Lively, important discussions

Key issues discussed at industry forum in Adelaide last week

Lively, important discussions
Lively, important discussions
By Amie Hickland | September 3, 2013

Big players attended the first of a series of forums in Adelaide last week, to discuss key issues in the transport industry.

UITP Australia New Zealand Executive Director Rob Pearce says about 50 people attended the forum at Adelaide Convention Centre on Friday.

The forum was to explore two main topics – transport and land use planning integration and achieving integrated transport outcomes across all modes, including road-based transport, and a large part was based around buses and other modes of public transport.

Keynote speaker at the event was South Australia’s Department Planning, Transport and Infrastructure Public Transport Services Deputy Chief Executive Emma Thomas.

"We had a lively panel discussion on integrated transport and land use, and we also had a more operational session on integrated network transport planning," says Pearce.

"I suppose the highlight for me was just getting together a broad range of industry players in the same room at the same time to talk about issues of key importance.

"More broadly, the timing of the forum was quite good given that Australia has been recognized as having some of the most livable cities," adding transport was a key contributor.

"It was good."

Pearce says the second Australian Transport Summit being delivered by UITPANZ and TTF will be held in Melbourne on September 13.

He expects a turn-out of over 100 people, and says the summit will cover a more broad range of issues.

International speakers will include Former UK Minister for Transport Steven Norris.

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