Mount Panorama in Bathurst is the location of a get together for the rural transport sector in New South Wales. The Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association of New South Wales reckons around 220 delegates will be attending the 2016 LBCA Conference on March 4 and 5.
The conference will see the awarding of the LBCA’s Young Driver of the Year for 2016, given to a young member of the industry who has demonstrated a best practice approach to driving and safety. The award includes a $5,000 trip to the USA.
Delegates will be greeted by a line up of speakers in a series of focused interactive sessions including:
- Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads as well as Paul Toole NSW Minister for Local Government
- Sal Petroccitto, CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator
- Paul Retter, CEO of the National Transport Commission
- Mark Mason, Managing Director of Ceres Agriculture, which runs over 14 properties and delivers 100,000 grain fed cattle to processing plants each year
- Peter Wells, Director Safety and Compliance at NSW Roads and Maritime Services
- Paul Endycott, General Manager Compliance Operations NSW RMS
- Frederick Horst, Principal Manager Freight Strategy for Transport for NSW.
- In addition, a number of other key advisers will take part in the conference.
Sessions on the program will cover a number of topics, relevant to rural transport, including road access, freight strategy and funding, chain of responsibility and vehicle maintenance, the state of play moving towards a national regulatory framework for heavy vehicles and proposed New South Wales Council mergers.
Another topic for delegates to discuss will be the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal and the latest RSRT Order concerning payments to owner driver sub-contractors, in the light of a recent briefing by the tribunal’s Jennifer Acton.
She outlined the agenda for the RSRT into the future, including getting rid of part load and back load rates, as well as, enquiries for those in the trucking industry who wish to protest at the RSRT. Acton stated, any resistance to this agenda will be characterised as promoting unsafe business practice by the industry.
Major road transport operators who will be in attendance include Gordon Martin of Martin’s Transport, Robert Cavanagh from Stockmaster, Mick McCulloch of McCulloch Bulk Haulage, Russell Tate of Deniliquin Freighters, Doug Short of Trans Bulk Haulage, Jim Reardon of Reardon Grain Services and Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport.