Driving Heart Health Project

Driving Heart Health Project

The Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) has been allocated heavy vehicle safety funding for the Driving Heart Health Project to improve the health and wellbeing of Australian truck drivers. Read more

Safety Initiative funding announced

Safety Initiative Funding Announced

Round Five of the Australian Government’s Heavy Vehicle Safety Initiative funding announced this week will provide 26 projects, aimed at saving lives and reducing road trauma, with a share of the latest $5.9 million to be pledged to the initiative. Read more

lack of sufficient rest areas on our highways

Lack of Sufficient Rest Areas on Our Highways

Gary Mahon, Queensland Trucking Association CEO, sparked off a round of applause at the NatRoad Conference, when he was talking about the lack of sufficient rest areas on our highways and suggesting a solution which might help drivers who cannot find a decent place to rest.  Read more

Australia’s first regional toll road opens

Australia’s First Regional Toll Road Opens

There was some relief for Queensland trucking operators, when the announcement about when Australia’s first regional toll road opens was made by the Queensland Government. The statement about the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) also announced the level of tolls which will be charged to trucks using the new road. Read more

Talking Turkey, Talking Footy

The CEO of the Queensland Trucking Association, Gary Mahon, was talking turkey, talking footy when he decided to draw out a long analogy between playing football and the road ahead for the trucking industry in a recent speech.

“The purpose of football is fairly straightforward,” said Mahon. “It’s to get a bag full of air and put it over a line. It’s amazing how many people can make that as complicated as you could possibly think, but the reality is, that is the purpose. Read more

Training Initiative in Queensland on Tour

A training initiative in Queensland, VET 4 T&L, is holding a series of information events all across the state over the next three months. The initiative has been set up through the Queensland Trucking Association as part of the VET Industry Engagement Program and is funded by the Queensland Department of Education and Training.

Its remit is to support ongoing reform and operations of the vocational education and training system in the state by providing services based on the establishment and maintenance of industry networks. These provide two-way connectivity between the vocational education and training (VET) system and the transport and logistics industry, including Road, Rail, Logistics, Maritime & Aviation. The Queensland Government recently increased spending in the vocational training area by $56 million, taking it well over $800 million per annum. Read more

Change at the Top in Queensland

The Queensland Trucking association has announced the resignation of its CEO, to take place later this year. Peter Garske had tendered his resignation to the QTA’s Board of Directors Meeting held on February 9.

“The QTA Board of Directors has accepted Peter’s resignation acknowledging his significant contribution across 20 years of service to the Board and the Association’s members” said Ben Almond, QTA President. “The date of effect will be determined by a process of advertising, recruitment and transition of an appointee to replace him as Chief Executive Officer of the Association.” Read more

Toowoomba toll talk

Here is a fly-through made of the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing to show its route up the range and around the city’s north. The new 41 km route will improve freight times and costs for the increasing truck traffic heading west from Brisbane towards the Darling Downs and further west into the rest of Queensland. It will also considerably reduce the truck traffic, which currently passes straight through the centre of the city. Read more

Award night for QTA

At the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) Awards night a celebration of trucking in Queensland saw a wide range of individuals and operators receiving honours.

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