Media Release – ALRTA Endorses Candidates in ATA Council Elections


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Owner Driver Candidate: John Beer

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

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

Small Fleet Candidate: Lynley Miners

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

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

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

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

24 February 2017