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2018 Award Winner Profile: Main Roads WA

Congratulations to Main Roads Western Australia, who were presented with the 2018 Organisational Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award in Sydney on October 17, at the 2018 Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards Dinner.

The Organisational Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award recognises an organisation that exhibits the most outstanding performance, leadership and greatest contribution to advancing infrastructure sustainability in Australasia. Open to all ISCA members and industry partners, any organisation may enter this category.

Winners Profile

Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads) are one of three key transport agencies in Western Australia (WA). Representing one of the world’s most expansive road networks, they are responsible for 18,500 kilometres of road spread over 2.5 million square kilometres. Their role is to support the needs of all road users across the State by providing an integrated world-class road transport network.

Main Roads’ formal sustainability policy ‘Keep WA Moving’, in effect since 2006, makes a commitment to “develop a sustainable transport network that meets social, economic and environmental needs”, and has the aspiration “to provide world class outcomes for the customer through a safe, reliable and sustainable road-based transport system”.

This policy identifies four key-focus areas: Customers, Movement, Safety, and Sustainability. Of these, sustainability is recognised as crucial to achieving the government goal of providing WA with an integrated transport solution and creating an efficient and user-friendly state-wide transport network.

A member of ISCA since 2009, they were the first organisation to register for an IS Version 2.0 (ISv2.0) Planning rating in 2018, with a further five upcoming projects set to undergo ISv2.0 planning ratings.

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Main Roads set an internal standard to utilise the IS Rating tool across all infrastructure projects, for example: All major infrastructure projects valued between $20 million and $100 million are required to refer to the IS Rating Tool, and work towards a self-assessed rating; Projects over $100 million are formally rated; All projects of a value greater than $100 million undergo rating for the Planning phase; and, IS Accredited Professionals (ISAPs) must be included in teams tendering for high profile projects.

Main Roads take steps to advance sustainability knowledge within their workforce. Collaborating with ISCA to deliver workshop training to Main Roads teams in Infrastructure Delivery, Road Planning and Senior Management. Main Roads also currently has 10 registered ISAPS.

Collaborating within the industry, they host industry events, advancing sustainability. Hosting the Infrastructure Sustainability Western Conference twice in the past, and in 2018 the ISCA-led events - the Perth Modern Slavery Breakfast and the industry celebration for the Northlink Southern Sections IS Rating achievement.

Main Roads also piloted the Economic Theme of version 2.0 on their project, the Bunbury Outer Ring Road; Contributed to the development of ISv2.0 through a contribution of $50,000; Developed an Adopting ISCA to drive sustainability performance – a brochure submitted to the Strategic Assessment Perth Peel Region steering group; and, Leo Coci, Executive Director Infrastructure Delivery is on the board of ISCA.

In addition, they have aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Activities, to date, that are linked to the SDGs include:

  • Employment of poverty risk groups via Reconciliation Action Plan, Promoting Diversity & Equal Opportunity policy (SDG1 & 4)
  • Freight efficiency in agricultural areas (SDG2)
  • Cycling & pedestrian facilities from infrastructure investments (SDG3)
  • Women in leadership policy (SDG5)
  • Avoid potable water use in construction (SDG6)
  • A carbon reduction target (SDG7)
  • Sustainable Procurement Policy, Adoption of the WA Government's Aboriginal Economic Participation Strategy and Disability Enterprise (SDG8)
  • Innovation and research program and SBEnrc Core Partner (SDG9)
  • Contribute to World Roads Association via Austroads and in-kind (SDG10)
  • Commitment to Road Safety, use of Urban Design and public art techniques (SDG11)
  • Spec 501 & 302 support recycled material use. Committed to using crushed recycled concrete in pilot project (SDG12)
  • Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Carbon Reduction Plan (SDG13)
  • Committed to environmental management, offsetting and revegetation (SDG14)
  • Stakeholder and community engagement commonplace (SDG15).

Other examples of Main Roads leadership and contribution to advancing sustainability include: 16 projects with a combined value of approximately $3.5B have IS obligations; NorthLink WA Southern Section achieved a leading design rating of 93, the highest ever in WA and the highest score for a design project in Australia; Main Roads’ direct supply chain during 2017/18 engaged with 4,500 suppliers and made in the order of $1.9B in payments; there are 426 projects undergoing environmental screening; In 2017 they cleared 246ha, and revegetated 206ha - offsetting 1,822ha; GHG emission levels are on target to achieve a 2020 goal of 5% reduction; Achievement of a Scope One and Two emissions goal -  not to exceed 29,597 t CO2, was achieved with calculated emission levels of 25,597 t CO2 in 2017/18; 55,102 t of recycled materials were used on construction projects in 2017/18. This excludes cut to fill practice. A further 110,000 t of resources were sent for recycling.

Main Roads WA have also achieved industry-awards and recognition for initiatives and their efforts in advancing sustainability, to date they have been awarded: 

  • Award winner in category three ($5-$10 million) for the Third Avenue Bridge Replacement by contractor BMD Constructions,
  • Award winner in category one, Earth Award (projects valued up to $1 million) For the Enviro Infrastructure for Refurbishment of Bridge 0930, Haydn Bunton Drive,
  • Certificate of Appreciation for participating in the Aboriginal Youth Expo - Great Southern (Southern Aboriginal Corporation),
  • The NorthLink Southern Section achieved two awards in the ISCA Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards program, the IS Impact Award (for projects over $20m), and the IS Outstanding Achievement Award, and
  • The New Mandurah Traffic Bridge Project was a Finalist for the 2018 IPAA and CCF Earth awards.

Main Roads are an active contributor to the advancement of Infrastructure Sustainability in Western Australia (WA), and beyond. They champion sustainability internally and externally and their team is dedicated to helping shape sustainability in infrastructure and strive for a more sustainable industry.

Congratulations again to Main Roads Western Australia on their sustainability successes, and for winning the 2018 Organisational Leadership in Infrastructure Award.

Keep an eye out as information for the 2019 Sustainability in Infrastructure Awards submissions dates and categories become available.