Op­por­tu­ni­ties are out there

Cam Dumesny wants the in­dus­try to see po­ten­tial

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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

PHOTO: KIRSTIN PAYNE

THE BIG PIC­TURE: West­ern Australian Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cam Dumesny.

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