ALRTA News – 24 March 2017

ALRTA CONGRATULATES ATA COUNCILLORS ELECT BEER AND MINERS

The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) congratulates John Beer and Lynley Miners on their election to the ATA Council.

It was announced this week that John Beer was elected to the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners was elected to the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that both candidates will bring a wealth of experience to the ATA Council table.

“The ATA Council is the highest-level industry policy development body in the Australian road transport sector.  It is vitally important that the ATA Council has excellent representation from the owner driver and small fleet sectors that together make up the majority of road transport operators,” said President Keenan.

“We believe that the best representatives are those who have genuine industry interests at heart, and who have sufficient secretariat support to successfully interface with their electors,”

“John and Lynley are passionate industry advocates who are actively working to make smaller trucking businesses safer, more productive and free from unnecessary regulatory interference”.

“They are real ‘grass-roots’ operators who know what it takes to run their own small trucking business,” said President Keenan.

Owner Driver: John Beer
John Beer is a Livestock and Rural Transport Industry veteran of over 50 years.  He started out as a young driver hauling livestock as well as fencing posts, hay and grain.  Together with his wife Melva, he operates his own single-truck transport business J & M Beer Carrying Service Pty Ltd from Romsey in central Victoria.

John is a past President of the ALRTA and the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria.  In 2015, John was the first recipient of the ALRTA McIver Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry and in 2016 was a finalist in the ATA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry.

Small Fleet: Lynley Miners
Lynley Miners is the current President of the NSW based Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association, a role he has held since 2016.

Lynley has a deep association with the trucking industry as a successful operator and small business owner.  30 years’ experience driving a truck, growing up on a grazing property in the Snowy Mountains and working alongside his siblings in the family livestock transport business which is still in operation today, under Lynley’s direction, are key to Lynley’s success in this industry.

Holding several voluntary positions including member of the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Sub-Committee, President of the Adaminaby Jockey Club and Director of the Adaminaby Bowling Club, Lynley has a proven track record working productively with a range of industry associations, businesses and government bodies. John beer and Lynley Miners will attend their first ATA Council meeting in Canberra on 5 April 2017.

     
Mr John Beer                                     Mr Lynley Miners

ALRTA EXECUTIVE MEETS

The ALRTA Executive met via teleconference this week.  The meeting focussed on operational issues concerning staffing, management of the ALRTA building and moving our national headquarters into the ATA Building by the middle of 2017.   The Executive also considered project options for the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.

NHVR LIVESTOCK AND INDUSTRY OPERATIONS GROUP

On 21 March 2017, the NHVR Livestock and Rural Industry Operations Group (IOG) met with senior NHVR staff in Brisbane.  Membership of the IOG includes all of our State Presidents as well as the CEO of Northern Territory ATA.  Discussions focussed on fatigue, access and effluent control.

The ALRTA will work with NHVR to progress a third AFM template and to establish a trial of an improved local access system, based on the WA Harvest Mass Management Scheme and work being developed by LBRCA.

HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY INITIATIVE 2017-2018

The ALRTA has proposed two new projects for funding under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.

Project 1: Investigating the Feasibility of User-Pay Loading and Unloading Infrastructure

The aim of the project is to demonstrate an innovative new funding mechanism that overcomes market failures and incentivises rapid infrastructure improvements throughout the road transport supply chain.

The project would construct one new Stock Crate Pivoting Access Landing Frame and then operate it on a user-pay basis.  Data would be collected concerning safety and productivity improvements and analysis undertaken on the feasibility of duplicating the user-pay model at facilities around Australia.

Project 2: Incentivising Uptake of Eye-Tracking Fatigue Monitoring and Warning Systems

The aim of the project is to encourage road transport operators to trial eye-tracking fatigue monitoring and warning systems.

While the technology has great promise, uptake has been slow.  Few transport operators have been willing to trial eye-tracking technology because the systems are thought complex and too expensive.

Transport operators would apply directly to NHVR for up to 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing eye-tracking systems, up to a maximum value of $4,000 per applicant.

The project will create an opportunity for influential transport operators to experience eye-tracking technology, ‘jump starting’ take up within their businesses and potentially more broadly across the industry.

EFFLUENT CONTROL UPDATE

We are ‘all systems go’ for our study tour of New Zealand 26-29 April 2017.   The more information we obtain the more obvious it is that the effluent management system across the ditch is light years ahead of over here.

This week ALRTA representatives met with NHVR to discuss opportunities for collecting data to produce maps and decision making tools for selection of ‘in transit’ effluent disposal locations.  We have also supplied NTC with detailed information about the operation of the livestock supply chain and how this relates to the chain of responsibility.

On top of that, we have consulted with our state associations and provided NTC with detailed comments on a proposed new livestock section of the National Load Restraint Guide.   The new section forges new ground in several ways and it is extremely important to get the balance right.  There will be a further round of public consultation on the proposed changes later in the year.

ALRTA IS RECRUITING

The ALRTA is advertising for a part-time National Marketing Officer to join our team in Canberra.  The role is a multi-skilled position supporting the marketing and sponsorship functions of the National Secretariat.  Examples of day-to-day tasks include:

  • Promotion of the ALRTA via website, newsletters, mail outs and social media.
  • Negotiating new sponsorship partnerships with trade suppliers.
  • Maintaining existing sponsor relationships including delivery of contractual commitments.
  • Liaising with affiliated state associations on day-to-day sponsorship arrangements.
  • Organisation and promotion of events including joint National-State conferences.
  • Maintenance of a national membership database.
  • Assisting with media and communications strategy.

Other skills and experience in managing an industry association are also desirable including: administration, accounting, member services, information technology, research or policy development.

The position will suit a highly organised individual with excellent oral and written communication skills plus great attention to detail.  An enthusiastic and positive disposition is vital.

Applications close at 5pm, Friday, 7 April 2017.  To find out more about the specifics of the role please call the ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, on 0421 082 489 or mathew@alrta.org.au.

The formal job ad can be found here.

ALRTA FAREWELLS TANYA BALLAT

The ALRTA farewells our current marketing and sponsorship guru, Tanya Ballat, who re-joined our team in September 2016 for a six-month stint.  In that time, Tanya has tightened up our sponsorship arrangements, greatly improved our social media presence and helped to deliver a fantastic joint National-State Conference in Toowoomba Queensland.

Tanya will be on deck for another two weeks.  ALRTA thanks Tanya for her service over several years now and we wish her all the best into the future.

LBRCA ANNUAL CONFERENCE: ONE WEEK AWAY

The LBRCA annual conference where we will celebrate 30 years as an independent industry association is less than one week away.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) the heavens will open to rays of sunshine and comfortable temperatures for the two-day event – This is a vast difference to what the local community in Dubbo has experienced over the past week.  Severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall, large hailstones, damaging winds and road closures due to local flooding.

“We are really encouraged by the interest from industry, government and our strong membership”, says LBRCA President Lynley Miners.

Over 250 delegates attending the 2017 LBRCA annual conference at Dubbo will be treated to an impressive line-up of speakers in a series of focused interactive sessions including:

  • Melinda Pavey MP: NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight
  • Michael Kniepp: Dubbo Regional Council
  • Graham Sinclair: Temora Shire Council
  • Tony Donoghue: Coolamon Shire Council
  • Bill Estevez: NHVR
  • Ben Maguire: ATA
  • Mathew Munro: ALRTA
  • Frederic Horst: Transport for NSW
  • Trish Grunert: RMS NSW
  • Roger Fletcher: Infrastructure NSW/Fletchers International
  • Kieran Gardner: Graincorp
  • Tony Williams: SafeWork NSW
  • Owen Driscoll: NTI
  • Scott Merriman: BPW Transpec
  • Paul Weiss: Transtech

A number of other key advisers will take part in the conference in addition to LBRCA executive members including Graeme Hoare, Mick McCulloch, Paul Pulver, Jock Carter, Wade Lewis and Scott McDonald.

“All conference sessions are being facilitated by the very experieced Brett Peterkin with topics including freight strategy and funding, effluent, chain of responsibility, low volume access, safety and new initiatives in our industry hot on the agenda”, says LBRCA President Lynley Miners.

Not yet registered for the annual conference?  Complete a Registration Form and return to the Secretariat by Wednesday 29th March 2017.

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ALRTA News – 17 March 2017

DECISION MADE: NSW GENERAL CARRIERS CONTRACT DETERMINATION

On 15 March 2017, the NSW Industrial Relations Commission handed down a decision to vary the NSW General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD).

The application to vary the GCCD was made by the NSW Branch of the TWU in December 2013 and has been negotiated by registered industrial organisations including ARTIO NSW, Australian Industry Group and NSW Business Chamber.

For more than 30 years, the GCCD has applied to owner drivers in the Sydney metropolitan area and those undertaking local work of less than 50km.   The NSW TWU application proposed to extend mandatory minimum rates across the whole of NSW.

On behalf of LBRCA and our members in other states, ALRTA provided a detailed statement to the NSW Industrial Relations Commission and has made representations to the NSW Premier, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight and Minister for Industrial Relations strongly opposing broad scale application of mandatory minimum rates for owner drivers in NSW.

While the final decision has not yet been published, ALRTA has spoken with parties to the negotiations and understands that the following changes will apply from 15 April 2017:

  • Non-rates related changes will apply to the whole of NSW (e.g. Owner drivers will be able to negotiate a guaranteed number of hours with employers);
  • Expansion of the geographic area for mandatory minimum rates will be limited to the Newcastle to Wollongong corridor (ALRTA believes that this will only apply to ‘outgoing’ loads from Sydney and will exclude important agricultural thoroughfares within the region);
  • Refrigerated, furniture removals, pathology (above 2t) and cash-in-transit (non-armoured vehicles) will no longer be exempt.

A new mandatory minimum rates structure will take effect until 1 January 2019 (ALRTA believes this involves a 2.5% increase across the board).

While these changes are concerning from the perspective of a ‘slow regulatory creep’ towards greater regulation of owner drivers including mandatory minimum rates, it is important to note that the vast majority of ALRTA member carriers will remain exempt from the GCCD if they do any of the following:

  • Transport livestock;
  • Transport primary produce to or from land used for primary production;
  • Are engaged by a primary producer;
  • Use a specified specialist vehicle (e.g. a tipper or a tanker); or
  • Are a ‘common carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for any hirer) rather than a ‘contract carrier’ (i.e. undertakes work for a single hirer).

However, owner drivers undertaking exclusive work for a principle contractor that does not involve a specialist vehicle or carriage to or from a place of primary production may be affected by the GCCD decision.

If you believe that the GCCD changes may apply to your business, you can read the full decision when it is published here.

ARTIO NSW will run information sessions on the changes.  Check their website for details here.

Overall, the ALRTA is satisfied that rural carriers will remain exempt from the GCCD and that the coverage of mandatory minimum rates will remain unchanged in regional NSW.

SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD NOMINATIONS TO OPEN 29 MARCH

ALRTA and NHVR advise that nominations for the joint Safety Innovation Award will open on 29 March 2017.

The Award will recognise and reward rural road transport operators who have identified HVNL related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

Applications will close on June 30, 2017.  The winner will be announced at the LRTAV Conference August 11-12, 2017.

Nominations will be open to all livestock, bulk and rural carriers who are financial members of LRTAQ, LBRCA, LRTAV, LTAT, LRTASA or LRTAWA.

More information and application forms will be available on the ALRTA website prior to 29 March.

A $5,000 prize will be awarded for the best safety innovation. Please contact the ALRTA for a nomination form.

TAKE OUR REGO LABEL SURVEY

The Australian Trucking Association is seeking the input of members from ALRTA to determine the cost to the industry of replacing physical registration labels.

The ATA is arguing for the removal of registration labels from trucks and trailers. This has the full support of ALRTA and we encourage all our members to participate in the survey.

“In order to effectively advocate for the removal of labels, we need more information from road transport operators to accurately calculate the savings to industry, and present these savings to government,” ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said.

“ALRTA is also advocating for governments to allow road transport operators to pay registration charges monthly. This would only be feasible once registration labels are removed.

“Given the high cost of heavy vehicle registration charges, the option to pay monthly would have a huge positive cash flow effect on road transport operators across Australia,” said President Keenan.

Take the survey now

TRUCKSAFE BOARD MEETING

The TruckSafe Board met this week in Gatton, Queensland.  Our representatives Stephen Marley (Chair) and Graeme Emery were joined by observers David Rogers (LRTAV) and our Executive Director.   Stephen intends to retire from the TruckSafe Board after 17 years and Mr Rogers has been nominated by ALRTA Council.

Key topics of discussion included the review of TruckCare, NHVR Codes of Practice, TruckSafe awards and general management issues.

NATIONAL AND STATE PRESIDENTS TO MEET NHVR

Next week our National and State Presidents will meet with senior NHVR reps in Brisbane. Our main topics of discussion will be:

  • Effluent: an in-depth discussion about our whole of supply chain strategy to clarify the law, refine the load restraint guide, develop a code of practice and establish roadside dumping infrastructure.
  • Local Access: we are keen to work with NHVR to develop better access arrangements on regional and rural roads.  There has been some great work across the entire state in WA and in some targeted work with Councils in NSW and QLD.
  • Fatigue: NHVR and ALRTA have achieved an enormous amount working together to develop a National Animal Welfare Notice and two easy entry AFM templates.  With so much already done, we will be considering where we go from here.

If you have any issues you want us to raise with NHVR please get in touch with the executives in your state association.

CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY FORUMS

Amendments to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws are coming in mid 2018. These changes align CoR laws more closely with workplace health and safety laws.

The NHVR is delivering information sessions across the country to discuss these changes and ensure you have the information you need to be prepared.

The next information session will be held in South Australia at 10am-12pm, Tuesday 28 March 2017 at 6 Todd St, Port Adelaide. Register for Port Adelaide forum

For dates and locations of all NHVR CoR information sessions visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

REMINDER: SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES IN THE ATA ELECTIONS

The ALRTA has endorsed two candidates standing in the upcoming ATA Council elections.

ALRTA has endorsed Mr John Beer for the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners for the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA encourages all persons registered to vote to throw their support behind these experienced and passionate candidates.

Voting will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

More information about the 2017 ATA election

REMINDER: A MILESTONE TO BE CELEBRATED AT LBRCA 2017 CONFERENCE IN DUBBO

The annual conference of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) will be held at Dubbo this year 31st March – 1st April.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, The Hon Melinda Pavey, will open the conference on Friday and will meet face-to-face with rural transporters to provide an update on the Government’s road freight achievements and proposed future direction for rural NSW.

“This years’ event is particularly important as we celebrate 30 years.  There is a strong line up of presenters from local, state and federal arenas as well as industry” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President.

“We also have plenty of time for attendees to catch up and network.  This aspect is always a highlight of our annual conferences and we make a point of encouraging our members to use this time to meet and network with government and industry representatives”.

The formal dinner on Friday night has the Young Driver of the Year Award presentation, which is of interest to the industry and a way of encouraging the succession of future leaders in our industry.

“The award has been up and running for a couple of years now and attracts a wide interest from across our membership.”

The conference will cover a wide variety of issues over the two days – everything from access, safety, chain of responsibility, business protection, braking technology, industry codes of practice, infrastructure and fatigue.

“We want to use our conference to hear and learn about the current issues affecting our membership and identify particular actions we can take forward to resolve – which in effect sets part of our work program for the next 12 months.”

The Conference Program is available here.

To register, complete the LBRCA Conference Registration Form available here.

For more information on this event contact LBRCA Operations Manager Bec on 02 6295 6651 or email office@lbrca.org.au

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ALRTA News – 10 March 2017

ALRTA TO INSPECT EFFLUENT MANAGEMENT FACILITIES IN NZ

The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Sub-Committee met via teleconference this week to discuss the nitty gritty of sending a delegation to New Zealand to inspect their well-developed livestock effluent management system.  ALRTA representatives from QLD, NSW and VIC will be heading to the Waikato region in late April 2017.

The aim of the trip is to gather information for a business case to support the establishment of ‘in transit’ managed roadside dumping points in Australia around key ‘hot spots’ where vehicles funnel towards aggregation facilities such as saleyards and processors.

Stay tuned for more information!

OTHER ALRTA ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK

This week the ALRTA Executive Director participated in a meeting of the ATA Transport and Economics Committee which discussed an industry response to a Federal Government proposal to mandate Euro VI vehicle emissions standards.  Our ED also met separately with the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and an Advisor to the Minister for Finance.

David Smith (LRTASA), David Scott (LRTAQ), and Jan Cooper (LRTAWA) travelled to Darwin to attend a meeting of the Remote Areas Consultative Group.

WELFARE GUIDELINES FOR GOATS

Animal Health Australia invites you to check out the new Australian Industry Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Goats.  Covering topics from feed and water to breeding and dairy management, the voluntary industry guide provides info on all aspects of goat health.

Since its launch in July last year, the document has proved popular with goat producers across the country and helped them to improve their welfare practices.  If you haven’t read the guidelines yet, you can find them here:  http://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/goat/

NHVR COR INFORMATION SESSION

The NHVR are conducting an information session on the new Chain if Responsibility Laws that will commence in mid-2018.

The new laws recognise that everyone in the supply chain has a role to play in delivering heavy vehicle safety. The law explains the responsibility of duty holders to understand and assess their risks, and ensure they are compliant.

When: Thursday, 16 March at 10am-12pm or 1pm-3pm
Where: NHVR Auditorium, Level 3, 76 Skyring Tce, Newstead, Brisbane
Who: Heavy vehicle operators and members of the logistics supply chain

Places are limited so secure your registration at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nhvr-chain-of-responsibility-forum-registration-32491075682

ATA TECHNICAL RESOURCES

The ATA website provides a wealth of information of interest to trucking businesses.  For example, the resources section includes ‘Technical Advisory Procedures’ on subjects including:

  • Stability control
  • Heavy Vehicle Electrical Wiring
  • Slack Adjuster Setup and Compliance
  • Roller Brake Testing
  • Truck and Dog Combinations
  • Compliant Brake Chambers
  • Description of Truck Configurations
  • Heavy Vehicle Visibility
  • Wheel End Security
  • Park Brake Operation
  • Side Underrun Protection

You can find all of this information and much more at: http://www.truck.net.au/resource-tags/technical

ATA LAUNCHES 2017 NATIONAL TRUCKING INDUSTRY WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

The ATA is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day by launching nominations for the 2017 National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award.

This award recognises a strong professional or personal contribution made by a woman within the Australian trucking industry.

“The contribution of women to the trucking industry is vast. We work as drivers, schedulers, mechanics managers and business directors. We keep the wheels rolling,” ATA Chair, Noelene Watson, said.

“I am proud to open nominations for our 2017 award on International Women’s Day,” she said.

The National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award is sponsored by Cummins South Pacific, who are committed to empowering and supporting women in the industry.

As part of its commitment, Cummins South Pacific this week held a conference of 80 senior executive women from around the Asia-Pacific region.

Cummins’ senior leaders at this event included Marya Rose, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer; Tony Satterthwaite, Vice President and President – Distribution Business; and Elizabeth Broderick, board member of Male Champions of Change.

“All Cummins employees – men and women – deserve equal opportunities to succeed in the workplace”.

“This emphasis on equality is at the heart of Cummins’ values and was the driving force behind the company’s Women’s Leadership Conference and Cummins’ longstanding support of the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award,” Manager of Automotive Sales and Customer Support, Scott Alexander, Cummins South Pacific, said.

“The ATA welcomes the support of Cummins South Pacific in sponsoring this award and doing so much to support equality and celebrate women’s achievements,” Mrs Watson said.

The National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year award will be presented at Trucking Australia 2017, held from 21 – 23 June in Darwin.

The winner will receive a week long travel package for herself and partner to visit the Cummins factory in the United States. The package will include return airfares, accommodation, transfers and meals.

The prize must be redeemed by 31 December of the award year.

The winner will also be hosted to attend the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Dinner at Trucking Australia 2018.

Nominate an inspirational trucking industry woman now!

MEAT. YOUR FUTURE CAMPAIGN TO SHOWCASE MEAT PROCESSING CAREERS AND INDUSTRY

The Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) has announced the launch of the ‘Meat. Your Future.’ campaign, which will highlight the wealth of career options available in the $23 billion meat processing industry, aiming to attract new employees and improve community perceptions of the red meat processing industry as a whole.

Red meat processing is the nation’s largest food product manufacturing industry and the nation’s second largest employer by sector, employing around 135,000 people*. As an industry that has remained resilient during economic downturns and is a cornerstone of Australia’s economy, the AMPC believes it’s the right time to unite meat processing partners and shine a spotlight on the opportunities available.

“We’re excited about ‘Meat. Your Future.’ and the benefits for the industry as a whole, including attracting new workers to help meet the consumer demand for red meat,” said AMPC chairman Peter Noble. “Red meat processing is a well-respected domain that makes a significant contribution to the economy and it’s time more people knew about the potential that a future in our sector can provide.”

Mr Noble acknowledged the dedication of those currently employed in the meat processing industry, and the transformation it has brought about. With new technologies and scientific developments on producing high quality red meat comes growth and the need for more people to keep the industry sustainable, adapting to new challenges as they evolve.

As an industry, meat processing is often overlooked as a career option, and the AMPC is aiming to highlight the benefits of having a role in an industry that is innovative, diverse and flexible.

“Those working in the industry know that red meat processing does not fit the stereotypes that were created many generations ago,” said Mr Noble. “We have many talented professionals focused on making a significant contribution to the industry, and sharing the stories of these valuable staff will inspire others to consider a career in meat processing.”

Mr Noble commended industry stakeholders for taking care of their employees and for the noted focus on development of career paths for employees. He highlighted that everyone in the industry will benefit by supporting the ‘Meat. Your Future.’ campaign.

The campaign will highlight the positive impacts of red meat processing which are being felt on local, national and international scales, including the provision of jobs and economic health to local communities, whilst exporting to 86 countries around the world.

The campaign will be segmented into three smaller offshoots, of which ‘Meat. Your Partners.’ will be the first to launch. ‘Meat. Your Partners.’ is the ‘call to arms’, to unite the industry by encouraging them to share their experiences about rewarding careers within their field.

The broader campaign will focus on a variety of areas including stakeholder engagement, careers opportunities, and public perception of the industry. The campaigns will include industry events, social media activities, a dedicated ‘Meat. Your Future.’ website, and an integrated marketing campaign.

Mr Noble says this isn’t the first time the AMPC has taken a leadership role within the industry. Just last year, a sustainability report titled ‘Feast of Ideas’ was commissioned by the organisation. The report identified and addressed six material risks that the industry faces, which culminated in the inaugural Vital Ingredient Sustainability Conference, where industry experts came together to map the sector’s collective future.

For more information about current opportunities for meat processing workers, visit www.ampc.com.au.

WA ANNOUNCES REGULATORY CONTROL PROGRAM FOR MANAGING JOHNE’S DISEASE IN CATTLE

The Cattle Industry Funding Scheme Management Committee (IMC) has announced that Western Australia will undertake a regulatory control program to manage the risk of bovine Johne’s disease (BJD) entry and establishment in the state.

Border controls will form part of a broader program targeting BJD in WA, including extensive on-ground surveillance and eradication of the disease, if it is detected. The decision to undertake a regulatory program was made following industry feedback and an economic evaluation of the potential impact of deregulation of BJD management. The program will be developed and implemented on 1 July 2017, when the current interim control program ends.

Chairperson of the IMC, Steve Meerwald, said, “The IMC accepted the recommendations of the WA Industry BJD Advisory Committee to maintain a regulated approach.”

“Although the economic evaluation helped the decision-making process, it did not make a strong case either way. The response from industry was key in deciding to regulate this disease in order to maintain WA’s negligible BJD prevalence and access potential BJD sensitive markets.”

The revised National Johne’s Disease Framework deregulated JD management from 1 July 2016.

“A deregulated environment can never be turned back. However, we can deregulate in the future if there is a major detection that requires a re-think on our policy, or the industry decides that the cost of regulation and a formal surveillance program outweighs the benefits.”

BJD causes chronic wasting and incurable diarrhoea in cattle leading to death. It also causes reduced production levels even before the animal is noticeably unwell.

Producers should not rely only on regulatory disease controls to protect their farming business from the risk of BJD. Biosecurity is everyone’s business — producers should have suitable biosecurity measures in place to protect their herds.

Tools are available from Animal Health Australia to help WA cattle producers manage their JD risk including J-BAS, Dairy Score, biosecurity checklists and the National Cattle Health Declaration, you can find them at www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au/jd-cattle-tools .

Revised interim border controls to protect the WA cattle herd from BJD, whilst allowing risk-based cattle movements in line with the needs of WA businesses, have also been introduced following industry consultation.

The new border controls can be found www.agric.wa.gov.au/livestock-biosecurity/forms-importing-livestock-western-australia in the Livestock Biosecurity Form LB 1. Northern producers seeking to import bulls for the pastoral industry will be able to continue this practice whilst minimising the risk of importing disease as the new import requirements give equivalent levels of assurance as previous controls.

REMINDER: SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES IN THE ATA ELECTIONS

The ALRTA has endorsed two candidates standing in the upcoming ATA Council elections.

ALRTA has endorsed Mr John Beer for the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners for the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA encourages all persons registered to vote to throw their support behind these experienced and passionate candidates.

Voting will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

More information about the 2017 ATA election

REMINDER: LBRCA CONFERENCE DUBBO

The annual conference of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) will be held at Dubbo this year 31st March – 1st April.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, The Hon Melinda Pavey, will open the conference on Friday and will meet face-to-face with rural transporters to provide an update on the Government’s road freight achievements and proposed future direction for rural NSW.

“This years’ event is particularly important as we celebrate 30 years.  There is a strong line up of presenters from local, state and federal arenas as well as industry” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President.

“We also have plenty of time for attendees to catch up and network.  This aspect is always a highlight of our annual conferences and we make a point of encouraging our members to use this time to meet and network with government and industry representatives”.

The formal dinner on Friday night has the Young Driver of the Year Award presentation, which is of interest to the industry and a way of encouraging the succession of future leaders in our industry.

“The award has been up and running for a couple of years now and attracts a wide interest from across our membership.”

The conference will cover a wide variety of issues over the two days – everything from access, safety, chain of responsibility, business protection, braking technology, industry codes of practice, infrastructure and fatigue.

“We want to use our conference to hear and learn about the current issues affecting our membership and identify particular actions we can take forward to resolve – which in effect sets part of our work program for the next 12 months.”

The Conference Program is available here.

To register, complete the LBRCA Conference Registration Form available here.

For more information on this event contact LBRCA Operations Manager Bec on 02 6295 6651 or email office@lbrca.org.au

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ALRTA News – 3 March 2017

BALLOT PAPERS GO OUT IN TRUCKING INDUSTRY ELECTION

Trucking operators across Australia will start voting this week to elect the owner driver and small fleet representatives on the General Council of the Australian Trucking Association, the peak body representing the industry.

The Independent Returning Officer for the election, Phil Potterton, said that three candidates would contest the owner driver position, while two candidates would contest the small fleet position.

The candidates for the owner driver position are:

  • John Beer from Romsey, Victoria (ENDORSED BY ALRTA)
  •  Frank Black (Arcidiaco) from Archerfield, Queensland, and
  •  Gordon Mackinlay from Holbrook, New South Wales.

The candidates for the small fleet position are:

  • Lynley Miners from Adaminaby, New South Wales (ENDORSED BY ALRTA), and
  • Leigh Smart from Melrose Park, New South Wales.

The candidates are listed above in alphabetical order.

Candidate statements will be available to registered voters with their online ballot papers and can also be accessed from the ATA website.

Registered voters will be emailed their secure voting link today. They will have three weeks to cast their votes. The election will be conducted entirely online, meaning there will be no delay waiting for ballot papers to arrive in the post.

Voting will close at 5pm AEDT on Wednesday 22 March 2017.

More information about the 2017 ATA election

SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATES IN THE ATA ELECTIONS

        
John Beer                                            Lynley Miners

The ALRTA has endorsed two candidates standing in the upcoming ATA Council elections.

ALRTA has endorsed Mr John Beer for the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners for the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA encourages all persons registered to vote to throw their support behind these experienced and passionate candidates.

DRIVER FATIGUE WORKSHOP

This week, Anthony Boyle (LRTAV) and the ALRTA Executive Director participated a Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Research Workshop hosted by the NTC in Melbourne.

The workshop is part of the $828,000 investment in a Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue Project announced Federal Transport Minister, the Hon Darren Chester MP, in December 2016.  The project is a collaborative effort between NTC, NHVR, Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, Universities and Industry.

ALRTA made a presentation on behalf of the ALRTA and ATA which stressed that any new research must be based on a measured, logical approach.  We must first understand the nature and magnitude of fatigue risks before we can design useful research examining off-sets that might address those risks.

In our view, part of the proposed research design goes beyond the Ministerial mandate to compare the fatigue risk of nose-to-tail shifts with conventional work patterns.

During the workshop it was obvious that certain enforcement authorities who would like to see an immediate end to nose-to-tail shifts are misinterpreting the findings of existing fatigue research.  They are stating that fatigue risks double after the 12th hour of work time and therefore nose-to-tail shifts must be dangerous.

However, the research being cited to support their case actually applies to drivers working beyond 12 hours in a normal shift.   This is simply not applicable to a driver undertaking a nose-to-tail shift that includes a 7hr major rest break between the 12thand 13th hour of work in a 24hr period.

While the ALRTA believes that fatigue risks would be much lessened after a 7hr break, the fact is that there is no definitive research to support a view one way or the other.

So, while we can support government funded research that examines whether or not nose-to-tail shifts do in fact represent a significant fatigue risk, we do not want to see taxpayer money spent examining solutions to a problem that may not even exist.

If the initial research demonstrates that there is a problem, then we can use our new understanding of the nature and magnitude of the fatigue risk to examine practical and workable solutions rather than just ‘shooting in the dark’ with the experimental design as we would currently be doing.

The NTC will now consider the various points of view put forward at the workshop before deciding upon a final research design.

JOINT INDUSTRY-GOVT STRATEGIC POLICY MEETING

Last week the ALRTA Executive Director attended a joint industry-government meeting of the National Operational Strategy and Policy Advisory Group hosted by the NHVR in Brisbane.

From the ALRTA’s perspective, the most important issue related to enforcement of load restraint with respect to effluent.

ALRTA again presented our case for a cooperative effort across all jurisdictions to fully clarify application of the law to chain parties.  Following on from the effluent session at our recent National Conference, the meeting was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the NTC that there is broad support for resolving the matter as soon as possible.

While in Melbourne for the Driver Fatigue Research Workshop (see article above), the ALRTA Executive Director took the opportunity to meet with senior NTC staff to discuss the options for clarifying the matter in line with the formal request made to NTC by former Queensland Transport Minister, the Hon. Stirling Hinchliffe.

ATA COUNCIL

Last week, David Smith (President LRTASA & ATA Vice Chair) and the ALRTA Executive Director attended a meeting of the ATA Council in Canberra.  Major topics of discussion included vehicle security, emissions, registered industry codes of practice and national registration.

AUSTROADS FREIGHT TASK FORCE

The ALRTA National Officer attended a meeting of the Austroads Freight Task Force in Canberra last week to consider heavy vehicle projects of interest to Livestock and Rural Transporters.

The three areas of interest to ALRTA included:

  • Steer Axle Mass Limits. In 2016 Austroads completed a research project on National Steer Axle Mass Limits. The ALRTA position is to seek 7.5t on single tyre and 12.5t on twin steer vehicles with load sharing. The current 6t limit is not adequate for rural and regional roads when vehicles have a bull bar, driving lights and extra fuel tanks added.  The project needs more research on additional weight allowance on standard tyres.
  • Rest Areas – The 2005 National Guidelines for the Provision of Rest Area Facilities is being updated and will include improved rest area designs and diagrams and include the 3-2-1 Green Reflectors scheme for informal rest areas.
  • Heavy Vehicle Braking Standards – this project is now closed and should be published in two weeks. The project was to develop braking standards for Heavy Vehicles in order to brake effectively and safely on steep declines.

The ALRTA supported the ATA presentation on the need for increased steer axle mass limits and single wide tyres for drive and trailers axles.

BP HAS EXPANDED THEIR NETWORK

BP is pleased to share the exciting news that BP has expanded their network which means you will now receive your ALRTA Key Diesel BP discount at a further 182 sites across Australia.

BP has increased their National Diesel Offer from 109 key sites to 291 across Australia including adding one site in Canberra where there wasn’t one previously.

Be sure to download the complete list of sites to maximise your fuel discounts.

A MILESTONE TO BE CELEBRATED AT LBRCA 2017 CONFERENCE

The annual conference of the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) will be held at Dubbo this year 31st March – 1st April.

NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, The Hon Melinda Pavey, will open the conference on Friday and will meet face-to-face with rural transporters to provide an update on the Government’s road freight achievements and proposed future direction for rural NSW.

“This years’ event is particularly important as we celebrate 30 years.  There is a strong line up of presenters from local, state and federal arenas as well as industry” said Lynley Miners, LBRCA President.

“We also have plenty of time for attendees to catch up and network.  This aspect is always a highlight of our annual conferences and we make a point of encouraging our members to use this time to meet and network with government and industry representatives”.

The formal dinner on Friday night has the Young Driver of the Year Award presentation, which is of interest to the industry and a way of encouraging the succession of future leaders in our industry.

“The award has been up and running for a couple of years now and attracts a wide interest from across our membership.”

The conference will cover a wide variety of issues over the two days – everything from access, safety, chain of responsibility, business protection, braking technology, industry codes of practice, infrastructure and fatigue.

“We want to use our conference to hear and learn about the current issues affecting our membership and identify particular actions we can take forward to resolve – which in effect sets part of our work program for the next 12 months.”

The Conference Program is available here.

To register, complete the LBRCA Conference Registration Form available here.

For more information on this event contact LBRCA Operations Manager Bec on 02 6295 6651 or email office@lbrca.org.au

BIG WET WARNING TO OPERATORS AND GOVERNMENT

  • Big widespread wet season causing serious road issues across Northern Australia.
  • Transport Industry Peak Bodies covering Northern Australia, join forces to issue warnings to all Transport Companies, Drivers and Motorists.
  • Call for additional federal funds to aid local governments repair roads

The big widespread wet season is causing serious concerns for Australia’s peak bodies representing the road transport industry across Northern Australia.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that all transport operators and other motorists need to exercise extreme caution in the very wet seasonal conditions.

“Long distance driving in Northern Australia is always challenging.  Circumstances can change rapidly and drivers need to expect the unexpected,” said President Keenan.

“Given the current widespread and persistent wet conditions, companies and drivers must plan ahead carefully to avoid being stranded, keep in contact as often as possible and be familiar with an agreed back-up plan.

“Drivers should never put themselves or their live cargo at risk by travelling in severe weather events, attempting to traverse severely damaged roads or entering floodwaters of unknown depth or current strength.

“But we also can’t afford to let the weather completely cut off the economic lifeline of Northern Australia.   I call on Federal and State Governments to work together to carry out any urgent road repairs that are needed to keep Australia’s produce moving – we can worry about the minor details later and ultimately industry will pay its fair share under the current PAYGO arrangements,” he said.

The Executive Officer of the NT Road Association emphasises the point that we need to realise,

We’re now well into the second decade of the 21st century and acutely aware how much Australia’s place in the globalised world is dependent on investing in our Transport Supply Chain.

Unfortunately weak links in that supply chain exist and are quickly exposed during the wet season.  As the monsoon trough sits over large swathes of the Northern Territory there are 60 regional and arterial roads currently closed due to flooding or flood damage.

Road closures on the unsealed network is anticipated at this time of year however even the ‘national highway’ network has been affected by the deluge with pot holes needing repair across the entire length of the Stuart, Victoria and Barkly highways.  The cost of fixing the roads caused by the heavy rains in central Australia is expected to be considerable.

Cam Dumesny, Executive Officer of WA Road Transport Association supported the calls as the big wet extends down from the Kimberley as far as the South Coast and Goldfields.

As Kevin says, companies and drivers need to plan ahead and have communication plans in place to ensure driver safety.

However as both Louise and Kevin, make the point it is no longer acceptable just to say it’s the Wet Season – we really need far greater collaboration between all levels of government and industry to ensure that our Northern Economy doesn’t stop.

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ALRTA News – 24 February 2017

ALRTA ENDORSES CANDIDATES IN ATA COUNCIL ELECTIONS

The ALRTA has endorsed two candidates standing in the upcoming ATA Council elections.

ALRTA has endorsed Mr John Beer for the ‘owner driver’ position and Mr Lynley Miners for the ‘small fleet’ position.

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said that both candidates would bring a wealth of experience to the ATA Council table.

“The ATA Council is the highest-level industry policy development body in the Australian road transport sector.  It is vitally important that the ATA Council has excellent representation from the owner driver and small fleet sectors that together make up the majority of road transport operators,” said President Keenan.

“We believe that the best candidates are those who have genuine industry interests at heart, and who have sufficient secretariat support to successfully interface with their electors,”

“John and Lynley are passionate industry advocates who are actively working to make smaller trucking businesses safer, more productive and free from unnecessary regulatory interference”.

“They are real ‘grass-roots’ operators who know what it takes to run their own small trucking business,” said President Keenan.

Owner Driver Candidate: John Beer

John Beer is a Livestock and Rural Transport Industry veteran of over 50 years.  He started out as a young driver hauling livestock as well as fencing posts, hay and grain.  Together with his wife Melva, he operates his own single-truck transport business J & M Beer Carrying Service Pty Ltd from Romsey in central Victoria.

John is a past President of the ALRTA and the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Victoria.  In 2015, John was the first recipient of the ALRTA McIver Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry and in 2016 was a finalist in the ATA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry.

Small Fleet Candidate: Lynley Miners

Lynley Miners is the current President of the NSW based Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association, a role he has held since 2016.

Lynley has a deep association with the trucking industry as a successful operator and small business owner.  30 years’ experience driving a truck, growing up on a grazing property in the Snowy Mountains and working alongside his siblings in the family livestock transport business which is still in operation today, under Lynley’s direction, are key to Lynley’s success in this industry.

Holding several voluntary positions including member of the ALRTA National Animal Welfare Sub-Committee, President of the Adaminaby Jockey Club and Director of the Adaminaby Bowling Club, Lynley has a proven track record working productively with a range of industry associations, businesses and government bodies.

“The ALRTA asks all registered eligible voters to throw their support behind John and Lynley when the polls open on 1 March 2017,” said President Keenan.

SAFETY AND INNOVATION REWARDED IN RURAL TRANSPORT

Rural operators who create a safer and more innovative heavy vehicle industry will benefit from an industry award, announced at the combined Australian Livestock and Rural Transport Association and Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland Conference in Toowoomba.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR and ALRTA have joined forces to support the $5000 industry award that focuses on safety and innovation within the heavy vehicle industry.

“I want to recognise those operators who take a proactive approach to safety across the road transport sector,” Mr Petroccitto said.

“This award will highlight the shared interest of government and industry in improving safety and compliance generally.

“Safety is paramount to the NHVR and we want to encourage all operators to be proactive and responsible in doing everything they can to have the highest safety procedures in place.”

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan said the Award would recognise and reward rural road transport operators who have identified HVNL related safety risks and implemented successful, innovative control measures.

“We will be looking for applicants who have identified a safety risk in their business and have implemented an innovative measure to combat this risk,” Mr Keenan said.

Applications will open next month and close on June 30, 2017. The winner will be announced at the LRTAV Conference August 5-6, 2017.

Nominations will be open to all rural, bulk and financial members of ALRTA or affiliated State Associations.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT: JOINT NATIONAL-STATE CONFERENCE

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all the people involved in organising and participating in the joint LRTAQ / ALRTA conference held in Toowoomba last weekend.

I will leave the detailed report to Mathew, but I would personally like to thank Christina, Tanya, Colleen and Mathew for a well organised, informative and entertaining couple of days and evenings. I would like to thank all the delegates who attended and of course thank you to our sponsors, who without their support we would not be able lobby as affectively as we do.

Friday night we were treated to two keynote speakers in the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker – Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Cowper and Dr Rolf Gomes, founder of the Heart of Australia.   Dr Gomes gave a very informative address on how the Heart of Australia truck visits outback Queensland communities bringing specialist heart help to rural people.   I encourage everyone to Google this great doctor and his organisation and if possible think about donating something to this fantastic organisation.

Finally I would like to acknowledge our newest Life Member Liz Schmidt and thank her for all that she has done for the association over the past 30 years.

ALRTA National President – Kevin Keenan

STARTING 2017 WITH A BANG: JOINT NATIONAL-STATE CONFERENCE WRAP UP

The ALRTA and LRTAQ combined National Conference, held 17-18 February 2017 in Toowoomba, QLD was a resounding success with ‘full house’ attendance levels across all associated events.

The events were held at various top notch venues around Toowoomba which really is a city on the move.  As the Mayor of Toowoomba Regional Council, Cr Paul Antonio, informed us, the city is located in middle of some of Australia’s most productive farm land, boasts a modern high capacity airport flying fresh produce direct to Asia, a $1.5b second range crossing under construction and is also flagged to be the first station out of Brisbane on the proposed in land rail project.  Believe me, the daily ‘hustle and bustle’ feels most unlike other regional centres.

Day 1: Friday, 17 February

LRTAQ President Ian Wild officially opened the conference at an informal breakfast at the City Golf Club on Friday morning.  This was followed by a social round of golf.  Sitting at the top of the range, Toowoomba is renowned for its mild climate and the course itself was conditioned for the upcoming Queensland PGA – a real treat for those who enjoy chasing the little white ball!

After a cold drink and bite to eat, we kicked off the National Policy Forum which focussed on key issues as outlined below:

Mandatory Electronic Stability Control

Facilitator

  • Mathew Munro – ALRTA Executive Director

Panel Members

  • Owen Driscoll – National Manager, Industry & Government Relations, NTI
  • Mike Robertson – Managing Director & Engineering Manager, Engistics
  • Stephen Hoy – Section Head, Standards Development & International, Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development
  • Evan McDonald – Workshop Supervisor, BPW Transpec
  • Mark Johnson – Director of Sales and Marketing, Haulmark Trailers
  • David Scott  – Transport Manager, Wild Desert Oil & Gas Field Services
  • Robert Cavanagh – Stockmaster
  • Chris Loose – Senior Adviser, Engineering, ATA

Content Snapshot

During the ESC Panel, delegates heard about road accident statistics, the factors that cause roll-overs and the Federal Government’s plan to mandate ESC technology on all new vehicles.  Other panel members spoke about their experiences with ESC and policy implications.

While there can be no doubt that ESC technology can improve safety in most circumstances, there are real concerns about performance, reliability and net costs in remote and rural operating environments.

The challenges lie in acquiring compelling evidence to support an exemption for remote and rural operations and in drafting a workable, targeted proposal.

Effluent Control

Facilitator

  • Graeme Hoare – ALRTA Vice President

Panel Members

  • David Daunton – Livestock Manager, Australian Country Choice
  • Bill Esteves – National Investigation Coordinator, NHVR
  • Jeff Potter – Project Director, Productivity, Safety & Environment, NTC

Content Snapshot

Effluent loss is a normal part of livestock transport.  In recent years, urban encroachment and heightened concerns about biosecurity and animal welfare have combined to increase pressure to implement better control in specific hotspots.

Delegates heard about the need for a whole of supply chain solution with better clarity around duties under chain of responsibility.  In SE QLD, transporters are using capture tanks and processors have installed wash-out facilities, but there are no ‘in-transit’ dumping sites and transporters cannot rely on animals being prepared correctly prior to transport.

NTC have a process in place to clarify duties under chain of responsibility laws to promote improved preparation practices.  The ALRTA will send a delegation to NZ to inspect roadside effluent dumps and develop a business case for the installation of similar infrastructure in Australia.

Emerging Technology

Facilitator

  • Mark Collins – Fleet Manager, Frasers Livestock Transport

Panel Members

  • Joachim Sawkins – Commercial Sales Manager, BP
  • David Bacher & Justin Harding – National Business Development Manager(s), Beaurepaires
  • Scott Alexander – Manager, On-Highway Sales & Support, Cummins
  • Damian Smethurst – Chief Engineer, KW Division, PACCAR

Content Snapshot

As you would expect, our National Sponsors are actively working on a range of new technologies.  BP Ultimate Diesel is proven to clean injectors and improve fuel economy by 3.8%.  Beaurepaires is rolling out a fleet of state-of-the art service vehicles and has developed an app that can monitor tyre pressures in real time.  Cummins is developing new wireless OEM solutions that report important data and can even upgrade software over the airwaves.  Kenworth is looking closely at proposals to lift vehicle emissions standards which will result in cleaner vehicles, but will increase costs by around $15,000.

Road Access

Facilitator

  • David Smith – LRTASA President

Panel Members

  • Grant Robins – Kulin Transport
  • Sal Petroccitto – CEO, NHVR
  • Mike Brady – General Manager, Toowoomba Regional Council

Content Snapshot

Western Australia has implemented a successful new approach to farm gate access during harvest.  RAVs can travel the most direct route between a farm and silo under certain conditions including reduced speeds and vehicle markings.  There have been no safety incidents or public complaints.

On the East Coast, there are proactive councils such as Toowoomba Regional Council that are working with industry and the NHVR to improve access and reduce permit requirements, but a time consuming ‘Council by Council’ approach is required.  There is great interest in establishing a WA style scheme in the East, but it is highly unlikely to be applied in a blanket fashion as is the case in WA.

NHVR’s Strategic Vision

NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, gave delegates an insight into NHVR operations and challenges for the industry as a whole.  NHVR’s new online permit system has been a resounding success with more than 90% of applicants now choosing to lodge via the portal.

Mr Petroccitto announced the establishment of a joint NHVR-ALRTA Safety Innovation Award for livestock and rural transporters that will open to applicants on 29 March 2017.

National Sponsors Dinner

It was another ‘full house’ at our National Sponsors Dinner.   Highlights included keynote addresses from the Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Cowper as well as Dr Rolf Gomes, founder of the Heart of Australia.

Minister Hartsuyker is a proud supporter of road transport and rural supply chains with a keen understanding of our importance to the national economy.

Dr Gomes told us a moving story about his own personal journey into a medical career and his personal sacrifices to establish the Heart of Australia mobile specialist facility.

I am sure that Mayor of Charters Towers and former ALRTA National President, Liz Schmidt, had a pleasant surprise when the inaugural ALRTA National President, Bruce McIver, took to the stage to announce her honorary ALRTA Life Membership.  The award was presented by Minister Hartsuyker.

Finally, we individually thanked each of our National Sponsors: PACCAR & Dealer, PACCAR Parts, Cummins, NTI, Beaurepaires, BP and King Bars.  We couldn’t do it without you!

Day 2: Saturday, 18 February

BP Community Breakfast

The good folk at BP put on a free community breakfast at the very comfortable BP Toowoomba Westbound Roadhouse.  I can vouch that the food selection is great and coffee both high quality and made fast.  There was a display of old and new trucks, an opportunity for a health check in the Trans-Help van, the ATA Safety Truck was open for inspection and the boys in blue were on hand to show off their vehicles and technology.

LRTAQ Policy Forum

The QLD Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, the Hon. Mark Bailey, opened the LRTAQ Policy Forum and delegates soon got to talking about the issues affecting their transport operations in QLD.

Facilitator Paul Blake took delegates through sessions relating to:

  • Progress on the Livestock Loading Concession Review
  • Reforming Compliance and Enforcement
  • Working Towards Better Industry Government Partnerships
  • The Future of the Livestock and Meat Industry in QLD

There was a great speaker line up during the sessions including NHVR, QLD TMR, AgForce, and the Assistant Commissioner of QLD Police.

The session concluded with delegates considering the priority issues for LRTAQ into the future.

The Bull Carters Ball

An LRTAQ conference wouldn’t be complete without the legendary Bull Carters Ball.  The event was held at breath-taking ‘Picnic Point’ which looks out over the escarpment right on the edge of Toowoomba City.  I have to say that some of our members scrub up pretty well when they drag out the cocktail attire!

Speaking at the event, Mayor Antonio left no doubt about his passion for the Toowoomba Region. There was another moving tribute when Ron Pattel surprised Mayor Schmidt once again by presenting an honorary Life Membership to both Liz and husband Owen.

The room was packed to the rafters and a great time was had by all to close out the event.  The ALRTA and LRTAQ greatly appreciate the kind donations of all of our sponsors towards our fund raising auction.

A Final Note

President Keenan has already thanked just about to everyone already, so from myself personally, I would just like to extend a special thanks to the 20+ speakers who took time out of their working week at their own expense to come from all over Australia to be part of our landmark industry event.

Also, a huge thanks to our MC’s President Keenan, President Wild and Fiona Wild as well as our session facilitators, Paul Blake, Graeme Hoare, Mark Collins, David Smith

ELECTION RESULTS: LRTAQ AGM

The ALRTA congratulates the following office bearers re-elected at the LRTAQ AGM on 18 February 2017:

  • President: Ian Wild
  • Vice President: Gerard Johnson
  • Treasurer: Ron Pattel
  • Secretary: Gary Willoughby
  • Immediate Past President: David Scott
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