The Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association of NSW reckons they have pulled off quite a coup with the decision by Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce to get involved with the up coming LBCA Conference in Tamworth on March 6-8. The controversial National Party politician will join Coalition colleague, Warren Truss, Federal Transport and Infrastructure Minister, as well as Duncan Gay, NSW Minister of Roads, at the event. Joyce is booked in to address the conference and also take part in an open question and answer session when delegates can quiz him over the government’s agriculture policy and its implications for the livestock and bulk hauling industry.
The conference will also be an opportunity to quiz the responsible person on a number of the major issues facing the trucking industry at the moment. The controversy surrounding the Cootes prosecutions fall under the remit of Peter Wells, NSW RMS Director Customer and Compliance, and Paul Endycott, General Manager Compliance Operations Branch RMS, both of whom are central figures as the fallout from the Mona Vale accident continues. Gay, Wells and Endycott will all be on the dais at Tamworth and answering delegate questions.
The other figure delegates may have a couple of questions for is the CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Richard Hancock. The permit debacle which has played out in recent weeks will still be fresh in the minds of many operators and some tough questions are sure to be asked. Hancock has never shied away from engaging one on one with the trucking industry and he has been present at just about every major event in the trucking industry since his appointment.