ATA Convention reaches capacity

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) have announced their annual convention, this year rebranded as Trucking Australia 2013, has sold out and the industry peak body has closed registrations. The ATA said this is the biggest attendance at a convention since their event in 2006, held on the Gold Coast and reported to have attracted over 700 delegates.

“It’s been fantastic to have such a great response from our industry, and I look forward to seeing all our delegates on Hamilton Island in a few weeks,” said David Simon, ATA Chairman. “Trucking Australia 2013 will feature open forums where delegates will develop industry action plans covering the carbon tax and road charges, safety, and getting more women and young people into the industry.

“Every registered delegate has now received an email survey to make sure the forums concentrate on their key priorities. During the event, delegates will be able to contribute from the floor or by using our live Twitter feed to post their contributions straight onto the event displays. We’ve gone all out to make sure our delegates get every chance to have their say and make a difference to the industry’s future.”

This year's convention is planned to have a more open style than the past with many of the sessions being run as open forums with discussion opened up to the floor There will also be a session where delegates get together to save a fictitious transport operation, as a group.

As usual the National Trucking Industry Awards will be announced at the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Dinner on the Friday night. Awards up for grabs include the Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry Award, the National Professional Driver of the Year, the Trucking Industry Woman of the Year and the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award.

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