ALRTA News – 9 March 2018

2018 LBRCA/ALRTA COMBINED CONFERENCE

The LBRCA and ALRTA are delighted to invite you to Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour on 23-24 March for our 2018 combined conference, which means that your voice will be heard louder than ever!

Register Today:

  1. Complete the registration form and return the LBRCA!
  2. Book your accommodation directly with Opal Cove Resort, quote LBRCA upon booking!

Further information is available from the LBRCA and ALRTA websites.

NATIONAL CONFERENCE AUCTION

The ALRTA and LBRCA are pleased to announce that the following items will be up for auction at the joint National Conference in Coffs Harbour 23-24 March 2018:

Brown and Hurley – Coffs Harbour

Beaurepaires

  • 8 x Drive tyres. Goodyear G667 (11R22.5)
  • 2 x Steer tyres. Goodyear S100+/S200+ (295/80R22.5)
  • 4 x GY 4×4 Wrangler tyres
  • Apple iPad 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular

All tyres include fitting compliments of Beaurepaires.

Cummins

  • 1 x Cummins X15 Bar Fridge

PACCAR Parts

  • 1 x PACCAR Genuine Starter Motor
    2 x Garmin Dash Cams
    2 x 42 ltr Kenworth Coolers

PACCAR & Dealer

  • Several merchandise packs including bags, books, clothing, gift sets and other branded items.

OzHelp

  • Workplace Tune Up vouchers

These items have kindly been donated by our partners and proceeds from the sale will go to ALRTA and LBRCA to continue making a positive difference in our industry.  A huge thanks from ALRTA and LBRCA to all donors!

Happy Bidding!

LBRCA/ALRTA COMBINED CONFERENCE TO COMMENCE EFFLUENT CODE

The 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference to be held 23-24 March in Coffs Harbour, NSW, will tackle three of the biggest issues affecting rural carriers: heavy vehicle charging, chain of responsibility and effluent management.

ALRTA National President, Kevin Keenan, said that the 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference is the best opportunity for members to better understand current legislative reforms and to have their say on the policies that will shape the future of their industry.

“I invite all interested parties to attend the 2018 Combined Conference”, said President Keenan.

“Our conferences are not just ‘talk-fests’ – we aim to get results.”

“At the 2017 LRTAQ/ALRTA Combined Conference we took an in depth look at mandatory electronic stability control.  This assisted our National Council to resolve a position that is now reflected in the regulatory reforms recently proposed by the Australian Government”.

“This year, we will invite our members to develop a registered industry code of practice for livestock effluent management and to have their say on charging, chain of responsibility and several other important matters”.

Heavy Vehicle Charging
“Australian Governments last year agreed to continue overcharging the heavy vehicle sector by $189m in 2018/19 and 2019/20.  This comes in addition to $1bn in over-charging over the past four years.  Reform of the charging system is desperately needed to stop this blatant rip-off.”

“The 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference will include a presentation from the Australian Government on the plan to move to direct user charging including the new charging calculations, industry trials and responsibility for decision making.

“But charging is only half the story.  That is why we have also invited the Australian Local Government Association to tell us what is needed to actually fix rural roads and provide better access. The ATA will also be there to explain how to get the changes that we need.”

Chain of Responsibility
“Significant changes to chain of responsibility laws are scheduled for commencement this year.  During the session on CoR, NHVR will explain the key changes and how to be ready”.

“A good way to get started is to use a registered industry code of practice to help assess your risks and identify the types of controls that you might consider.  Peter Elliot is spearheading the development of a Master Code of Practice and will inform us about what it is and how to use it”.

Load Restraint and Effluent Control
“With a good understanding of the CoR changes and the Master Code of Practice, our delegates will be ready to tackle the development of a new industry Code of Practice for Effluent Management.”

“This landmark session will first hear about the ALRTA’s overall strategy to improve livestock effluent management throughout the supply chain.  The Australian Livestock Markets Association will then deliver a perspective from elsewhere in the supply chain.”

“Delegates will participate in a workshop-style session during which the ALRTA will ask members and other stakeholders to tell us what an effluent code should cover, who it should be applicable to, what risks are involved and what options there are to address them.”

“Registration of an effluent code will be a game-changer and these first steps are critical. Courts will use this document to determine best practice and whether or not chain parties have actually done everything reasonably practicable to manage load restraint risks,” he said.

Other Highlights
Conference attendees will also hear addresses from:

  • NSW Minister for Transport – the Hon. Melinda Pavey MP
  • Federal Member for Cowper – the Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP
  • NSW Member for Coffs Harbour – Andrew Fraser MP
  • Federal Senator for NSW – Senator John Williams
  • Mayor of Coffs Harbour – Cr Denise Knight

“The 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference has something for everyone”, said President Keenan.

“Other sessions relate to general vision, policy, compliance and enforcement within NSW along with specific break-out session for livestock and bulk”.

“Scattered around the serious business, delegates can also relax with a round of golf, grab a bargain at the fund-raising auction and kick their heals up at the Blue Ribbon Surf and Turf Dinner and National Sponsors Dinner featuring our National Awards”.

“On behalf of the ALRTA and LBRCA, I invite all transport operators, government officials, media and those interested in the rural road transport supply chain to attend this year’s 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference and help us to improve our industry”, said President Keenan.

The full two-day program of events and registration brochures can be found here.

 

ALRTA GETS POLITICAL

Last week the ALRTA President and/or Executive Director met with thirteen members of the Federal National Party over two days.

  • Deputy Prime Minister / Minister for Infrastructure & Transport – Michael McCormack
  • Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources – David Littleproud
  • Minister for Resources and Northern Australia – Matt Canavan
  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister – Keith Pitt
  • Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism & Investment – Mark Coulton
  • Minister for Defence Personnel & Veterans Affairs – Darren Chester
  • Minister for Indigenous Affairs – Nigel Scullion
  • The Hon. Luke Hartsukyer MP
  • The Hon. Damian Drum MP
  • Andrew Gee MP
  • Senator John Williams
  • Senator Barry O’Sullivan
  • Ken O’Dowd MP

During the past six months there has been significant changes across the Nationals Leadership team and Ministerial portfolio – much of it very recent.  These meetings will ensure that ALRTA stays on the political radar throughout the changes.

Our main topics and outcomes of discussion were:

  • Chain of responsibility reform: ALRTA provided a more balanced view about the reforms to address misunderstandings about the reforms that have been raised with the Nationals by farming and supply chain lobby groups.
  • EWDs: far greater understanding of the negative impact that EWDS would have on rural carriers.
  • Mandatory ESC: We asked that the Federal Government support broader application of ESC than proposed in the regulatory impact statement. Draft legislation will be introduced this year.
  • Mandatory minimum rates:  The Government is strongly against any attempt to reintroduce mandatory minimum rates but it is almost a certainty under a Labor Government.
  • Effluent infrastructure: There is strong support for our grant applications to the Federal Government.

ALRTA will press home these issues in follow up meetings and correspondence.

 

ALRTA MEETS ALMA BOARD

The ALRTA National President and Executive Director met with board members of the Australian Livestock Markets Association (ALMA) including:

  • President: Ken Timms
  • Deputy President: Ken Rogers
  • Treasurer: Michelle Webster
  • Executive Officer: Kate McGilvray

Photo (L-R): Ken Rogers, Michelle Webster, Kevin Keenan & Ken Timms.

Our associations share a deep interest in cooperating on several projects relating to ramp standards, improving NVDs, effluent infrastructure and reviewing the fit-to-load guide.

However, ALMA expressed strong concern about the impact of chain of responsibility reforms under the HVNL and actively seeking an exemption from the definition of ‘loading manager’.

ALRTA has welcomed the CoR reforms and we believe that all parties must share responsibility for managing fatigue, speed, MDLR and vehicle maintenance – including those operating selling facilities.

In discussing this issue recently with farming groups, supply chain stakeholders and politicians, it is clear that there are persistent misconceptions about the current CoR laws and the changes that will occur.    We have found that the following information is useful for improving understanding:

  • CoR is not new – it has been in place since 1997.
  • Under current laws, if a driver commits an offence all parties in the chain can be automatically deemed guilty of committing the same offence without so much as an investigation.
  • The reform package will modernise CoR laws by aligning duties with workplace health and safety laws, removing automatic deeming and extending coverage to vehicle maintenance.
  • The reformed CoR laws will be more familiar to chain parties, requiring them to assess potential safety risks and put controls in place where it is reasonably practicable to do so.
  • It is, and will remain, illegal to make a demand or engage in a practice that would cause a transport operator to breach the HVNL.

ALRTA is pleased that our associations have agreed to work together to progress issues of common interest.  ALMA Deputy President Ken Rogers will make a presentation on chain of responsibility at the 2018 LBRCA/ALRTA Combined Conference on 23 March 2018.

 

ARE YOU READY FOR COR CHANGES?

The NHVR has released a Chain of Responsibility (CoR) Gap Assessment Tool (the Tool) which is designed to draw users’ attention to particular obligations under the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL).

The Tool asks users a series of questions which leads the user through a process that draws attention to relevant obligations under the HVNL.

The Tool is located on the NHVR website and is free to access and use – https://www.nhvr.gov.au/safety-accreditation-compliance/chain-of-responsibility/cor-gap-assessment

 

INSTANTLY CHECK YOUR BUSINESS PERFORMANCE

The ATO has released its latest small business benchmarks, providing the average cost of sales and average total expenses.

The benchmarks provide a way for businesses to see how they compare to others in industry. The data is informed by the income tax returns and activity statements of over 1.4 million small businesses, which results in locality and different business circumstances being included in the average range for each industry.

The ATO website includes step by step instructions and a check list of the information you need to work out how your business stacks up.

Check out how your business compares
More information on road freight business benchmarks

 

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are reminded that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Saturday, 24 March 2018.  Details are:

Start: 8:00am
Close: 1:00pm
Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbor

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

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ALRTA News – 2 March 2018

ALRTA MEETS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

ALRTA has congratulated the Hon Michael McCormack MP on his election as Leader of the Federal Nationals and appointment to the positions of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport.

ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, met with Deputy Prime Minister McCormack in Canberra this week to offer our support and cooperation on strategic safety and productivity issues.

Over two days this week, President Keenan and Mr Munro have met with eleven Federal Politicians as well as the Australian Livestock Marketers Association.  Our main topics of discussion were chain of responsibility, EWDs, mandatory ESC and effluent infrastructure.

Look out for a full report next week.

 

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This is your chance to attend Australia’s prime livestock and rural transporters conference. BP Australia wants you to get involved and are providing you with $500 worth of BP Fuel Vouchers to get you there. BP are supporting two ambassadorial spots for each member state to ensure that each state has the opportunity to attend and be heard.

To apply to be a conference ambassador, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you want to come to the conference.

Send your application to sponsors@alrta.org.au ASAP!

For more information about the conference please click here: http://lbrca.org.au/events/

Our Platinum Partner, BP is a long-time supporter of our industry and have played a critical role in helping us achieve ‘on the ground’ outcomes for our members. Please visit https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia.html to find out more about BP.

 

WORK BEGINS ON EFFLUENT CODE

The ALRTA met with the NHVR and ALC in Canberra this week to kick off our development of a registered industry code of practice for livestock effluent management.

Development of the ALRTA code has been funded by the NHVR and operator consultations will commence during a special session of the joint ALRTA-LBRCA National-State Conference in Coffs Harbour on 23 March 2018.  Wider industry consultation will occur over the remainder of 2018.

The Effluent Code will sit under the broader industry Master Code of Practice that is being developed jointly by ATA and ALC.  The meeting this week was an excellent opportunity to learn about how the Master Code has been developed and to ensure that it contains the necessary content to facilitate seamless integration with an Effluent Code.

 

CONSULTATION ON FUTURE CHARGING

The ALRTA met with the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities this week on plans for reform of heavy vehicle charges.

Australian Governments will conduct trials of an alternative charging system over the next few years, aiming to demonstrate that their intended ‘end state’ for direct user charging is feasible and has benefits for users and governments.

This was a rather enlightening meeting because it is now clear that governments have in fact decided upon a preferred charging system which ALRTA understands will almost certainly involve:

  • A mass-distance-location charging system for general road use;
  • A forward-looking cost-base so that charges are collected in advance;
  • Total heavy vehicle charges will be increased to build better road infrastructure that delivers improved safety and productivity;
  • Collected money must be spent on roads but with some level of cross-subsidisation to assist network building;
  • Lower tier rural and remote roads are unlikely to receive greater funding and will instead rely on ‘community service obligation’ payments to maintain a minimum standard;
  • An independent body will determine the total overall charge;
  • All participating vehicles will require a telematics system;
  • Supplementary local charging systems will also be in allowable. These will focus on payment for improved access.

ALRTA will participate in the first meeting of an Industry Advisory Committee on 20 March 2018 to shape the development of the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot and Business Case Program for Location-Specific Trials.

 

PRIMARY PRODUCER REGISTRATION

ALRTA and NatRoad (with the support of LBRCA and LRTAV) recently wrote jointly to NHVR posing important questions about future enforcement of the conditions attached to Primary Producer Registration Schemes.   We also raised the matter at the NHVR Industry Operations Group and the top level NHVR Industry Reference Group.

NHVR are clearly taking the matter seriously and are investigating the current state-based approach to enforcement, including remedies that may be available once a national registration database is established and NHVR progressively takes on roadside enforcement across HVNL states.

While neither ALRTA or NatRoad are opposed to Primary Producer Registration Schemes when used as intended, both compliance and enforcement have been seriously lacking for many years.  Not only does this result in unfair competition with commercial carriers, but money that should be spent on rural roads is not collected and governments will eventually question whether or not the concessional schemes should continue (see article on FIRS below).

This week the ALRTA participated in a teleconference with AgForce (QLD) to discuss our position and consider how our associations can cooperate to improve compliance.  It was suggested that farmers would be more likely to comply if flexible registration options were available (e.g. being able to purchase 1 month rego via a mobile phone).  Queensland has recently removed a three month registration option and now requires a six month minimum.

Generally, compliance can be improved if regulated parties are given workable options such as that suggested by AgForce.  ALRTA and our state associations will continue to work with like-minded farming bodies to improve compliance and protect the concession for legitimate users.

 

GOVERNMENT TO CLOSE FIRS

The trucking industry will oppose the Government’s decision to increase the stamp duty burden on operators by closing the Federal Interstate Registration Scheme, the Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch, said today.

“The Government has today introduced legislation to parliament to abolish FIRS, which will remove stamp duty exemptions and increase the tax burden on the hardworking trucking operators who deliver Australia’s interstate trade,” Mr Crouch said.

“While the Government has proposed a one off stamp duty exemption for existing FIRS vehicles, the exemption will not address the ongoing annual costs for operators who would normally register new vehicles in FIRS.

“The Government has estimated that the current FIRS stamp duty exemption saves trucking operators $6.2 million annually.

“Abolishing FIRS amounts to a $6.2 million annual tax increase on new heavy vehicles. As the Prime Minister says, if you increase taxes on investment, you’ll get less investment.

“Stamp duty is a notoriously inefficient tax, and the Government is effectively proposing to increase Australia’s reliance on older heavy vehicles, utilising older safety technologies and older emissions standards.”

Mr Crouch called on the Senate to refer the provisions of the Interstate Road Transport Legislation (Repeal) Bill 2018 to an inquiry.

“The Government hasn’t done, or hasn’t released, any modelling of the economic impact of closing FIRS,” Mr Crouch said.

“They don’t know the impact on the linehaul fleet, which supports Australia’s interstate supply chains.

“The Senate should refer the provisions of the Bill to an inquiry.”

Mr Crouch said that instead of closing FIRS, the Government should boost productivity by using FIRS to set the pace on reforming heavy vehicle standards and road access for high productivity vehicles.

“In the 1990s, FIRS had an important role in boosting productivity and road access for B-doubles for interstate trade,” Mr Crouch said.

“Today, there’s an opportunity for the Government to use FIRS to set the pace on prescribing suitable road networks for high productivity vehicles, which are safer, more productive, and reduce the impacts of trucks on roads and the environment.”

Mr Crouch said the planned National Heavy Vehicle Registration System would not be an effective substitute for FIRS.

“Although it has some welcome features, such as the elimination of truck registration labels, the planned system would not be national and would not address important issues facing trucking operators, such as stamp duty. The time to replace FIRS would be when there is a proper national system that deals with all these issues,” he said.

The ATA made a detailed submission to Government on the need to retain and improve FIRS.

The Federal Government has this week introduced legislation that will:

  • Close FIRS to new entrants and re-registration by existing FIRS operators from 1 July 2018.
  • Preserve provisions required to facilitate the operation of FIRS for a 12 month transitional period after closure to new entrants and re-registrants.

Close FIRS to all operators by 30 June 2019.

 

WE NEED CERTAINTY FOR BUSINESS PLANS

The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) has expressed deep concern over the call by Labor’s left to remove all tax cuts for small business if they win government at the next election, as reported in recent media.

Peter Strong, CEO of COSBOA, stated that “businesses cannot plan with confidence if they are not sure what the tax rules will be in twelve months time. These tax cuts are about employment, businesses have been able to plan to employ more people or have the confidence to make casual staff permanent or part time employees full time.  Unless Labor can come out and guarantee the tax cuts will remain then confidence in employing will drop.”

Mr Strong continued “we have previously expressed concern about political parties playing games with the tax system. In the first Hockey budget in 2013 the government back dated tax changes for small business and we rightfully expressed deep concern about that type of practice, it did not engender confidence from our sector.  While the next few Hockey budgets were very good for small business it is a lesson that should not be forgotten by the Labor left.”

COSBOA believes that the whole tax system needs to be reviewed and that in particular the GST and its rate and application needs to be discussed.  There is an opportunity to make the tax system fairer and productive rather than one that is confusing and impedes growth.

Mr Strong added ‘the Australian economy is in good condition and we need to keep it that way, our high wages and relatively low employment rate are under threat if we create uncertainty for the great group of employers and innovators who are the small business community.  The left wing of the Labor Party need to stop trying to stop change and actually work with it, otherwise there will be more poor people in Australia, which may just suit there need?”

“Any discussion about removing the already legislated tax cuts for small business is a slap in the face for all small business owners”, said Mr Strong.

“We call on Mr Shorten to immediately rule out any retrospective roll back of the tax cuts that have already been put in place for small businesses earning less than $50M per year”, said Mr Strong.

To not immediately do so would be to put the interests of big business ahead of the more than 7.5M everyday Australians who make a living by working in small business” Mr Strong said.

 

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are reminded that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Saturday, 24 March 2018.  Details are:

Start: 8:00am
Close: 1:00pm
Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbor

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

 

NATIONAL-STATE CONFERENCE 2018

The LBRCA and ALRTA are delighted to invite you to Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour on 23-24 March for our 2018 combined conference, which means that your voice will be heard louder than ever!

Register Today:

  1. Complete the registration form and return the LBRCA!
  2. Book your accommodation directly with Opal Cove Resort, quote LBRCA upon booking!

Further information is available from the LBRCA and ALRTA websites.

 

 

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ALRTA News – 23 February 2018

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER TO RESIGN

The Hon Barnaby Joyce MP has announced that he will resign as Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Federal National Party and go to the back bench.

I am sure that you will read all about this in numerous other sources over the coming days, but from the ALRTA perspective, this will also mean that a new Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport will soon be appointed.

Stay tuned.

 

ALRTA SEEKS CHANGES TO NVD

ALRTA has written to Meat and Livestock Australia subsidiary ‘Integrity Systems Company Limited’ proposing important changes to the information included on NVDs to enable chain parties to meet the requirements of the Australian Animal Welfare Land Transport Standards and Guidelines (Land Transport Standards).

Throughout the Land Standards, various sections make it clear that all ‘persons in charge’ in the livestock supply chain share responsibility for ensuring that appropriate feed and water curfews are applied prior to transport, and that relevant information is communicated to ensure that maximum time off water limits are not exceeded.

Successful management of total time off feed or water is only possible when the consignor, transporter and consignee all have access to reliable information.  The current version of the PigPass NVD already caters for such information to be recorded.

Given that a Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) NVD is required for all movements of cattle, goats, sheep and lambs (including property to property, through saleyards, direct to processors, feedlots and the live export trade), this declaration is the obvious place to include curfew information for these species.

While the ALRTA acknowledges that the current NVD for Sheep and Lambs does already record ‘Hours off feed and water before transporting’, this current format is not sufficient.

Firstly, it does not separate feed and water, and secondly, chain parties cannot account for any delays that may have occurred during loading, transport or unloading when attempting to calculate total time off feed and water over a journey.

The ALRTA has recommended that all LPA NVDs adopt the same format for recording feed and water curfews as the equivalent PigPass NVD.

MEETING NOTICE: ALRTA NATIONAL COUNCIL

Members are advised that the ALRTA will be holding a Council meeting on Saturday, 24 March 2018.  Details are:

Start: 8:00am
Close: 1:00pm
Location: Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbor

For more information please contact the ALRTA Secretariat.

 

ATA COUNCIL

The ATA Council held the first meeting of 2018 in Canberra this week. The livestock and rural sector had strong representation at the meeting via:

  • ATA Vice Chair – David Smith (LRTASA);
  • Small Fleet Representative – Lynley Miners (LBRCA);
  • Owner Driver Representative – John Beer (LRTAV); and
  • ALRTA Executive Director – Mathew Munro.

Photo (L-R): John Beer, David Smith & Lynley Miners.

It is only early in 2018 but already there are multiple highly charged issues on the agenda.

The recent spike in fatalities involving trucks in NSW has provoked an enormous level of discussion across industry, government and the community.  The ATA Council meeting was no exception with plenty of opinions on causes and solutions expressed.

The CEO of the NHVR, Sal Petroccitto, addressed the ATA Council and was involved in robust discussions about the proposed framework for recognising EWDs as a voluntary alternative to a written work diary. It is fair to say that there are polarised opinions on this issue as well.

The meeting also considered charging reform, the draft report on national supply chain priorities and the draft Master Code of Practice.

All in all, this was one of most important meetings of the ATA Council since the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal crisis.

 

ANIMAL WELFARE COMMITTEE

The ALRTA National Animal Welfare Committee met via teleconference to discuss progress on our four major projects plus several other issues such as working dogs, RSPCA approved farming standards and saleyard conditions.  Here is a brief update on our major projects:

  1. National Ramp Standards: In response to our letter proposing to establish a national standard, we have received written support from key stakeholders representing equipment suppliers, supply chain parties, community and government.  We have now submitted a formal application to Standards Australia and hope to see work commence in 2018.
  2. User-Pay PAL Frame Trial: A large processor has agreed to host the trial.  We have inspected the site, agreed an action plan, locked in timeframes and paid a deposit to manufacture and deliver a ProWay Pivot Access Landing Frame to the site.  We look forward to revealing to site location soon.
  3. Roadside Effluent Disposal: ALRTA submitted a grant application to the Australian Government Building Better Regions Fund in December 2017 which has now been accepted and will progress to merits review.  This week we made a similar application under the Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative 2018-19.

Code of Practice: ALRTA formally commenced development of an industry code of practice for effluent management last week.  Next week we will meet with the NHVR and the Project Manager for the industry Master Code which is currently under development. Member consultation will commence at the joint ALRTA-LBRCA State-National Conference in Coffs Harbor on 23 March 2018.  Why not register to attend and have your say?

 

AUSTROADS FREIGHT TASK FORCE

ALRTA attended a meeting of the AustRoads Freight Taskforce in Canberra.

Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. Austroads members are collectively responsible for the management of over 900,000 kilometres of roads valued at more than $200 billion representing the single largest community asset in Australia and New Zealand.

The various members of Austroads are working on a wide variety of projects which are relevant to the livestock and rural sector including:

  • Community Service Obligations Framework for the Roads Sector
  • National Guidelines on Rest Areas for Heavy Vehicles
  • Local Roads and High Productivity Freight Vehicles Access
  • Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas

The meeting was a good opportunity to have input into the scope and direction of these projects so that they better meet the needs of industry and reflect the ‘real world’ operating environment.

 

ENTER NOW! BP NATIONAL CONFERENCE PROMOTION: WIN $500 FUEL CARD

The ALRTA/LBRCA National Conference takes place over 23-24 March 2018 in Coffs Harbour.

This is your chance to attend Australia’s prime livestock and rural transporters conference. BP Australia wants you to get involved and are providing you with $500 worth of BP Fuel Vouchers to get you there. BP are supporting two ambassadorial spots for each member state to ensure that each state has the opportunity to attend and be heard.

To apply to be a conference ambassador, simply tell us in 25 words or less why you want to come to the conference.

Send your application to sponsors@alrta.org.au by 28 February 2018.

For more information about the conference please click here: http://lbrca.org.au/events/

Our Platinum Partner, BP is a long-time supporter of our industry and have played a critical role in helping us achieve ‘on the ground’ outcomes for our members. Please visit https://www.bp.com/en_au/australia.html to find out more about BP.

 

 

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