ALRTA News – 26 October 2018

The PACCAR and Dealer Industry Fund is a proud supporter of the ALRTA and our family of state associations.


ALRTA thanks PACCAR Australia for commissioning a scale model of b-double combination that is now the centrepiece of our office foyer.   The 1:24 scale model was made especially for our premises and features an T909 Kenworth with a Cummins Signature engine towing a set of 4X2 sheep crates.

Impressive I think you will agree!

The model was built by Phil Spencer who started riding in interstate heavy vehicles and building models around 1974.  Phil still sometimes drives trucks interstate and is an avid collector of truck magazines and brochures with more than 10,000 now archived.  These days, Phil is still attending truck shows and has been working with Kenworth as a product designer for the past 15 years.


ALRTA is delighted to announce that Ms Angela Mumma, Business Development Manager with Stockmaster Pty Ltd, will represent the rural trucking sector at the 2019 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum.

Photo: ALRTA Future Leader Angela Mumma from Stockmaster. 

Angela has extensive experience in the transport and logistics industries, particularly the heavy vehicle freight sector.  While working at Stockmaster, she has negotiated KPIs with key customers, introduced a new accounting system and overseen the rollout of safer new technology such as EBS across the fleet.

As part of the leadership program, Angela will undertake an innovative project that aims to further improve business performance by developing and implementing a comprehensive new business system tailored specifically to the needs of livestock transporters.

Stockmaster is a prominent member of LBRCA and part of the ALRTA Large and National Operators Member Chapter.  Stockmaster proprietor and ALRTA Life Member, Robert Cavanagh, was proud to support Angela’s application.

“I have been greatly impressed by Angela’s performance at Stockmaster.  Her knowledge, skills and enthusiasm have improved my business and she certainly has the potential to be a respected leader in the rural trucking sector,” said Mr Cavanagh.

ALRTA thanks ATA and Daimler Truck and Bus for the opportunity to put forward a high calibre young candidate for the leadership program.


ALRTA applauds the NHVR for hosting a workshop of 70 local council engineers to learn more about PBS and first and last mile access issues.  Former ALRTA Vice President (and current LBRCA Vice President and LRTAQ Committee Member), Graeme Hoare from the Martin Group of Companies stepped up to the plate to deliver a special presentation on behalf of the rural trucking sector.

 Photo: Graeme Hoare talks about access challenges.

Graeme stressed the need to reduce permit wait times so our sector can comply with animal welfare laws. Twenty-eight days is just not feasible.

Well done NHVR and well done Graeme!


The ALRTA National Council met in Canberra this week to discuss a range of issues including the HVNL review, fatigue, chain of responsibility, ramp standards, effluent, sponsorship and operational issues.  We were delighted that Beaurepaires National Business Development Manager, David Bacher, was able to join us for the meeting and pre-meeting dinner.

Photo: The ALRTA Review Workshop gets underway.

Council members also participated in a half-day workshop facilitated by the CEO of the Associations Forum (the Association for associations) to review ALRTA governance and financial matters.

The ALRTA Large and National Operator Chapter also met via teleconference early in the week to consider positions ahead of the Council meeting.


ALRTA Immediate Past President, Kevin Keenan, will attend the 10th Transport and Infrastructure Ministerial Council meeting in Sydney on 8-9 November 2018.

This week, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and NTC provided Mr Keenan and the ALRTA Executive Director, Mathew Munro, with a pre-briefing on items of interest included on the meeting agenda.

As usual, ALRTA will provide a ‘real world’ industry perspective on matters for decision prior to and during the Ministerial Council Meeting.


The ALRTA invites you to consider and comment on two important regulatory policy documents.

The NHVR is consulting on a draft National Safety Policy.  This document outlines the guiding principles that NHVR will apply in administering a regulatory framework that supports the HNVL and a vision for safety in the heavy vehicle industry.

The Department of Agriculture is consulting on a draft National Biosecurity Statement.  This statement aims to present a common and unified approach to biosecurity that can be shared by all biosecurity system participants.

Please take a few minutes to check out these short but influential national polices.  If you have any criticisms or ideas we’d love to hear from you: or (02) 6247 5434.


The Australian Government has provided $15m to help drought affected communities.  The grant will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal via their Tackling the Tough Times Together Program.

The Government has this week released guidelines to assist in ensuing that the grant funds can be distributed across all States and Territories as quickly as possible.

For further information click here.


NHVR is holding additional industry information sessions to explain the changes to the chain of responsibility laws that were introduced on 1 October 2018.  The sessions will be in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  To find out more click here.

For upcoming NHVR Portal training sessions in NSW click here.

For upcoming NHVR Rego Module training sessions click here.

All sessions are free of charge.


PACCAR Australia, parent company of Kenworth Trucks Australia, has launched the new Kenworth website. With a fresh new look and improved functionality, the website has been designed to offer simple navigation through Kenworth’s range of products and services.

Showcasing all that encompasses the ‘Australian Made. World’s Best.’ tagline, Kenworth has created a website that is responsive, allowing easy viewing on all devices and affords the user the opportunity to share news, product information and videos across major social networking sites.

Key features of the new Kenworth website include:

  • All-inclusive truck model pages – links together all of the information on the chosen model from across the website, including:
    • Detailed information on the exterior and interior of the truck
    • Application suitability and available configurations
    • Safety options
    • Image gallery of trucks in application
    • Option to download a brochure or specification sheet
    • Link to ‘Driver Familiarisation Videos’ (additional models are being progressively added – see K200 or T610 Series)
    • Videos relating to the chosen model including PACCAR Portraits
    • ‘In Print’ – the latest news, customer stories, articles and media releases pertaining to that particular model
  • Extensive Imagery – trucks in application images have been used throughout the website to show the diversity and versatility of Kenworth trucks.
  • Updated Content – content has been refreshed and the new line of Kenworth model range brochures and specification sheets may be downloaded.
  • Search Function – delivers a list of content on the chosen search item including content imagery, making it easier to locate what you are looking for.
  • Latest News – continually updated, this is available on the home page in the ‘Latest News’ section.
  • Legend Series Microsite – this one is for the enthusiasts, with a dedicated Legend 900 and Legend 950 page including video, release date and special features.

Visitors may explore the new site, subscribe to PACCAR Post and our latest offers and updates by visiting

Kenworth trucks are designed and manufactured in Australia to meet the world’s toughest applications. Kenworth, a division of PACCAR Australia, is market leader in heavy-duty trucks in Australia and New Zealand. PACCAR Inc., a Six Sigma company, is a global technology leader in the design, manufacture and customer support of light, medium and heavy-duty trucks under the Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF brands.  PACCAR also designs and manufactures advanced diesel engines, provides financial services and information technology, and distributes truck parts related to its principal business.