Director General's foreword
Director General's foreword
I am proud to present the Department of Transport's (DoT) Annual Report for 2016-17.
It highlights our achievements in delivering a range of transport services and solutions for Western Australia and our commitment to further improving these for our customers.
DoT together with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads) have a clear focus on working collaboratively as a Portfolio, an approach that is evident right across our respective operations. In recognition of this partnership approach, I am pleased to also present the Transport Portfolio's Connecting People and Places 2016-17.
As Western Australia experiences a period of economic transition and our customers' needs continue to evolve, it is more important than ever that we maximise the value of the State's transport systems. To achieve this, we will continue to work closely with the PTA and Main Roads to better integrate the Transport Portfolio agencies to ensure holistic transport planning and delivery.
This approach is clear in the Transport @ 3.5 Million: Perth and Peel Transport Plan for 3.5 Million People and Beyond. The plan, released in February 2017, identifies the long-term infrastructure requirements, strategies for network optimisation and travel demand management that are needed to keep Perth moving as it grows towards a population of 3.5 million people.
DoT and its portfolio partners are working together to review and revise the plan to include the State Government's METRONET rail and land use planning enhancements.
During the reporting period the first tranche of the On-demand Transport reforms were rolled out which included a $27.5 million Transition Assistance Package to support eligible Perth taxi plate owners. Further work is currently underway, with our team progressing legislative changes to bring the taxi and charter sectors under a single unified Act in 2017-18.
We have a clear focus on providing services that best meet our customers' needs and changing expectations. During the reporting period we have made enhancements to our online service platform DoTDirect, with improved functionality to encourage customers to complete a range of transactions online.
We successfully trialled iAssess - a mobile tablet application that electronically records Practical Driving Assessments to streamline the assessment process and save time for assessors and customers. The data collected from the system will be used to improve key driver behaviour and ultimately, road safety.
DoT has positively contributed to road safety through a number of initiatives in 2016-17. We worked closely with a range of State Government agencies to introduce Western Australia's first Alcohol Interlock system aimed at reducing the road safety risk posed by drink driving.
Throughout the reporting period we continued to work with local governments to trial bike boulevards in the Cities of Vincent, Bayswater and Belmont. The boulevards are designed to create a safe environment for cars and bikes to share the road by reducing speeds to 30km per hour.
Safety is paramount not only on our roads but in and around our State's waterways. We undertook an Aquatic Use Review of Matilda Bay to ensure the safe, equitable and sustainable use of the popular Swan River waterway and implemented changes to lifejacket standards to improve wear rates amongst the growing recreational boating community.
The community will benefit from the August 2017 completion of the $20.146 million Exmouth Boat Harbour. Once complete, the harbour will provide Exmouth and the wider Gascoyne region increased capacity and efficiency as a service and support centre for the oil and gas sector.
It is crucial that we continue to invest in both our metropolitan and regional transport networks and services to keep our communities connected and our economy strong.
Our regions also benefitted from improved airport infrastructure, with a total of 24 Regional Airports Development Scheme projects completed across the State in 2016-17. The projects, with a combined value of $13 million, included the $3.7 million redevelopment of Carnarvon Airport.
I have every confidence that DoT, together with our portfolio partners, have the expertise to contribute to the social and economic prosperity of Western Australia. I would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all DoT employees who have and will continue to contribute directly to the Department's success in the year ahead.
As my first year as Director General comes to a close, it is clear that this is an exciting time for the Transport Portfolio. There are many planned projects and innovative changes that will provide significant benefits to Western Australian communities and the State's economy over the coming years. I look forward to what I'm sure will be another progressive year for transport in Western Australia in 2017-18.
Director General - Transport