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WELCOME TO THE RTAA DIARY 2014 The Rail Track Association Australia, (RTAA), is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to pursuing and promoting the interests of track infrastructure within the Australian rail sector. With a proud history which began in 1973, the RTAA brings together owners, contractors, consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, academics, research and development personnel, regulators and individuals who are part of the Australian rail track community. This diary represents one of the many products and services provided to members. Inside you will find more information on the RTAA’s activities, events and achievements.


THE ASSOCIATION Our Members Membership is invited from individuals, corporations, government bodies, tertiaryeducation institutions, rail suppliers, manufacturers and service providers.

Membership Levels A: Premier Corporate Membership Benefits a) Your suitable photograph to be displayed on the ‘home page’ of our RTAA website b) Your logo displayed prominently on the ‘home page’ of our RTAA website

Select Corporate Membership Benefits a) Your logo displayed on our RTAA website b) An additional 10% discount on member’ rates for your display booth at our Field Days event c) Opportunities to sponsor our networking events d) Free entry to our Network events for employees.

B: Classic Corporate Membership Benefits

c) An additional 25% discount on members’ rates for your display booth at our Field Days Event

a) Your logo displayed our RTAA website

d) Preferential location of your display booth at the Field Days Event

c) Opportunities to sponsor at the Field Days event.

e) Preferential opportunities to sponsor at our networking events

d) Free entry to our Network events for employees

f)

A 10% discount on tickets to the RTAA No Tie Dinner

g) Free entry to our Network events for employees.

b) Opportunities to sponsor our networking events

D: Personal Membership E: Retired Membership F: Life Membership

– Free Annual Membership.


Benefits For All Levels Of Membership: •

Membership of and participation in the rail track community of Australia

Regular RTAA e-newsletters and rail industry updates

Free entry to RTAA Network Meetings throughout Australia

The opportunity to attend and participate in the RTAA’s Annual General Meeting

The opportunity to nominate a representative to participate in the Management Committee or other RTAA committees

Participation in the development and improvement of rail standards in Australia through an inclusive consultative process run by the RTAA

The opportunity to present a technical paper as part of the RTAA Technical Stream at the annual AusRAIL Conference

Special subsidised members’ rate to exhibit at the RTAA Field Days event

Sponsorship opportunities at all networking events

Sponsorship opportunities at the RTAA Field Days event

Substantial members’ discount to attend the RTAA No Tie Dinner

Sponsorship opportunities at the No Tie Dinner

The opportunity to nominate entrants in the annual Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Achievement Award which aims to encourage and promote the industry’s young practitioners with a prize valued at up to $10,000

Promotion of your company on the Corporate Members’ page of the RTAA website

The opportunity to promote your company in the RTAA’s Annual Corporate Diary, which is issued free of charge to all RTAA Members.

Our Management Committee The RTAA has an active and vibrant Management Committee which meets on a regular basis. We invite members to participate in our Annual General Meeting which is held in November / December each year during the AusRAIL Conference. Management Committee Meetings are held at least three times per year and present a forum for discussion on industry matters as well as RTAA business. Sub-committees are formed to expedite matters which are of benefit to and impact upon our Association and its members.


Our Rail Industry Field Days Event The primary focus of the RTAA today is our highly successful Rail Industry Field Days Event. To date we have held five Field Days Events in conjunction with RailCorp in NSW. The Field Days Event is a huge display of the industry’s rail infrastructure, construction and maintenance equipment, assembled at an outdoor exhibition to showcase products and services. Visitors gain free entry to this display held over two days. It also provides opportunities for corporate sponsorship as well as a unique occasion when contributors of all levels in the rail industry can intermingle. The Field Days demonstrate the latest technology to whet the enthusiasm of younger technicians, trades’ people and graduate engineers entering the railway industry for the first time.

Our last Field Days Event, in February 2013, attracted over 2,000 visitors. In 2010 we also initiated our first “No Tie” Dinner, held on the first evening of the Field Days Event. This attracted 300 guests and proved to be a highly entertaining and enjoyable social event in the Australian rail calendar. Our last dinner was held in February 2013.

Our History The RTAA originated in 1973 after the First International Rail Sleeper Conference was held in Sydney. This conference was the catalyst for the establishment of the Rail Sleeper Association. The name was then changed in 1983 to the Rail Track Association Australia. The RTAA organised thirteen highly successful Rail Conferences between 1973 and 2001 at three yearly intervals. These conferences were held in major locations in Australia and New Zealand and were well supported by the rail industry. They included guest speakers from Australia and overseas providing a high standard of technical papers and information.

Our RTAA Stream at AusRAIL Conferences In 2001, the RTAA took on a new direction in securing an agreement with the ARA to


combine with the RTAA for a rail industry Exhibition and Conference called AusRAIL PLUS. For the first time, five major industry groups, ARA, RTAA, ARIC, IRSE and RTSA joined forces to present the highly successful AusRAIL PLUS 2003 Conference in Sydney with over 600 attendees. As a part of the AusRAIL partnership, successful AusRAIL PLUS Conferences are held every second year with the AusRAIL Conferences held in the between years. The RTAA presents quality technical conference papers in their stream during the conference. The RTAA initiated the Inaugural RTAA Yellow Tie Dinner in 1981 when guests were presented on arrival at the dinner with a selection of coloured ties and scarves representing a rail theme. The yellow ties became the most desired with guests trading for yellow ties. When the AusRAIL conference came into being, the RTAA agreed to the ARA adopting this tradition on the second evening of each AusRAIL PLUS Conference. Today, numbers at the dinner are strictly limited to 1,000 guests due to its immense popularity.

Our Frank Franklyn Award In 2008, the RTAA awarded its inaugural young rail track specialist award, named in honour of one of our founding members. The prize for this prestigious award is a trip to an international rail exhibition to the value of up to $10,000. The award is granted annually to a deserving nominee at the Gala Dinner at the AusRAIL Conference.

Frank Franklyn Award winner, Rimmy Chahal with RTAA president, David Bainbridge.

Our Network Meetings We also welcome Members to our free networking technical meetings which are jointly sponsored by the RTAA and the meeting stakeholder. They provide an opportunity for social networking amongst members and their guests in a more casual atmosphere. These meetings have been held in Sydney Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide and Mackay with distinguished guest speakers invited to highlight current aspects of a rail trackrelated matter. We have also received recognition of the technical sessions at RTAA Networking


meetings. Engineers Australia members can now choose to record CPD hours for attendance at our events in their personal CPD logs.

Our Contribution to Rail Track Standards The RTAA continues to be represented on the CE2 Standards Committee for Railway Track Standards as published by Standards Australia, since its inception.

Our Objectives •

To bring together specialists concerned with the design, construction, fabrication, operation and maintenance of railway track

To foster collaboration between railways, suppliers of track components and equipment, and those service providers in the fields of design, consultancy or contracting

To sponsor the development of realistic standards in respect of the track, its components and the practices employed in construction, operation and maintenance

To conduct meetings for the purpose of bringing together entities interested in railway track and its associated disciplines amongst others of traffic and communications and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information thereon

To disseminate information to and to seek technical and other data from members and other interested entities concerning the progress of research and new developments and to provide assistance in the evaluation of performance and economics of railway

To seek the participation of government and semi-government departments and bodies, universities and other institutions and research facilities with a view to encouraging the optimisation of railway operations especially in relation to railway track performance and economics To initiate sponsorship and / or co-operate with others in research development and evaluation of railway

track and its components


track and components •

To provide for the effective management, operation and development of the Association

For all correspondence please contact: The Secretary: Sandy Bull

Our Vision

PO Box 158, Cherrybrook, NSW 2126

We aim to:

P: 02 9980 5211 F: 02 9980 5811 E: secretary@rtaa.org.au

Work towards becoming the national representative of the rail track sector in Australia

Become a nationally representative organisation

Provide advice to industry about rail track sector training needs

Offer regular networking events in all regions of our representation

Do more to promote rail track standards

Build relationships with other rail track sector groups

Become involved in the technology road map

Build stronger relationships with senior rail track executives.

Website: www.rtaa.org.au


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