ALRTA News – 27 February 2024

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ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to my weekly ED update!

Firstly, a big shout out to Bec Coleman and Wade Lewis for a fantastic LBRCA conference in Wagga over the weekend.  The agenda was very compelling covering topics such as HVRAP outcomes, updates from NHVR and business topics such as succession planning and employment relations.  There was a great social program and I was pretty impressed claiming 5 clay targets in the shooting. Looking forward to the LBRCA ALRTA conference in Canberra next year 4 – 5 April 2025. Save the date.

Speaking of conferences the LRTAQ ALRTA Conference in Toowoomba is looking to be a stellar event with final stages of planning well underway.  If you haven’t already registered, please do so by clicking here.

Don’t forget today ALRTA is hosting a webinar for members on Closing the Loopholes with Richard Calver. Zoom details can be found here.

Last week I attended the ATA Council meeting.  The agenda covered many topics including National Level Crossing Safety Strategy, workforce development, road freight low carbon strategy, heavy vehicle charges and Heavy Vehicle National Law review. ALRTA is a member of Workforce Strategy and Road Freight Low Carbon Committees.

On Thursday ALRTA participated in the Australian Animal Welfare Roundtable hosted by ALMA with 27 participants across the meat supply chain in Australia including Processors, Saleyards, Farmers, Transporters and Producers represented by JBS, ALMA, VFF, Australian Livestock and Property Agents Association, Cattle Australia, Pork Australia, Australian Veterinary Association, Federal Regulator for Export Abattoirs, Secretary of DAFF Adam Fennessy, First Assistant Secretary, researchers and local council representatives. It was a productive meeting that lacked hostility and the group agreed that there needs to be consistent training for animal handling and that there is shared responsibility for animal welfare across the supply chain.  As a result, the group will collectively write to AgSOC (the Committee Agricultural Secretaries) to push for consistent animal welfare legislation and regulation.  ALRTA will host the next roundtable in February 2025. This is a great outcome.

LBRCA Truck and Trailer Display

I’m back on deck in Canberra after a big weekend with LBRCA in Wagga.  I’m looking forward to participating in ATA Member Association Forum and ALRTA and State Association Forum. Parliament is sitting this week and on Wednesday I will travel up the Hill for the Parliamentary Friends of Red Meat event hosted by Senator Susan McDonald.
Until next week

bp pulse charges up Supercars’ first electric safety car

The first ever electric vehicle safety car will hit the track at this year’s Supercars Championship, powered by bp pulse rapid EV charging.

The new electric bp pulse safety car, a Porsche Taycan GTS with up to 440kW of power and capable of speeds up to 250 km/h, is the latest step by Supercars on its sustainability journey and follows the adoption of bp’s lower carbon* race fuel, E75 Racing Fuel, last year for every car on the Supercars grid.

bp Vice President Marketing Asia Pacific, Amanda Woollard, said using an electric safety car is momentous for the Supercars competition.

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Save the dates for 2024

  • LRTAQ/ALRTA National Combined Conference – 21-22 March 2024 – TOOWOOMBA QLD
  • LRTASA – May 31 – 1 June 2024 – ADELAIDE SA
  • LRTAWA – 3 August 2024 – WA
  • LRTAV – 16-17 August 2024 – SHEPPARTON VIC
  • LTAT – 21 September 2024 – TAS