Opportunities are out there
Cam Dumesny wants the industry to see potential
OPPORTUNITIES in the industry are out there, they simply aren’t being sold, according to Western Australian Road Transport Association executive officer Cam Dumesny.
The man with a plan, Cam is pushing to build the sector’s reputation and eventually educational infrastructure to hold Australia up as the place to be when it comes to transportation technology, design, regulation and more.
Hoping to create and enforce vertical career pathways from the depot to the board room.
“Basically when people think road transport industry they think truck driving,” Cam said.
“People think that is the start and end and forget we make some of the biggest rigs in the world.”
Regulation, policy, business management and technology are all major factors in the industry that have often been seen as separate, he said.
“If I said to you ‘you have a mining contract’ and you wanted to find the best skills in the world for long-distance remote distribution, you would go to the WA,” Cam said.
“WA and the NT are the world’s best in long-distance remote distribution.
“Because we have some of the best large-scale mining in the world, the biggest operations, we have one of the most competitive local supply chains for dry-land agriculture in the world despite our remoteness.
“We have some of the most remote communities in the world that still depend on us for first-world lifestyles.
“A great example of the sector’s capability is the Kimberley horticultural area which we catering to, that is a distance that is further to drive from Perth than it is to drive from Paris to Moscow.
“And that’s all within the state.
“We are Australians, we never think of ourselves as being world class.”
Given there are already 30,000 Australian people working for Australian logistics companies overseas, Cam said he would like to see Australia take a hold of that title and brand ourselves globally as the world’s best.
“We need to do that to encourage technology development companies to come and become part of building on our already strong developments in telematics, regulation and engineering,” he said.
“We have 60m road trains on public roads, biggest combinations in the world, and we built those. Why aren’t we showing that off?
“Why can’t a company who is running the grains supply chain here go and do that in the Black Sea or in Canada? We don’t. If we were Americans we would do it.
“People need to come in as young drivers and realise that they have global opportunities in this industry.”
Cam believes young minds would be interested in the industry if they just knew more about it.
“They run a university hack-a-thon over here, where they had the best and brightest minds in IT and Engineering, and not one of them had considered transport industry as a career choice,” he said.
“After it, three or four of them turned around and said they didn’t realise how big and exciting this industry is.
“What I would like to see is an industry capable of not only existing but taking the opportunity to grow.”
The association made headway in building the industry’s profile earlier this year by hosting the Western Australian Freight and Logistics Summit, in an effort to pull all businesses dependent on transport together.
“To make any change we need to be involved in all conversations when it comes to moving freight and the freight task future,” Cam said.
— Cam Dumesny
THE BIG PICTURE: Western Australian Road Transport Association executive officer Cam Dumesny.