ALRTA News – 29 March 2019

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EFFLUENT CODE OF PRACTICE WORKSHOP 

More than 35 enthusiastic participants were involved in a consultation workshop in Canberra on Thursday, 28 March 2019, to progress the development of a Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP) for ‘Managing effluent in the livestock supply chain’.

Hosted by the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA), the workshop involved a wide range of stakeholders who are parties in the livestock supply chain as well as representatives of other interested groups.

At the workshop NHVR’s Greg Fill presented an overview of the function of a code of practice, saying, “An RICP establishes key agreed controls, rather than a mandatory list.  The code will be an instrument that all parties can use as a guide to address typical risks in their business”.

A wide range of presenters provided information to the workshop representing the interests of producers, agents, transporter operators, saleyards, feedlots, processors, animal welfare and biosecurity in managing effluent when transporting livestock by road.

Participants were focused on establishing effective and practical control measures to minimise the risks they identified and discussed.

There was general agreement that workshop participants shared many common concerns and that education and awareness of all parties in the livestock supply chain will be important moving forward.

Effective communication between parties was raised as an important factor in managing livestock effluent, with transport operators, drivers, consignors and consignees having a role to play in organising the particular circumstances of each load and journey.

ALRTA National President Stephen Marley said that the consultation workshop is an important step in establishing an industry code.

“Last year, ALRTA consulted with hundreds of member operators at our annual conferences across six states. This week’s workshop provided the opportunity to consult with other parties in the livestock supply chain.

“ALRTA invited more than 70 stakeholders to participate and further public promotion of the workshop, for example in the ALRTA newsletter, resulted in additional registrations,” he said.

The next step in the process will see a steering group collaborate to draft a document for stakeholder and public consultation.

The project to develop the RICP is funded by the NHVR’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative. The Code will link with the already published Master Code.

For more information about the development of the Registered Industry Code of Practice please contact ALRTA Project Officer, Sue Davies, on (02) 6247 5434 or project@alrta.org.au

$4M FOR TRUCKWASHES IN TASMANIA

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is investing $4 million to construct a series of truck washes and effluent dumping facilities in King Island, Smithton, Devonport and Burnie.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the facilities will improve biosecurity and welfare outcomes for livestock.

“By reducing the spread of disease and weeds during transport, the truck wash will also help the state’s livestock and broader agricultural industries and communities thrive and grow,” Mr McCormack said.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said this important infrastructure project will improve farm hygiene.

“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when the Government works together with local communities, agribusiness, transporters and farmers to support growth in our local livestock sector,” Senator Colbeck said.

The Nationals’ Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the wash-down stations will be state-of-the-art.

“Tasmania’s farming and agricultural sector is one of the state’s main economic drivers, with exports to the rest of the world continuing to grow,” Senator Martin said.

Senator Colbeck (Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources) gained an excellent understanding of the need to better manage livestock effluent when he delivered a keynote address at the LTAT Conference in May 2018.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR NTI’S NEXT TRUCK RESTORATION

Australia’s number one truck insurer – National Transport Insurance (NTI) is excited to announce tickets are now available online at www.nti.com.au/ntimnd for the next truck in NTI’s Restoration Series for Motor Neurone Disease.

Tickets are pitched at 1 for $10 or 6 for $50, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the MND Research Institute of Australia to award the NTI Research Grant, and the MND & Me Foundation.

This year’s truck, a 1946 Ford Jailbar fondly dubbed “Roxanne”, promises to deliver a different kind of restoration to the previous project – a 1946 International Model K5, known as the “Green Diamond”.

The raffle will be drawn at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, hence we’d greatly appreciate inclusion into any of your member comms and/or social media support prior to then to help raise as much money and awareness as possible for this terminal disease that impacts thousands of unsuspecting Australians every year.

Raffle tickets can be purchased by going to www.nti.com.au/ntimnd or NTI Facebook page www.facebook.com/NationalTransportInsurance/.

ALRTA COUNCIL MEETS IN CANBERRA

The ALRTA National Council met in Canberra this week to discuss a range of issues including mandatory minimum rates, projects, NHVAS review, loading schemes, chain of responsibility, national partnership proposals and operational issues.

Special guests at the meeting included:

  • Michael Kaine – National Secretary (TWU)
  • Greg Fill – Director, Safety Standards (NHVR)
  • Jose Arredondo – Network Access Operations (NHVR)

DINNER WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

ALRTA representatives Ian Wild (LRTAQ President), Graeme Hoare (Martins Stock Haulage), Mark Collins (Frasers Livestock Transport) and Gavin Smith (HLE Smith) dined with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, and Assistant Minister for Road Safety, the Hon. Scott Buchholz MP, in Brisbane this week.

Our representatives report that the evening allowed plenty of time to discuss priority rural transport issues such as effluent management infrastructure, HVNL review, HV charging reform and safety issues.  The timing was great too with the Federal Budget due to be delivered next week!

LIVE EXPORT ADVISORY GROUP MEETS 

ALRTA Executive Director, Mat Munro, attended a meeting of the Live Export Animal Welfare Advisory Group in Canberra this week.  The agenda focussed on the 49 recommendations contained in the final report on the review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL) and progress on the separate review of the Heat Stress Risk Assessment.

ALRTA will separately meet with the Department of Agriculture to voice our concerns that the ASEL review has yet again missed an opportunity to improve welfare standards during the road transport part of the export supply chain.  We consider that the export supply chain begins with the consignment of animals by road to a registered export premises and that more can be done to improve pre-transit livestock preparation, unloading arrangements and the standard of unloading infrastructure and amenities.

NHVR TO RELEASE FATIGUE DISCUSSION PAPER

NHVR has released the outcomes of the Fatigue Safety Forum held in October 2018 and announced that a discussion paper exploring reform options.

NHVR CEO, Mr Sal Petroccitto said the NHVR would take a number of steps in response to the feedback received during the forum.

“We recently invested in a $250,000 study into Fatigue Monitoring Technology to help get potentially life-saving technologies out of the lab and into the cab.

“I’ve also committed to developing and implementing a fatigue safety strategy to promote industry adoption of a strong safety culture and improved fatigue risk management.

“We will release a Discussion Paper on our position in relation to reform of fatigue laws, in the next couple of months.”

INVESTMENT IN WHEATBELT ROADS

The Australian Government is investing $70 million to boost the productivity and safety of roads in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals’ Leader Michael McCormack says.

“Western Australia’s Wheatbelt is a powerhouse of productivity – and the Liberals and Nationals are investing to build the safer roads locals and transport operators deserve,” Mr McCormack said.

“Funded under our Roads of Strategic Importance (ROSI) initiative, this investment recognises the contribution of the Wheatbelt to feeding Australia and the world and creating jobs and opportunities in the region for Australians.

“That’s why we are investing in the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network, because its contribution to the national and Western Australian economy, to help get freight moving more efficiently.

“It is yet another part of the Liberal and Nationals’ vision to get people home sooner and safer, no matter where they live.

“By making the freight system more efficient, local businesses will also have more money to invest in their operations, creating more jobs and providing a vital shot in the arm for the agriculture and mining sectors, which are so important to WA jobs and communities.”

ATA CABOVER CABINET 

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is inviting Australia’s politicians to gain an insight into the trucking industry, in an exciting new initiative, ‘Cabover Cabinet’.

The ATA represents the 50,000 businesses and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry and is giving politicians the opportunity to drive in a prime mover truck and have a one-on-one conversation with CEO Ben Maguire.

“Cabover Cabinet is about discussing the important issues facing the trucking industry and how it affects those who they represent,” Mr Maguire said.

“This is their chance to talk to the trucking industry,” he said.

The first Cabover Cabinet welcomed Senator Jim Molan AO for a drive in the Volvo ATA Prime Mover.

Senator Molan is a former major general in the Australian army and has been a Senator for New South Wales since 2017, representing the Liberal Party.

During the drive, Mr Maguire and Senator Molan discussed the role trucking and small business plays in the Australian economy, fuel security, the need for increased and improved rest areas, and industry regulation.

“Senator Molan understands the importance of the trucking industry and how integral it is to Australia’s economy and way of life,’ Mr Maguire said.

“The experience gave Senator Molan an insight into the issues we deal with from day to day and the role government can play in improving outcomes.

“It was also a good opportunity to build positive relationships and make room for clear discussion,” he said.

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NTC WELCOMES NEW CEO

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today announced the appointment of Dr Gillian Miles as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Commissioner.

Dr Miles, a former Victorian government senior executive, will commence in the role next week following an extensive recruitment process.

NTC Chair, Ms Carolyn Walsh said the appointment of Dr Miles has come at an important time with the NTC undertaking a number of significant reforms in land transport.

‘Innovation, change management and a strategic mindset were front of mind for this appointment, particularly as the NTC continues to make major progress on several landmark transport reforms, including the regulation of automated vehicles and a review of the heavy vehicle national law.’

‘I’m confident that Gillian’s wealth of knowledge and experience is well suited to leading the NTC through a period of significant change across the land transport sector’, Ms Walsh said.

Ms Walsh also acknowledged the contribution of Acting CEO, Dr Geoff Allan following the departure of former CEO and Commissioner, Mr Paul Retter AM in late 2018.

TRUCKING AUSTRALIA 2019 

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER 

Join the nation’s trucking operators and industry stakeholders as we tackle the big issues – together.

Join the discussion and have your say on a range of key industry issues in the Teletrac Navman collaboration sessions. You can build the perfect rest area, a better fatigue system or a better road system.

Make your voice heard in the Trucking Q&A with Tony Jones, an energetic and hard-hitting discussion forum where you ask the questions.

Ask an expert in our ConnectHUB, where you can have a one-on-one chat with representatives from Deloitte, Seeing Machines, Labourforce and the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

Celebrate excellence at the Foundation Sponsors Awards Gala Dinner, where the winners of the National Trucking Industry Awards will be revealed. Hosted by Australian comedian Peter Rowsthorn, this is a night like no other.

Build your network at our exciting social events, including the Penske Networking Drinks, Kenworth Legends Lunch, Daimler Local Showcase Dinner and Brighter Business Lunch.

What are you waiting for? View the program and register now!

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ALRTA News – 22 March 2019

 

 

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TRANSPORT INDUSTRY STANDARDS FORUM

ALRTA and state member associations had five representatives (John Beer, Marla Stone, Mark Sullivan, John Mitchell and Mat Munro) in attendance at the Labor’s Party’s ‘Transport Industry Safety Forum’ held this week at Australian Parliament House.


Photo: Senator Glenn Sterle Opens the Forum. 

There were more than 70 representatives in total from the TWU, supply chain, academia, drivers, owner-drivers and various industry associations.  The Forum was hosted by Labor Senator Glenn Sterle and moderated by Labor Senator Gallacher.  Senator Rex Patrick from the Centre Alliance Party also observed the meeting.

Participants voiced their views about various safety and fairness problems in the industry.  There was general agreement that the trucking industry should be held in higher esteem by decision-makers and the community, and of course, that safety must be improved where ever possible.


Photo (L-R): ALRTA Representatives Mark Sullivan, Marla Stone and John Beer. 

TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine provided an overview of the ALP transport policy platform – which centres around the re-introduction of a system for regulating road transport pay and conditions.  Mr Kaine also provided some commentary on the TWU’s preferences for implementation and answered questions from forum participants.

ALRTA is currently preparing a detailed internal briefing on the Forum outcomes which will be considered at a face-to-face meeting of the ALRTA National Council next week.  Mr Kaine has agreed to attend the ALRTA Council meeting to further explain the TWU proposals and to answer additional questions.


Photo: Marla Stone talks from an owner-driver perspective. 

Whether or not the ALP and TWU proposals become a reality will ultimately depend on the outcome of the May 2019 Federal Election. ALRTA will continue to work with the ALP and TWU to better understand and influence the proposals as they develop further.

We will provide members with critical information before its time to exercise your vote. Stay tuned.

DINNER WITH DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

ALRTA has accepted an invitation to dine with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, and Assistant Minister for Road Safety, the Hon. Scott Buchholz MP, in Brisbane next week.

Our representatives are Ian Wild (LRTAQ President), Graeme Hoare (Martins Stock Haulage), Mark Collins (Frasers Livestock Transport) and Gavin Smith (HLE Smith).

This intimate meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss rural transport issues with two of our industry’s most important Federal Ministers immediately prior to the April Federal Budget and May Election.

LIVE EXPORTS

ASEL Review Report Released

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released the final report on the Review of the Australian Standards for the Export of Livestock (ASEL): sea transport, along with its response.

The department has accepted all 49 recommendations in the report, either in full or in principle.

The review addresses the export of livestock by sea, from sourcing and preparation through to the management of livestock on-board vessels.

The review has recommended an allometric approach to calculating stocking densities, which will require more space for livestock on most exports. It recommends an alternative stocking option for short cattle voyages, where there is proven and continued high performance by the exporter and the vessel.

It also recommended that a Heat Stress Risk Assessment (HSRA) be applied to all voyages that cross the equator. This recommendation will require further model development to cover additional routes. Until then, HSRA will continue to apply to voyages to or through the Middle East.

Other key recommendations focused on increased animal welfare reporting and enhanced sourcing and preparation requirements to support animal welfare outcomes.

For the full report and the departmental response visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/animal/welfare/export-trade/review-asel.
 

Inspector-General Takes Office

Mr Ross Carter has started in his role as the Interim Inspector-General of Live Animal Exports (IIGLAE), to provide independent oversight of the regulator.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud welcomed Mr Carter, saying he would bring impartiality and extensive experience to the role.

“Mr Carter is well-placed to oversee live animal export regulation, with some 20 years’ experience in regulatory practice, public administration and related academic studies,” Minister Littleproud said.

“I said I would reset the live export industry, and this is another important step in delivering on that promise.

“An Inspector General was a recommendation of the Moss Review, and now it’s done.

“I’m glad we have someone stepping into this role with fresh eyes.

“Mr Carter will audit and review the systems and processes that underpin the department’s regulation of livestock exports.

“This oversight will improve confidence for our farmers, industry and the community in the regulation of livestock exports.

“I welcome Mr Carter, and wish him the best of luck in his new role.”

Fast Facts:

  • Establishing the IIGLAE is a key recommendation (#15) of the Moss Review.
  • Mr Carter has been engaged to fill the role of IIGLAE for 12 months pending completion of legislation to establish the statutory appointment.
  • A full merit-based selection process involving a selection committee and advertisement in the national press and online was used to fill the role.

VEHICLES AS A WORKPLACE

Did you know that vehicle use in road traffic is the most significant contributor to work-related traumatic injury?

Austroads has joined with the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) to launch a new work health and safety guide ‘Vehicles as a Workplace’.

The guide outlines the process for dealing with road traffic hazards in line with WHS legislation and road traffic safety principles.

It aims to target road fatalities among Australian workers and can be used by organisations and individuals from any industry who use any sort of vehicle for work purposes on the road network in Australia or New Zealand.

REMINDER: COP WORKSHOP

ALRTA will host a workshop in Canberra on 28 March 2019 to progress the development of a Registered Industry Code of Practice (RICP) for ‘Managing effluent in the livestock supply chain’.

For more information please contact ALRTA Project Officer, Sue Davies, on (02) 6247 5434 or project@alrta.org.au

TICKETS ON SALE FOR NTI’S NEXT TRUCK RESTORATION

Australia’s number one truck insurer – National Transport Insurance (NTI) is excited to announce tickets are now available online at www.nti.com.au/ntimnd for the next truck in NTI’s Restoration Series for Motor Neurone Disease.

Tickets are pitched at 1 for $10 or 6 for $50, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the MND Research Institute of Australia to award the NTI Research Grant, and the MND & Me Foundation.

This year’s truck, a 1946 Ford Jailbar fondly dubbed “Roxanne”, promises to deliver a different kind of restoration to the previous project – a 1946 International Model K5, known as the “Green Diamond”.

The raffle will be drawn at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, hence we’d greatly appreciate inclusion into any of your member comms and/or social media support prior to then to help raise as much money and awareness as possible for this terminal disease that impacts thousands of unsuspecting Australians every year.

Raffle tickets can be purchased by going to www.nti.com.au/ntimnd or NTI Facebook page www.facebook.com/NationalTransportInsurance/.

TICKETS ON SALE FOR NTI’S NEXT TRUCK RESTORATION

Australia’s number one truck insurer – National Transport Insurance (NTI) is excited to announce tickets are now available online at www.nti.com.au/ntimnd for the next truck in NTI’s Restoration Series for Motor Neurone Disease.

Tickets are pitched at 1 for $10 or 6 for $50, with 100% of proceeds going directly to the MND Research Institute of Australia to award the NTI Research Grant, and the MND & Me Foundation.

This year’s truck, a 1946 Ford Jailbar fondly dubbed “Roxanne”, promises to deliver a different kind of restoration to the previous project – a 1946 International Model K5, known as the “Green Diamond”.

The raffle will be drawn at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show, hence we’d greatly appreciate inclusion into any of your member comms and/or social media support prior to then to help raise as much money and awareness as possible for this terminal disease that impacts thousands of unsuspecting Australians every year.

Raffle tickets can be purchased by going to www.nti.com.au/ntimnd or NTI Facebook page www.facebook.com/NationalTransportInsurance/.

PACCAR PARTS AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES TWIN CITY TRUCK CENTRE WODONGA AS 2018 DEALER OF THE YEAR

The award was presented at the 2019 PACCAR Dealer Meeting held at Queenstown, New Zealand. The annual two day business meeting brought together PACCAR dealers from across Australia and New Zealand. The meeting focused on new products, innovative programs and customer satisfaction.

The Dealer of the Year Award recognizes dealers over a range of areas including sales growth, parts availability, participation in retail marketing activities, training and, most importantly, the support the dealer provides customers.

Damian Smethurst, General Manager of PACCAR Parts Australia presented the Dealer of the Year trophy to Twin City Truck Centre Dealer Principal, Chris Dziedzic, congratulating the dealership for winning the PACCAR Parts award and crediting them for their benchmark performance.

“Twin City Truck Centre has embraced all aspects of the aftermarket for a number of years now, so it is especially pleasing to see their efforts and focus rewarded in this way. Chris and his loyal team continue to strive for excellence in customer service by offering industry leading quality, parts availability and technical support. TCTC also fully support aftermarket initiatives such as PACCAR Parts Fleet Services, the TRP product range, vendor retail marketing activities and outside sales representatives. This all round focus is resulting in solid business growth that will no doubt provide a platform for future customer service investments. Congratulations to Chris, Mark and the team at TCTC!” Damian said.

“We were very proud to accept the award on behalf of the whole dealership. In a very competitive parts market, the whole team really embraced ‘Our Focus’, which provides our customers with quality, value, and well communicated products and services.” says Chris Dziedzic.

“Mark Ayton, our Parts Manager, was fantastic in mentoring the staff, investing in training, and encouraging the youth. It is great to see the development of our next generation. Of course, you can’t succeed unless you have the perfect partner and we are lucky enough to have PACCAR as our partner.”

“PACCAR really provide quality product at super pricing and with the growth in product range in the TRP brand, it certainly assists us to grow.” adds Dziedzic.

“We’re extremely proud to receive the 2018 PACCAR Parts Dealer of the year award. Every member of our Parts team worked hard right throughout the year to help achieve this goal. Our staff truly are a great asset. An excellent relationship with PACCAR Parts, coupled with an ever-expanding range of parts and accessories has also assisted with growth.” comments Mark Ayton, Parts Manager of Twin City Truck Centre.

PACCAR Australia, a subsidiary of PACCAR Inc, a Six Sigma company. PACCAR is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of high-quality light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF nameplates. PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.


Tom Floyd – PDC Operations Manager, Chris Dziedzic – Dealer Principal of Twin City Truck Centre, Justin Brooks – General Manager of Twin City Truck Centre & Damian Smethurst – General Manager of PACCAR Parts Australia

UPCOMING EVENTS

Trucking Australia 2019 – Perth 3-5 April


Secure your spot at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Awards Gala Dinner

Proudly sponsored by BP, NTI and Volvo, this is a night like no other.

Your host for the evening, Australia comedian and Perth local Peter Rowsthorn. Well know by many for his role on Kath & Kim and appearances on Thank God You’re Here and The Comedy Company, Peter is one of Australia’s most experienced stand up comics.

Enjoy a unique dining experience as we celebrate the achievement of industry peers with the 2019 National Trucking Industry Awards – a highlight of the trucking year.

These prestigious awards recognise businesses and individuals who have gone above and beyond the requirements of their role to improve their workplace and the industry.

Who will be named this year’s winners? Join us at Trucking Australia as we celebrate industry excellence.

Register now at www.truckingaustralia.com.au

2019 ALRTA/LRTASA National Combined Conference

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