New Trucking Australia 2013 concept successful

The Australian Trucking Association's Trucking Australia 2013 event saw a record crowd of more than 360 delegates turn out to picturesque Hamilton Island on the weekend.

According to the ATA, the event was the most successful industry gathering since the ATA conference on the Gold Coast in 2006 – not only because of the attractive location, but more so because of an entirely new concept.

Trucking Australia 2013 featured open forums where delegates were able to get involved and help the association develop an industry action plan covering the Carbon Tax and road charges, safety, as well as getting more women and young people into the industry.

According to ATA Chairman David Simon, it was the most interactive conference ever. For instance, delegates were able to contribute from the floor or by using a live Twitter feed to post their contributions straight onto the event displays during the event.

“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,” said Simon.

One lucky delegate who was able to experience the event for free was John Heggart, Managing Director of Warragul-based family business John Heggart Transport. A long-standing BP Plus account holder, John was drawn from those who entered the BP/ Prime Mover competition last month and brought his wife Lisa up to Hamilton Island to join ATA members in discussing the most pressing industry issues.

“It was a great event and a good opportunity to catch up with other operators in the industry. It’s an election year so there is certainly a lot to talk about,” he said. “The regulations in our industry change all the time so I think it’s important to stay up-to-date and exchange your thoughts with others in the industry. The ATA created just the right atmosphere to do so.”

Image: Warwick Lloyd, B2B Communications Manager at BP, congratulates John and Lisa Heggart on winning the BP/ Prime Mover competition. 


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