2019/2020 Committee

Following the recent ballot and annual general meeting the 2019-20 YTP committee have stepped into their new roles. We would like to thank the previous committee for organising some great events over the past 12 months and for significantly increasing the YTP membership base. We are extremely excited for the year ahead and have some big plans in store, so look out for more announcements soon. If you have any ideas please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Click through the below link to read a bit more about the new committee.

5th Annual Lawn Bowls kicks off the YTP calendar

Late last week we held our 5th Annual Lawn Bowls Networking Event, and as always it was a fantastic night. Over 60 young transport professionals got together at Richmond Union Bowling Club to get to know each other over some drinks, nibbles and of course, Barefoot Bowls! A great night was had by all and it was an awesome way to kick off another year of YTP events!

Thanks to Metro Trains Melbourne for once again helping us throw this great event and to Dave from the Bowls Club for giving us a crash course in how to play.

Coming up later in the year, we’ve got events with Jacobs and PTV planned, as well as more networking evenings – Stay tuned for more details! If you’ve got any feedback or ideas for events, feel free to get in touch at contact@youngtransportpro.com. We’re always looking for ways to improve!

Rounding out 2018 in style

It’s been an exciting time in the events space for the YTP. In November we held two events, including an interactive event with Downer, focusing on innovation, environments and sustainability, and our inaugural End of Year Celebration! These were both new event formats for the YTP, and we were excited to see a fantastic level of involvement from our members.

In mid-November we hosted an event on Environment and Sustainability alongside Downer. Hosted at Downer’s central offices in the Melbourne CBD, over 50 members took the opportunity to attend three interactive workshops followed by a pizza-filled networking dinner.

During the event, members learned about the process behind achieving environmental certification for the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMT) from Ellese O’Sullivan (Environmental Sustainability Engineer). Ellese’s presentation highlighted the huge amount of effort that goes into manufacturing a rolling stock fleet while remaining environmentally conscious and keeping sustainability front of mind.

A second workshop presented by Ross Brookshaw (Manager Environmental Sustainability) outlined the challenges faced by the team constructing the HCMT maintenance depot in Pakenham East, focusing on the considerations made to accommodate the native flora and fauna of the area. Both of these presentations demonstrated how sustainable practices and the environment influence transport projects, and emphasised the types of considerations young transport professionals will encounter as they progress in this increasingly sustainable industry.

By the end of the year, the first HCMT will be tested and the new HCMT Depot will be completed. It’s anticipated that the first operational HCMTs will roll-out to the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019.

The third and final workshop of the evening demonstrated how virtual reality (VR) technology is being used to improve maintenance and training practices in transport. Led by Downer’s Mike Ayling (General Manager Digital Technology and Innovation) and students from Swinburne University, YTP members were able to try out the VR devices and experience how train door maintenance is performed in an interactive digital space.

Special thanks to Vanessa Ramirez and Peter Moschou from Downer for their efforts in organising the event.

Following hot on the heels of our Downer event, the YTP hosted its first ever End of Year Celebration. Held at Platform 28 in the Docklands, more than 80 members got together for a night of networking, socialising and fun! This new event is really what the YTP is all about – connecting young professionals and celebrating our achievements as a key contingent in the transport industry. Thanks for coming down and helping us celebrate the end of the year in style!

Looking forward to the New Year, we’re planning more events for our members than ever before! Our ever-popular barefoot bowls night is back for another year in February, and we have events in the works with Young Engineers Australia, Jacobs and PTV. As always, if you have any feedback on our past events, have suggestions for new events or if there’s anything else you’d like to share, please drop us a line at contact@youngtransportpro.com

More information:

For more information on the HCMT project, visit https://bit.ly/2KYImKj

For more information on how Downer is taking the same environmentally friendly approach to the road industry, visit https://bit.ly/2RxCIRv

Transport the key focus for upcoming Victorian Election

Transport is shaping up to be a key area of focus for the upcoming state election, with big commitments from each of the major parties. We thought we’d take a closer look!

Heavy and light rail

  • Labor have committed to the Metro Tunnel Project, planning the Suburban Rail loop, an Airport Rail Link and a high speed rail between Melbourne and Geelong. They’ve also committed to 25 additional level crossings, multiple track duplications on the Hurstbridge line and the duplication of the rail line between Dandenong and Cranbourne on the Cranbourne line.

  • The Coalition have focused on regional high speed rail, with a view to decentralise Victoria and encourage growth in regional centres such as Bendigo and Ballarat. They’ve also committed to electrifying the rail line from Frankston to Baxter and extending the railway from Cranbourne to Clyde.

  • The Greens focus on making the public transport network more accessible and on establishing a high-speed rail link between Melbourne and Sydney.

  • There have been no big election commitments from any party on light rail for the upcoming State Election.


  • The Coalition has committed to reviving the East West link, to commence the North East Link project, and remove up to 50 traffic light intersections. They have also pledged support to the Westgate Tunnel project.

  • Labor remain committed to the Westgate Tunnel, and have invested money in early planning for a North East Link.

  • The Greens will focus on improving bus networks and bike lanes and encouraging new alternatives to car ownership.

Freight and Ports

  • Labor and the Greens are both campaigning to implement intermodal freight strategies, prioritising the use of rail and ports for long distance freight movements over road.

  • Labor have promised investment into the coastal shipping industry and regional ports, and the Greens have expressed interest in establishing a freight planning body.

No matter who wins government later this month, young transport professionals are the certain winners as we look ahead to another period of extended growth in this vibrant and exciting industry.

We’ve tried to cover off most transport-related election promises, however acknowledge that we may have missed some things. If you’d like us to add something, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with more information.

Please note that the YTP is in no way affiliated with any political party. We remain independent and committed to connecting young people in transport.

YTP Panel Discussion at Aurecon: Technological Innovation Disrupting the Transport Industry

My name is Jordan Hannagan, and I have recently been nominated to the position of YTP Events Coordinator. Over the next year, my aim is to organise exciting and engaging events for our members, which I hope will create great networking opportunities while also providing insight into the current happenings of the transport industry.

A fortnight ago, we held our first event as a new committee in conjunction with Aurecon. The focus of this panel-style discussion was technological innovation disrupting the transport industry. We were joined by:

  • Aaron Belbasis – Computational Design Specialist from Aurecon
  • Sinead Collins – Principle Structures Engineer and Digital Champion at Rail Projects Victoria
  • Lauren Beattie – Senior Strategic Planner with the City of Melbourne
  • Marcus Morrison, Manager Control Systems Software at Metro Trains Melbourne

Our panellists were led in an insightful discussion by facilitator Mark Roberts, Technical Director at Aurecon.

The panellists highlighted the importance of data, explaining how it should be treated as an asset, how data-driven approaches are streamlining project delivery and how data can be used to monitor and improve the performance of a busy suburban rail network. They also touched on how disruptive technologies are impacting the transport landscape, such as how companies like Uber have changed the way we get around and what impact those changes will have on future transport planning.

As the future leaders of the transport industry, members of YTP will be the driving force for adopting innovative digital strategies, and being ready to embrace exciting new technologies. With such big changes transforming the way the transport industry operates, it’s certainly an exciting time to be in transport.

Special thanks to Nichelle Naluz from Aurecon for her assistance in organising the event, and to our expert panellists for offering their time!

If you are interested in learning more about how new, exciting technology is being used to support a data focused approach to transport, read about how Transport for NSW are applying the Internet of Things to passenger and asset data collection here.

We’re committed to connecting young people in transport, and to help achieve that we’re always planning new events. We’ve got another event coming up shortly with Downer, and we’re in the early stages of organising some exciting events for early next year. Of course, stay tuned for an invite to our annual lawn bowls event, which will kick-off a year of great events. We’re always on the lookout for event speakers and interested to hear about exciting new event formats. If you’d like to hear from a particular expert, have an event idea or would like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at youngtransportpro@gmail.com

We’ll see you at Downer on Thursday 15 November, otherwise I look forward to meeting you at our next event.

Catching up with Asimina (President of the YTP)

My name is Asimina Vanderwert, and I have recently been nominated as President for the Young Transport Professionals (YTP). I have been a member of the YTP for three years now, and a part of the committee for just over one year as Events Coordinator and now President. Thanks to all of our members for getting their nominations in and a big thank you to our departing Committee – we’ve certainly got some big shoes to fill!

We’re working in an incredibly exciting time in Victoria – we’re experiencing one of the biggest infrastructure booms (if not the biggest) we’ll see in our lifetime, which is incredible for us as young transport professionals. There’s plenty of projects to work on, from rail to road and beyond that will completely transform our city and take us as young transport professionals on an interesting and exciting journey. The opportunities for young people to grow in the industry is endless! Here at the Young Transport Professionals (YTP), we’re excited for what’s coming up in the industry and what we can offer young professionals to help them on their journey.

This year we’re celebrating our fourth year of operation. From what started as a couple of young professionals wanting to connect with young people in industry to now being an incorporated organisation, we’ve come a long way since our first event back in November 2014.

Looking back on the past year, not only has the transport industry grown, but so have we – immensely! The YTP has grown to 576 members and we’ve taken on three new industry partnerships with AJM, Metro Trains Melbourne (Metro) and Downer. We’ve also put on four forums and our beloved annual lawn bowls event throughout the year with the help of our supporters from ARA, Professionals Australia, Aurecon and Advisian. What a year!

Our new Committee is filled with bright and enthusiastic young professionals from different companies and disciplines. We’ve brought in some new roles to help us with our growth, including a new Membership Engagement Coordinator and Digital Coordinator. This year our committee is represented by employees from Jacobs, Metro, Rail Projects Victoria and Advisian. You’ll see us floating around at upcoming events – feel free to tap us on the shoulder for a chat!

Our promise to our members will be to host more events than ever before, and provide more opportunities to network with other people in industry.
A big thank you to our members for your continued participation and enthusiasm throughout the year, and to our fantastic sponsors for their ongoing support. Catch you at our next event!

4th Annual Lawn Bowls 2018

What a great way to kick-start our event calendar for 2018!
A big thank you to all of our members who attended our 4th Annual Lawn Bowls event at the Richmond Union Bowling Club, and to our event sponsor Metro Trains Melbourne!

Transport Starts With Safety

Advisian hosted the YTP’s final quarterly forum for the year, where we explored the importance of safety in transport. Members heard from speakers Jodie Talone, Director of Rail Safety, Transport Safety Victoria, and Advisian’s Ellery Salida, Senior Associate – Strategic Transport Advisory, who explored safety through a planning and regulatory lens.

AECOM June 2017 Forum

On Thursday evening, over 80 young professionals and students attended YTP’s second quarterly forum for 2017, hosted and sponsored by AECOM. Thanks to Nicole Stoddart and Damian Brizzi for sharing their experiences and providing insight into how our members can best progress their careers in the transport industry

AECOM hosted the YTP’s second forum for 2017, which explored the topic of ‘Career Progression’. Members heard from Nicole Stoddart, Managing Director, Construction Services – AECOM and Damian Brizzi, Deputy Director, Rail Infrastructure and Wider Networks – Melbourne Metro Rail Link Authority.

VicRoads March 2017 – Network Management

Metro Trains Melbourne hosted the YTP’s first forum for 2017 with support from VicRoads. The forum explored the topic of ‘Network Management’, and members heard from John Merritt, CEO – VicRoads and John Gaffney, Manager, Network Optimisation – VicRoads. As well as hearing the insights of key speakers, members were also given the opportunity to tour the VicRoads Network Control Centre. Continue reading “VicRoads March 2017 – Network Management”