In the news this week we have a selection of awards, seatbelts and regional funding, alongside intermodal development in Sydney.
The Australian Trucking Association announced the three finalists for the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award. They are, Cade Robinson, Borg Manufacturing, Somersby, NSW, Scott Gardiner, Star Track, Minchinbury, NSW and Dale Hedley, Vellex, Wetherill Park, NSW.
The Craig Roseneder Award recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the workshop by an individual, and celebrates the professionalism of the men and women who work behind the scenes in the trucking industry’s workshops.
“The award is named in honour of the late Craig Roseneder, who was devoted to the development of a safer road transport industry,” said Noelene Watson, ATA Chair. “These three finalists are outstanding in their field and demonstrate a high level of safety, expertise and professionalism.”
The Federal Government has announced the list of projects that will receive funding under Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund. 67 projects will receive a total of $126 million in new funding.
Federal funding has been provided for upgrades to two regional livestock exchanges. The Central West Livestock Exchange in Forbes has received $1.5 million towards a $3.4 million project to lift capacity from 1,800 cattle a day to 2,600. Swan Hill Regional Livestock Exchange has received and additional $900,000 towards a $1.7 million project to promote faster and larger turnover that includes reference to minimising fatigue for transporters.
An additional $250,000 has now been allocated for the construction of a new truck wash in Powranna, Tasmania in addition to the $247,000 already committed by the Tasmanian Government.
The ATA released a new safety alert to highlight the availability of truck suspension seats with integrated belts. ATA Senior Adviser, Engineering, Chris Loose said an integrated seatbelt with the driver’s suspension seat would comfortably secure the driver and in an event of a crash, reduce the consequences.
When asked, the common response for not wearing a seatbelt when driving a heavy vehicle was that drivers considered them uncomfortable. This is historically due to the use of suspension seats with cab mounted belts locking during driving over rough roads.
It was awards time for the Queensland Trucking Association, with Followmont Transport winning two awards. Their driver Russell McCulloch won the Professional Driver of the Year award, and Followmont also received the Industry Excellence Award.
Other awards included, Daryl Dickenson Transport who received the Industry Safety Award, while Taylor’s Removals and Storage were presented with the People Leadership Awards. As featured in the September/October edition of Diesel Magazine, Zoe Bull, from Cummins South Pacific was named the Young Achiever of the Year. After a lifetime’s dedication to the trucking industry, Merry Manton, from NTI Roadteam got the gong for Trucking Woman of the Year.
“The announcement that Moorebank has been added to the Infrastructure Priority List is an important step towards improving freight efficiency in Sydney,” said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “Inclusion on the Priority List reinforces Moorebank’s status as a nationally significant infrastructure project and will help to ensure it is prioritised by governments in their investment and policy decisions.
“Moorebank is critical to Sydney’s freight future as it will support the more efficient movement of freight to and from Port Botany. Once fully operational, it will also connect to the national road/rail network, and in so doing, provide a much needed boost to national freight efficiency.”