘Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport: active travel in Australian communities’.
Stace is a board member of Bicycle NSW and the Australian Cycle Alliance. She is a prolific user of social media; co-founder of cycle.org.au and founder of ‘Humans On Bikes’.