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Solving the Last Mile in Transport

  • ARUP One Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins Street Melbourne Australia (map)


After a lengthy hiatus of investment into public transport in Victoria, we are now seeing momentum build in improving network infrastructure.  

The Victorian budget for 2018-19 includes $1.96 billion to continue the biggest public transport overhaul in our state’s history. This includes building the Metro Tunnel, purchase of additional train stock, extensions of existing lines, extra car parking spaces at metro stations and improvement to metro bus services, along with other projects.

With our metro population exceeding 5 million and the growing urban sprawl, this investment into our public transport network is critical. Despite these developments our urban planners are still plagued by the challenge of moving people between transport hubs and their final destination – commonly known as the first and last mile problem.

What’s the solution? Autonomous buses, e-scooters or the humble old bike? Or is UberAir the future of urban mobility?  

In this event, our panel will be sharing their insights on how we can address the problem of the last mile in transport, including:

  • The latest in last mile transport technologies & solutions currently in development

  • Developing sustainable, smart solutions that don’t impact the amenity of our city

  • Exploring the infrastructure and regulatory changes needed to support the development of these solutions

  • How we can avoid the O-Bike scenario being repeated

Event partner - ARUP


Professor Graham Currie - Director of Monash Infrastructure, Chair of Public Transport, Professor in Transport Engineering

Graham is a renowned international public transport research leader and policy advisor with more than 30 years' experience. He's founder and director of the Public Transport Research Group at Monash, and is one of the world's first professors in public transport. He aims to develop knowledge and training for the PT profession on a national and international basis.

Graham has a unique range of experience in relation to the development of Public Transport strategies for Special Events. He developed the public transport plan for the successful 1996 Australian Grand Prix, led independent reviews of both the Atlanta and Sydney summer Olympic Games transport systems and was an advisor to both the Athens Olympic Committee and the London Olympic delivery Authority for the design of transport services for the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games.

Since he commenced the chair in 2003, Graham has published more papers in leading academic research journals on public transport planning than any other author.

In 2017 he was made a fellow of Academy of Technology Science and Engineering (ATSE).

Mandi Mees - Director Productivity and Safety, National Transport Commission

Mandi is Director Productivity and Safety and leads reform projects to deliver improvements in the safety, productivity and efficiency of the road network.

Mandi established an advertising career in Australia and the United Kingdom before moving to Germany to develop an international marketing communications business. She joined Computershare in Melbourne in 2006 to develop new business products and marketing campaigns for ASX Top 50 customers. She also spent six years developing and delivering global marketing and thought leadership programs in transport for engineering firm GHD. More recently, as Executive Director of Policy at Roads Australia, Mandi led the strategic development and implementation of Roads Australia’s national policy program working in partnership with leaders across all tiers of government, construction, engineering, the transport industry and their supply chains.

Mandi has extensive experience in stakeholder and public engagement, authoring policy papers and developing policy options for governments to improve the public value of transport infrastructure investments in productivity, safety, congestion, automation, planning, asset management and procurement.

Mandi is also Deputy Mayor of the Macedon Ranges Shire Council leading reference groups on land use planning, airfield operations and is a current member of the council’s Audit Committee.

Mitchell Price, Director of Government Affairs and Strategy, APAC at Lime

Mitchell is a passionate leader who is experienced in the disruptive mobility space. After spending four years as the Chief of Staff to a NSW MP, he has gained a well respected reputation within the sector.

Mitchell is enthusiastic about improving cities by unlocking first and last mile solutions, as well as planning better communities.

Dave Budge - CEO, Jaunt

Dave is the co-founder of ‘Jaunt’ which up-cycles iconic four-wheel-drives into electric vehicles to explore Australia.  Jaunt partners with communities to source, convert and operate a regional car-share network.  Building electric vehicles for the Australian imagination, and a car-share built for adventure in the country, not traffic in the city. 

Dave has worked at the intersection of technology, user experience and communication for twenty years, working with some of the world’s largest (and smallest) organisations, most recently as the Executive Director of Design and Head of Innovation at Isobar Australia.  Over his career Dave has built virtual reality platforms in Asia, directed TV series in Europe, and designed scoreboard systems for the Australia’s biggest stadiums. Essentially, he’s tried to use emerging technology to make beautiful things that are truly useful. 

With Jaunt, Dave is combining his experience in automotive marketing and user experience, his passion for adventure travel, his hobby of electronics, his desire to bring innovation to regional areas, and his dream of Australia eventually being something other than terrible in terms of transport emissions. 

Ticket price includes drinks, light refreshments and a copy of the event report.


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