2015 CONFERENCE OVERVIEW
The conference was, once again, used to great effect to discuss the LBCA work program for 2015/16. The priority work areas are:
Access: Higher productivity vehicle access to the farm gate
– Improvements to the Grain Harvest Management Scheme
– Several industry-wide standards or codes are needed, including a code of practice for receival sites, a code of practice for overloaded trucks and a standard code system for weighbridges
– An industry–wide solution for managing effluent during transportation
– Increasing the take up of the Livestock Loading Scheme
For progress on priority work areas, please keep an eye on the LBCA Weekly Newsletter which is sent by email.
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Duncan Gay, opened the conference and addressed the crowd. The Minister delivered good news about the Fixing Country Roads funding program and provided updates on progress with a number of issues. Many guest speakers from regulators, government and industry also attended the conference to discuss issues and share their expertise.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator CEO, Sal Petroccitto, announced the establishment of the NHVR Livestock and Rural Transport Industry Group as a part of a major revamp of the way the Regulator listens to and talks with industry.
NSW agencies Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) also took to the stage and contributed to a number of discussions around access, enforcement and bulk and livestock specific issues.
Jindabyne was an un-tested venue for the LBCA but it well and truly delivered. All events were held under one roof and presented a fantastic opportunity to run a great Partners Program. The bar has been set very high for future conference venues.
LBCA sponsors are always integral to the success of any conference. The ongoing support from our Blue Ribbon Sponsors – Viva Energy, AEI Austbrokers, Cummins, Beaurepaires, NTI, Paccar and Rytrans as well as all our many returning and new sponsors – play a big role in our conference and the success of the LBCA throughout the year. See below for details of all 2015 conference sponsors.
The Association celebrated two very special awards during the 2015 conference. Congratulations to the newest LBCA Life Member, Barney Hayes. Barney made a huge impact in the industry during his time as President and many of the recent achievements are connected to Barney’s time in the seat – including the Livestock Loading Scheme and Grain Harvest Management Schemes.
The second award presented during the conference was a new one, the LBCA Young Driver of the Year Award. Congratulations Raymond Reggie Sutton on being named the very first LBCA Young Driver of the Year. The judges commented that the quality of applications in this inaugural year was very high. Reggie, a driver for Dawsons in Wagga Wagga, received a trip to the USA to the value of $5000 and was also nominated as the newest LBCA committee member.
THANK YOU TO ALL 2015 CONFERENCE SPONSORS