ALRTA News 21 April 2017

ALRTA HEADING TO NEW ZEALAND

The ALRTA is sending seven representatives to Waikato, NZ, next week to inspect effluent management infrastructure in the livestock production chain.  The delegation includes:

  • Mark Collins – LRTAQ
  • Lynley Miners – LBRCA
  • Raymond Sutton – LBRCA
  • Mick Debenham – LRTAV
  • Trevor Solly – LRTAV
  • Robert Hodge – LRTAV
  • Mathew Munro – ALRTA Secretariat

It is fair to say that the holistic approach to effluent management in Waikato is light years ahead of Australia.  There is one operational roadside facility already in place, 10 more in development, plus several others at saleyards and processors that are open for public use.

Capturing effluent in disposal facilities is only one part of the problem – what then do you do with it?  There is a variety of approaches in NZ including connection to urban sewage systems, irrigation and vermiculture – we will get to see this in practice.

The ultimate aim of the study tour is to develop a business case to establish managed roadside effluent disposal facilities in hotspots around Australia.

In NZ, we will be meeting with key stakeholders throughout the supply chain who can tell us about data generation, site selection, construction, funding, maintenance, management, decision making, responsibilities, and perhaps most importantly, what problems we might expect here in Australia and how these are dealt with in NZ.

MINISTERIAL COUNCIL TO MEET ON 19 MAY 2017

ALRTA National President Kevin Keenan has accepted an invitation to observe the 7th meeting of the Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council in Brisbane on 19 May 2017.   ALRTA will participate in a briefing shortly before the meeting.

FATIGUE RESEARCH METHODOLOGY AGREED

The NTC Heavy Vehicle Fatigue Data Research Project Steering Committee met via teleconference.

The $828,000 project is a collaborative effort between NTC, NHVR, Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity, universities and industry.  The aim of the research is to assess the current fatigue framework with a particular focus on the increased risk (if any) of nose-to-tail shifts.

ALRTA is a member of the steering committee.  We have raised serious concerns about the proposed methodology for examining nose-to-tail shifts.  With the support of ATA representatives, ALRTA has consulted with member operators and supplied the steering committee with a detailed ‘real world’ shift scenario, plus an alternative research option that controls key variables and is therefore far more ‘research friendly’ than the original research proposal.

The steering committee agreed this week to adopt the ALRTA’s proposed methodology, and further consideration will be given to extending the research scope to include a ‘real world’ scenario.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOLISHES 457 VISAS

The Federal Government has announced that 457 visas will be abolished and replaced with a new visa with increased security checking.  The decision has been made to improve employment opportunities for Australians and increase vetting of visa holders.

This decision will have minimal impact on road transport because truck driving was not included in the occupation list for 457 visas.  It remains possible to bring truck drivers into Australia under labour agreements – this was an important arrangement for relieving skill shortages in some regional areas during the mining boom.

WHO IS IN CONTROL OF AN AUTOMATED VEHICLE?

Interested parties have been asked to make submissions about how the concepts of control and proper control in the Australian Road Rules should apply to automated vehicles.

The NTC has released a discussion paper, Clarifying control of automated vehicles, calling for input on the development of national enforcement guidelines to clarify if the human driver or the automated driving system is in control at certain levels of driving automation.

Chief Executive of the NTC Paul Retter said agreement on a position about the definition of ‘proper control’ is a fundamental step in preparing Australia for the safe deployment of automated vehicles.

“Our existing road transport laws are based on the principle that the human driver is in control of the vehicle. Vehicles with an automated driving system that can perform parts of the driving task challenge these concepts of control,” Mr Retter said.

“We need to arrive at an agreed position early to provide certainty for police and enforcement agencies.

“Agreeing on a nationally-consistent approach is also expected to provide more certainty for consumers, automotive manufacturers and insurers around the question of who may be liable for damages following a crash or incident involving automated vehicles.

“National guidelines will help ensure drivers are treated consistently in different parts of the country.”

One proposal in the discussion paper considers allowing a driver to supervise automated driving without needing to have a hand on the wheel for certain levels of driving automation. This would include introducing new indicators related to alertness and readiness to intervene.

The discussion paper explores three key questions:

  1. Who is in control of an automated vehicle – the human driver or the entity responsible for the automated driving system?
  2. How should the proper control test apply to the human driver in vehicles at different levels of automation?
  3. How should the proper control test apply to the automated driving system when it is engaged?

Submissions for this discussion paper are open until 4pm Friday, 2 June 2017 via the NTC website.

Feedback from this consultation will inform the development of national enforcement guidelines which will be presented to transport ministers in November 2017.

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR NATIONAL TRUCKING AWARDS

ATA has extended the deadline for the nominations to be made for the National Trucking Industry Awards 2017.  The new closing dates is now Friday, 5 May 2017.

The categories are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

The awards will be presented at Trucking Australia 2017 21-23 June, at the Darwin Convention Centre during the Gala Dinner on the Foundation Sponsors Day.

Click here for more information.

ALRTA RECRUITMENT

ALRTA interviewed applicants for the National Marketing Officer position this week.  We have decided on a preferred applicant and hope to make an announcement soon.

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.  Details are:

Start: 11:00am
Close: 5:00pm
Location: BP Australia, 572 Curtin Avenue East, EAGLE FARM QLD 4009

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

NO NEWSLETTER NEXT WEEK

I will be unable to write up a newsletter next week while on tour in NZ.  Look out for the ‘NZ Special’ News in the week following.

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ALRTA News 14 April 2017

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY EASTER

The ALRTA National Council and Secretariat wish you all a safe and happy Easter.

It’s not the longest of holidays but still a good chance for a partial re-charge, so make sure you take the opportunity to spend some time with loved ones who support you while you are hard at work! Also, remember to be mindful of any travel restrictions or double demerits that apply in your state.

The ALRTA National Secretariat will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday.

MINISTERIAL SAFETY ROUNDTABLE

Hot on the heels of last week’s meeting between the ALRTA National President and the Federal Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, the ALRTA Executive Director was invited to a roundtable meeting of industry leaders hosted by Minister Chester in Melbourne.

The roundtable had a clear safety focus and was an excellent opportunity to discuss rest areas, amenities, education of light vehicle drivers, development of an industry master code and the two projects that ALRTA has proposed under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.  On the side of the meeting, ALRTA briefly discussed the lack of roadside effluent management infrastructure directly with Minister Chester and his Advisor.  We have arranged to continue the discussion after the May Budget.

MEETING WITH NTC

While in Melbourne, the ALRTA Executive Director met with the NTC to discuss progress on clarifying the application of Chain of Responsibility Laws to persons preparing livestock for transport.  NTC has developed several options that will be put to the states for consideration.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO DEVELOP INDUSTRY CODE

The ALRTA has formally lodged a notice of intention to ask NHVR to register an industry code of practice for ‘Managing Effluent in the Livestock Supply Chain’.  We have proposed that the code will cover:

  • Preparation of livestock prior to road transport.
  • Minimising risk of effluent escape in transit.
  • Roadside disposal facilities for vehicles in transit.
  • End of trip disposal facilities and truck washes.
  • Communication throughout the supply chain.

Development of a code is a significant process involving technical research, risk assessment, identification of appropriate controls and wide consultation across the supply chain.  We have proposed that the code would be operational by 1 January 2019.

ALRTA EXECUTIVE MEETS

The ALRTA National Executive met via teleconference this week to discuss operational issues including building management, recruiting and our National-State financial arrangements.

I am pleased to inform members that ALRTA has now formally agreed terms with ATA to move our National Headquarters into the ATA Building from 1 July 2017.   This move will bring our association closer to the beating heart of Canberra, including other transport associations and Parliament House.

FIX EXTENDED PAYMENT TIMES

Extended payment times are a growing problem for small trucking businesses and must be fixed, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said this week.

Mr Crouch made the comments following the release of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman’s Final Report into Payment Times and Practices. The ATA made a detailed submission to its inquiry.

“The ATA has been calling for extended payment times to be fixed and now the small business ombudsman has backed the need for the Government to act. In the trucking industry, some big business customers are demanding payment terms of up to 120 days,” Mr Crouch said.

“The report recommends that industry codes should include best payment practices, including set payment times. In the 2016 election campaign, the ATA called for a mandatory code covering payment terms for small trucking businesses and related issues.”

Mr Crouch said the ATA supported the ombudsman’s other recommendations to the Government, which would deliver shorter and more certain payment times and practices.

“The Government has made valuable reforms for small business – such as the introduction of the small business ombudsman and lower company taxes, but its small business agenda must also include fixing extended payment times,” he said.

“The Government must act, and introduce shorter payment times for its own procurement, require businesses who sign government contracts to pay their suppliers in line with these shorter payment times, and legislate maximum payment times for business to business transactions.”

The inquiry into payment times and practices was the first self-initiated inquiry conducted by the ombudsman, illustrating the importance of the ombudsman and its ability to start its own inquiries on issues impacting small businesses.

“The ability of the small business ombudsman to self-initiate an inquiry is critical to giving small business a louder voice,” Mr Crouch said.

“The ATA’s submission to the review of the ombudsman endorsed its ability to self-initiate inquiries and supports its approach to consulting with small business.”

“It is also important that recipient created tax invoices (RCTI) are not used to extend payment times. In our submission to the inquiry and also our submission to the review of the Victorian Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act, the ATA recommended against big businesses being able to use RCTIs to artificially extend their payment terms by delaying the issue of those invoices,” he said.

The trucking industry consists almost entirely of small businesses, 98 per cent of road freight transport businesses having 19 employees or fewer.

REMINDER: 2017 SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD

ALRTA and NHVR reminds members that nominations for the joint 2017 Safety Innovation Award are now open.

The Award recognises and rewards 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 11-12 August, 2017.

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

You can nominate yourself or a fellow carrier who takes a proactive approach to controlling safety risks!

Application forms are available here.

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ALRTA News – 7 April 2017

PRESIDENT KEENAN MEETS MINISTER CHESTER

ALRTA National President met with the Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester MP, in Wangaratta, Victoria.  President Keenan and two other operators were invited to attend the luncheon which provided an extended opportunity to speak with the Minister 1-on-1 about a range of issues.

Some of the Issues discussed included parking bays, amenities, EWDs, the fatigue review and ALRTA projects proposed under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2017-18.  These issues and others will be further discussed during a follow up meeting with Minister Chester in Canberra.

NATIONAL ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee met via teleconference this week. Major topics of discussion included the progression of our effluent strategy, NZ study tour, user-pay infrastructure, national crate standards and the TruckCare review.

Dawn Lowe of Animal Angels also joined us online to seek our views on issues including captive bolt guns, the fit-to-load guide and site visits to certain livestock selling facilities.

UPDATE: NSW GENERAL CARRIERS CONTRACT DETERMINATION

ARTIO NSW has kindly agreed to provide ALRTA members with information concerning the final General Carriers Contract Determination (GCCD) handed down by the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on 15 April 2017.

You will most likely be exempt from the GCCD if you:

  • 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 are concerned that you may be covered by the GCCD, you can read the ARTIO NSW summary below.

Transport Industry – General Carriers Contract Determination – New Rates and Associated Conditions – Summary

This following summarises changes to rates and associated conditions to apply under the Transport Industry – General Carriers Contract Determination following a decision in the NSW Industrial Relations Commission on 15 March 2017.

The GCCD applies under NSW industrial law to certain principal contractor/owner driver relationships within the general freight sector of the industry in NSW. Owner-drivers are known as ‘Contract Carriers’ under NSW industrial law.

The GCCD replaces the Transport Industry – General Carriers Interim Contract Determination which took effect on 2 July 2016.  This new GCCD takes effect from 15 April 2017.

Changes to the GCCD are:

  • Where the GCCD currently operates, rates will increase effective the first pay period on or after 15 April 2017.
  • A new rates structure will take effect from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2019.  In some circumstances, rates will go up, in other circumstances, rates will go down depending on vehicle type, hours worked and kilometres travelled.
    • Where the GCCD currently operates, phasing in of new rates will occur in five stages through to 1 July 2023.
  • Rates in the GCCD will for the first time apply to:
    • The transport of cash (other than in armoured vehicles), furniture removals, private pathology and refrigerated transport.
    • Outbound journeys from the County of Cumberland (greater metropolitan Sydney) to areas around Newcastle and Wollongong.
    • There will be no phasing in of new rates where expanded geographical coverage or expanded operational coverage applies.
  • Existing daily allowances remain unchanged.
  • Hourly rates and trailer allowances for container and waterfront areas remain unchanged.
  • New hourly allowances will apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2019 to trailers and in certain circumstances, to NHVR accreditation and to Blue Card training.
  • Alternative remuneration arrangements will be permitted under the GCCD with conditions.

There are also substantial changes to conditions in the GCCD that sit alongside provisions related to rates payable by Principal Contractors to Contract Carriers.  Provisions in the GCCD relating to conditions place obligations on both Principal Contractors and Contract Carriers.

If you believe your business may be affected by the GCCD, including in relation to new rates, new conditions and changes in coverage, please contact Hugh McMaster, Secretary/Treasurer, Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation NSW Branch, tel: 0412 880861, or email hughmc@artionsw.com.au.

GCCD Information Sessions

ALRTA thanks ARTIO NSW for allowing us to provide this expert advice to potentially affected members.  This association has a strong focus on industrial issues affecting the transport sector and can provide a range of member services in this area.

ARTIO are running a series of information sessions in May.  For more information click ARTIO NSW Information.

TRUCKCARE REVIEW

ALRTA Executive Director and ATA Trucksafe Manager met with Supabarn this week to discuss consumer attitudes towards animal welfare.   We have now met with most major retailers and are planning a series of meetings with processors during May.

Interested members are invited to attend a TruckCare workshop in Canberra on 22 May 2017, during which we will consider the review findings and implications for the TruckCare accreditation system.  Please contact office@alrta.org.au for details.

BP – SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES

Corporate support of charities often goes unnoticed, so this week we thought we’d put the spotlight on some social investments that BP has made to help support our communities.

In 2017 BP entered a five-year partnership with OzHarvest, Australia’s first perishable food-rescue organisation. Quality surplus food will be collected from more than 80 BP-operated service stations and redistributed to people in need within the communities in which the food is collected.

Annually BP donates 400,000 litres of BP Ultimate fuel for OzHarvest’s fleet of food rescue vans. They also support OzHarvest’s education programs NEST and Nourish, and are the presenting partner at the 2017 and 2018 CEO Cookoffs.

BP has also supported the McGrath Foundation over the last four years. With a goal to fund a new McGrath Breast Care Nurse every year, BP donate a portion of all fuel sales during the first week of October, and will be encouraging customers to donate to the Foundation at the register.

BP are actively involved with Coastcare in Western Australia, a conservation program involving BP employees volunteering to plant native species to help build habitats for native wildlife at two dedicated planting sites.

ALRTA would like to acknowledge BP for supporting these worthwhile causes.

LBRCA CONFERENCE

Last weekend ALRTA President Keenan, VP Marley, VP Hoare and our Executive Director attended a very successful LBRCA 30-year anniversary conference in Dubbo NSW.   The event was held at the Dubbo Showgrounds which boasted handy parking, a large session room and an enormous trade exhibition area.  The gala dinner was held at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre.

Attendance was excellent and major themes included last mile access, chain of responsibility, IAP, driver amenities and safety.  I am sure that the conference sessions and forums have resulted in a solid work program for the LBRCA over the next 12 months.   Some issues will also benefit from the assistance of the ALRTA and ATA.

ALRTA congratulates all award winners over the event including:
Life Member: Gordon Martin
Honorary Member: Di Peisley
Young Driver of the Year: Drew Cannon

ALRTA also advises the following results of the LBRCA AGM:
President: Lynley Miners
Immediate Past President: Jock Carter
VP Livestock: Graeme Hoare
VP Bulk: Kelvin Baxter
Treasurer: Anthony Hopton
Secretary: Tracey Boschetti
NHVR Rep: Wade Lewis
ALRTA Rep: Scott McDonald
Sponsor Rep: Peter Parslow
Sponsor Rep: Steven Haslem

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ALRTA News – 31 March 2017

2017 SAFETY INNOVATION AWARD: NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

ALRTA and NHVR advise that nominations for the joint 2017 Safety Innovation Award are now open.

The Award recognises and rewards 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 11-12 August, 2017.

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

You can nominate yourself or a fellow carrier who takes a proactive approach to controlling safety risks!

Application forms are available here.

LRTAQ CALLS FOR ACTION ON ROADSIDE EFFLUENT MANAGEMENT

The LRTAQ has called for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to work with industry to develop a plan for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent.

LRTAQ President, Ian Wild, said that the State of Queensland has a strong public interest in protecting the livestock supply chain and it was vital to plan ahead to ensure that the sector can co-exist with rapid urbanisation in South East Queensland.

“Queensland is home to the largest cattle heard in Australia and can ill-afford to ignore controllable risks to the livestock supply chain,” said President Wild.

“There are four major abattoirs in the Brisbane area with four major highways (Bruce, Cunningham, Warrego, Brisbane Valley) carrying many tens of thousands of animals for processing annually.  While professional livestock carriers who enter this area are using effluent capture tanks, they are unable to fully control effluent loss because of the poor animal preparation practices of other parties in the chain and a complete lack of managed roadside disposal infrastructure.

“As the urban population in South East Queensland continues to rise, so too do concerns about effluent loss and potential impacts on road safety, biosecurity risk, animal welfare and public amenity.

“The Federal Government has estimated that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease would cost more than $40b to the national economy and effluent is a known vector for spread of the disease.

“Our compatriots in New Zealand have recognised and addressed this problem with a comprehensive effluent management strategy that includes the installation of managed roadside effluent disposal facilities around key ‘hot spots’ such as we have in South East Queensland.

“LRTAQ is sending a representative as part of an Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association delegation to New Zealand, 26-29 April 2017, to inspect roadside effluent facilities and discuss issues around funding, site selection and management.

“With more than $1b being spent on the second Toowoomba range crossing, now is the time for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to commence planning for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent in South East Queensland,” said President Wild.

CONSIDER A DONATION TO HEART OF AUSTRALIA

Following the moving keynote address by Dr Rolf Gomes at our joint State-National Conference in Toowoomba Queensland, the ALRTA has this month made a $1,000 donation to support this extremely worthwhile cause.

Heart of Australia delivers fortnightly specialist medical investigation and treatment clinics to regional, rural and remote area communities across Queensland, including Dalby, Goondiwindi, Stanthorpe, St George, Charleville, Roma, Emerald, Barcaldine, Longreach, Hughenden, Charters Towers and Moranbah.

The customized road train – a specialist medical clinic-on-wheels – has travelled more than 150,000km on the road covering an area of more than 450,000 square kilometres.

Heart of Australia is breaking the grip of distance that denies rural and remote-area Australians access to services when and where they are needed most.

The ALRTA asks all members to consider making a donation to Heart of Australia to support the service help with expansion plans.

You can find all the details here.

NHVR CHAIN OF RESPONSIBILITY WORKSHOPS

The NHVR is delivering a number of information sessions across the country to discuss amendments to Chain of Responsibility laws that are coming in mid 2018.

The latest sessions added for Victoria are:

  • Geelong, 6 April
  • Hoopers Crossing, 6 April
  • Dandenong, 6 April
  • Traralgon, 7 April.

For more information and to register visit www.nhvr.gov.au/cor

HAVE YOUR SAY ON LAST MILE ACCESS FOR PBS VEHICLES

The last mile is sometimes the hardest when seeking PBS vehicle access to a local government managed road.

This short stakeholder survey is a component of Austroads project NEF2096, Local Road Access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles.  Austroads is funded by all states and territories to support member organisations to deliver an improved Australasian road transport network. For more information go to www.austroads.com.au.

Advantia Transport Consulting has been engaged to compile information that will help road managers better understand the nature of last mile access issues, and what can be done to overcome them.  “We’re looking for real life examples of local road access being made possible by overcoming perceived or actual barriers,” advised Advantia’s Managing Director, Rob Di Cristoforo. “We’ll be reporting on the most interesting case studies, so it would be great to get a good response from the industry.”  Responses by 21 April 2017.

The survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NEF2096

NATIONAL CONFERENCE SESSIONS – NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

We have received some amazing feedback on the ALRTA National Conference Sessions in Toowoomba, so we’ve put the sessions online so you can catch up on topics important to hard working transport operators.

Don’t miss interesting panels and presentations on:

  • What causes Rollovers?
  • Who’s responsible for Effluent Control?
  • Emerging Technology, Regulation and Practices
  • Contrasting approaches to Road Access in the East and the West
  • NHVR’s Strategy and Operations
  • Major Accident Investigations

Please go to http://alrta.org.au/about/events/ and choose the audio/video session you want to view.

ATA LAUNCHES 2017 NATIONAL TRUCKING INDUSTRY AWARDS

The ATA is calling for nominations for the 2017 National Trucking Industry Awards.

These prestigious awards acknowledge the achievements of individuals and organisations in all fields of endeavour throughout the trucking industry.

The awards now open for nominations are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year
  • National Professional Driver of the Year
  • National Training Excellence Award

“I urge anyone who knows of an exceptional member of the trucking industry to come forward and nominate them for an appropriate award. In particular I encourage all of the ATA’s state and sector associations to nominate those unsung hard-working individuals that I am sure you all know,” ATA CEO, Ben Maguire said.

“These awards recognise people and businesses who make a significant and positive impact on the trucking industry. This country runs on trucks, and we wouldn’t be able to operate efficiently if not for the hard work and dedication of people who go the extra mile to make sure Australia’s goods are moved in a safe and professional manner,” Mr Maguire said.

The awards will be presented at Trucking Australia 2017 — 21-23 June — at the Darwin Convention Centre during the Gala Dinner on the ATA Foundation Sponsors Day, 23 June.

The Don Watson Memorial Award and the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award, will also be presented on the night.

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Media Release – LRTAQ Calls for Action on Roadside Effluent Management

The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) has called for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to work with industry to develop a plan for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent.

LRTAQ President, Ian Wild, said that the State of Queensland has a strong public interest in protecting the livestock supply chain and it was vital to plan ahead to ensure that the sector can co-exist with rapid urbanisation in South East Queensland.

“Queensland is home to the largest cattle heard in Australia and can ill-afford to ignore controllable risks to the livestock supply chain,” said President Wild.

“There are four major abattoirs in the Brisbane area with four major highways (Bruce, Cunningham, Warrego, Brisbane Valley) carrying many tens of thousands of animals for processing annually.  While professional livestock carriers who enter this area are using effluent capture tanks, they are unable to fully control effluent loss because of the poor animal preparation practices of other parties in the chain and a complete lack of managed roadside disposal infrastructure.

“As the urban population in South East Queensland continues to rise, so too do concerns about effluent loss and potential impacts on road safety, biosecurity risk, animal welfare and public amenity.

“The Federal Government has estimated that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease would cost more than $40b to the national economy and effluent is a known vector for spread of the disease.

“Our compatriots in New Zealand have recognised and addressed this problem with a comprehensive effluent management strategy that includes the installation of managed roadside effluent disposal facilities around key ‘hot spots’ such as we have in South East Queensland.

“LRTAQ is sending a representative as part of an Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association delegation to New Zealand, 26-29 April 2017, to inspect roadside effluent facilities and discuss issues around funding, site selection and management.

“With more than $1b being spent on the second Toowoomba range crossing, now is the time for the Queensland Government and Local Councils to commence planning for the construction and funding of managed roadside disposal sites for livestock effluent in South East Queensland,” said President Wild.

For media enquiries please contact:

LRTAQ President: Ian Wild – 0428 713 514

31 March 2017

LOGO: LRTAQ

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