ALRTA News – 29 September 2017

ALRTA EXECUTIVE FROM 1 OCTOBER

As per the ALRTA Constitution, the ALRTA Executive elected at the AGM on 10 August 2017 will take office for a one-year term from 1 October.
Your National Executive for 2017-18 is:

  • National President: Kevin Keenan (LRTAV)
  • Vice President: Scott McDonald (LBRCA)
  • Vice President: Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)
  • Treasurer: Ron Pattel (LRTAQ)
  • Secretary: John Beer (LRTAV)
  • ATA Representative: David Smith (LRTASA)
  • Immediate Past President: Grant Robins (LRTAWA)

ALRTA thanks Graeme Hoare for his enormous contribution during his time as ALRTA Vice President over the past three years.

 

ALRTA ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The ALRTA Animal Welfare Sub-Committee met via teleconference to discuss ramps, user-pay infrastructure and effluent control.

The ALRTA was written to Standards Australia expressing our support for the Victorian Coroner’s recommendation to consider the feasibility and desirability of developing a single Australian Standard for the construction, inspection and maintenance of livestock ramps and induction to premises containing such ramps.

The recommendation was made as part of an investigation into the death of Chad A Lynch who was killed when a livestock ramp collapsed.

In June 2015, ALRTA published a National Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.

 

ALRTA MARKETING COMMITTEE

The ALRTA Marketing Sub-Committee met via teleconference to discuss sponsorship arrangements and commence planning for the 2018 joint LBRCA-ALRTA National Conference. ALRTA will be launching a new sponsorship arrangement with a commercial partner in October 2017.

 

RSPCA APPROVED FARMING METHODS

The RSPCA has released Approved Farming Scheme Standards – Dairy Veal Calves which are now available here.  There are now published standards for meat chickens, layer hens, turkeys, pigs, salmon and dairy veal.

Only transporters that have been assessed by RSPCA Australia may be used under RSPCA Approved Farming Schemes.

 

WEIGHT BEARING AND LAMENESS

Lameness in animals is defined in a range of regulatory instruments and guides.  Drivers and operators need to be aware of how to assess lameness so that good decisions can be made when loading and transporting livestock.

Animal Angels has kindly provided ALRTA with a summary table of lameness definitions and scoring methodologies which were originally prepared by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

To view the table click here.

 

NHVR UPDATES

The NHVR’s ‘On the Road’ Newsletter advises that:

  • Consultation on the Personal Use Exemption ISextended to 13 Oct 2017.
  • The Customer Portal has been upgraded.
  • Phase 2 Chain of Responsibility information sessions will be held Oct-Nov.
  • An NHVAS Auditor Technical Competency Course will be held 26-27 Oct 2017.
  • Changes will be made to area permit application processes.

For more information or to subscribe click here.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Members are reminded that consultation is currently open on:

Personal Use of a Fatigue Related Heavy Vehicle
National HML Declaration
Class 2 B-double Notice
Class 2 Road Train Notice
Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice
National Road Safety Strategy
PBS Marketplace Review

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