ALRTA News – 1 May 2024

Thank you to Byrne Trailers
A Proud ALRTA National Partner

Byrne Full Stainless Steel B-Double Cattle Trailers

Over 100 times more resistant to rust than Carbon Steel Trailers, which gives Operators much greater longevity, less maintenance costs over the life of the Trailers and higher resale values then any other Livestock Trailers in the Livestock Transport Industry market place.

Just makes sense

Byrne Trailers is a huge supporter of our industry and has been a National Partner with the ALRTA for more than 6 years, following many more years supporting our industry state associations. ALRTA thanked Byrne Trailers at our LRTAQ/ALRTA Combined National Conference in Toowoomba earlier this year, presenting a certificate of appreciation to Mick Bray.

Visit the Byrne Trailers website.

ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to another weekly ED update, although a short week due to ANZAC day.  

After the flurry of Trucking Australia and ATA Council it was great to have my feet back under my desk and focusing on some key issues for industry. 

A big congratulations to the winners and finalists of the National Trucking Industry Awards. 

At the ATA Council meeting driver competency was a hot topic and how as an industry we can work to drive change in policy to improve the safety of all road users. The ATA will host a forum, date to be advised, bringing key parties to the table and agreeing on actions. I’ve also been talking to key stakeholders about this issue and the impact it has on drivers and other road users.  This issue will be tabled for discussion at the National Council meeting in May in Adelaide. 

I met with the bp team this week for our quarterly catch up.  The partnership arrangement is performing well and above our KPIs.  Thank you to the bp team and to our members for making this partnership such a great success! 

The team has been busy this week preparing for our new starter, Tara Edgar who commenced on Monday 29 April.  Diving straight in with some Stakeholder meetings in Brisbane and Toowoomba.  Tara’s details will be distributed to members shortly and her days will be Monday to Thursday.

Tara Edgar, ALRTA Partnerships and Stakeholder Manager 

Looking forward to spending time in Brisbane this week for the Rural Road Safety Research Forum hosted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) and a quick trip up the hill to Toowoomba to talk about potential road side Effluent disposal sites. Later in the week I’ll be travelling to Wagga Wagga for the Wagga Gold Cup as a guest of Byrne Trailers and then off to Rockhampton next week for Beef Week. 

Until next week!

Free industry-specific accidental counsellor training courses

Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds is offering free industry-specific training courses to help keep heads healthy. Accidental Counsellor delivered by Lifeline Australia will be kicking off the first free course on 07/05/2024 in Goulburn NSW and 16/05/2024 in Toowoomba, QLD.

Enrol online today.

The Healthy Heads Training Project is funded by the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative, supported by the Australian Government.

Congratulations to 2024 National Trucking Industry Award winners

ALRTA would like to congratulate the 2024 National Trucking Industry Award winners announced at the Trucking Australia Gala Dinner:

  • Don Watson Memorial Award – Denis Robertson
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry – Bill Manton, Simon National Carriers
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year – Jenny Fellows, Fellows Bulk Transport
  • National Professional Driver of the Year – Josh Ulbrich, Ross Transport
  • TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award – Marley’s Transport
  • National Training Excellence Award – (dual winners) Fraser’s Livestock Transport and South East Queensland Hauliers

Read more about the award winners here.

Preventing vehicle roll-aways

Do you know how to safely immobilise a vehicle to prevent it from rolling away?

When vehicles that have not been safely immobilised roll away, you or your coworkers could be hit, crushed, trapped or run over – many serious injuries and even fatalities are caused this way.

Check out the Safe Work Australia factsheet on preventing vehicle roll-aways to learn more.

NHVR Innovation Field Days in NSW

NHVR is holding Innovation Field Days in NSW. Operators, road managers and all those in between are welcome to attend and learn about the NHVR’s projects, and discover how they support improved safety and efficiency into the future.

Get a free ticket here.

Bulk Tanker Day keynote speaker announcement 

The NBTA has announced Prof. Arnold Dix as the keynote speaker for Bulk Tanker Day on Wednesday, 15 May at Moonee Valley. Arnold Dix recently featured on Australian Story: Man Underground which provided an insight into Arnold “the tunnel guy”, barrister, scientist, truck driver and flower farmer and his role in the amazing rescue from the Silkyara-Bardot tunnel collapse in November 2023 in India. Arnold is now heralded as a hero by many, including the Australian Prime Minister, as the man behind the Indian tunnel rescue that saved 41 people.

Arnold has contributed greatly to improving the safety of the bulk tanker sector, with his early work in the dairy industry leading to a dramatic reduction in truck rollovers, saving lives and laying the foundations for current initiatives including the NTI’s Spilt Milk Program and NBTA’s learning from near misses project. Arnold is the perfect fit for Bulk Tanker Day, the conference theme is “the safest way” and key topics are tunnel access and safety, which aligns with Arnold’s approach and expertise.

For more information about the Silkyara Bardo Tunnel collapse in India and rescue effort:…/arnold-dix-aussie…/103225332

Bulk Tanker Day is the annual conference for the bulk tanker industry co-hosted by the NBTA and AFAC. The conference focuses on bringing industry together to improve safety.

You can register for Bulk Tanker Day here:

And view the program here:…/2024/04/NBTA-BTD24-Program.pdf

More Heavy Vehicle Rest Area projects announced 

The Australian Government is enhancing road safety across the nation, with the announcement of five new projects in the Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Program.

The projects are part of a $17 million joint initiative between federal, state and local governments, with the Albanese Government contributing over $14 million.

They are funded through the second tranche of the Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Program (HVRAP), which will provide $140 million of funding over 10 years.

The projects include the construction of new rest areas with dedicated slip and turning lanes, shelters, landscaping, and connecting footpaths, as well as the upgrade of existing ones from light to heavy vehicle classification with all-weather pavement, solar lighting, and amenities.

Projects will be delivered on the Barrier Highway in South Australia, Newell Highway and Sturt Highway in New South Wales, and in Pingelly, Western Australia.

For more information on the projects, see below, and on the Heavy Vehicle Rest Area initiative visit:

Free rural support webinars for farmers

A series of free webinars has been developed to provide information to farmers about government rural support initiatives to prepare for or manage drought and other risks.

If you supply goods or services to farmers in NSW you can get helpful information via these share with them about tax and income supportfinancial counselling and low interest loans.

To find out more and register to a webinar visit DAFF’s website.

Save the dates for 2024

  • LRTASA – May 31 – 1 June 2024 – ADELAIDE SA
  • LRTAWA – 3 August 2024 – WA
  • LRTAV – 16-17 August 2024 – SHEPPARTON VIC
  • LTAT – 18-19 October 2024 – TAS 

Save the dates for 2025

  • LBRCA/ALRTA National Combined Conference – 4 – 5 April 2025 – CANBERRA ACT