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distances between major cities can be huge. For example, the distance between Melbourne
(capital city of Victoria) and Brisbane (capital city of Queensland) is 1,780 kilometers (1,106
miles). Both are located on the eastern coast, where the majority of Australia population is
located-making it a huge logistical task to move goods across such distances. Around 30
percent of the Australian population was born overseas (compared with around 15 percent
in the United States). This has a huge impact on community engagement and expectations
around transport provision and use. The municipality I work in is the most multicultural in
Australia, with residents from 157 birthplaces and 64 percent of its population born overseas
(2016 census). This leads to unique issues, including large numbers of recent arrivals who do
not feel comfortable driving on Australian roads. In addition, for example, sizeable numbers
of immigrants arrive from cultures where women traditionally do not drive-meaning this
population can struggle to access jobs and services.
ITEJ: How does ITE bring value to its membership in the Australia-New Zealand Section,
even in the midst of COVID? What would you say to anyone considering joining ITE in
your part of the world?
PRZYCHODZKI: COVID has resulted in several positive (and unexpected) benefits for
members in the ITE Australia-New Zealand (ANZ) Section. Pre-COVID, access to seminars
and conferences was generally limited to the state/country you lived in. Now, it's significantly
easier (and cheaper) to access webinars and events conducted by the various ITE Districts.
It's never been easier for Global District members to access the ITE Annual Meeting and
Exhibition or contribute to the professional committees. As highlighted above, there are far
more similarities between the United States and Australia than differences when it comes to
transport. Best practice examples from either side of the pacific can benefit us all.
Being an ITE member has been tremendously valuable and rewarding. I was extremely
fortunate to have a great manger early in
my career who encouraged me to become
involved. Since 2001, I have served on
the ANZ Section Executive Board in the
positions of Secretary, Vice President,
and President, and I'm currently the ITE
Global District Director. Participating
in the ANZ Section has allowed me to
learn and develop my skills, not only as
a transportation engineer, but as a leader
of people. The networks I have developed
through ITE have greatly assisted my
professional development, opening doors
to opportunities which may not have
been available otherwise. As a member of
ITE, you have access to global network of
likeminded professionals, something many
similar organizations don't offer. It's never
been easier to connect and participate on a
global scale. The networks you develop can
greatly enhance both your knowledge and
skills, all while improving your marketability
as an individual. The more you put in,
the more you will get back. itej
Fun Fact
As an avid gamer (though now more of a
casual gamer due to limited spare time),
Daniel has collected video games and
associated merchandise for several decades.
A large portion of his collection is focused
on Nintendo and its various consoles over
the decades-one of his favorite Nintendo
games is The Legend of Zelda. He's been able
to share the hobby with his daughters, and
they've spent many hours of fun together
playing games like Mario Kart, Wii Sports
(particularly bowling), Just Dance, and
Animal Crossing.
Daniel poses with Mario and Luigi at PAX Australia 2019.
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