Advocacy Pays Off
Now running as an annual conference, we upsized to the Waterside venue at Bicentennial Park, focusing on the current economic climate and the challenges facing the industry, looking for ways to increase productivity and efficiency.
It was fun and informative day of speakers at this years conference, We heard from Sal Petroccitto at the NHVR about their latest work in NSW, while Senator Glenn Sterle spoke to us about the federal Inquiry into Transport he had started, with an emphasis on ensuring increasing profitable businesses in the industry.
Alan Beacham from Toll spoke about challenges of the Toll business over the last few years and Brent Ferguson moderated a round table on the challenges facing freight businesses. Our new Chair Leigh Smart gave an insight into the rest areas within the Sydney metro region while Nick Zovko from Chemistry Australia spoke on the hurdles involved in carrying Dangerous Goods.
Joshua Carter is the owner and Managing Director of Carter Heavy Haulage & Transport Pty Ltd. Josh grew up around the transport industry, learning to drive a truck way before the legal age. Josh now has a fleet of seven prime movers and twelve trailers including floats, a tilt tray, dollies and dangerous goods tankers and employees nine workers. Josh has an enviable driving record and is an incredibly grounded person who is highly regarded in the transport industry and the general community.
Candice is exceptionally brave, resilient, positive and gritty and has been working as a truck driver at VISA Global Logistics. She is Australia’s only profoundly deaf female road train driver and is the first deaf woman to drive super B-Doubles in Australia. Candice has faced a multitude of challenges personally and professionally because of her deafness but continues to be a strong role model, currently working with Deaf Australia and other groups to train the next generation of truck drivers in Australia.
Chris Mangan is the Director of Mangan Haulage. Chris introduced a dedicated Operations Assistant to monitor and report on the fleet and drivers which helps manage placement and fatigue. He has also been responsible for transitioning the fleet to 23m B-Doubles, lowering load height, increasing stability and providing a safer unit for the drivers and the public. These safety measures have been implemented to ensure a strong network of qualified and experienced drivers.
Scott Walker is the National Transport Manager at VISA Global Logistics, Australia’s largest privately-owned global logistics company. Scott leads a team of over 150 staff nationwide and also manages the operations of 600 trucks and trailers across Australia and New Zealand.
It is through Scott’s hands on approach to management and 25 years worth of industry experience that Scott continues to hone his technical knowledge in maintenance and safety issues.
Lindsay King is the Managing Director of Trans-king Innovations and he began his career as a mechanic in 1968, working in the car industry. During this time, he was introduced to trucks beginning his love affair with Road Transport. Trans-king has created innovative products that will help the ever growing need for a safer transport industry. Their award-winning world first products are designed here in Australia have now been accepted and adopted by many of leading transport companies.