VTA State Conference

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) will hold its 2012 State Conference on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 May at the Novotel Forest Resort, Creswick.

The association has released further information on its program, which aims to demonstrate how businesses can improve productivity, profitability, safety and compliance.

VTA Chief Executive, Philip Lovel AM, said that the program will bring experts from the industry and government together to provide practical and important advice and information.

“Unlike other conferences that concentrate on the ivory-tower policy debate, the VTA State Conference is designed as a ‘working conference’, with strong delegate participation, feedback and Q&A in the program,” he said.

“Given the challenging times ahead for the transport and logistics industry, this conference will deliver invaluable advice and insight into what the future holds, and how to deal with the challenges businesses face.”

The program will feature several key speakers from the industry.

Managing Director of Qube Logistics, Maurice James will speak on Day 2 in the ‘Future Logistics Solutions’ session. Qube Logistics has major plans for port-related intermodal operations in Victoria and NSW. Mr James will outline the Qube vision, and how enhanced intermodal operations will contribute to the future of the container trades through the Port of Melbourne and Port Botany.

Brendan Richards, Partner, Ferrier Hodgson will host the ‘Improving Productivity & Profitability’ session on day one. Mr Richards will lead an expert panel of speakers on dealing with rising costs and tightening credit.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Edward O’Donohue MLC, will also be attending the Conference Dinner.

The latest technology solutions will be showcased on day one, with presentations on electronic compliance solutions, in-vehicle camera technology to enhance safety (Drive Cam), empty container management and information visibility through Containerchain, and the latest in trailer technologies by Maxitrans.

Safety and compliance are key topics for the event and senior representatives from VicRoads, Victoria Police and WorkSafe Victoria will be exchanging information and views with industry representatives on safety enforcement strategies and compliance trends.

On day two, topics covered will include managing people, including skill development, training and industrial relations.

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