Much hap­pen­ing in the trans­port world

Big Rigs - - COLUMN - WOMEN IN TRANS­PORT JAC­QUE­LENE BROTHER­TON Chair of Trans­port Women Aus­tralia

SO MUCH has hap­pened since my last col­umn, some se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents that have been ex­tremely dis­tress­ing for the in­dus­try, the com­pa­nies in­volved and all con­cerned with safety in our in­dus­try.

We have had the Road Freight NSW con­fer­ence, which was packed with good speak­ers and con­tent.

Un­for­tu­nately there was lit­tle time for catch­ing up with friends and spon­sors.

It was how­ever a great day over­all and a credit to Si­mon and Anne. The venue was ex­cel­lent but the re­turn fares from the air­port were al­most dou­ble my re­turn air­fare from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney.

The awards were won­der­ful and well con­tested and I con­grat­u­late all the fi­nal­ists and win­ners.

Spe­cial con­grat­u­la­tions to Trans­port Women Aus­tralia Lim­ited nom­i­na­tion and win­ner of the NSW Trans­port Woman of the Year, Roslyn An­der­son of Wales Truck Re­pairs, and TWAL mem­ber Leigh Smart of For­mula Chem­i­cals for his Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the NSW Truck­ing In­dus­try Award.

I also headed to Noosa for the Re­frig­er­ated Ware­house and Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence – three morn­ings of very in­ter­est­ing and in­for­ma­tive ses­sions fol­lowed by three af­ter­noons of bore­dom.

I know you should not get bored in a trop­i­cal par­adise but I would rather have the work done in a shorter time. Un­grate­ful I am. A quick visit to the of­fice and then off to the Road Trans­port Fo­rum NZ con­fer­ence in Dunedin.

I was wel­comed to Dunedin by Meryn Mor­ri­son, Fiona “Fancy” Pace and Rhonda Did­ham, of Women in Road Trans­port NZ, who treated me to a fab­u­lous wel­come din­ner.

I had a morn­ing off to check out the sights, cour­tesy of Rhonda.

Four women and a male CEO in a clown car on the steep­est street in New Zealand is prob­a­bly a YouTube sen­sa­tion.

There was cer­tainly a lot of laugh­ter and pho­tos taken by Ja­panese tourists!

After a scenic drive around the area, we re­turned to Forsyth Barr Sta­dium for the pre-con­fer­ence lunch fol­lowed by the con­fer­ence open­ing ses­sions.

I was dis­ap­pointed to find there were only two fe­male speaker/pan­el­lists on the main pro­gram at the Road Trans­port Fo­rum NZ con­fer­ence and WiRT was al­lot­ted only 15 min­utes over two days on a sub­ject that should have had at least 45 min­utes and ques­tion time.

Next, I am headed to the Girl Guides in­ter­na­tional Jam­boree in Syd­ney – re­mem­ber all those duf­fel bags! Oh Lord, I will ac­tu­ally get to see one or 1000.

Now we have the new chain of re­spon­si­bil­ity rules from Oc­to­ber 1, which I am sure we are all ea­gerly an­tic­i­pat­ing.


GREAT WOMEN: Fi­nal­ist Kim­ber­lie Smart and win­ner Roslyn An­der­son.

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