Resolutions from NatRoad conference

Since our 2014 conference, we as have had a year of significant change and development. An impressive list of keynote speakers delivered important updates from key Government and industry bodies, inspirational addresses and strategic business advice to assist delegates in all aspects of their businesses. Members endorsed a new National Council, with Geoff Crouch stepping down as President after four years and as a member of the Council for eight years. 

Once again, a highlight of our conference was the NatRoad Parliament session, which allowed attendees to discuss and adopt motions from our freight specific delegate forums. This then sets the policy position of NatRoad in a number of areas of importance to the road transport sector.

In total, 25 resolutions were adopted by members, which will form our strategic policy program over the next 12 months. Key resolutions adopted include:

• That NatRoad investigates the attempts by some sectors of the industry to extend term-of-payment length at the expense of transport operators’ ability to safely conduct business. (NatRoad to lobby in conjunction with ATA, the Federal Parliament and refer to Minister for Small Business);
• That NatRoad works in with Grain Trade Australia to push for the provision of adequate clean out bays to avoid contamination of roadways and rest areas;
• That NatRoad seeks clarification from the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) regarding broad-based concern about inconsistent interpretation and application of infringements and defects by various regulatory authorities;
• That NatRoad pursues the national harmonisation of tow truck access permits, based on the NSW access permit model, with the NHVR taking a lead role in this process;
• That NatRoad approaches the National Transport Commission (NTC) and the NHVR regarding practical advice on how to effectively and practically comply with the requirements of WH&S and CoR laws and, commences lobbying distribution centres regarding the cost and regulatory implications of the various WH&S site access schemes that road transport operators are increasingly required to comply with, with the aim of exploring the need for a national approach to addressing these issues;
• That NatRoad investigates the development and execution of a marketing strategy that both improves industry perception and increases membership of the Youth Forum;
• That NatRoad investigates a process for reviewing work place related injuries, including a requirement that the doctor, prior to considering issuing a worker’s compensation certificate should consider a employers incident report prior to determining the injury is work related.

The Conference attracted a record number of sponsors and exhibitors, who provided delegates with the opportunity to speak directly with suppliers, network with like-minded individuals and also allow exhibitors to showcase their products at a key transport industry event.

The MaxiTRANS and Thermo King Auction Dinner was a great success, with many fantastic items donated from our various sponsors and exhibitors. Congratulations to Errol and Melanie Cosgrove from SRV Roadfreight who were the successful bidders of the Freighter Heavy Duty Drop Deck Semi-Trailer and Scott Davidson from Queensland Meat Carrier who purchased the “Black Panther” Thermo King fridge unit. I’d also like to thank all the spirited bidders for the other items offered on the night. The combined effort of these members contributed to a very successful auction. The Cummins and PACCAR & PACCAR Dealer Group Gala Dinner saw an exciting closing event to the 2015 Conference, with entertainment from comedian Tom Gleeson, as well as a fantastic commentary from our MC Max ‘Tangles’ Walker.

The National Transport Insurance Awards Lunch was again a great success, with our three award recipients representing great achievement within the transport industry. Garry McVey from McVeys Transport won the Professional Driver of the Year Award, Chloe Rimmington from NQX Toll received the Transport Youth Award and Kerry Sheehan from Divall’s Earthmoving and Bulk Haulage took home the Excellence in Operations Support Award.

NatRoad’s most prestigious award, the Ted Pickering Memorial Award, was awarded to Nola Bransgrove OAM and was presented at the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night. Nola’s impressive and substantial contribution to the road transport industry over the years made her a very worthy recipient of the award.

If you wish to obtain further information about the resolutions adopted at the conference or any other information about the conference please contact our Secretariat. I look forward to seeing everyone again in Cairns from 18-20 August 2016.

Column written by new NatRoad President, Allan Thornley.

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