Director General's foreword
Director General's foreword
This report is a testament to the fact that it is not the size of the project that matters, it is the benefit it delivers to the Western Australian community. It is connecting people with places, it is safety, convenience, comfort, employment and tourism opportunities and so much more.
I am pleased to present the Department of Transport's (DoT) Annual Report 2017-18.
This report details not only what has driven us over the past 12 months but what continues to drive us into the future - our responsibility to work with our portfolio partners, the Public Transport Authority and Main Roads Western Australia, to plan and deliver transport solutions for the prosperity of our State.
Together, we have made excellent headway on a number of key priorities ranging from transformational infrastructure projects to smaller policy, process and customer service improvements.
We know these benefits are best realised when we work in collaboration. There has been no shortage of this in delivering the $358 million Optus Stadium transport solution including bus and train connectivity, Burswood Jetty access, the iconic Matagarup Bridge and surrounding bicycle path network.
The success of this project stands the State Government in good stead to deliver its METRONET program. The METRONET Project Office, comprising a fully integrated team of experts drawn primarily from our transport agencies, continued to progress Stage One projects in 2017-18.
Similarly, in September 2017 a Taskforce was established to develop the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy. The two-year planning project, which will guide the development and growth of the Port of Fremantle over the next 50 to 100 years, is now well underway.
Westport will assist in strengthening and diversifying our economy by positioning Western Australia as an attractive international investment opportunity capable of capturing global trade, but in particular between Australia and the expanding economies in South East Asia.
Further examples of how the Transport Portfolio is working together on significant transport projects such as these are highlighted in the 2017-18 Connecting People and Places document.
Connecting People and Places also provides an overview of the Transport Portfolio's operations and the objectives, trends and influences guiding our work in the future.
Changing consumer expectations, technological advances and the emergence of new providers continue to drive the need for further reforms to the on-demand transport industry. DoT worked closely with industry and other stakeholders in 2017-18 to progress changes that will create a fairer, customer-focused system that promotes competition.
Emerging technologies are influencing other areas of our policy development, with DoT working with other States to prepare for the higher level automated vehicles expected to hit international markets as early as 2020. A national regulatory framework is currently being developed to set the highest standards of community safety.
Safety is paramount in all of our policy, planning, investment and operational decisions and as part of our commitment to safe drivers, DoT improved the process to obtain a provisional driver's licence in October 2017. Applicants are now required to complete their Hazard Perception Test before attempting their Practical Driving Assessment, better enabling novice drivers to develop safe driving skills and build the experience they need to cope with potential hazards and distractions on the road.
There is still work to be done to improve the convenience in undertaking Practical Driving Assessments and I look forward to the results of a number of trial initiatives at our Kelmscott Licensing Centre including providing additional assessment times on Saturday mornings.
It is more important than ever that we are listening to our customers and not only meeting but exceeding their expectations. I am confident DoTDirect continues to do just this, with almost 500,000 customers using their online account to access a growing number of available transactions.
DoT's planning and investment in the areas of cycling, aviation and coastal infrastructure is key in meeting the needs of our community.
In 2017-18, 37 local governments received a share of more than $4.1 million to further improve Western Australia's bike network. With our focus on working with local governments to plan longer-term, fully integrated cycling networks for Perth and Peel as well as regional centres, this investment will deliver maximum value in providing transport options, recreational opportunities and support for tourism and commercial activities.
Our regions benefited from improved airport infrastructure with a total of 18 Regional Airports Development Scheme projects with a combined project value of almost $14 million completed across the State.
The $20.1 million Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade was successfully completed in August 2017 to meet growing demand from recreational and commercial users. The expanded infrastructure will provide Exmouth and the wider Gascoyne region increased capacity and efficiency as a service and support centre for the oil and gas sector.
All eyes were on Exmouth when it played host to Australia's largest and most complex Maritime Environmental Emergency Response (MEER) exercise. Exercise Ningaloo Challenge was a four-day scenario that tested DoT's capability to lead an effective response to a major maritime environmental emergency. The exercise, which involved more than 350 participants from over 35 organisations, allowed DoT to identify further improvements required as we prepare for the State MEER exercise scheduled for November 2018.
I am incredibly proud of what the talented and dedicated teams of DoT and the wider Transport Portfolio have achieved in 2017-18 and thank them for their efforts. I have every confidence that together we can make even more of a positive difference to Western Australia and its great people in 2018-19 and beyond.
Director General - Transport
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