Your West­ern Roads Fed­er­a­tion

New group fight­ing for WA road users

Big Rigs - - TASSIE TRUCKIN’ WITH JON WALLIS -

WEST­ERN Aus­tralian road transport op­er­a­tor and com­mer­cial road users have united to cre­ate the West­ern Roads Fed­er­a­tion.

The new as­so­ci­a­tion, which is made up of the now re­placed West­ern Aus­tralian Roads Transport As­so­ci­a­tion, aims to focus on the needs of in­dus­tries de­pen­dent on road transport.

As one of the largest com­bined sec­tors of the WA econ­omy, the mem­bers of the fledg­ling groups found their con­cerns and is­sues were not be­ing ef­fec­tively and pro­fes­sion­ally rep­re­sented.

“Re­gard­less of whether it’s a courier van, crane, garbage truck or a road train, the is­sues are fun­da­men­tally the same – im­proved pro­duc­tiv­ity and safety through greater ac­cess, in­vest­ment and recog­ni­tion of the crit­i­cal im­por­tance of roads to the econ­omy,” West­ern Roads Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cam Dumesny said.

The fed­er­a­tion’s new mem­ber­ship, made up of small and mid-sized truck­ing com­pa­nies, hopes to pro­vide a value propo­si­tion to the larger-scale in­te­grated lo­gis­tics providers.

“We seek to en­gage with gov­ern­ment, with the MRD, with lo­cal gov­ern­ment, as well as fed­eral reg­u­la­tors that im­pact on the WA transport task, to en­sure that the in­dus­try’s in­ter­ests and needs are con­sid­ered when transport plan­ning is be­ing un­der­taken, when rules and reg­u­la­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered, and when we be­lieve our voice needs to be heard,” chair­man Craig Smith-Gan­der said.

Mr Smith-Gan­der said he was first keen to get in­volved when he saw the lack of lob­by­ing on be­half of road users as the Roe 8 de­bate in Perth was played out in the me­dia.

“We need strong rep­re­sen­ta­tion and I am look­ing for­ward to the WRF pro­vid­ing that lead­er­ship,” he said.

PHOTO: WRF

NEW TEAM: WRF heavy haulage industry mem­bers met to help the Cham­ber of Com­merce and Industry of West­ern Aus­tralia iden­tify is­sues with over­size and over­mass bar­ri­ers.

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