In­dus­try Voice

Truck­ing Aus­tralia is a shin­ing mo­ment for the truck­ing in­dus­try’s finest

Australian Transport News - - Contents - Ge­off Crouch is chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Ge­off Crouch

Cel­e­brat­ing the ac­com­plish­ments of the in­dus­try’s best peo­ple

W ithout trucks, Aus­tralia stops. This was the re­sound­ing mes­sage at the ATA’s an­nual Truck­ing Aus­tralia con­fer­ence, held in Can­berra in April. This con­fer­ence was our most en­gag­ing and in­no­va­tive yet, as we wel­comed more than 500 del­e­gates to take part in in­for­ma­tive ses­sions, in­valu­able work­shops, the ATA safety sum­mit and net­work­ing events.

The cal­i­bre of speak­ers was sec­ond to none as we wel­comed the gov­er­nor­gen­eral Peter Cos­grove and deputy prime min­is­ter Michael McCor­mack, as well as dozens of in­dus­try ex­perts de­liv­er­ing the con­tent on the is­sues that mat­ter most.

The en­gage­ment and pas­sion demon­strated by del­e­gates in these ses­sions was a re­minder of how im­por­tant our in­dus­try’s vi­a­bil­ity is to not only in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses at the coal face, but Aus­tralia as a whole.

Truck­ing holds the Aus­tralian econ­omy to­gether. Aus­tralia is home to the fifth­largest freight task in the world, and it’s es­ti­mated that ev­ery 1 per cent in­crease in ef­fi­ciency in trans­port and lo­gis­tics boosts GDP by $1 bil­lion. With­out trucks, Aus­tralia stops. But more im­por­tantly, with­out hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses, there are no trucks.

Some of the in­dus­try’s finest were recog­nised dur­ing the con­fer­ence with the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2018 Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Awards. Each has demon­strated ex­cep­tional ded­i­ca­tion, go­ing above and be­yond to im­prove their work­place and con­trib­ute to the in­dus­try.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Frasers Live­stock Trans­port, Ross Fraser OAM, was recog­nised for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion, hav­ing been in­volved in the in­dus­try for more than 50 years as a found­ing mem­ber of the ALRTA and LTAQ. Ross is for­mer chair and di­rec­tor of the ATA, and con­tin­ues to be a mem­ber of the ATA Coun­cil.

The Truck­ing In­dus­try Woman of the Year Award was pre­sented to Belinda Pol­glase of All Pur­pose Trans­port. Belinda has worked in a range of roles, in­clud­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion of ‘Project APT’, an ini­tia­tive to skill the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s en­tire work­force in a Cer­tifi­cate III or higher na­tion­ally recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Fam­ily-owned com­pany Brown and Hur­ley was recog­nised for na­tional train­ing ex­cel­lence, as it places train­ing as one of its core val­ues. The com­pany has been de­liv­er­ing in-house tech­ni­cal train­ing since 2008, be­fore open­ing a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity equipped with com­puter sta­tions, cer­ti­fied train­ers and train­ing shop.

Grand­fa­ther of nine Barry Fitzger­ald of Bo­ral Lo­gis­tics was named Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year, hav­ing kept an un­blem­ished pro­fes­sional driv­ing record for more than 45 years. Barry is ded­i­cated to driver safety and ed­u­ca­tion.

The Truck­Safe John Kelly Memo­rial Award was re­ceived by JJ Law­son Trans­port, a Truck­Safe mem­ber since 2002. JJ Law­son has highly trained staff, and also won an Im­port Ex­port In­dus­try Award for Best SME Freight For­warder/ Cus­toms Bro­ker in 2011 and 2012.

The fi­nal award pre­sented on the evening – the Don Wat­son Memo­rial Award – was awarded to Frances Ross of R& A Ross Trans­port. Frances is com­mit­ted to help­ing oth­ers and has taken part in the i98FM Illawarra Con­voy since 2005, help­ing raise $11.5 mil­lion for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Frances was the first ever woman to re­ceive this award. It brought the house down.

While it is im­por­tant to recog­nise not only these win­ners and the award fi­nal­ists, I ac­knowl­edge the com­mit­ment of ev­ery sin­gle per­son around the coun­try who has ded­i­cated their time and skills to en­sure the truck­ing in­dus­try has a fu­ture. Ev­ery oper­a­tor, man­u­fac­turer, owner, man­ager, me­chanic and ad­min­is­tra­tor in­volved in trans­port has a role to play.

I look for­ward to wel­com­ing our del­e­gates to Perth next year for Truck­ing Aus­tralia 2019.

“Aus­tralia is home to the fifth-largest freight task in the world”

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