ALRTA News – 15 May 2024

Thank you to ALRTA National Partner

Motoring enthusiasts now have the opportunity to get their hands on the wheel of a highly sought-after 1946 Ford Jailbar truck, with ‘Bonnie’ the latest vehicle to be raffled to raise funds for medical research.

NTI’s CEO Tony Clark said he “is extremely proud to announce Bonnie as the seventh truck to be restored and raffled by Australia’s largest transport and logistics insurance experts, NTI, with ticket sales totalling an incredible $2 million for Motor Neurone Disease research over six years.”

Find out more or buy tickets online here.

ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to another weekly ED update. 

LRTAQ / ALRTA attending Beef Australia 2024.

ALRTA was represented by Executive Director Rachel Smith and Project Officer Sue Davies at Beef Australia 2024 (6-11 May 2024) in Rockhampton from Monday 6 May to late Wednesday morning 8 May 2024. LRTAQ representatives hosted and staffed a booth in the Walter Pierce Pavilion for the entire week. Their anchor people were LRTAQ President Gerard Johnson and Secretariat Manager Tammie Swalling. A number of LRTAQ members also staffed the booth for short periods during the week. 

ALRTA attended Beef Australia as part of the Effluent Code Awareness Campaign, our social media campaign was launched to coincide.  

Social media tile for #mindyourpeesandpoos campaign

Some of the outcomes from ALRTA attendance at Beef Australia included:

  • Copies of the Ramp Standard (AS5340:2020) were provided to two livestock equipment manufacturers, Arrowquip and Cavalier. 
  • Staff answered enquiries about LRTAQ membership, livestock transport, heavy vehicle driver training, heavy vehicle apprenticeships, effluent disposal and the Transport Hub. 
  • Approximately 100 Transport hub air fresheners were distributed. 
  • Distribution of effluent code and ramp standard brochures. 
  • The Effluent Code and the need for a network of effluent disposal facilities was discussed with AgForce and QLD DAFF, who was also interested in working with ALRTA to promote livestock effluent as a ‘product’. 
  • Senator Matt Canavan invited ALRTA to support the ‘Beef Roads’ campaign – to lobby the federal government to fund the sealing of major freight routes across northern Australia. 
LRTAQ Booth at Beef Australia 2024

It was a busy couple of days, a big thank you to LRTAQ for inviting ALRTA to participate. 

Back in chilly Canberra, Elanor oversaw the changeover to our new IT system and decommissioning of old equipment. She also facilitated a discussion with our new IT provider about a new ALRTA website.  So please watch this space. 

I met with Littleproud’s office regarding the Rural Transport managed Deposit Scheme (RTMDS) and the inputs required to develop policy costings, thank you to ALRTA Executive for assisting me in finalising this.  I also brought the increasing issues being seen on the roads with respect to unsafe driving and behaviours on the road and the need to ensure that all heavy vehicle drivers on the road can operate heavy vehicles safely.  After the budget, we will arrange a meeting to discuss further. 

Driver safety and competency was a hot topic at the ATA CEO / ED forum, a summit ahs been proposed for industry to meet, discuss and agree on outcomes to address this critical public safety issue.  I’ll share more details as they come to hand. 

This week is Federal Budget week here in Canberra, I’ll be off to several events including Budget Networking Dinner with the Prime Minister and Senator Katy Gallagher, Agriculture Breakfast hosted by at the National Press Club and Budget Reply Dinner with the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Peter Dutton and Leader of the Nationals the Hon. David Littleproud.  It will be a busy week but will give insight into the Government’s priorities in the lead up to the next Federal election, expected late this year or early next year. 

Until next week.

Livesheep Export Phase Out Date Announced

Minister Murray Watt announced the phase out date for live sheep export on Satruday 11 May 2024.  The date is set for 1 May 2028 with a $107M support package for those sectors affected.  ALRTA will work with other parties in the meat supply chain in terms of next steps and advocacy efforts and will support our member, LRTAWA in their next steps. 

News from the NHVR

Read the details in NHVR’s ‘On the Road‘ newsletter

NHVR supporting industry in QLD transition

Heavy vehicle compliance in Queensland transferred to the NHVR on 20 April this year. NHVR advise that their priority is ensuring they are supporting you throughout this transition and providing a streamlined approach to heavy vehicle regulation.

For more information about the transition go to the NHVR website here.

National Road Safety Week – May 5-12
Did you take the pledge to drive so others survive?

National Road Safety Week is a timely reminder for truck drivers to ensure they are operating safely. NHVR advises that their on-road officers are always out and about, ready to support drivers with their questions regarding compliance. 

Heavy Vehicle Industry Safety Survey
You’re invited to participate in the fourth national heavy vehicle safety survey. Your participation helps to ensure that the NHVR adapts to changing risks and technologies in order to help the heavy vehicle industry through information, education and safety initiatives.

The survey is open until Tuesday 18 June 2024 and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Please click here to have your say.

Save the dates for 2024

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

Save the dates for 2025

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