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Young minds envision
Moriah College has won the first NRMA Future
Transport Challenge at Sydney Olympic Park
THE SOLUTION TO OUR transport problems may well be in
the hands of innovative and enterprising high school students,
thanks to the inaugural NRMA Future Transport Challenge.
The Challenge is an educational program for teams of
Year 9 and 10 students to research real-world transport
issues, identify the challenges of global cities, explore
new technologies, design solutions and learn valuable
Four NSW high schools – Waverley College, St Andrew’s
Cathedral School, Masada College and Moriah College –
participated and the finals were held at the 2017 Youth Eco
Summit at Sydney Olympic Park. Teams were given the
opportunity to pitch their product ‘Shark Tank-style’ to a panel
of experts, which included NRMA Group CEO Rohan Lund,
before an audience of more than 500 high school students
tasked with voting for the winner.
Moriah College’s innovative alternative to public transport
proved victorious, utilising electric self-driving cars and
Both the community and those from
industry are being invited to review the
NSW Government’s ambitious 40-year
transport plan, designed to ensure the
state can keep up with changing
infrastructure and technology.
The ‘Future Transport 2056’ draft
strategy, developed by Transport for
NSW, builds on the 2012 NSW Long Term
Master Plan. Rather than a static paper
rewritten every five years, it will be an
online document updated regularly.
In broad terms, the strategy posits a
transport network allowing customers
to travel in a safe and secure way that
suits them, while also growing the NSW
economy, supporting regional areas, and
remaining environmentally friendly.
Including road, rail and waterways, the
plan takes a two-pronged approach.
The first aims to turn Greater Sydney
into a ‘three-city metropolis’ (current
CBD, Parramatta CBD and the region
between Penrith and Campbelltown)
where commuters can reach their
nearest commercial centre via public
transport within 30 minutes.
The second adds infrastructure to
develop regional NSW, creating better
links between capital cities and hubs, as
well as making Newcastle and Canberra
‘global gateways’ to encourage travel
from the Asia Pacific region.
The draft strategy will be open until
December 3. To have your say, head to
photovoltaic solar-powered charging stations with a mobile-
and computer-accessible application for booking rides. It aims
to reduce detrimental environmental impacts of fuel-powered
cars and non-renewable energy consumption, while increasing
passenger safety and providing a service that’s accessible for
all ages and those unable to drive.
Moriah College team member Sarah Miller agrees that the
Challenge definitely expanded the students’ way of thinking:
“ It made us think more insightfully about our personal
future. It’s incredible to think that it won’t be long before
these future transport ideas will be implemented and be part
of our everyday life.”
The NRMA Future Transport Challenge will be rolled out to
all schools in NSW and the ACT in 2018.
The draft Future Transport Strategy
is guided by six key principles:
1. Customer focused. Travel should be
seamless, interactive, personalised
and supported by technology and data.
2. Successful places. The transport
network should support the growth of
communities, places and the economy.
3. Growing the economy. The transport
system should enable economic activity
across the state and grow the $1.3
4. Safety and performance. Customers
will have efficient, safe and secure travel
across a high-performing network.
5. Accessible services. Making it
possible for everyone to get the most
out of life – wherever they live.
6. Sustainable. A more efficient network
will deliver benefits to the environment,
economy and everyone’s wellbeing.
Moriah College Year 10 students (L-R): Sarah Miller,
Hannah Whitmont, Jesse Nash and Jaime Levine.
Have your say on transport plans
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23/10/17 5:41 pm
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