Australia is amid a once-in-a-generation transport infrastructure boom, with projects like the Melbourne Metro, Sydney Metro, and Brisbane's Cross River Rail set to transform how we move around our cities.
With long lead times and multi-billion dollars price tags, are these the nation-building transport projects for the future? With the rise of electric and autonomous vehicles, e-scooters, and the sharing economy, do we need to rethink how we move? Are we on track to deliver a transportation system that is efficient, smart and interconnected, sustainable, and accessible for all Australians?
This conversation will explore the future of transport in Australia and how decisions made today will impact how we move well into the future.
Crystal Legacy is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne, where she is also the Deputy Director of the Informal Urbanism Research Hub. She has published widely on the topics of urban transport politics, citizen participation, and the post-political city in a range of national and international journals. She is an active contributor to The Conversation and provides regular advice and comment to government and media.
Crystal currently holds two collaborative research grants: an Australian Research Council Discovery grant (2021 to 2023) titled ‘Emerging transport technologies: finding new practices in urban governance’ and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant (2021 to 2022) titled ‘Between virtue and profession: Public participation and urban planning in Canada and Australia’.
In addition to research, Crystal teaches Participatory Planning and Urban Transport Politics as part of the Master of Urban Planning and is the convener of the Progressive Planners Network. Crystal is the Debates and Reflections Editor of the Planning Theory and Practice journal and the Research Articles Editor for the Urban Policy and Research journal. Crystal was the inaugural co-chair of the Australasian Early Career Urban Research Network (AECURN) and is a regular presenter at local and national industry conferences and community panels.
Tim Washington is the CEO and co-founder of JET Charge. Founded almost 10 years ago, JET Charge is Australia's largest EV charging technology business. In 2017 Tim co-founded Chargefox and sold the business to Australian Motoring Services (AMS) in 2022, it is now the country’s largest EV charging network.
Tim is actively involved in advocating for EVs in Australia as Chair of the Australian Electric Vehicle Council, Australia's peak body for the EV industry.