THANK YOU NATIONAL SPONSOR:
PACCAR & DEALER INDUSTRY FUND
LIVESTOCK SUPPLY CHAIN REVIEW
ALRTA has been closely consulting with members over the past few weeks to draft a comprehensive submission to the NHVR Issues Paper on ‘Improving Awareness and Practices in the Livestock Supply Chain’. Our draft submission contains 27 recommendations relating to the operation of chain of responsibility, livestock loading schemes, critical steps for compliant loading, plus education and awareness. The draft is currently with member state associations for final consideration.
Members can lodge submissions directly to NHVR by 5pm Sunday 31 May 2020. For more information click here.
GRANT FUNDING CLOSURE
ALRTA has provided several letters of support for funding applications under Round 7 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program which closes at 11:59pm, 29 May 2020.
As per previous funding rounds, eligible projects include: rest areas; parking/decoupling bays; road enhancements; bridges; technology trials and demonstration projects. However, broadened eligibility in Round 7 includes:
- Livestock transport industry proposals, provided such a facility is in a drought declared area and associated with a public road;
- Livestock vehicle effluent collection and treatment facilities (provided such a facility is associated with a road and access is similar to that of a traditional rest area); and
- Projects on the National Land Transport Network (previously excluded).
Livestock transport industry proposals could include new or improved livestock loading or unloading ramps. The timing of this grant funding is excellent given the expected availability in 2020 of a new National Standard for Livestock Loading/Unloading Ramps and Forcing Pens.
ALRTA wishes all applicants success and we look forward to funding announcements in coming months.
IMPROVING FARM GATE ACCESS
ALRTA is working with NHVR to develop a new system for primary producers to gain permit pre-approvals for class 3 vehicles (such as livestock crates) to access the farm gate. A carrier would be able to rely on an existing pre-approved permit for short-notice jobs instead of making a new permit application.
There are opportunities to utilise the capability of the NHVR Portal to amend permit registration details on pre-approved class 3 permits and extending use of such permits similarly to existing sub-contractor permits. We are currently fine-tuning processes and communications materials and hope to announce the details of the new system soon.
TOWARDS A NATIONAL RAMP STANDARD
ALRTA representatives John Beer, Mick Debenham and Kevin Simmonds participated in a meeting of the Standards Australia Working Group tasked with developing a National Ramp Standard. This was the 4th meeting to consider comments received on the draft standard during the public consultation phase. Our expert representatives have been pleased with the spirit of cooperation so far.
SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF GRANTS
The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) is offering grants to Australian small businesses adversely affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These grants are made possible by Salesforce. Grants will be offered as a ‘one off’ payment of $10,000 (including GST) to 67 businesses across Australia.
To be eligible to apply, businesses must:
- Be a for-profit company with an Australian Business Number (ABN).
- Have between 2 and 50 employees.
- Have been in business for a full 2 years as of 1 March 2020.
- Have an annual revenue between $150,000 and $2 million.
For more information click here.
FATALITY FREE FRIDAY
Today is Fatality Free Friday, a time for the community to take ownership of road safety in order to reduce the road toll.
Since its inception in 2007, the Australian Road Safety Foundation’s Fatality Free Friday campaign encourages all road users to take the pledge to choose road safety.
Take the Pledge by clicking here.
OUR FLUORESCENT HEROES AND HEROINES
At this time, Australia, and indeed the world, is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic. Who can we turn to in times like these? Why, it is our fluorescent heroes and heroines in the transport and logistics sector, that’s who!
The Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association Executive Director, Mathew Munro looks back at how we are doing so far.
READ this article in Diesel News
KENWORTH LAUNCHES THE T410SAR
In yet another example of the benefits of local Australian application-engineering for Australian road transport operators, Kenworth extends its product offering with the release of the new T410SAR.
Driven by a continuous innovation and product development process, influenced heavily by customer and driver feedback, Kenworth has taken the features of the T410 and applied these and more to bring the all-new T410SAR to its customers – the best in the business just got better.
Click here to read the full media release
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NTI – THANK YOU CAMPAIGN
“Double stripes, traffic lights… road signs mark your toil, Pit-stops make for toilet breaks – eat fast… the kettle’s boiled SatNav, maps and memory, to truckies by-and-by You keep Australia moving guys… thanks… from nti.”
The poems by Rupert McGall are aired on radio across the country, with billboards also appearing nationally from 8 May. More information on the campaign and to see the video with this poem (video 3) can be viewed here.
In a Catholic school cafeteria, a nun places a note in front of a pile of apples, “Only take one. God is watching”. Further down the line is a pile of cookies. A little boy makes his own note, “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”
ALRTA STAFF AVAILABILITY AMIDST COVID19
From 24 March 2020 the ALRTA staff – Mathew, Sue, Colleen and Jack are working from home amidst COVID-19.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Colleen on the ALRTA mobile 0490 515 681 or Mathew (ED) on 0421 082 489.
UPDATE ON EVENTS FOR 2020
LRTAQ (QLD) on 19-21 March 2020 at Roma QLD. – POSTPONED
LTAT (TAS) on 2 May 2020 in Hobart TAS. – POSTPONED
LRTASA (SA)on 12-13 June 2020 at Adelaide Entertainment Centre SA. – CANCELLED
LRTAWA/ALRTA (WA & National) on 24-25 July 2020. Perth WA.- POSTPONED until further notice
LRTAV (VIC) on 14-15 August 2020 at All Seasons Resort Bendigo VIC – POSTPONED