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Driver’s request for feedlot operators ‘Don’t turn us away’ A DARLING Downs truck driver has questioned the safety practices of feedlots when it comes to accepting overloaded trucks. The driver, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said it was apparently policy at Mort and Co feedlots at Grassdale at Dalby and Pinegrove at Millmerran to turn away overloaded vehicles. While he acknowledged that drivers should not be arriving at feedlots overloaded, he said the feedlots should not be turning the drivers away. He said signage at both feedlots told drivers: “We do not have to unload a non-compliant truck.” “Operators may indicate that we have to unload them, rather than send them back out,” it continued. “This is not the case. The operator of the truck is responsible for ensuring they are loaded and operating below the maximum legal limit. “They travelled to us heavy, they can travel away from us heavy if they can’t hit the weight.” While he had not been turned away, the driver said he knew of a truckie who arrived at Pinegrove a

couple of months ago and was 200kg over the limit. “That’s not a fineable offence and they sent him back out on to the highway, it’s about a 2km-long driveway and they wouldn’t let him split up inside to make it lsegal,” he said. “They sent him back to the main road to an area to split up the B-double, and that’s against the law.” The driver, an owner-operator who had been in the industry for 46 years, said “something needed to be done” about the situation. He suggested instead of turning the overloaded trucks away, that drivers were given several warnings before being told they were not able to unload or be fined. He said he had contacted the feedlot and told them about his concerns. Mort and Co did not return several requests for comment. A Transport and Main Roads spokesperson said they were working with Queensland’s grain receivers, transport operators and the NHVR to ensure there was a clear understanding about loading and mass compliance responsibilities. “TMR has been in recent

OVERLOADING ISSUE: Some trucks have been turned away from feedlots. contact with the industry to minimise the recurrence of loads being turned away from feedlot receival points when they are overloaded,” the spokesperson said. “We have become aware of a small number of grain transport operators recently being turned away from some feedlots in the Darling Downs area due to potential overloading. “It is understood that these operators were transporting grain from the Port of Brisbane. “We do not condone overloaded heavy vehicles being turned back on to the road network from a grain receival point. “This action potentially raises road safety and infrastructure damage risks.” TMR said the preferred approach would be the load was accepted and the excess portion of the load forfeited, so there was no incentive to overload. The spokesperson said there was no legal obligation for a grain receival point to accept a load as a private


The sign at the feedlot. commercial entity. “In the context of Chain of Responsibility legislation, it is highly unlikely that a receival point would be found liable for an overloading offence if they had no controlling influence over the transport activity prior to the load reaching their premises,” they said. The spokesperson said the penalties faced for drivers who were overloaded depended on the magnitude of non-compliance when weighed at the roadside. “In some instances, these infringements could result in a magistrates court appearance in severe overloading situations,” the


They sent him back out on to the highway, it’s about a 2km-long driveway and they wouldn’t let him split up inside to make it legal. spokesperson said. “For example, 120 per cent of regulated mass limits is considered a severe overload.” Offences against loading requirements were

contained in the Heavy Vehicle National Law Act 2012 and could potentially incur a maximum penalty of up to $10,000, the spokesperson said. The spokesperson said it would be unusual for TMR to be involved when an overloaded grain truck arrived at a feedlot, unless there were circumstances raised by the feedlot that would require attendance at the facility – for example, numerous overloading events by one transport operator. A National Heavy Vehicle Regulator spokeswoman said the issue was being investigated.

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Business fuels up the region Westlink Petroleum gives back to the community

AFTER starting out with one truck in 2010, Westlink Petroleum has grown to be a company upon which the South Burnett is proud to rely on. The business was started by Dan Kreutzer, who has been in the fuel industry for the past 40 years. After previously driving trucks for his father, he eventually found an opportunity to grow from just transporting fuel to the region to building Westlink Petroleum as it is today. Now boasting a team of four administration workers, 14 drivers and 11 trucks, Westlink Petroleum is a local business that operates successfully and helps fund local causes where possible. This includes sponsoring events including the Wondai Sprints, BaconFest, and the Mayor’s Ball every couple of years. According to Westlink Petroleum’s Kath Driver, Mr

Kreutzer prioritises employing locals, with his depot and office based in the South Burnett. “We distribute to service stations around the region, but we also travel around the Burnett to sell diesel and petrol to other businesses and farms,” she said. Ms Driver said their work didn’t stop, making sure to cover not only the South Burnett, but also across the whole of Southeast Queensland. “We pride ourselves on our customer service,” Ms Driver said. “Many fuel companies that supplied to the area have gradually pulled out from providing daily services to weekly, but not us. We provide daily and structure the route depending on who needs it at the time.” Ms Driver said that locally, they went from Kingaroy in a radius covering the South Burnett six days a week.

CUSTOMER SERVICE IS KEY: Westlink Petroleum delivers across the Burnett. This included transporting fuel to farmers who needed it in the wider rural region. “The farmers value that because we can provide them a daily fuel price that’s

based on an updated terminal gate price, as well as also telling them the price of fuel for the next day,” she said. Ms Driver believes this is


important as farmers in the area place great importance on budgeting in tough times. Despite their busy schedule, Ms Driver said, as customer service is their

priority, if someone in the region is desperate for fuel Westlink Petroleum will go out of their way to accommodate them as best as they can.

With a fleet of 11 trucks, trailers and 15 drivers Westlink has earned the reputation of reliability and professionalism in the fuel industry.

Westlink prides itself on personal services from ordering through to delivery.

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READY TO ROLL: Rick's Tilt & Scrap can help with your farming and machinery transport needs. PHOTOS: CONTRIBUTED

Quality gear backed by years of experience REVIEW: Austroads is considering the framework for heavy vehicle driver competency in regards to licensing. PHOTO: AUSTROADS

Austroads calls for a licensing overhaul Framework, the deliberations of the Senate Committee and industry feedback, Austroads has continued its investigation and program of work in pursuit of improvements to heavy vehicle licensing and safety. Austroads commissioned a project to review the framework overall, taking into account international practice and adult learning and human factors, review and update the Licence to Drive units that underpin the framework and review the current heavy vehicle progression structure, compare it to other structures and develop options. Some findings for consideration include: ■ Strengthening the Licence to Drive units of competency and assessment particularly in areas of: Safe vehicle

operating practice with a focus on the development of cognitive skills such as hazard awareness and response; driving under and responding to a broad range of road conditions; Vehicle systems; Loading. ■ Development of standardised training and assessment material to support the delivery of Licence to Drive units, including potential development of computer-based training modules to support skill development and assessment in safe vehicle operating practice. ■ Consideration of minimum supervised hours of experience as part of heavy vehicle licensing. This is based on research findings which point to the positive increases in technical driving skill which flow from experience. Best

practice overseas training programs also point to the importance of experience as part of learning. ■ Further investigation, with potential trials, of alternatives to the current progressive heavy vehicle licensing arrangements, noting the importance of maintaining a focus on road safety and supporting evidence-based decision making in any change to licensing arrangements. ■ Examination of currently existing programs and processes. A review of these programs and the safety record of participants would be expected to inform discussion on any potential alternatives to the current heavy vehicle licensing progression. Austroads will consider the findings and develop a program of work that will be progressed during 2019-20.

He also is a buyer and transporter of scrap metal, and said nothing was too bug or small – from car bodies to farm clean-ups. Mr Henningsen said he travelled a bit further than others in Kingaroy and tried to service people in the broader region as best as he could. As an example, Mr Henningsen does a weekly service through Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast, and can travel right up to Rockhampton, out to Roma, and into Northern New South Wales as well. “I have a lot of very loyal customers, especially within Kingaroy’s machinery industry with Ken Mills and Wooroolin Machinery,” he said. “It’s a great little business thanks to the customers, so I try to help them out as best as I can.” If you’re requiring help with transportation, call Rick’s Tilt & Scrap on 0409 276 792 or 0437 955 095.

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AUSTROADS is reviewing the national framework for heavy vehicle driver competency with specific reference to licensing. In 2011 the Standing Committee on Transport endorsed the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework. This framework, in conjunction with the National Heavy Vehicle Assessment Guide, provides for minimum competencies and assessment to underpin heavy vehicle licensing and has been implemented, in various forms, in most Australian states and territories. In 2017, ministers asked Austroads to undertake a review of the framework. In response to the findings and recommendations of that review, the Review of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency

RICK Henningsen, owner of Rick’s Tilt & Scrap, has all your transportation service needs covered. Mr Henningsen has worked around trucks all his life and started his business five years ago, bringing years of experience to the South Burnett’s transportation industry. “I was ready and had the equipment to go out on my own,” he said. As well as offering on-the-job experience, he is also the only transporter in the South Burnett with a crane which accompanies his tilt tray and tilt trailer services. This crane means Mr Henningsen can handle all freight with care, while specialising in tractors, farm machinery, trucks, oversize loads, hay and palletised freight. Mr Henningsen is also involved in the buying and selling of 20ft containers, handling their cartage and can load two containers at a time.


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Transport firm puts clients first


Trucking team proud of quality customer service SOUTH Burnett Transport can cater to all of your transportation needs. According to owner Kayle Swindale, the business transports all types of freight. This includes cartons, palletised items, steel and timber, as well as machinery, bales of hay or cardboard, and even forklift hire, flat top work, and the use of drop decks with ramps. Ms Swindale said they also had loading and unloading facilities for your convenience, and they could carry small to large loads, with up to three metres oversize. According to Ms Swindale, they’re most popular for their general freight cartage, as well as cardboard, machinery and hay transportation. South Burnett Transport not only covers the Kingaroy and surrounding areas, but also provides a daily service to Brisbane.

It also transports to Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone, Calliope, Tannum Sands, Bororen, Bundaberg, Childers, Biggenden, Gayndah, Mundubbera, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Gympie and Toowoomba. To cover this ground, the business has 12 employees, 10 of whom are local to the South Burnett. The team works with a fleet consisting of prime movers, tautliners, flat tops, floats, body trucks and transportable moffetts (forklifts). Ms Swindale said South Burnett Transport was established back in 1994, before purchasing Flemming Transport in 1996 and later purchasing Kingaroy Haulage & Recycling in 2009. Due to State Government waste laws, they now have bins placed outside their recycling yard for cardboard recycling, based at 3 First Ave, Kingaroy, which the public can use.

READY TO ROLL: Look out for South Burnett Transport trucks on the road. From their many years working in the transport industry, the team at South Burnett Transport know

how to take care of clients. “We aim to provide a fast and efficient service to our customers. To be polite, on

time and take care of customers’ goods. To keep our customers happy,” Ms Swindale said.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED “We all go out of our way to help the customers, and we take pride in what we do.”

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Jury out on value of bypass Toll costs may cancel potential savings James Graham IT IS still too early to tell if the much-vaunted Toowoomba Second Range Crossing will have a bottom line pay-off for transport operators. That’s the message from South East Queensland Hauliers, one of the busiest users of the new $1.6 billion bypass which officially opened to traffic earlier this month. SEQH was part of the ribbon-cutting fanfare where Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack called the road the “eighth wonder of the modern world” but managing director Brett Plummer said he was reserving judgment on the road’s benefit to his business. “Check back with me in a month; for me the jury is still out,” he said.

Mr Plummer said he was still crunching the numbers on whether the time, fuel and maintenance savings on the TSRC would offset the $22.85 toll that will come into play after the initial three months of free use. On a slow month, his fleet’s toll bill from west of Toowoomba to the Port of Brisbane was already costing SEQH $50,000, he said. He did, however, concede he could see initial benefits of the bypass already on the score of improved safety and giving Toowoomba back to the Toowoomba people. “Going through Toowoomba, it was a mess, but that problem is now largely removed,” he said. Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said about 1000 trucks a day were now expected to use the once clogged James St rather

than the 3500 the city had been used to. “Rather than being a highway as it was, I think James St will be far more user-friendly to local people than it currently is,” Cr Antonio said. Queensland Trucking Association CEO Gary Mahon confirmed that all heavy vehicles over 4.5t (excluding motorhomes and buses) must use the Toowoomba Bypass unless drivers have a local destination in Toowoomba or need to access the New England Highway. Type 1 road trains and Performance Based Standards Level 3A networks will be extended to the eastern side of the Gatton interchange. A temporary short stay (two-hour) transfer facility has been developed at the Gatton interception sites on

BYPASS BENEFIT: Trucks like these on James St are a rarer site now the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing is open. PHOTO: KEVIN FARMER the Warrego Highway to help accommodate trailer transfers on to Brisbane. All type 1 road trains and Performance Based Standards Level 3A combinations must conform to complying B-doubles or

otherwise permitted combinations (for example, PBS A-double) before continuing travelling east of the transfer facility at Gatton. “We are working closely with the National Heavy

Vehicle Regulator to ensure vehicles operating under existing Heavy Vehicle National Law notices or permits will be able to access the Toowoomba Bypass without having to re-apply,” Mr Mahon said.

Truckies’ health is becoming an industry priority James Graham QUEENSLAND’S peak trucking body isn’t taking the latest research revelations about the health of the state’s truckies lying down. Dr Marguerite Sendall from QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation led a survey of 231 drivers aged between 20 and 71 and discovered around two-thirds of them are classified as obese, compared to one-third of the Australian population. But the Queensland Trucking Association has for a number of years promoted the importance of driver health and wellbeing and the

programs available through Workplace Health and Safety Qld. More recently, the QTA has engaged members with the University of Queensland’s Truck-Fit project that aims to improve the cardiovascular health of truck drivers, said CEO Gary Mahon. “In addition, as part of the Heavy Vehicle Safety Around Ports Project, we are calling for expressions of interest from businesses in the port precinct to participate in a comprehensive healthscreening assessment program using the Heart of Australia Corporate Health Initiative,” Mr Mahon said. The health-screening assessments will take place

through September and October. Visit the QTA website for more information. The screenings will form part of the project’s health and wellbeing initiatives that have so far included a flu vaccination program, skin check screenings and a partnership with SmartCap to deploy wearable headband devices that monitor alertness and provide alerts before micro sleeps occur. “The benefit of taking the services into the workplace is proving to be very successful with employees able to conveniently access them within their hours of work,” Mr Mahon said. Dr Sendall said workplace health promotion can

generate improvements in drivers’ health knowledge, behaviours and self-reported health outcomes, as well as ease the burden on our public health system. “Our research demonstrates a need for industry-wide adoption of this approach, along with some government incentives to encourage that Australia-wide,” she said. “Our previous research has suggested the use of social media and digital technologies as a health promotion intervention for truck drivers has potential.” Dr Sendall said she was collaborating with Brisbane-based Team Transport and Logistics to continue her push to help drivers make better choices

about their health behaviour. Meanwhile, the paper on the university’s findings, Truckies’ Nutrition and Physical Activity: A Cross-sectional Survey in Queensland, Australia, has just been published in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Australian Trucking Association’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Committee will also look to include health promotion and education in its Mental Health and Wellbeing strategy. “This strategy will consider how best to communicate with drivers to encourage healthy food options and increased

physical activity and will work with sponsors to investigate ways in which the broader industry can support programs and initiatives that reach drivers in the workplace as well as their support networks at home, such as partners and families,” ATA safety, health and wellbeing director Melissa Weller said. She said the ATA was investigating digital technologies that could facilitate better communication with drivers in their workplace and support their overall health and wellbeing. “It is very encouraging to see that Dr Sendall’s research offers support for this approach,” Ms Weller said.

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Haulage business helping farmers

Specialist team can put you in touch with buyers IF YOU need your hardwood timber hauled, Hampo’s Haulage is the company to call. Peter Hampson has been working in the logging industry since he was 18, before starting Hampo’s Haulage 11-years-ago. The team at Hampo’s Haulage are logging contractors who cart timber for Slacks Hardwood Sawmill in Gayndah. According to Mr Hampson, the timber industry is very popular around the North Burnett, bringing a high demand for his specialised haulage business. “We do the whole lot, from selecting and cutting the timber on the property to transporting it to the mill,” he said. The transport is made easier for the team, thanks to their multiple trailers and machinery that are all specialised for logging hardwood timber.

Mr Hampson also said that if someone is thinking of selling their timber, give him a call, he is happy to discuss with you what needs to be done. “Selling wood is popular here, especially with the drought,” he said. As it’s helping farmers earn money for their family, Mr Hampson said he enjoys the work he does. Because of the busy season, Mr Hampson said it’s good to call as soon as possible, as sometimes they can be booked out for up to three months or more, depending on how big the job is. However, if it’s urgent, Mr Hampson said they can ring, and the team will do their best to get to you and get the job done as soon as possible. If you are considering selling your hardwood timber give Hampo a call and he’ll have it all sorted for you, call 0422 215 495 for more information.

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Transport firm’s been on the road to success since 1955 FINDING a business that you trust should be your first priority, especially when using it to transport your goods. One great way of knowing if a business is trustworthy or not is by seeing how long they’ve successfully run their business for, and how loyal their customers are. Reginald Brown and his wife have been operating Brown’s Citrus Transport since 2002, taking over from his dad who established the business in 1955. During this time the business has grown to employ 40 full-time workers in the transport department. “We run a modern reliable fleet of transport trucks and trailers to service the industry,” Mr Brown said. The business consists of refrigerated transport

working interstate and across Australia. They specialise in grocery cartage, mainly with fresh fruit, as well as cartage from eggs to mushroom compost near Sydney and Melbourne. While they are based in the Burnett, they’re well known in the area for reliably transporting citrus fruits, as shown in their name. “Gayndah has great customers that support us continually, and so our core business remains there. However, we are a growing business that plans to keep branching out with our coverage,” Mr Brown said. He believes his staff set his business apart from the others. “Our workers are very experienced and capable, and some of them have been

RELIABLE: Brown's Citrus Transport has been providing a great service since 1955. with us for over 30 years,” he said. Mr Brown said his business valued reliability and integrity to show

customers that the team can do the job to the best of their ability. “We make sure our customers always feel

comfortable, and we will always advise what we’re capable of handling before the job starts,” he said. Mr Brown said anyone

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED requiring the services of Brown’s Citrus Transport should not hesitate to call 4161 2600 to book a meeting in advance.

You are more than ‘just’ a truckie

Drivers should be seen as multi-skilled professionals Chair of Transport Women Australia

IT SEEMS that on any given day there is a conference, seminar, forum or some other way to get information and learning to everyone in our industry, and yet we are still perceived by many to be uneducated, uninformed and unprofessional. There is a huge level of professionalism on all levels of our industry, from the bottom up and the top down. We embrace every type of new technology available to make the job easier and safer, most equipment is state-of-the-art, companies and drivers take pride in the presentation of that equipment and uniformed

drivers abound – gone are the days of the blue singlet and thongs. What we have to do is eliminate “just” from our vocabulary. I am “just” a truck driver, I am “just” a forklift driver, I am “just” a scheduler. So many of those employed in the transport industry, especially truck drivers, are multi-skilled professionals and they need to see themselves as such. So many people have a high level of skill in one area but truck drivers have to know how to drive and load to meet weight requirement for axles, overall loads and mass management. They have to know how to

restrain the load, be a customer service provider and complete a complicated work diary and numerous other paperwork necessary for their job. If they work in the livestock transport industry, they need to know how to handle different types of livestock and have some animal husbandry skills. Dangerous goods drivers have to have a good knowledge of the load they are carrying in case of an emergency. The list goes on as this is a highly specialised industry and the skills required are numerous. We had many individuals recognised last weekend at

the Road Transport Hall of Fame, with three amazing people being named as icons of the industry – Neil Mansell, Tom Lindsay and Sharon Middleton AM. Transport Women Australia Limited was excited to have two former directors, Sharon Hourn and Sharon Middleton AM, and current member Heather Jones inducted onto the Wall of Fame. We have been so busy planning our 20th anniversary gala dinner celebration, getting our mentoring program ready to launch and organising the final details for our first learning initiative that none of the current board were

DON'T SELL YOURSELF SHORT: Transport is a highly specialised industry and the skills required are numerous, and workers are encouraged to see themselves in a professional light. PHOTO: WELCOMIA able to attend the Transport Women Australia Limited breakfast at the reunion this year. Our immediate past chair,

Pam McMillan, and former chair Liz Martin and several members who could make the trek to Alice Springs ably represented us.


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Tranzmile keeps rural communities running smoothly

FILL IT UP: Brooklands Water can get you the water you need.


Brooklands Water is busy in the drought

THE team at Brooklands Water works hard to supply quality resources to residents of the South Burnett. According to Peter Elliott, supplying water is an important task and an essential service in the current drought. The business has been sourcing water from Brooklands for 30 years and Mr Elliott has owned the business since 1997. Mr Elliott said Brooklands Water delivered water to both commercial areas as well as people’s residential tanks. “Our biggest customers are people out of town without access to town water, but we also have customers in town who need their water tanks to be filled,” he said.

This year, Mr Elliott and the team at Brooklands Water purchased a new water truck and tank to ensure continuity with council compliance.

from a single delivery,” Mr Elliott said. This efficiency is important, as prices vary depending on the distance travelled, making buying in

We currently have a backlog of work, but if people ring up because they’ve ran out of water, we try our best to prioritise them. The water tank is a completely licenced domestic water vessel, which can carry up to 13,500 litres of water and is now the biggest water truck in the South Burnett. “They say size doesn’t matter, but it does. It allows people to get more water

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bulk a necessary perk for residents. As the South Burnett continues to suffer from drought, it’s good to know the prices are reasonable for those in need. Mr Elliott said water cartage costs in the South Burnett were better than

they were in other areas in regional Queensland due to Brooklands Water privately owning the water source. Mr Elliott and his three-person team have been working 24/7 for the past four weeks to get South Burnett residents the water they need in this drought. “The workload won’t change until it rains,” he said. “We currently have a backlog of work, but if people ring up because they’ve ran out of water, we try our best to prioritise them.” Mr Elliott said to avoid last-minute catastrophes, he encouraged residents to check their tanks on a regular basis. If you’re in need of water, call or text Peter Elliott on 0417 639 463.

THE transport industry is an important part of keeping a community alive. That’s what Tranzmile’s Brad Morfett believes, especially for those in rural areas like the South Burnett. “There’s a lot of big gaps in rural communities and the transport industry connects everyone together,” he said. “It’s an informal delivery and information service, helping to connect people over distances instead of relying on the internet to do it.” Mr Morfett also said the transport industry is an important part of keeping everyone fed and the community thriving. “We wouldn’t have a lot of pork and agricultural produce in Brisbane without connecting to the rural communities too,” he said. Alongside the importance of transport is the importance of keeping the transport machines going. Tranzmile Burnett sells parts, oils, lubrication and filtration to keep these machines on the road, getting them safely from one place to another.

But according to Mr Morfett, the team at Tranzmile do more than just supply parts. “We’re trying to be an aid and partner to the transport industry,” he said. “We have a program called TranzMate that helps customers manage their fleets, scheduling and their overall costs. We want to make things easier for them.” Mr Morfett said it includes supporting transporters and drivers with great service at the shop. “We make sure we know all of our loyal customers’ names and show our appreciation for them, across all of our chains,” he said. Mr Morfett said they also understand the urgency for many parts in rural areas, and how people often can’t buy new gear after every incident. “People in these regions really try to look after the gear they have, including maintaining and repairing items, and we can help too,” he said. “Just because you have older equipment doesn’t mean we can’t help.”

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Industry hunting future leaders THE Australian Trucking Association and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific are searching for the future leaders of the Australian trucking industry and have opened nominations for the 2020 Daimler Truck and Bus Future Leaders’ Forum. “Like many Australian industries, the trucking industry is facing disruption and innovation as new technologies change the way we do business, work and

live,” ATA chairman Geoff Crouch said. “To deal with these challenges we need a new generation of leaders who will help build a stronger, safer and more productive industry.” The first part of the 2020 Leaders’ Forum will be held in Canberra on November 25-26, where participants will take part in intensive workshops and take home leadership projects which will be presented at the

ATA’s Trucking Australia conference in Cairns in April next year. Participants will also be mentored by experts in leadership, media and political training at the forum, developing their potential as future leaders of the industry and the ATA’s network of member associations. Daimler Truck and Bus Australia chief executive officer Daniel Whitehead said he was excited to see

the talent and vision on display during the 2018 and 2019 Leaders’ Forums and was looking forward to welcoming a new cohort. “It is clear this type of initiative can help make the transport industry a destination for the country’s finest,” Mr Whitehead said. “Daimler is thrilled to be part of such an invaluable program that allows participants to work so closely with decision-makers and gain valuable industry

insight from expert mentor.” 2018 Future Leader Stacey Davies said the forum was the best training and development she has had had in her 10-year career. “It allowed me to not only create valuable and ongoing working relationships with other young leaders in my industry, but also helped me to develop and refine my project management and presentation skills with the guidance of industry professionals in a safe and


encouraging environment,” Ms Davies said. Participants must be involved as an owner or employee in a trucking business that is a financial member of an ATA member association or TruckSafe. A participant could also be a direct member of an ATA association that offers individual membership. Contact your ATA member association or visit www.truck.net.au/ futureleaders

Hassle-free transport service WHEN you want your freight transported, it makes sense to want it done the right way. Fortunately for residents of the South Burnett, Michael White from White Way Transport visits Kingaroy every Tuesday to cater to all your transporting needs. Mr White has been delivering a direct freight

service since 2013, from the Fraser Coast to the South Burnett, and does a Brisbane run weekly. Mr White bought the business from a previous operator in 2013 and driving and transporting has always been something he enjoyed. White Way Transport vehicles can carry everything from 1kg to 10,000kgs, holding anything

except livestock. “We offer a first-off reliable, friendly service at a competitive rate,” he said. If you’re interested in hiring transportation services, contact White Way Transport on (07) 4129 7028 or email whitewaytransport @gmail.com for details. “If you need your freight moved, move it the White Way,” he said.

ON THE MOVE: The team at Walker and Butcher Transport knows how to handle your livestock of all shapes and sizes – one hump or two. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Experts in animal transportation trustworthy and friendly relationships with those in need of his transportation services. From working in farm management positions to being a meat inspector, Mr Graham knows how to take care of your livestock properly on the trip. “As a meat inspector there was a copious focus on animal welfare, which is important right across the board of farming and transport,” he said. Mr Graham said that livestock transportation guidelines govern the way

people do things, and with his past experience, he’s up to speed with the requirements of animal welfare and takes it seriously. Walker & Butcher Transport also caters for all livestock, including horses, cattle, camels, goats and sheep. If you’re needing your livestock transported, especially for show and cattle sales as well as paddock movement, contact Walker & Butcher today on 0427 023 638.







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FOR livestock transport that you can count on, Walker and Butcher Transport should be your first point of call. Dean Graham from Walker and Butcher Transport who took over the business in August 2018 has a background filled with working with livestock. “When I took over the business, it was because I needed to be back outside working, so this was the perfect way to do it,” he said. Mr Graham is both the business owner and driver, which helps him build


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Ollies Towing team goes the extra mile for their customers

CONNECTION: The Australian Trucking Association and the natural gas sector have teamed up.


Association heading for a Brighter future Maguire said. “The backbone of both our industries lies in the regional and rural towns of Australia. “Whether it’s local transport companies or the natural gas projects based near regional communities, we support communities, local jobs and small businesses.” Brighter program director Sarah Browne said there were many other areas in which trucking and the natural gas industry crossed paths. “Whether it be through developing cleaner fuels,

working together on local projects, upgrades to regional roads or programs to make our shared roads safer, we have much in common,’’ Ms Browne said. “We look forward to working with the ATA to showcase some of the people and businesses around the country and their invaluable contribution to the trucking and natural gas industries.” Following a successful partnership with the ATA through the Trucking Australia Business Lunch in Perth earlier this year, APPEA’s Brighter program will continue as a major



sponsor of the Business Lunch in 2020, demonstrating its support for small and medium sized businesses in the Australian trucking industry. The ongoing partnership also provides an opportunity for further collaboration between the trucking and natural gas industries. That collaboration includes the Brighter Bright Spark program, which tells the stories of hard-working people employed directly and indirectly by the natural gas industry, including truck drivers and trucking operators.


years. “We wanted to help people who get stuck when they’re a long way from home,” Mr Oliver said. “A lot of bigger companies don’t tend to have a personal interest in how the people do after the business is done. They set them on their way when a lot of the time they might need some more friendly assistance.” Mr Oliver said that what sets his business apart was the team made sure to look after people’s personal concerns while helping them. “Most people we tow are from out of town and don’t have anyone to help them, so we make sure to not treat them like strangers,” he said. The customers have appreciated their care, as shown by a whole folder of testimonials in the Ollies Towing & Shipping Container Sales office. If you ever need emergency towing or need a shipping container delivered, make sure to call the team on 4162 2307.

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THE Australian Trucking Association has welcomed Brighter as a supporting partner, strengthening the relationship between Australia’s trucking and natural gas industries. Brighter, an initiative of the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, exists to showcase stories of natural gas and how it is used in everyday life. “The ATA and the natural gas sector have a strong connection as we both represent industries that are a vital part of the Australian way of life,” ATA CEO Ben

THE team at Ollies Towing & Shipping Container Sales do more than those at average towing companies. The family business, owned and established by Ron Oliver, covers a lot of different bases in the transport industry, from motor vehicle recovery and transport, to towing and delivering shipping containers, farm equipment, tractors and more. While delivering these services, the team prioritises going the extra mile when caring for their customers. “We do 24-hour emergency service so that we can help anyone who needs assistance, especially if they’ve just been involved in an accident,” Mr Oliver said. Mr Oliver said the South Burnett business had been around for 40 years, and staff had witnessed many changes which they’d adapted to along the way. He also believes that because of their service, they have picked up a lot of loyal customers over the


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Nanango business cleans up at show

TO THE millions of Queensland drivers who have successfully completed their written driving exam over the years, you have one humble Nanango man to thank. Nanango-based business owner Blake Flanagan from Flanagan Enterprises has enjoyed a varied career. Flanagan Enterprises was launched at the end of construction of the first Tarong Power Station unit in 1983. Before working at the power station, Mr Flanagan

was an army driving instructor and owned two driving schools. Mr Flanagan is also responsible for an idea which changed how drivers receive their licences. Mr Flanagan said he wrote the original multiple choice test papers for learner drivers after witnessing sneaky tactics from driving assessors. “If the testing officers did not want to take someone out for a test they would ask them a couple of trick questions,” he said.

TRUCKLOAD OF STORIES: Blake Flanagan from Flanagan Enterprises has spent a lifetime working with trucks. PHOTO: MATT COLLINS “I had a few people going for their test and they were asked these trick questions and failed.” These days, the Flanagan family runs a fleet of 11 trucks out of Nanango, and most of their work is in the city. This award-winning South Burnett business is certainly making its mark. It claimed the best tip

truck title out of more than 350 other rigs at the recent Mt Gravatt Show. Flanagan Enterprises also came in third place for best fleet, chosen from a field of more than 70 other companies. One of Mr Flanagan’s dedicated drivers Dianne O’Sullivan was presented the award. Mr Flanagan said it was

hard to put a finger on which sex was the better driver. “I’ve found young men difficult to teach,” he said. “They want to listen to what their dad said and not their instructors. “Young girls, they don’t even think about driving until they are 17. “You get them in the car and they do everything you

tell them.” Along with his supportive wife who is also a driving instructor, Mr Flanagan was surprised their youngest of five sons took so long to get his licence. “Our youngest was 34 before he got his car licence,” Mr Flanagan said. “He’s got girlfriends to drive him around everywhere.”

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ON THE MOVE: Wizard Removals owner Darryl Ohlsen stands with his trucks. PHOTO: VICKIE SULLIVAN

MOVING houses can be a stressful ordeal. Fortunately, with help from Wizard Removals, administration officer Vickie Sullivan said the business would try their hardest to make each move go as smoothly as possible. “We know how busy it can get, so helping take some stress away is our main priority,” she said. Wizard Removals owner Darryl Ohlsen said his South Burnett team could tackle any job, now with the extra

help from an upgraded truck. “A bigger truck was important as with country removals, people have more than just a home to move,” he said. “They also have sheds filled with gardening equipment, ride-on mowers and more. The new truck will have a lift on the back of it, to make it easier to transport these different jobs.” According to Ms Sullivan, the next few months is their

busiest time, so if you’re planning to move, you should book at least three weeks in advance. “If we have notice, we can work with people even if they need to swap and change removal times to suit their schedules,” she said. This is especially the case over Christmas, when they move a lot of teachers. If you’re interested in booking their removal service, call 0410 644 748 or visit wizardremovals.info for more information.



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Moving memorial to our truckies Drivers prepare for 2019 Lights on the Hill service Kate Dodd

JUANITA Johnson knows more than most people what it’s like to lose someone close due to a crash. to you through crashes. While she’s always been part of the transport industry, her mum and brothers were truck drivers, and her son and his father were killed in a head-on crash between two trucks south of Boggabilla in 2018. Juanita has been involved in Gatton’s Lights on the Hill for 10 years and said events like these were important to let people know they weren’t alone in their grief. This year’s event will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 5 and 6, with trucks leaving from new departure points at United Petroleum at Heinemann Rd, Toowoomba and Nolan’s Interstate Transport at 375 Sherbrooke Rd, Willawong at 9.30am. Trucks will be travelling

down the Toowoomba Bypass for the first time. “That should be a pretty awesome image,” Juanita said.

It’s not just about the convoy, it’s about remembering and honouring the drivers too.

— Juanita Johnson

She said Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz and Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh will both participate in the convoy and former truck driver and country singer Kerry Kennedy, who has been a loud and proud advocate for the transport industry, was named as one of the patrons

GREAT TRIBUTE: A convoy of trucks leave from Withcott for the Lights on the Hill memorial service in 2018. PHOTO: BEV LACEY of the memorial. “He was actually speechless and that never happens,” Juanita said. The memorial will be on October 6 from 10am at Lake Apex Park in Gatton. Juanita said this year 31

names were being added to it and unfortunately, several of those people had lost their lives in crashes in the last 12 months. “It’s not just about the convoy, it’s about remembering and honouring

the drivers too,” Juanita said. “The convoy is the main fundraiser for the memorial and its upkeep and in the next five years or so we’d like to have a scholarship or something

so we can help someone who has been in an accident and needs to be retrained.” The event will include live entertainment, children’s rides, market stalls, a mechanical bull and sumo wrestling.

Big Nutz Diesel mechanics are mobile and willing to help out HAVING mechanical problems in a rural area can often be a big problem. However, thanks to Big Nutz Diesel, their service will help you no matter what the issue is. The 100 per cent mobile diesel repair service specialises in on-site works and breakdowns, granting the relief you need in any mechanical emergency. Owner Lance Mathiesen said the team mainly looked after diesel 4WDs, on highway trucks and trailers,

as well as civil construction and agricultural works. They also do on-site air-conditioning maintenance. According to Mr Mathiesen, agricultural work was one of their specialties, where the team looks after the sole maintenance providers for a few orchards in the area. Mr Mathiesen started Big Nutz Diesel because he wanted to provide a needed service to people in rural areas.

“I grew up on the land, so I know what it’s like. We wanted to fill the access gap,” he said. According to Mr Mathiesen, one of the things that sets Big Nutz Diesel apart from other mechanical businesses was that customers got to see the work being done in their own space. “We travel to them and if there’s a breakage, we go through what happened, show them how we’ll fix it and how they can avoid it

happening in the future,” he said. On the team they have two tradesmen and two apprentices, and with the broad amount of work they do, Mr Mathiesen believes it’s a great learning platform for apprentices. Mr Mathiesen said they could definitely deal with one or two more local employees If you want professional local service, make sure to contact Big Nutz Diesel on 0427 626 704.

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How to get insurance for young drivers Mark Brown

TBI Transport and Business Insurance manager

HOW many times have we all heard or wondered this? We have been asked this question many times and the answer to the question is the same every time. They can. Basically there are three components to having a young truck driver approved by an insurer. If you follow these three steps and, as long as the young driver has a good driving history and is fully licensed, you should have a bit more success. Always have the new driver provide you with evidence that they do actually have the appropriate licence for the vehicle they will be driving, along with an up-to-date printout of their driving history and points accumulation from the relevant roads and traffic authority of the licence

issuer’s state. It will also be to your benefit to request these from your drivers on a regular basis because it is very easy to run out of points without knowing and, as we all should know, no licence means no insurance. Before you allow anyone to drive your vehicle, ask your broker whether it is a requirement under your policy to advise the insurer of any new driver. If it is, ask the broker to approach your insurer and ask for their acceptance of the driver. You will find that some insurers will decline young/inexperienced drivers and some insurers may approve them with restrictions on what they can do and where they can go. Then there may be some insurers that automatically accept younger inexperienced drivers under their policy with a

GOOD TO GO: Be upfront and young truck drivers can be insured. combination of additional excesses. Be realistic. Just like you, insurers also believe more younger operators need to be brought into the industry but please keep in mind that if the young driver makes a

mistake and writes your truck off, it may cost you a couple of thousand dollars in excesses. But your insurance company may have to fork out hundreds of thousands of dollars, not only to you

PHOTO: NULLPLUS but any other third party that may have been involved. The young will make mistakes, we all make mistakes, it is part of the learning process. Until such time as “road craft” and “defensive

driving” etc are made to be a mandatory requirement before a licence is issued it should remain the right of the insurers to determine who they (the insurers) are prepared to take on as a financial risk.

Survey to improve driver safety AUSTRALIAN truckies are being encouraged to take part in a confidential online survey to give medical experts more insight into their health. Led by Monash University, the Driving Health Survey aims to improve the health of professional Australian employed drivers to make the industry safer. Partners in the research include the Centre for Work Health and Safety, Linfox Logistics and the Transport Workers’ Union. The study is also supported by the National

Health and Medical Research Council. The study partners say they are committed to working with the industry to develop new approaches to prevent and minimise the risk to physical and mental health. Last year, the Driving Health Study found that, specifically, truck drivers are 13 times more likely to die on the job than all other workers. “This study is a wake-up call,” Transport Workers’ Union national secretary Michael Kaine said.

“Driving is a tough job. We must do more to ensure our drivers are healthy and safe at work.

landmark study examined 12 years of data and found that more than 120,000 injury and fatality claims were made

Driving is a tough job. We must do more to ensure our drivers are healthy and safe at work.

— Michael Kaine

“This survey will give us a baseline of information that will allow us to put in better strategies for the future.” Monash University’s

over this period. Transport workers experience specific health risks in their working environments, including

isolation, long hours and chronic fatigue. Tight delivery deadlines can add extra stress to an already challenging workplace. So far, the research has shown that truck drivers are taking, on average, more than 10 weeks off work when work-related mental health means a driver is unfit for work. “This survey will provide new insights into factors in the workplace, at home and in the community that affect health in positive and negative ways,” says Dr Ross

Iles from the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. “Driving for a living poses many health challenges, both mental and physical, and yet there is little research or documentation that can drive change to help drivers be healthy and stay healthy at work. “We know that employers can play a huge part in workers’ health and some employers in the industry will need guidance to support the health of their drivers.”


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Footage shows how many drivers use their phones A NEW campaign on TV will warn Queenslanders that using their phones behind the wheel is as dangerous as drink-driving. The latest safety pitch to Queensland drivers comes after the Palaszczuk Government introduced tougher laws for drink-drivers. Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said government research showed 70 per cent of Queenslanders admitted to occasionally using their mobile phone while driving. “All of us has seen someone texting or looking at their phone when their eyes should be on the road,” Mr Bailey said. “I think most of us accept that we need phones and mobile devices as part of our daily lives, but what we shouldn’t accept is that it’s OK to use them while driving. “We did it in the 1980s with ad campaigns that drove the message home on drink driving, and that’s what this latest campaign aims to do with distracted driving.” The new campaign uses dashcam footage of drivers being distracted by texts and social media. The ads include real-life footage captured as part of the recent Drive Smarter not Faster campaign, paired with recreated footage showing drivers using their phones illegally. The drivers featured in the campaign were fully aware of the dashcams in their own vehicles but that didn’t stop them from checking their phones while

BAN THE PHONE: A new campaign is going to combat using your phone while driving. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED driving. “The people in this campaign should be congratulated for their honesty and willingness to be part of it, but the footage highlights how so many drivers out there take their eyes off the road to use their phone,” Mr Bailey said. “In 2018, 33 people lost their lives in crashes because of distracted driving and 1358 people were hospitalised. “Thirty-three per cent more people died in 2018 as the result of distracted driving compared to the previous five-year average, and 21% more people were hospitalised compared to 2017. “This problem is much larger than what is reported because the number of crashes caused by mobile phone use can be difficult to verify.” The ‘Leave your phone alone’ campaign comes on the back of the Palaszczuk Government’s announcement that it was looking at $1000 fines and automatic licence suspensions for repeat

offenders caught on their phone behind the wheel. Minister Bailey said the government was expected to announce the new measures as part of the Queensland Road Safety Action Plan due for release in late November. “Texting while driving is especially dangerous as it provides a physical and cognitive distraction, potentially causing the driver to swerve across lanes, travel at inconsistent speeds, miss signs and not see hazards. “I’m pleased this message has also been picked up and shared by others, like we’ve seen the RACQ do with its own campaign encouraging drivers to set up the ‘do not disturb while driving’ option on their smart phones before they get behind the wheel. Allowing messages and notifications to be silenced is free, and it’s easy and it’s important that we work together to continue reminding people of these potentially life-saving habits.”

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