ALRTA News –  4 June 2024

Thank you to ALRTA National Partner

ALRTA Executive Director Update

Welcome to another weekly update.

Last week was another busy one with the team travelling to Adelaide for a face to face National Council meeting on Thursday 30 May 2024 at the Holiday Inn.  There were many key topics discussed including ALRTA’s advocacy strategy leading up to the election, Animal Welfare Accreditation and decision making framework, potential partners and partnership framework, Keep the Sheep campaign and the announcement regarding the phasing out of live sheep export by sea, plus productivity issues such as NHVR medical certificate requirements and HVNL review. Thank you to all the Council members that travelled to Adelaide to participate it was a lively and productive meeting and I thank you for your input. 

National Council meeting on 30 May 2024

Over the weekend, I attended the LRTASA conference at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.  It was a stellar event and I thank Frank Tedesco and Hayley Masson for the opportunity to participate.  Some hot topics of the conference were Road Access, Animal Welfare and Driver Safety including Heavy Vehicle Rest Areas.  

Collage from LRTASA Conference. 

In terms of updates from the Secretariat, Elanor Ashton, National Officer has tendered her resignation.  She has secured an exciting opportunity with the Australian Bureau of Statistics as an Executive Assistant.  On behalf of Council, Executive and Members, we wish her all the best in her next career chapter.  Elanor’s last day will be Thursday 13 June 2024. 

Looking forward to being back in the office and implementing the recommendations from the Council meeting. 

Please read below re: how you can help #keepthesheep. 

Until next week

Keep the Sheep Campaign

Keep the Sheep is a grassroots movement born to take action against the Albanese Government’s ban on live sheep exports.

The ban will devastate WA farming families and their communities. More than that, it will have consequences that will hurt truckies, stock agents, shearers and sporting clubs in WA towns like Kojonup, Wagin and Kulin.

The nations that buy our sheep overseas are concerned about the ban. They trade with Australia for our high quality and superior sheep.

The ban won’t create demand for chilled or boxed meat, it will simply push the trade to countries with far lower animal welfare standards.

We need to keep the sheep because a ban is unfair to WA farmers and their families, who rely on the sheep industry to survive.

Will you help #keepthesheep?

Keep the Sheep is an initiative of Farming Families and Communities WA and is powered by hard-working Australians just like you.

Please sign the petition to Keep the Sheep!

China lifts meat export processor suspension

The Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) has welcomed the news that China has reinstated export approvals for five out of seven Australian meat export processors that were suspended in 2020 due to technical reasons.

This is a great outcome not only for these companies but the clients some of them process for, and the thousands of farmers and feedlots they support through cattle purchase.

Read more from AMIC here.

NHVR fees to rise July 1

NHVR fees will increase on 1 July 2024, in line with the CPI. For example, the cost of a work diary will go up from $28 to $30.  

Heavy Vehicle National Law infringement penalties are also set to increase – you can find the schedule for the 2024/2025 financial year here.  

Save the dates for 2024

  • LRTAWA – 3 August 2024 – PERTH 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