In­dus­try Voice

A fo­cused and in­ci­dent- filled pe­riod comes to an end, with so many to thank

Australian Transport News - - CONTENTS - Noe­lene Wat­son is im­me­di­ate past chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

Noe­lene Wat­son reects on her ten­ure as for­mer chair of Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion

As you well may be aware, I am now re­tired as chair of the ATA and, as such, I find my­self re­flect­ing on my ten­ure.

The most im­por­tant thing I re­flect on is that safety is paramount to all par­ties in our in­dus­try; any death is one too many. Safety must re­main a high pri­or­ity for the ATA.

Each year, there is an event at Tar­cutta that com­mem­o­rates the lives of truck driv­ers who have been killed in the course of em­ploy­ment, and peo­ple who are affi li­ated with the in­dus­try.

I was asked to speak at this func­tion in 2015. The grief dis­played by fam­ily mem­bers who have lost their loved ones while work­ing in our in­dus­try was heart wrench­ing.

One of the great­est high­lights from my ten­ure as ATA chair was the abo­li­tion of the Road Safety Re­mu­ner­a­tion Tri­bunal ( RSRT).

Watch­ing the RSRT con­voy roll up to Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra with its mes­sage that putting owner- driv­ers out of busi­ness would not im­prove safety was breath­tak­ing.

The RSRT’s even­tual de­feat proved that, as a uni­fied in­dus­try, we can make pos­i­tive change.

This in­dus­try is made up of so many in­spi­ra­tional and hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als, and I have been proud to work with them and rep­re­sent them as ATA chair.

The truck­ing in­dus­try can only con­tinue to grow and de­velop if we work to­gether. In 2016, we were able to achieve great things by work­ing with our in­dus­try coun­ter­parts the Aus­tralian Lo­gis­tics Coun­cil.

The ALC and ATA met and dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of the two as­so­ci­a­tions join­ing to­gether to rep­re­sent the in­dus­try as a whole; to achieve a sin­gle code of prac­tice rather than a frag­mented se­ries of codes de­vel­oped by dif­fer­ent bodies.

Over a se­ries of meet­ings, the ATA and ALC have been able to demon­strate to NHVR and Dar­ren Ch­ester that it’s our moral obli­ga­tion and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect our in­dus­try.

This uni­fied front demon­strated that we can work to­gether for the bet­ter­ment of the in­dus­try.

This coun­try runs on trucks, and we need to recog­nise the hard work and ef­forts of our driv­ers and take care of them as best as we can.

The ATA would not func­tion with­out the sup­port of our foun­da­tion spon­sors BP, NTI and Volvo Trucks, as well as our ma­jor spon­sor PAC­CAR and all our other spon­sors and part­ners.

I would also like to ex­tend my thanks to the cur­rent di­rec­tors and coun­cil­lors for a fine job well done. This se­lect group of mar­vel­lous con­trib­u­tors to our trans­port in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­al­ism re­flects on us all.

To all of the past and present mem­bers of the board, I thank you for your sup­port and wis­dom over these three years; as well as the di­rec­tors who have re­tired dur­ing my term as chair: Denis Robert­son, Mark Sul­li­van, Doug McMil­lan, Trevor Martyn, Gordon Martin and Matt But­ler.

I would like to ex­tend my sin­cere thanks to the sec­re­tariat who work tire­lessly to keep the ATA func­tion­ing smoothly and ef­fi­ciently.

Last but not least, I give my sin­cere thanks to my fam­ily for al­low­ing me the time away from our busi­ness to con­trib­ute in a small way to our won­der­ful trans­port in­dus­try.

I can­not ad­e­quately find the words to con­vey my sense of grat­i­tude for the ex­tra work­load they have en­dured, and I thank them very much.

To my suc­ces­sor Ge­off Crouch, I of­fer you my full sup­port and best wishes.

“We need to recog­nise the hard work and ef­forts of our driv­ers”

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