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Young ITE-ANZ Program
ITE's Australia-New Zealand Section (ITE-ANZ) has a Young
Members of ITE (YITE) program that encourages leadership
among students and young professionals. Matthew Bennett (M), current
president of the group, tells ITE Journal more about how he became involved and what
upcoming activities YITE has planned.

Matthew Bennett (M)
President, YITE ITE-ANZ
Transport Planner
Aurecon - Melbourne, Australia
Worldwide Learning Opportunities
John Reid, managing director of Austraffic,
devised a program along with ITE-ANZ
president Nick Szwed, P.E. (M) to
annually support a YITE member's travel
to the ITE International Annual Meeting.
The program, Worldwide Learning
Opportunities, started in 2017. This year,
three people including Matthew (pictured
center) received scholarships to attend
#ITENOLA2020. The other two recipients
are Tabitha Yeoh (M) (pictured right) and
Cassandra Min (M) (pictured left).

ITE JOURNAL: Can you share more about your path to becoming the current leader of YITE?
BENNETT: My path to YITE leadership started with the 2018 Student Leadership Summitt
(SLS) Organizing Committee under the fantastic leadership of Laura Aston (S). Building
off the event's momentum, Laura put out a call for volunteers to form a committee for
young members of ITE. We held a couple of workshops to find out what people would want
in such a group, then an election was held. I knew I wanted to contribute to the best of my
abilities towards the formation of a strong community of young transport professionals
and students within Melbourne, all while connecting with similar groups both interstate
and internationally to be part of a wider transportation community. From the preliminary
work done before the election, it was clear that whoever became president of YITE would
receive support from great team of other young and enthusiastic transport professionals
and students. I cannot thank the YITE committee enough for putting up with me bumbling
about while trying to figure out what the role of president looks like. Overall, ITE has played
a major role in the first couple of years of my professional life, and being a member of the
ITE community has allowed me to build up connections that extend far beyond my own
team and graduate cohort at Aurecon.
ITEJ: Tell us a little more about the opportunities offered to young members by YITE.
BENNETT: At this stage, YITE has been focussing on building our strength, and
determining what our offering should be to the younger members of ITE. As a committee,
we have bonded well, often going out for dinner after our meetings, sometimes bringing
snacks into the meetings themselves. In terms of events that we have held, we have been
primarily supporting the ITE-ANZ board through filming, helping to organize, and sharing
seminars through social media.
ITEJ: What are some of the up and coming activities planned by YITE that you're excited by?
BENNETT: We have a couple of social events lined up aimed at young professionals and
students. The first is an Amazing Race-style event, where teams will race though the streets
of Melbourne, using clues to navigate to their next
destination. We are also co-hosting a trivia night
with a group called Young Transport Professionals,
who mostly work in the rail industry-it should be
a great for meeting people who may otherwise not
attend too many ITE events! We eventually plan to
host a competition similar to the ITE Micromobility Competition, aimed specifically at university
students. We would also like to help facilitate SLSs
both in Australia and New Zealand, and potentially
send Australian and/or New Zealand teams to
compete in the North American ITE Traffic Bowl! itej

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