ALRTA News –  15 August 2023


ALRTA would like to thank all National Partners and their teams.

The contribution and support from ALRTA National Partners to the LRTAWA/ALRTA Combined National Conference this year was phenomenal.

ALRTA National Partners provide invaluable support to the ALRTA and our industry, underpinning the work we do to achieve important outcomes for the Australian livestock and rural transport industry.

When you choose to do business with ALRTA National Partners, you are also supporting your industry!

Click here to visit our National Partners page.


This year’s national conference was held in beautiful Busselton, Western Australia, where at least 160 people gathered to attend meetings, hear presentations and ask questions of expert speakers, engage with suppliers and view their products. Importantly, the combined national conference is also an opportunity for our industry to thank the national partners and state sponsors who do so much to support rural and regional transport and, of course, to catch up with friends and make new ones.

ALRTA President Scott McDonald welcomed everyone to the National Partners Sundowner on Friday night. It was all about acknowledging and showing gratitude to our national partners for their support. One of the highlights of the evening was the special presentation of the inaugural Rural Transport Rising Star Award (more on that soon). Another highlight was the presentation by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of WA and the ALRTA auction in support of this important cause. The auction of items largely supplied by our national partners raised over $20,000!

Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Small Business, Hon. Jackie Jarvis gave the keynote address acknowledging the critical role that road transport plays in the agricultural sector.
ALRTA President Scott McDonald addressed members concerns about the Labor government’s proposed ‘Employee-like work’ reforms and phase out of live sheep export. Scott also acknowledged the recent achievements of the national association. 
Attendees at the conference were introduced to newly appointed ALRTA Executive Director, Rachel Smith.
Association Presidents: Russell Borchard (LRTAV), Frank Tedesco (LRTASA), Wade Lewis (LBRCA), Darren Bairstow (President elect LRTAWA), Scott McDonald (ALRTA National President) and Nick Hingston (LTAT) with ALRTA Executive Director Rachel Smith. 
A good crowd gathered at the National Partners Sundowner on Friday evening 4 August 2023.


ALRTA National Council held its AGM and regular meeting in Busselton WA. 

ALRTA Executive Office Bearers elected at the 4 August 2023 AGM will take office on 1 October 2023 for a one-year period. The 2023-24 National Executive is:

  • President: Scott McDonald
  • Vice President: Frank Tedesco
  • Vice President: Athol Carter
  • Treasurer: Alan McKenzie
  • Secretary: David Fyfe
  • ATA Representative: Lyndon Jay
  • Past President: Kevin Keenan


The current Secretary of the ALRTA, Grant Robins, was awarded an honorary life membership of the ALRTA during conference proceedings on Saturday 5 August 2023. ALRTA President Scott McDonald and WA Minister for Agriculture, Food, Forestry and Small Business, Hon. Jackie Jarvis presented the award.

A speech outlining Grant’s contribution to rural transport, through work on behalf of our industry associations and as a member and President of Kulin Shire WA, was delivered by LRTAWA President David Fyfe, who warmly congratulated Grant for receiving the award,.

Owner of Kulin Transport, Grant Robins has held various positions on the committee of the state association since joining in 2000, including seven years as its President. In acknowledgement of his significant contribution to the association, Grant was awarded life membership of LRTAWA in 2015. Grant has continued his involvement in the work of our industry association by taking on the role of Vice-President of the national body, the Australian Livestock Transporters Association, now ALRTA, for several years before eventually becoming President in 2014 and later its Secretary.

David said that Grant is a person who rarely says no when a job needs to be done and has always been particularly active in advocating for access and safety.

Congratulations on the well-deserved award Grant!


Malaysia is suspending the import of live cattle from Australia due to fears of a lumpy skin disease (LSD) outbreak.

Currently, Indonesia has advised that it will not accept cattle from four (4) specific export establishments pending an Australian LSD surveillance and testing investigation. On 9 August 2023 DAFF advised that Indonesia is continuing to accept cattle prepared on a further 28 Australian Registered Establishments approved by Indonesia.

Meanwhile the Australian Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) advises that LSD is not present in Australia and has never been detected here.

Lumpy Skin Disease is a serious viral disease that primarily affects cattle and buffalo. It is not harmful to humans. LSD is carried by live animals and reproductive material. It can also be spread by contaminated equipment and biting insects or parasites, such as flies, mosquitos and ticks. For more information on LSD please visit


The Truck Industry Council (TIC) and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) have released the findings of a research project investigating the impacts of the next evolution in tyre development – wide tyres, also referred to as ‘Super Singles’.

The TIC research involved a large-scale testing program using the National Transport Research Organisation’s (NTRO) Accelerated Loading Facility, testing various tyres on identical pavements to determine the relative rate of pavement wear.

The results showed the pavement deformation rates for both the dual tyres and single tyres were within a similar range. The 255/70R22.5 dual tyres caused the highest deformation rate.

The comparative pavement wear of super single tyres was not as sensitive to modest variations in inflation pressure, when compared to duals.

For more information read NHVR’s media release here.


  • LRTAQ – 28-29 September 2023 – The Ville Resort, TOWNSVILLE – QLD
  • LBRCA – 23-24 February 2024 – WAGGA WAGGA NSW