Beer topples Black in ATA election
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