Beer top­ples Black in ATA elec­tion

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THE RE­SULTS are in for the Australian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ATA) 2017 truck­ing in­dus­try elec­tions, with John Beer from Rom­sey, Vic­to­ria, and Lyn­ley Min­ers from Adaminaby, New South Wales, both be­ing elected to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s gen­eral coun­cil.

Beer was elected as the own­er­driver rep­re­sen­ta­tive while Lyn­ley Min­ers was voted in as the small fleet op­er­a­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Both took of­fice at the ATA’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on April 5 and will hold their roles for two years.

The on­line, se­cure elec­tion re­sults were de­clared to­day by in­de­pen­dent re­turn­ing of­fi­cer Phil Pot­ter­ton.

“I con­sider that the elec­tion pro­cesses have op­er­ated smoothly, ef­fec­tively and se­curely, and I also note high lev­els of voter turnout in the above re­sults,” Pot­ter­ton says.

“I am sat­is­fied that the elec­tion has been con­ducted fairly.”

Beer beat long-stand­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive Frank Black (Ar­cidi­aco) by six votes, achiev­ing 42.9 per cent of the vote com­pared to Black’s 32.1 per cent. The other con­tender, Gor­don Mackin­lay, re­ceived 26 per cent.

The turnout of vot­ers was 56 of the 76 reg­is­tered vot­ers, or 73.7 per cent.

In the small fleet op­er­a­tor po­si­tion, Lyn­ley Min­ers re­ceived a whop­ping 30 votes, or an 88.2 per cent share over Leigh Smart with 11.8 per cent.

The turnout of vot­ers in this elec­tion was 34 of the 51 reg­is­tered vot­ers, or 66.7 per cent.

ATA chair Noe­lene Wat­son con­grat­u­lated Beer and Min­ers and thanked both out­go­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives Black and Smart for their con­tri­bu­tion to the ATA gen­eral coun­cil.

“Frank Black has a long record of ser­vice to the in­dus­try and the ATA, hav­ing served as the own­er­driver rep­re­sen­ta­tive from 2003 to 2009, and again from 2011 to 2017,” Wat­son says.

“Leigh Smart also has an ac­tive record of ser­vice to the in­dus­try, and has served as the small fleet op­er­a­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tive from 2015 to 2017.

“Leigh Smart’s com­pany, For­mula Chem­i­cals, was a fi­nal­ist in the pres­ti­gious Australian Road Safety Awards for rais­ing road safety aware­ness with school chil­dren and the wider com­mu­nity.

“I thank Frank, Leigh, and Gor­don Mackin­lay for putting their hands up in this elec­tion, and their will­ing­ness to sup­port and con­trib­ute to the in­dus­try.”

John Beer has been elected as the owner-driver rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the ATA gen­eral coun­cil

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