Trans­port a great op­tion for women

Com­mu­nity fo­cus as Jac­que­lene takes the wheel of Trans­port Women Aus­tralia

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THERE is no such thing as a slow start to the year for any­one in the trans­port in­dus­try, and newly ap­pointed Trans­port Women Aus­tralia chair Jac­que­lene Brother­ton is no ex­cep­tion.

As part of her plans for the as­so­ci­a­tion, the vi­brant in­dus­try leader hopes to build on es­tab­lished con­nec­tions and high­light the pos­i­tive as­pects of the in­dus­try in the wider com­mu­nity.

“The group was orig­i­nally founded in 1999, by a group of eight women as a sup­port and net­work group, with work also in re­search and lob­by­ing,” Jac­que­lene said.

With the as­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence set for mid-year, Jac­que­lene – who served pre­vi­ously in the role in 2011 – sees a num­ber of other projects on the hori­zon.

“I be­lieve now it will still con­trib­ute to those roles but, at the mo­ment, we are also look­ing fur­ther into im­prov­ing the pro­file and im­age of the trans­port in­dus­try, the pro­file of women.

“We need to show not only girls and women, but any­one look­ing for a ca­reer change, that a job in trans­port can be a great op­tion,” she said.

One of the out­reach ini­tia­tives al­ready un­der­taken by the as­so­ci­a­tion in­cludes a con­nec­tion with the Girl Guides.

“The Girl Guides can now get a wheels badge,” Jac­que­lene said.

The pro­gram in­cludes a colour­ing book and learn­ing re­source guides will work through to earn the award while learn­ing about ca­reers in trans­port.

“We are get­ting peo­ple when they are young and im­pres­sion­able and hope­fully still ex­cited and look­ing for a fu­ture in truck­ing,” she said.

“We want to get out there and get peo­ple ex­cited about it, we are here and we want to strive for that change.”

With an ex­ten­sive his­tory in the sec­tor Jac­que­lene, has worked for sev­eral ma­jor trans­port com­pa­nies with 20 years in live­stock trans­port and roles in fleet man­age­ment, gen­eral and re­frig­er­ated trans­port op­er­a­tions as well as own­ing her own truck.

For the past decade, she has taken on the role of trans­port manager for Ox­ford Cold Stor­age.

“There are a num­ber of projects we can’t quite talk about yet but the board is en­thu­si­as­tic and has women from all dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the in­dus­try, so hope­fully peo­ple will be see­ing much more of us,” she said.

Jac­que­lene fol­lows for­mer as­so­ci­a­tion chair Pam McMil­lan.

❝We need to show not only girls and women, but any­one look­ing for a ca­reer change, that a job in trans­port can be a great op­tion. — Jac­que­lene Brother­ton

PHOTO: FILE

BIG YEAR AHEAD: New TWA chair Jac­que­lene Brother­ton will have a lot on her plate.

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