Much happening in the transport world
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.