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Sadly, Richard Plicha, Technical Manager at voestalpine VAE Railway Systems Pty Ltd Bathurst, recently lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

Richard came to Bathurst in 1997 with his wife, where they raised three boys. He commenced working for the railways as a Boilermaker/Welder but it didn’t take long for the company to recognize his intelligence and eye for detail, and he soon became part of the management team.  Prior to this, he had served sixteen years in Marine Engineering with the Australian Navy.

Richard became a senior member of voestalpine VAE Railway Systems Pty Ltd in 2015.  He was renowned for providing technical needs to customers and to ensure the best possible outcome was delivered.

For those who didn’t know Richard, he poured his heart and soul into the points and crossings business based in Bathurst and made a huge contribution to what it is today.  He was admired by all, with his great intelligence, wit, and sense of humour.  He had a wonderful ability of turning a bad situation into a good one.  He was a go-to-man for advice.

During his time within the railway Industry, he became a friend, a valued employee, and earned the utmost respect with everyone he dealt. 

He will be sadly missed by many.

After a record number of nominations for the 2018 Frank Franklyn Young Rail Specialist Award we are thrilled to announce the winner is Andrew Kelly of CPB Contractors for his contribution to the Caulfield to Dandenong Level Crossing Removal Project. Andrew’s contribution involved managing the planning, design and construction of temporary works using an elevated rail design. The project set a new industry benchmark for employing novel and innovative solutions within a confined work environment and using methodology which has never been used before in Australia. Andrew’s work in gaining approval for the straddle carried in a live operating environment was considered a feat by the RTAA review panel. Andrew has proven that it is possible to create new infrastructure with minimal impact and disruption to existing rail operations and public safety. Well done Andrew.

Congratulations also go to Shane Peirce of Lendlease as runner up for his commendable contribution to rail projects. 

The Diversity Discussion is back in 2018!

Sharing successful workplace programs and further enhancing our panel discussions from 2017!

DATE: 11th July
TIME: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: The Westin, Sydney

RTAA Members: Free
Non- Members: $35

Ann Tomlinson from AT Consultancy Group, Work Health & Safety Specialist will be sharing the success of a recent recruitment initiative to attract young people, returning mothers and indigenous groups into the rail and infrastructure industry.

And back by popular demand – Kees Hoefsloot’s interactive presentation from Culture Resource Centre. His international experience and cross-cultural management expertise allowed the development of highly practical applications to address the challenges of modern day multicultural and international workforces and the ongoing globalisation of corporations.

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