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AUG 2013

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Head Office Building 8, 2728 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 P.O. Box 4530, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 4113 Tel: 07 3237 8777 Fax: 07 3844 4488 Toll Free: 1800 177 951 Email: Website: Editor Bill Key Art Director Marco Ilinic Industrial Relations Ted Kowalski Michelle Chadburn Policy Kellie Dewar, General Manager MTA Queensland Advertising Enquiries Bill Key Mobile: 0421 057 094 Facsimile: 07 3844 4488 Email:


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Subscription Rates (including GST) Australia: $72.60 annually Overseas: $110 annually Motor Trader Publishing Policy Motor Trader is the official publication of the Motor Trades Association of Queensland. The role of Motor Trader is to inform members of current issues and legislation affecting the industry. As such it can be regarded as the business magazine for the Queensland motor industry. The role of Motor Trader is not to be in competition with the technical magazines already on the market. It will advise of new vehicles being released and of the latest technology incorporated into them; it will advise of latest technology affecting members in each of the MTA Queensland Divisions; it will keep members abreast of the latest in motor industry training and industrial affairs; and it will keep members informed of the latest technical aids available through MTA Queensland Member Services, which will assist members in staying ahead of the technological revolution presently being encountered within the motor industry. The publisher reserves the right to omit or alter any advertisement and the advertiser agrees to indemnify the publisher for all damages or liabilities arising from the published material.

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06 News

Corporate Partners

Audi bares its fangs

08 MTA Q&A Mike Clayton Feature 10 Something for EVERYONE:

the new Jeep Grand Cherokee


14 Motorsport WHINCUP SHINES IN THE WET 16 Members Classic Viva Floride: 1960 Renault Floride

Members essentials

19 Members matters 21 Training matters 25 Industrial relations 26 Member profiles 29 Smart apps 30 Travel

Quick Romantic Stopover: Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge

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From the editor


Bill Key Editor

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he most important issue for our industry at the moment is the Rudd Government’s changes to Fringe Benefits Tax rules and how they will affect us. MTAQ CEO and AADA National Chairman Ian Field warns that this decision has potential to seriously harm the automotive industry by causing a serious downturn in fleet sales. Fleet sales comprise a significant proportion of all vehicle sales. “The decision will force up operating costs for vehicle dealers – as the compliance costs of putting the log book system in place for every single used or demonstrator vehicle will be substantial and impractical,” Mr Field said. “A salesperson could drive ten or more cars in a day because that’s what we do to earn a living. “Q-Ford has estimated that this legislation, if it passes as is, will cost them in excess of $200,000 per annum. “To make a $1.8b change to the system without proper consultation and lead in time demonstrates at best a contempt for business, and at worst, no understanding.” Consultation, time and expert advice on tax system changes is important for all affected parties to understand and adapt to the changed circumstances. In Industry Insight on Page 32, automotive accounting experts BDO look at what is involved in the FBT changes. On Page 4 MTAQ General Manager Kellie Dewar reports on a meeting hosted by Ian Field with Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott and

the Shadow Treasurer, Joe Hockey regarding the FBT changes. In brighter news, Motor Trader was invited to the launch of the new Jeep Grand Cherokee held in South East Queensland, where we got to put the new models through their paces. Our Members Classic spread has a certain “je ne sais quoi” this month as we step back in time and explore the charms of a cheeky 1960 Renault Floride. In our Members’ Essentials section we throw the spotlight on member Frank Teggart who has designed an innovative new jump pack. We also have the first look at our new fleet of promotional vehicles on Page 23. Our reps will be out and about, visiting members around the state and promoting the MTA Institute of Technology. We sit down with Mike Clayton from Nambour-based company, Clayton’s Towing in our MTA Q&A and find out all about this successful family business. We have travel deals, members profiles, news, training and even a motorsport calendar for your reading pleasure. Have a great August, and drop me a line if you have a story or an idea for Motor Trader or if you would like to advertise in the magazine, I hope you enjoy the read.

President’s Ball

Interested in advertising through this event? There are still sponsorship packages available. Download a brochure, or contact Dani Fioretti on 0427 981 647 for more information. Opportunities start from just $750.

MTA Queensland is pleased to announce Suncorp Group as the naming sponsor for the 2013 President’s Ball. The Ball, which will be held on November 23 at Sofitel Brisbane Central, is sure to be the highlight of the automotive industry’s social calendar. The special black-tie event will be hosted on the evening by 4BC radio personality Gary Hardgrave and tickets will be available at a special price of only $75.

Cheers, Bill Key

AUTOMOTIVE APPRENTICESHIP MENTORING PROGRAM. The Apprenticeship Mentoring Program seeks to improve Australian apprenticeship retention rates through targeted mentoring and assistance to all 1st year automotive apprentices.

For many individuals, starting an apprenticeship is the first time they have been in industry and this can mean they need additional guidance and support to help them through. Mentoring support aims to improve the apprenticeship experience for both apprentices and employers in a more sustainable way. An apprentice mentor can be a great companion through the early stages of an apprenticeship. To contact your nearest mentor and find out what they have to offer, visit or call the MAAP My Future national hot line on 1300 587 756.

MAAP My Future is an Australian automotive industry initiative proudly support by:

This National Automotive Industry Mentor/Adviser Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package. The views expressed in this document are those of Auto Skills Australia and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government or state and territory governments.



Kellie Dewar General Manager MTA Queensland

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ho would have thought the automotive industry would become one of the major players in the federal election? The sudden and surprising proposed changes to FBT have ensured that it will be - and MTA Queensland is along for the ride. We believed that the car fringe benefits policy was settled in the May 2011 Budget. It set the current formula for valuing car fringe benefits of a flat statutory rate of 20 per cent. This policy was established during the Review of Australian Tax System by the former Under Treasurer Ken Henry. Ironically, it was Prime Minister Rudd’s first Government that established the Review. It reported to him just before he was dismissed by his Caucus. Equally ironic is that the same Prime Minister now wants to overturn this policy before it is fully phased in. Why the change? As far as we can tell, Prime Minister Rudd needed to negate the carbon tax backflip and needed a quick $1.8b for a political and policy fix. So without any warning or consultation with anyone he announced the changes. He says they will save $1.8b over four years to help offset the ETS. We were stunned. Business was stunned. Research indicates that the proposed changes have the potential to cut national new car sales by 10 per cent or more annually. Further, recent analysis on the impact of the changes on locally made cars puts the impact at as much as 20 per cent. Clearly this is not good enough. So MTA Queensland arranged for car industry representatives to meet with the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Tony Abbott MP and the Shadow Treasurer the Hon Joe Hockey MP. Our CEO Ian Field hosted the event at his dealership, Q Ford. We briefed the Opposition on the impact of the Labor Government’s proposed changes and the dire economic, social and business consequences to the sector. They listened, asked questions and openly discussed the issue. At the conclusion of the meeting Mr Abbott told the huge media contingent that the Coalition will oppose Labor’s proposed changes and will scrap them if they win Government. This was

a great result, but we will continue to meet with decision makers in the coming weeks, regardless of the election outcome.

Demise of the ACCC Petrol Commissioner

In other surprise news was the resignation of the ACCC’s Petrol Commissioner Joe Dimasi from August. Dimasi’s role as Petrol Commissioner has been fraught from the time of its introduction. Like Grocery Watch and Fuel Watch, the Petrol Commissioner was a good idea but unable to deliver substantial consumer benefit. Over the past four years we have written several letters to the Petrol Commissioner opposing shopper docket discounting - particularly the super discounts. We take immense pride in playing a role in initiating the shopper docket investigation that looks as if it will produce some good results for members. The ACCC Chair Rod Sims has hinted that the supermarkets could face court action over what the ACCC refers to as the “$200m a year of petrol subsidies which may be a form of predatory pricing or abuse of market power.” We look forward to the outcome of the investigation later in the year.

MTA Queensland and the Federal Election

We have written to all of the leaders of the major and minor political parties putting forward the automotive industry’s policy priorities. The key policy areas we would like addressed are Workplace Relations, Deregulation, Taxation, Industry Skills and Training and Infrastructure. We also made representations about Business to Business in standard form contracts, Small Business Representation on Regulatory Entities and raising the Luxury Car Tax threshold. If you would like a copy of the full election policy submission, please contact the Member Services team.

Franchising Code of Conduct Reforms

In previous Viewpoints I’ve mentioned the Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct to which AMIF has made submissions on behalf of automotive. The Australian Government recently released its response. In particular, the Government has accepted the recommendation that there should be an analysis of the impact of a minimum term and standard contractual terms for motor vehicle agreements undertaken prior to any future review of the Code. The Government has stated that it will consult with stakeholders about the terms of reference, format and timing of the analysis. Encouragingly, there is cross party support for the franchising reforms. The Shadow Minister for Small Business Minister Bruce Billson has also indicated that the Coalition will support the recommendations.

Q Fleet

The Queensland Government's fleet manager, QFleet, has appointed Manheim Pty Ltd to remarket and dispose of Queensland Government vehicles. It is a three-year arrangement, which commenced on 1 July bringing Queensland into line with other states in Australia and saving Queenslanders approximately $1.5m per annum. Maheim will handle all aspects of the vehicle remarketing and disposal process including transportation, inspection, paint, panel and mechanical repairs. QFleet motor vehicle sales restarted in Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville in July.

Small Business Summit

Dani Fioretti and I attended the twoday COSBOA National Small Business Summit at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It provided a platform for COSBOA (a peak body for small business nationally) to highlight the policies it wants political parties to address in the upcoming Federal election. I was not surprised to find out that they are similar to those that we have submitted. A number of Federal, State and Local representatives were present. The Federal Minister for Small Business, the Hon Gary Gray AO referred to the Government’s response to the Review of the Franchising Code

of Conduct in his address. He also launched a new version of the popular e-resource kit for small businesses. It is a USB flash drive containing useful information and resources designed to help small business owners and start-ups get down to business. A highlight for Dani and I was the Leader of the Opposition Hon Tony Abbott’s confirmation that the Coalition will oppose the Labor Government’s proposed car fringe benefits changes. Mr Abbott also announced a Coalition Government will give small business greater say by including small business representation on key regulatory bodies. This was another initiative we sought in our Federal Election submission to political leaders. Overall, it was a most worthwhile event, which gave us an excellent overview of policies for the future and the positive initiatives that are already taking place - such as the red tape reduction by the Queensland Government.

Business Conditions

According to the National Australian Bank June quarterly survey, business conditions struggled in the quarter and confidence fell back, driven

by a pessimistic mining sector. There was little sign that lower interest rates and Australian dollar are helping. Conditions remain very subdued in the trade and consumer dependent sectors. The Reserve Bank meets again on August 6. I will have my fingers crossed for another rate cut.

New Motor Vehicle Sales

End of financial year new car sales were strong in Queensland. Seasonally adjusted, there were 20,373 sales - an increase of 5.3 per cent on the previous month and 7.2 per cent above those in June 2012. In further good news, new car sales for the 12-month period ending June 2013 numbered 120,766 - up by 2.9 per cent on June 2012. This good news will obviously be mitigated going forward given the FBT announcement. The recent Australian Bureau of Statistics motor vehicle census indicates that Queenslanders really like motorcycles. Since the 2008 Census, registered motorcycles have increased by 44,420, or a whopping 32 per cent over the past 5 years. Interestingly, Queensland has the highest number of motorcycles on register. Must be the weather… All the best.

Divisional news NACA: National Auto Collision Alliance

Mark Brady and Ben Chesterfield met with Department of Transport chief-of-staff early last month with regard to single category write off status in Qld. This meeting went very well and we will be asking for examples of poorly repaired motor vehicles from our members over the coming weeks in order to prepare a document to support our case. We also had a positive meeting with Attorney General Jarrod Bleije with a view to having the code of conduct mandated in Qld. We will keep members informed. Mark and Ben will be attending the paint and panel LIVE conference in Sydney on August 7 where AMBRA

will be launching the national shop grading program. This is a good example of the body repair industry taking control of it's own destiny. The next NACA newsletter will be sent out in the next week so keep an eye out for it in your inbox.

AED: Automotive Engineers Division

Charlie Serchen and Ben attended the national AARA meeting in Sydney last month. One topic that is sure to have a huge impact on the independent repairers is that of a shop-grading program similar to the body repair division. Charlie is working on a newsletter as this goes to print and should be distributed shortly.

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Audi bares its fangs F ans lined the streets of London’s Leicester Square last month to catch a glimpse of Australian actor and Audi ambassador Hugh Jackman at the world premiere of ‘The Wolverine’. Jackman was also joined by co-stars and the Audi R8, which makes a number of cameo appearances in the latest installment of the Wolverine and X-Men franchise. Hugh delighted fans at the premiere,

Winnebago name stays

The Full Federal Court of Australia recently handed down its decision on the appeal by Winnebago Australia for the rights to use the Winnebago name in Australia. The three judges were unanimous in their decision that Winnebago Australia can continue to use the Winnebago name. Winnebago Industries of Iowa in the United States of America, a company not associated with Winnebago in 6 | Motor Trader August 2013

sporting his trademark beard made famous by his character Logan, chatting and posing with fans and the Audi R8. 
 Jackman was happy to drive himself

to the premiere in the Audi R8 whilst the rest of the cast, including Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Famke Janssen and director James Mangold - were chauffeured to the red carpet by a fleet of Audi A8 limousines. In the film, Wolverine (Jackman) is driven by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) in an Audi R8 Spyder. Additional vehicles featured in the film include the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel.

Australia had, after a period of over three decades, decided to take action to prevent Winnebago Australia from using the name despite Winnebago Australia having launched the first Winnebago branded motorhome in 1978 and being a signatory to an agreement with the US company. “The court’s decision is very pleasing and vindicates our position in this matter”, said Mr Ben Binns, Director and CEO of Winnebago Australia. “The company has been in our family for 48 years and being Australian owned, our goal is to

support manufacturing in Australia and of course our very loyal Australian workforce and customer base”. Earlier this year, the company took appropriate steps to launch another brand, Avida.“We wanted our own Australian identity and I believe that we have been very successful in launching the Avida brand in Australia and New Zealand”. Winnebago Australia will continue to promote the Avida brand on its products, and will promote Avida as the makers of the Australian Winnebago.

In the film, Wolverine (Jackman) is driven by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) in an Audi R8 Spyder.

Proton drives Miss Universe

Olivia Wells was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2013 at a glittering award ceremony in Melbourne last month. Olivia, a medical student from Melbourne beat 30 finalists from around the country and will now represent Australia at Donald Trump’s International Miss Universe pageant, in Moscow, in November. Proton Cars Australia is a gold sponsor of Miss Universe Australia and Olivia was presented with a new Proton Prevé GX as part of her prize.

“Oh wow it’s so shiny, I love it,” said Ms Wells. “I can’t believe it, I've got a car. It means so much to me, so thank you Proton for my gorgeous new car”. Proton Cars Australia Chief Operating Officer Kaye Amies said: “We are thrilled to support Miss Universe Australia for the fifth consecutive year. We congratulate all the contestants and wish Olivia every success at the Miss Universe pageant in Russia, and look forward to working with her as an ambassador for Proton over the next 12 months.

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MT: How long have you been in the towing and recovery industry?

MC: Dad started this business with Mum before I was born in 1970, running it out of a wrecking yard with one tow truck. You still see Mum sitting in the dispatch room sometimes, and Dad is always around, without doubt he is still the boss of the business. MT: With that sort of family background I guess it was obvious for you to enter into the business? MC: Yeah, I was running around with tow trucks since I was a little kid, it was a natural thing for me. But in saying that, when I left school my parents wouldn’t let me join the business, I had to go out into the real world and work for other people. I worked as a labourer and moved up to driving excavators and earth moving equipment for about five years. Of course I did some work on the weekends with Dad, and eventually the plan was always to come back into the business, it was good for me to make my own way at the beginning, it gives you a better understanding of it all. I’m now doing the same with my kids; they’re both off doing their own thing but will eventually come back into it. MT: You have recently added a response trailer to your fleet, it’s an impressive looking vehicle, can you explain the purpose and reasoning behind this.

Mike Clayton

MC: It’s a major incident response vehicle that we have built. It’s probably the only one in Australia and it has multiple uses. It can act as a mobile

Mike Clayton is born and bred in Nambour and is operations manager for his family’s Sunshine Coast-based business, Clayton’s Towing. With over 90 staff, 60 vehicles and a 24-7 business, the company has come a long way since 1970. home for staff when we have to go out to a major accident in the middle of nowhere for two or three days. It is a completely self-sufficient vehicle with showers, sleeping quarters, kitchen, spare uniforms and computer facilities. We have also used it to help the emergency services when communities are in trouble. We were the first people into some of the worst areas of Bundaberg after the floods, helping to clean up. It has earthmoving equipment inside it, with a Posi-Track in the back and because it’s totally self sufficient, with its own generator it doesn’t put any pressure on already stretched resources. We offer this sort of service for free to help the community. It is also a mobile headquarters for the company should a natural disaster ever hit our own backyard we can continue to operate the business from the response trailer, we have all our computer and communications systems linked to it. We don’t want to be just a towing company and our incident response vehicle along with the rest of our equipment takes us to a new level in the industry. MT: What other innovations have you implemented in the work place? MC: We have cameras in all our trucks and monitor our drivers for safety purposes, training and legal aspects. Every week we have our trainer sit down with drivers and go through the video footage to make sure we are using best practice at all times on the road and with the public. It also protects the drivers and us against any fraudulent claims; we always have the evidence at hand. And of course we

“We don’t want to be just a towing company and OUR incident response vehicle along with THE REST of our equipment takes us to a new level in the industry.” have an onsite workplace health and safety officer and an external auditor that comes in every week to go through and make sure we are doing everything right here on the ground as well. MT: What are your plans for the future of Clayton’s Towing? MC: As I mentioned, my kids will continue in the family business after they do their own thing. My daughter is just finishing off her accounting degree at uni, and my son’s working for an electrician, and one day they will come back to Clayton’s. MT: How many vehicles do you have and how far do you cover? MC: We have 60 vehicles and 90 staff, so we have come a long way since 1970 with two staff and one truck. Along with admin staff and drivers, we also have a full-time panel and paint person, four mechanics and two apprentices, just to look after the maintenance on our fleet. We do a lot of heavy transport with low loaders and heavy equipment

all over Queensland and south of the border. We had always structured the business to be a local company, and we wouldn’t do long distance, but with the economy on the Sunshine Coast being what it is we had to look at taking the long distance jobs if we wanted to keep expanding. We have a depot at Rockhampton, and we go as far south as Sydney and Melbourne with the heavy trucks. We are a 24-7 business, we have about 16 trucks on call across all the depots at night, with a 24-hour dispatch centre, and there is always someone in the office. MT: Being a family business, do you keep staff for a long time? MC: Yeah, absolutely. One of our guys who does the mega-tows has been with us for over 34 years, we have a fair few people here on the 20-year mark. We also tend to have a lot of people go and try other things, especially in the mines, and then they come back a little while later. We try and keep that family environment with all our staff, they know they can come and talk to Dad and I about anything and we try and help them out as much as we can, they’re not just a payroll number. MT: What do you do when you’re not working? MC: I’m into four-wheel-driving. I did off-road racing for many years, and although I haven’t had as much time to do that recently I still enjoy getting out with the four-wheel-drive when I can. And I also do martial arts, GKR, it’s a form of karate, and it helps get your mind away from work for a while. August 2013 Motor Trader | 9

Something for EVERYONE With the addition of a 4x2 to the mix, the new Jeep Grand Cherokee range is appealing to a wider motoring audience WORDS BILL KEY 10 | Motor Trader August 2013


eading down a steep off-road incline with both feet off the pedals is a weird sensation at first, but after a few minutes you feel right at home, concentrating on steering alone and feeling comfortable with the knowledge that the car is in control of its own braking. I am behind the wheel of the latest diesel Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland, at the national launch of the iconic American brand’s flagship in Queensland's Scenic Rim, and I have the descent control system engaged. The Overland is just one in the 10-model range for the new Grand Cherokee, and during the launch Motor Trader was able to test them all in various conditions and environments. The 3-litre turbo diesel engine produces 184kW/570Nm, and proved more than a match for most of the terrain at the 4WD park, handling itself admirably through the rough track, and thanks to the atrocious weather - some may say perfect weather to test a Jeep in – the course threw up all sorts of challenges.

“Not every consumer is

interested in 4WD, and we believe that with the Laredo, we are going to be able to give people the Jeep experience which suits their needs.”

The power was ample to get you over most of the tough hills and through deep water with only the quagmire caused by days of torrential rain proving too much for the standard road tyres on the lead car during a particularly steep and curvy ascent. Making its debut at the national launch was the new entry-level Laredo 4x2 powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 petrol, delivering 210kW/347Nm. „ August 2013 Motor Trader | 11

This is the first non-4WD Jeep Grand Cherokee in Australia and according to Fiat Chrysler Australia CEO Veronica Johns it has been in response to the growing market of drivers who want the SUV experience without the off-road factor and at an affordable price. This new range has something for everyone, and the 4x2 Laredo has a very competitive drive away price of $45,000. “Not every consumer is interested in 4WD, and we believe that with the Laredo, we are going to be able to give people the Jeep experience which suits their needs, and we believe that we have got the price right,” Miss Johns said. There is no denying that during our spirited testing, the Laredo 4x2, which again because of the weather, included mud, creek crossings and poor visibility performed admirably. But even more importantly for the market that this vehicle will target, it was smooth, responsive and easy to drive on the tarmac. The whole range has a new eight-speed automatic transmission from German experts ZF which helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions from the previous range while improving acceleration.

The body has a smoother more refined look about it with the bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights giving the Grand Cherokee a sophisticated European flair. Design changes include a shorter grille, slimmer headlights, and more elevated front fascia. The rear gets larger tail lamps with LED, larger spoiler new bumpers and re-sculptured tailgate. It works, the Grand Cherokee is a good-looking vehicle and if you go up to the top of the range SRT, it’s got a lot of attitude as well. With black grille and surrounds, 20-inch Goliath alloys and outrages bonnet vents the big daddy of the family has an aggressive edge to it. In fact, as the six sinister black SRTs wound their way through the small towns of the Bremer Valley, locals could be forgiven for thinking Barack Obama was visiting. The SRT has a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 under the bonnet and churns out 344kW/624Nm.

“the SRT is a serious

competitor in the sports performance SUV bracket, and with the look, performance and price, many buyers thinking of European marques would have to give this a chance.” SRT


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Jeep Grand Cherokee Details: Five-door two or four-wheel drive large sports utility vehicle Engines: 3.6-litre V6 petrol generating maximum power of 210kW @ 6350rpm and peak torque of 347Nm @ 4300rpm; 3.0-litre turbo diesel 184kW @ 4000rpm and 570Nm @ 2000rpm; 5.7-litre V8 petrol 259kW @ 5200rpm and 520Nm 4200rpm; 6.4-litre V8 petrol 344kW @ 6250rpm and 624Nm @ 4100rpm Transmission: Eight-speed automatic Consumption: 3.6-litre - 4x2 10.1L/100km, 4x4 10.4L/100km; 3.0-litre 7.5L/100km; 5.7-litre 13L/100km; 6.4-litre 14L/100km CO2: 3.6-litre 4x2 237g/km, 4x4 244g/km; 3.0-litre 198g/km; 5.7-litre 304g/km; 6.4-litre 327g/km Limited

I would guess most SRT owners are not going to go bush bashing, but if you get the chance to do the quarter mile on a drag strip, as we did during testing, it’s quite an experience. The launch control, exclusive to the SRT, brings engine, transmission, driveline, stability control and suspension in line, to deliver a textbook professional driver’s launch and more consistent straight-line acceleration. And hold on, 0-100kmh in just 4.8 seconds, that’s impressive in a car this big, and even more impressive is the noise. A guttural V8 roar comes from the big Hemi as

“The interiors of the entire

range are more refined than before with paddle shifters, heated eight-way power seats, dual-zone climate control all standard, and leather in all but the Laredo.”

you floor the accelerator and brake pedal together before engaging launch control. I never thought my first drag strip experience would be in a Jeep. I can see the ad now, “You drag raced a Jeep?” Drag strips aside, the SRT is a serious competitor in the sports performance SUV bracket, and with the look, performance and price, many buyers thinking of European marques would have to give this a chance. The interiors of the entire range are more refined than before with paddle shifters, heated eight-way power seats, dual-zone climate control all standard, and leather in all but the Laredo. The Uconnect multi-media system with an 8.4” touch screen (5” on Laredo 4x2), inspired by the iPad is a great feature and easy to navigate, along with the driver


customisable multi-view instrument cluster display. I’m not sure about the single stalk on the steering column with front and rear wiper control, lights and indicators all together, there seems to be too much going on in the one place, I would prefer to see it spread over two, but I’m sure you could get use to it. This is a roomy five-seater, which is plenty big enough for most people, however those buying it for the family truckster would probably like to see an extra row of seats. The Grand Cherokee offers three different 4x4 systems: Quadra-Trac II, a full-time 4WD with a brake control system on the front and rear axle for superior off-road performance; Quadra-Drive II featuring an electronic limited-slip differential (ALSD) and electronically controlled clutch pack; And the Quadra-Trac active on-demand 4WD system featuring rear ELSD exclusive to the SRT. 2012 brought record sales for Jeep, with over 700,000 units sold worldwide and the flagship Grand Cherokee the top selling model with over 220,000 units globally. August 2013 Motor Trader | 13



V8 Supercar Champion takes his need for speed onto the water


amie Whincup is now arguably Australia’s fastest ambassador on land or sea. Every time he’s on the track, the four times Bathurst winner and quadruple V8 Supercars champion unleashes around 650 horsepower in a race car built by Triple Eight Race Engineering. But while he has moved seamlessly between Fords and Holdens to win his land titles, when he wants to get the G-forces going on the water, he always heads for one of his three Yamaha PWCs. Jamie owns an FX SHO three seater Waverunner with touring features, a race-bred FZR two seater and a stand up and freestyle riding Superjet ideal for trick manoeuvres. That’s why the current V8 Supercars champion can now add ‘Yamaha ambassador’ to his list of credentials. 14 | Motor Trader August 2013

Jamie’s relationship with Yamaha began in his mid teens when he saved $2500 and purchased a second hand WR250 off road motorcycle which he owned for a couple of years “hooking around the bush” at King Lake, east of Melbourne, before moving to the Gold Coast to advance his motorsport career. “On the Gold Coast, the surf was much closer than the bush – just 10 minutes away – so I bought a Yamaha Superjet Waverunner,” Jamie said. “I had the Superjet for about three years. I convinced my friends around me to get them as well - there were about five or six of us with them at one time.” One of those other Yamaha Superjet riders was Paul Dumbrell who will team up with Jamie for the Bathurst endurance race this year. “I use my Waverunners as a training tool,” Jamie said. “We’re massively

limited about how many days we can drive the race car so I use my Yamahas to keep my brain sharp.” “My usual trip is around South Stradbroke Island,” he said. “I head out from my place at Hope Island, head down the Broadwater and out the Southport Seaway and then up along the eastern side of the island. I come back through the Jumpinpin Bar at the northern end of the island and then back down the Broadwater.” “It’s about a two hour ride including messing around and jumping a few waves.” “On other days, I like having my girlfriend on the back of a Waverunner and riding down behind Marina Mirage on the Southport Spit. We pull up near the trawlers, grab a kilo of prawns, ride over to a quiet beach, peel the prawns and eat them – it’s fantastic.”

Party on as V8 trifecta stays in Queensland Campbell Newman last month confirmed the survival of all three V8 Supercar events in the Sunshine state for the next three years as part of a new agreement between the Queensland Government and V8 Supercars. The Gold Coast 600, Townsville 400 and Ipswich 360 will all continue until 2016. “This is great news for tourism in Queensland and for motorsport fans across the State,” Mr Newman said. V8 Supercars newly-appointed CEO James Warburton said he was pleased to continue the partnership with the Queensland Government. “V8 Supercars is absolutely committed to delivering three of the states' largest annual events,” Mr Warburton said. “In 2016 we will mark a quarter of a century of the iconic Gold Coast event 25 years of amazing history and success.” At the launch of the Armor All Gold Coast 600 off track entertainment schedule Mr Warburton said the three

day racing program from October 25 to 27 would be the culmination of a month-long festival of free and ticketed events for people of all ages. “We want to give people plenty of good reason to come, stick around a bit longer and enjoy the Gold Coast. At the same time we want the community to really embrace an event that they should all be very proud to have in their backyard." Warburton said.

Major international artists including US rap-rock outfit Gym Class Heroes, will headline the Friday night concert supported by Australia's own Spiderbait, Havana Brown and Bomb's Away. Aria Award winning electro pop duo The Presets headline the Saturday night concert, supported by Aussie rock greats Grinspoon and Gold Coast locals The Stafford Brothers and DJ Brooke Evers.

Motorsport Calendar V8 SUPERCARS Aug 23-26: Rd 9, Winton 360, Winton Motor Raceway, Victoria Sept 13-15: Rd 10, Sandown 500, Sandown, Victoria

FORMULA 1 Aug 23-25: Rd 11, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps Sep 6-8: Rd 12, Italian Grand Prix, Monza


Aug 23-24: Rd 24, Bristol Motor Speedway Aug 31-Sep 1: Rd 25, Atlanta Sep 6-7: Rd 26, Richmond Sep 14-15: Rd 27, Chicago

INDYCAR Aug 3-4: Rd 12, Honda Indy 200, Lexington, Ohio Aug 24-25: Rd 13, GoPro Indy GP of Sonoma, California Aug 31-Sep1: Rd 14, GP of Baltimore, Maryland

Aug 18: Rd 10, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Aug 25: Rd 11, Grand Prix of Czech republic, Brno Sep 1: Rd 12, Grand Prix of Great Britain, Silverstone Sep 15: Rd 13, Grand Prix of San Marino, Marco Simoncelli Masano



Sep 21-22: Rd 5, CIK Stars of Karting,
Port Melbourne, Victoria

Aug 1-3: Rd 8, Neste Oil Rally Finland. Aug 22-25: Rd 9, Rally of Germany Sep 12-15: Rd 10, Coates Hire Rally Australia, Coffs Coast.




Aug 3-4: Rd 21, Pocono Raceway Aug 10-11: Rd 22, Watkins Glen Aug 17-18: Rd 23, Michigan

Aug 4: Rd 9, Silverstone, UK Sep 1: Rd 10, Nurburgring , Germany Sep 15: Rd 11, Istanbul, Turkey

July 20-21 : Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing C/Ships, Benaraby


Aug 23-25: Rd 5, Winton, Victoria

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Make: Renault Model: Floride Year: 1960 Engine: Upright 4-cylinder 850cc rear mounted Transmission: 4-speed manual Owned: 6 years Owner: Ross McNaught




hen American servicemen returned from Europe after World War II with tales of opentop sports cars like the MG and Triumph, a demand for small, stylish, sportier cars was created. Both Ford and GM built models to appeal to this new market with the Thunderbird and Corvette respectively grabbing the attention of the American people. Volkswagen entered the game with their own mass produced sports car, the Karmann Ghia, based on the running gear of the Beetle. This model along with its famous cousin propelled sales of the German marque in the lucrative US market. Watching all this with great interest was Renault, the giant French car manufacturer who also wanted better sales in the States. During a fact-finding mission to the US, Renault executives attended a dinner party at the residence of the Governor of Florida. It was at this dinner that the Frenchmen decided to emulate the success VW had with the Karmann Ghia by designing a sporty car especially for the American market based on the platform of their own Renault Dauphine. Officially designated as Project 1092, the car ultimately became known as the Floride in honour of the place where the idea was conceived. The Renault Floride had its unveiling to the American public at the 1959 New York Motor Show. It was an instant success and more than 13,000 orders were submitted for the car. The Floride was produced for three years from 1959 to 62, and Ross McNaught of Accel Auto Electrics on the Gold Coast has been painstakingly restoring a 1960 model for the past 6 years. “I found it on Ebay,” Ross said. “I bought it from a place at West Queensland called Blackbutt, and when I got it home on a car trailer I found it had a lot more rust than I had hoped. “After I had it sandblasted I thought I won’t go ahead, there is too much rust.” But then Ross went back to Ebay, and found a Dauphine 16 | Motor Trader August 2013

Gordini, the car that the Floride had been based on. This new internet find provided him with a much needed engine, something the Floride was lacking, and panel work for the floorplan. “And then I learnt how to weld,” Ross said. “There were many times when I nearly gave up, but I persevered. “I was not looking for a Renault, I just saw the shape and really liked it.” Ross takes it out regularly on runs with the Renault club and it was used in his daughters’ wedding. The longest run so far was a 450km midnight to dawn road trip around the Queensland-NSW border areas.

He recently picked up best rear-engined Renault at a French car meet. “I have tried to restore it to the most original I can, keeping the original blue and white exterior and two tone blue interior, ” he said. “Next step is to finish making the soft top so open top driving becomes easier. “I have the frame, and I can buy the material from America, so it will be a bit of mucking around yet to get it done.” “The biggest challenge with this restoration has been getting parts. “So many parts I had to make myself, because I simply couldn’t find them, most of the panel work I had to do by

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hand, it was hard work, but I think it’s looking good now.” Ross has had five apprentices come through the MTA Institute of Technology over the years and judging by the other projects sitting in his workshop, there are always interesting vehicles for them to work on. August 2013 Motor Trader | 17

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ESSENTIALS Contents 21 Training matters

Chasing the sun 23 BRAND ON THE RUN

25 Industrial relations 26 Member profiles Ross’s Cylinder Head Engineering Toowoomba Honda Motorcycles Twin Cities Automotive

But perhaps the most amazing thing is the ability it has of jump starting cars even when you place the clamps back-to-front, making the CM4000 virtually idiot-proof. In a test for my benefit, I watched Frank connect up a flat battery in a car, with the positive clamp to the negative and the negative clamp to the positive, and then turn the ignition, the car started. He then demonstrated touching the two clamps together, I waited for the obvious sparks but there were none. “We have conducted more than 23,500 jump-starts during testing with no failures,” Mr Teggart said. “We have designed the CM4000 with safety in mind. “Because it cancels itself out and allows for reverse charge, and drip feeds the power, it is far safer than anything else on the market.” Not only safer for the mechanic but also for the electronics within the car itself. Many vehicle electrical and computer systems have been severely damaged during a jump-start, but the CM4000 has built in surge and spike protection, and it is designed to protect the car’s electronics. „ Frank Teggart with the CM4000

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rank Teggart has been attending breakdowns for 45 years both in his home country of Northern Ireland at the beginning of his career and for the last 32 years in South East Queensland. And there was one thing that always concerned him. Jump-starts. “I got sick of people saying that there was something wrong with their car after a jump start,” Mr Teggart said. “So, I thought I’ve got to find a different way of doing this, something that is safer and easier to use.” “I started going to the SEMA show in Las Vegas but I still couldn’t find what I was looking for, and then on this one occasion I spoke to the right bloke,” he said. “He had a background in computers and after much commuting between here and the US discussing plans and the viability of a new style of jumppack, we finally created the product I’d been looking for.” So what is it? The CM4000 is a jump pack that takes into consideration all the new technology used in vehicles today and the safety of the user. It has both a 240-volt charger and a 12-volt service, making it ideal for breakdown services.


Bright spark creates new jump pack F


“The technology in new cars has evolved so much, we have to have equipment that evolves with it,” he said. Frank and his wife Mary recently returned to the UK where he demonstrated the CM4000 to the Automobile Association (AA) of the UK and RAC, with favorable responses. Frank was so confident of his product, that when a Ferrari was found with a dead battery in a nearby mechanics workshop, he quickly offered to hook it up to the CM4000. “The mechanic there had a brand new jump pack with him, but it wouldn’t get the Ferrari started,” Mr Teggart said.

“I even convinced him to hook it up back-to-front to prove how good it was.” “I know he thought I was mad, but he did it and when it started he was gob-smacked, he nearly fell over.” “We’ve been working on this project for three years now, trying to perfect it, and we wanted it just right before we started getting it out there to the public,” Mrs Teggart said. “I can see this having a huge effect on businesses as well, it is a better product to be using for workplace health and safety, it will definitely cut down on accidents when jumping cars.” For more information on the CM4000 contact Frank Teggart on 07 3274 6675 or

David Dalgarno remembered Former Chairman of the Queensland Tyre Dealers division of the MTAQ, David Dalgarno passed away on June 30. Mr Dalgarno started his career in the tyre industry in 1969 with BF Goodrich Australia, as the Brisbane metropolitan representative. After a stint in Melbourne, he returned to Brisbane in 1971 and bought the Ampol service station at Sherwood, and two years later bought City Rubber Company at South Brisbane and Rocklea. In 1974 he sold the service station and relocated his Rocklea operation to Boundary Road, Coopers Plains, and after a fire destroyed the premises in the early eighties he moved to Musgrave Road. He was passionate about Australian Rules Football and in 1965 became the youngest QAFL captain-coach of the post-war era at just 21 and he was a life member of the Western Districts Australian Football Club.

David Dalgarno

Mr Dalgarno was a loving father of Adam and Jane, brother of Brian and Ian, husband of Trish and father-in-law of Ximena, an uncle and friend to many, he was aged 69. Over 100 people gathered at St Matthews Church in Sherwood to farewell David last month. “It was a very nice service for a good bloke,” said Tom Kling. “Well done, with lots of industry figures, QAFL people, friends and family paying their respects.” MTAQ passes on its best wishes to David’s family.

Josh grabs student award

Joshua Johnson with Terry Palfrey

It was no surprise to MIT trainer Terry Palfrey when he learnt that Joshua Johnson was named student of the month back in March. “I started training Josh Johnson three years ago at Bay City Autos, which is a dealership for Nissan, Honda, Kia and Great Wall vehicles,” Mr Palfrey said. “He displayed a very good understanding of motor vehicles already, and during the three years he proved to be very determined in making sure bookwork and assignments were completed on time and way above requirements.” Some of the jobs that Josh has taken on are major engine recalls, which involve striping and replacing all gaskets and then reassembling. He has also dismantled CVT automatics and fitted new start clutches, and Josh has never rejected a job given by his foreman, instead enjoying the challenge the larger jobs provide. “Josh is always asking about how things work in different areas and also asking for any extra information that I can get for him,” Palfrey said. “He has been involved in diagnosing body controls, electrical faults, and noises in many different cars, and I have no problem in saying that Josh will make a very good mechanic and will go a long way in our industry.”

MTA Queensland welcomes the following new members Business Name





Asia Tyre Company Pty Ltd

Gary Rogers

28 Ashover Road ROCKLEA QLD 4106


Col Summerhayes Crash Repair Pty Ltd

Col Summerhayes

377 Woolcock Street, Garbutt QLD 4814


Cairns Car & 4WD Centre

Colin Harding

28 Hannam Street, BUNGALOW QLD 4870


Precise Mechanical

James Edward

Shed D 299 Morayfield Road, MORAYFIELD QLD 4506


Tyres Cash & Carry

Ray Tolhurst and Clinton Joyce

70 Lavarack Ave, EAGLE FARM QLD 4009


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IT is proud to be partnering with TeamArrow and QUT to bring a concept to life for the World Solar Challenge. Five students from the MTA Institute of Technology Stage 3 Paint course spent a week last month at the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre Of Excellence painting the sleek, single seat, carbon fibre vehicle in a stunning red and white livery. TeamArrow is a Queensland-based team consisting of skilled technology professionals, engineers, technicians,

The WSC is an opportunity to develop and showcase truly world-class local technology and high-end engineering talent.

designers, mechanics and students who hope to educate, inspire and encourage a new generation of Queensland innovators through the Challenge. The WSC is an opportunity to develop and showcase truly worldclass local technology and high-end engineering talent to the rest of the world and highlight that when such talents are applied, anything is possible. Teams depart Darwin on October 6 and race 3000km south hoping to be the first to arrive in Adelaide. The Challenge is all about energy management. Solar cars are allowed a nominal 5kW hours of stored energy. All other energy must come from the sun or be recovered from the kinetic energy of the vehicle. During the journey there are seven mandatory checkpoints where observers are changed and team managers can update themselves with the latest information on the weather and their own position in the field. Here teams may perform the most basic of maintenance only - checking and maintenance of tyre pressure and cleaning of debris from the vehicle.

Murray Galea, Sam Sillars, Emma Berwick, Kyle Bishop and Jeff Scott were supervised by trainers Scott Gehrke and Warren Archer during the project

Left to right Vu Tran, Brendon Roberts and Michael Philips, with Ben Toohey

MTAA Super awarded some outstanding Townsville MIT students with free passes to last month’s Sucrogen 400 V8 Supercar event in North Queensland. The winners were chosen by MIT trainer Ben Toohey and all work for Tony Ireland Holden. Vu Tran, Michael Philips, Brendon Roberts and Cameron Weeks were the lucky recipients of the tickets and were awarded for their high work rate and dedication on the job. “All the guys really enjoyed the V8 Supercars, and were very happy to receive free tickets to attend,” said Mr Toohey. MTAA Super was a major sponsor of the North Queensland event and found it a great platform for engaging with younger members who would not normally be as interested with their superannuation arrangements. “Once we have their engagement, we believe there is a far greater likelihood the Fund can help members to learn more about their superannuation and insurance in order for them to properly provide for a secure working life and an adequate retirement benefit for themselves and their families,” Diedre Bell from MTAA Super said. Ms Bell said MTAA also wanted to recognise the efforts the apprentices made, and reward them with something fitting. “We really want these young people to stay in the automotive industry, and this was one way we were able to encourage that,” she said. “Being recognised for their achievements will hopefully fuel them to persevere and become leaders in this industry in years to come.” MTAA Super are also sponsors of the Gold Coast 600 in October and are planning a similar activity for Gold Coast apprentices.

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MTAA Super awards apprentices


Training matters


Hybrid and Battery Electric Vehicles Safety, Inspection and Servicing Lucrative opportunities exist for businesses willing to adapt to new market trends. Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) and Electric Vehicles (EVs) have arrived and new models are on the way. In just a few years, HEVs and EVs will become one of the biggest automotive growth areas in Australia. Mastering the latest technology takes time; it’s complicated and dangerous. Therefore ‘learning on the job’ isn’t an option, so leave it to the experts. Delivered by industry professionals, the Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Battery – Safety, Inspection and Servicing Course is designed specifically for mechanical repairers wanting to perform servicing, ancillary work or repairs on HEVs and EVs. It provides all the information you need to understand hybrid technology and the associated safe working practices. It will also teach you how to position your business to take advantage of this emerging technology.

Course Covers:

Course Overview Module 1 - to be completed via distance learning. Module 2 - delivered at our Eight Mile Plains facility.

Date: September 21, 2013 Fees and Charges The Federal Government has recognised the importance of this skill set and is contributing 66% of the total course cost of $2,000.00. Cost to you - $670.00 (payable prior to course commencement).

Requirements Certificate III qualification or near completion of an automotive apprenticeship.

Understand principles of Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology • Test high voltage batteries in HEVs • Service and maintain electrical components in HEVs • Deactivate and reinitialise power supply in HEVs

Enrol Should you wish to enrol, or require further information, please contact one of our friendly staff on 3722 3000.

Understand principles of Battery Electric Vehicles technology Depower BEVs Service and maintain BEVs Test and repair high voltage battery systems in BEVs Diagnose and repair system instrumentation and safety interlocks in BEVs

MTA Institute of Technology Address Building 8, 2728 Logan Road Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 Postal PO Box 4530 Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 Tel (07) 3722 3000 Toll Free 1800 884 137 Email


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Training matters


Brand on the run MTAQ and MIT have hit the streets with a fleet of newly wrapped Toyota Camrys


he Camry’s will join the minibus, taking the brand on the road. And you won’t miss them. Created by Benga Designs the yellow to red graduated vehicles with images from the Sir Jack Brabham Automotive Centre of Excellence make a major statement on the road. “I certainly get some looks when I’m driving around now,” said MIT representative Peter Ruhanen. “It’s a great way to get our brand out there, and people are commenting wherever I go.” From Townsville to Tweed the fleet will be used to visit clients and members and the mini bus can transport students and guests and be used for promotional activities. The Fleet will also be used to spread the word on the MTA Institute of Technology (MIT) and their acclaimed on-site training model. MIT work closely with more than 2000 MTAQ members to find out the industry trends that are important right now and incorporate this knowledge into training so apprentices are trained with current technology practices. Students train at a world-class facility, using state-of-the-art tools and equipment, with the very best trainers in their field, at no extra cost to their employer. MIT have taken the best of institutional and on-site training to create a flexible training model, which ensures students get the best possible

training experience, while minimising the inconvenience to employers. Students train in blocks of two weeks at the facility at Eight Mile Plains. Alternatively our training is done on-site at the employer’s workshop so trainees can keep working while they learn. Our trainers develop a tailored training plan with the employer to gain maximum effectiveness. MIT provide immediate feedback about student’s progress, so employers stay in the loop

every step of the way. MIT trainers are recruited from industry, not the classroom, so they know what they’re talking about. More than 30 trainers are based around Queensland and have a combined total of 450 years post-trade qualification experience and will always be available to provide their expert assistance and advice – to both employer and trainee. Call 3722 3000 or email for more information. August 2013 Motor Trader | 23

Queensland’s Largest Agricultural Field Days • Toowoomba – 3-5 September 2013


Ag Show Leads the way in Innovation and Education


The need to present an event that meets the needs of primary producers is the driving force behind changes being implemented at this year’s Heritage Ag Show. Presenting the latest in innovation across a whole range of industries will be paramount to Ag Show becoming a must attend event. Education is another area we are passionate about. Not just for farmers but for our young people. The need to understand agriculture and the importance of food security will be of vital importance in the future. We have relaunched our “Ag Ed – The Classroom without Walls” program. This project was established by the Royal Agricultural Society of Queensland 15 years ago and has been replicated by many show societies across Australia. Tuesday will involve Prep to Year 4 and will include the Little Hands on the Farm project which has proved very successful at the Toowoomba Royal Show. Wednesday will involve years 5 to 7 and will include industry specific classroom style events held across the grounds. Thursday will involve secondary school students with a focus on innovation, education and career opportunities. We expect in the vicinity of 2500 students to attend. Our education coordinator Mike Richards has been working very closely with the University of Southern Queensland and a host of agricultural organisations to present this very exciting and innovative program. There will also be a number of “Innovative Stations” located across the grounds where patrons can source information on a range of new releases, industry information and the latest in groundbreaking technology. An exciting area will be our demonstration area located in the Northern end of the main arena. Already Yamaha Sky Division has confirmed their attendance to demonstrate their unmanned spraying helicopter. The demonstration area is available to all exhibitors but you will need to book times. There is no additional charge to be involved and all participants will receive significant exposure and publicity. Please contact me on 07 4634 7400 or to confirm your attendance. We are also celebrating Australian manufacturing. In conjunction with Queensland Country Life we will be allocating a significant area for Australian manufacturers to display their products in addition

to their own sites. Again there is no additional charge and we will provide appropriate signage and publicity. In addition the MTAQ Farm Machinery Dealers will present an award for the best Australian Made Machine of the show. Again you will need to register your interest in being involved. The Toowoomba & Surat Basin Enterprise will be hosting a “Seminar Series” A range of topics will be released in the next week or two. The TSBE marquee will be located south west of the Founders Pavilion and will also host the Agribusiness Lunch on Wednesday where John McVeigh Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing will be the keynote speaker. TSBE Chief Executive Officer and Ag Show Board Member Shane Charles is passionate about agriculture. In his latest column Shane notes that the Toowoomba Region is the second most productive agricultural region in Australia and that this sector provides more “value added” benefit to our economy than energy and resources. TSBE are working closely with USQ to further develop our agricultural focus to become the agri-business capital of Australia. Ag Show has also formed a partnership with Agrex & Food Korea. A delegation will be attending and have offered Ag Show exhibitors some exciting incentives to attend their event which will be held later this year. Invitations will be included with all exhibitors’ kits. About 80% of the site is now full with a limited number of sites available in most areas. Last week we sent all exhibitors a form confirming your final requirements. To ensure we not only meet but exceed your expectations it would be appreciated if those forms could be completed and returned by the end of the week. If you require any further details or clarification on any issue please feel free to contact me. Until next time Damon Phillips

A ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY OF QUEENSLAND MANAGED EVENT For further information contact Damon Phillips, CEO, RASQ on 07 4634 7400 or email


Industrial relations


Ted Kowalski Industrial Relations Manager

leave accrual in the Fair Work system U nder the Fair Work system, annual leave accrues at the rate of 1/13th of the ordinary hours worked each week. Therefore, based on a normal 38 hour week, annual leave accrues at the rate of 2.923 hours per week of employment (1/13th of 38) for a total of 20 days per year. For a part-time employee working, say, 25 hours a week, the annual leave accrual would be 1/13th of 25 hours which would be 1.92 hours per week. Casuals, of course, do not accrue annual leave as they are paid a 25% loading on their hourly rate to compensate for this. Taking of annual leave is subject to mutual agreement, so an employee must apply to take annual leave and can only do so if the leave is approved by the employer. Permission to take the leave should not be unreasonably withheld. Sick leave, called personal leave in the Fair Work system, accrues at the rate of 1/26th of the ordinary hours worked each week. Therefore, based on a normal 38 hour week, sick leave accrues at the rate of 1.461 hours per

week (1/26th of 38) for a total of 10 days per year. For a part-time employee working, say, 25 hours per week, the sick leave accrual would be 1/26th of 25 hours which would be 0.96 hours per week. Sick leave is cumulative – meaning that any sick leave not used in one year carries on into the next. Any sick leave credits remaining at the time of termination are not paid out. Casuals do not accrue sick leave. Neither the modern awards nor the National Employment Standards (NES) contain any guidance as to when a doctor’s certificate can be demanded if an employee claims sick leave. It’s up to each business to formulate its own policy and to make that policy known to all employees. It’s important to make the policy reasonable and workable. As a guide, under the old State legislation an employee had to produce a doctor’s certificate if absent for more than two days, while under the previous federal vehicle industry award an employee was entitled to two single day absences per year without the production of a doctor’s certificate. August 2013 Motor Trader | 25

Ross’s Cylinder Head Engineering Location: 147 Boniface Street Coopers Plains



Member profiles

Type of business: Cylinder head reconditioning Number of employees: 1 Trading since: 1993 MTAQ member since: 1999

Gary Ross and Brett Ryan

Toowoomba Honda Motorcycles Location: 50 Water Street Toowoomba Type of business: Motorcycle and power equipment sales and service, Honda parts and motorcycle accessories Number of employees: 10 Trading since: 1972 MTAQ member since: 1997

Rob Fairbanks

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How did you hear about the Motor Trades Association of Queensland? (MTAQ) I was a member in the 1980s. How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business? Updating pay awards, training and the information provided in the magazine. What has been your proudest business achievement to date? 2012 Honda Dealer of the Year Award for Qld and having long-term staff.

What is the best thing about working in your industry? Being able to ride all sorts of bikes. What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given? Don’t turn your hobby in to your job. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? It’s good to have the backing of an industry-related professional organisation.

During my apprenticeship with Budd’s Repair and Exchange at Moorooka, my boss was a member.

To purchase the cylinder head section of my employers business, Budd’s Repair and Exchange, when he retired, to continue the service for his many clients.

How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business? It has helped a lot during government changes especially the introduction of the GST, wage changes, superannuation, and general information on the industry we all need to know.

What is the best thing about working in your industry? Helping our customers obtain what we would expect ourselves with quality workmanship at the best price.

What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given? Always strive to look after your customers, as you yourself would expect, because without customers, there is no business. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? Please do it for your own peace of mind, knowing that there is someone to ask for help and advice for your business.

Toowoomba Honda Motorcycles

Twin Cities Automotive

How did you hear about the Motor Trades Association of Queensland? (MTAQ) MTAQ Representative.

Location: 110 Bayswater Road Townsville

How has being an MTAQ member benefited your business? Having technical and industrial information on hand when it is needed and being a part of how the industry is transformed.

Type of business: Mechanical Repairs Number of employees: 6 Trading since: 1991 MTAQ member since: 1999

What has been your proudest business achievement to date? Being in business in the one location for 23 years.

What is the best thing about working in your industry? Keeping the mind active to stay in touch with technical and electronic advances. What is the best piece of business advice you have ever given or been given? Stay on top of your accounts and don’t under price your abilities. What would you say to someone thinking about joining MTAQ? If you are passionate about the industry it’s a no brainer.

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• Automotive Vehicle Body (Vehicle Painting)

• A formal apprenticeship has not been completed • An apprenticeship or trade training has been completed overseas

• Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) • Automotive Specialist (Diesel Fitting) • Automotive Vehicle Body (Panel Beating) • Automotive Sales (Parts Interpreting) In most cases the Queensland Government covers the majority of the cost for trade recognition other than mandatory fees determined by Government.

Course Length

Australian residency criteria 1. Are you an Australian or New Zealand citizen? 2. Do you have permanent residency in Australia? 3. Do you hold a provisional Visa (163, 309, 310, 457, 820 and 826) or Skilled Independent Regional (SIR) Visa or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)?

Once an application has been received with all supporting documentation, MTA Institute of Technology will assess and respond within 10 working days. Evaluation can be completed at MTA Institute of Technology’s Eight Mile Plains premises or alternatively on site at the applicants workplace.

Enrol Should you wish to obtain more information regarding trade recognition, please contact one of our friendly team using the contact details below.

Address Building 8, 2728 Logan Road Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 Postal PO Box 4530 Eight Mile Plains Qld 4113 Tel (07) 3722 3000 Toll Free 1800 884 137 Email


MTA Institute of Technology

Smart apps Phone drives future of cars

There’s only one thing missing from the car of the future, the driver. Griffith University students are using Smartphone technology to make the driverless car more of a reality. Information and Communications Technology students from the Gold Coast campus were honoured at the recent 2013 Queensland iAwards for designing the Smartphone Driven Automated Vehicle. The Griffith team of Tommi Sullivan, Michael Lennon, and Yukito Tsunoda received the prize for projects developed at the University’s Robotics Lab under the supervision of Dr Jun Jo. The team created a small prototype model of the autonomous car and

Michael Lennon and Tommi Sullivan

designed some of its components using 3D printer technology. Their ultimate goal is to implement the program and drive the car in public. “We think they chose our project for the unique idea of utilising Smartphone technology to guide and steer the car,” Tommi said.

Keep track of your insurance

Steve Owen, Steve Richards and David Reynolds test their knowledge

Hi-speed ‘trivial’ pursuit Motorsport news website, Speedcafe. com has entered the smartphone app market with the launch of the Speedcafe Trivia app, Driven by Proton. The free, time-based trivia game tests motor racing fans’ knowledge of the sport and rewards speed and accuracy. Answering the most questions correctly in the shortest amount of time, results in the best scores. More than 1000 questions have been compiled for the application covering many categories across the sport. The app, is smartphone optimised for Android and iOS devices.

“A normal unmanned vehicle would usually use a camera or a different sensor or a Ladar on the top, but the uniqueness in this car is that most of the sensors are used from the mobile phone.” “We hope to one day see people using their Smartphone to drive their cars in a real life situation,” Yukito said.

“The Speedcafe Trivia app, allows us to extend the engagement with our fans beyond the existing website and social media channels,” said Speedcafe marketing and sales manager, Leisa Emberson. “Some of the questions will really have fans thinking and we believe it can generate plenty of pub discussion and rivalry between mates trying to out score one another. “The questions come from all forms of motorsport, V8 Supercars, Formula 1, NASCAR and World Rally Championship.” The app is available from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store, with both being linked directly from

Currently, 90 per cent of Australians have car, house, and contents insurance, but despite the cost and the importance of these policies a majority couldn't tell you who their policies are with. The Know Risk Insurance Tracker makes organising your insurance simple. It’s the first impartial app of its kind available anywhere in the world that enables people to manage all aspects of their insurance on one, user-friendly platform. The app doesn’t sell or cost anything- it simply helps users keep track of their policies, renew on time, make inventories of precious belongings and ask the right questions when you are considering what insurance is best for you. In short, it takes the confusion out of insurance, leaving your life that little bit less stressed. It keeps all policy information in one place including contact details of insurance companies for when it’s needed and it sends reminders to review and update insurance policies. It’s an easy-to-use inventory that can be updated by taking photos of household items. August 2013 Motor Trader | 29




onnect with that special person in your life with Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge, Spa & Vineyard’s Quick Romantic Stopover package. Ideal for celebrating a honeymoon, wedding anniversary, special occasion or simply to unwind, the package, priced from $345 for two, includes overnight accommodation, a bottle of bubbly and chocolates on arrival, a two course dinner at Mandy’s on the Mountain Restaurant, breakfast and a leisurely midday checkout. The property offers the perfect romantic escape regardless of the season. Guests can enjoy the blazing log fire in the Lodge’s lounge bar in winter or toasting a sunset with a glass of champagne on the property’s large deck in summer. The on-site Mandy’s on the Mountain Restaurant serves great cuisine with the seasonal menu based on local produce and designed to please all palates, the dining experience enhanced by a carefully chosen wine list. Located just 35 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, the property offers panoramic views of Moreton Bay and the granite spires of the Glasshouse Mountains while in the

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“property features include a full sized tennis court, a large lap swimming pool, sundeck and the onsite Stephanie’s Mountain Spa.”

evenings, the glow of Brisbane's CBD is clearly visible. The resort's 53 rooms and suites, all with private balconies, are designed to take full advantage of the outlook and come complete with full hotel services and room amenities for a tranquil and relaxing escape. Other property features include a full sized tennis court, a large lap swimming pool, sundeck and the onsite Stephanie’s Mountain Spa which offers an extensive menu of contemporary treatments designed to enhance a romantic getaway. For further information call 07 3298 5100 or visit


Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters, Accor’s up-scale apartment brand on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has a special deal in its non-Lagoon view apartments that will make escaping the winter chills hard to resist. From August 19, 2013 to July 31, 2014 excluding School Holidays, Christmas and Easter, travellers can enjoy a four night stay in a 2 Bedroom Apartment for $800 or for $1000 in a 3 bedroom Apartment. A seven night stay is $1260 in a 2 Bedroom Apartment or $1610 in a 3 Bedroom Apartment. An upgrade to a lagoon view apartment is an additional $30 per night and checkout is 11am. Bookings for this period must be made by the end of August 2013 by calling the property direct on 07 5450 6129 or email The Grand Mercure self-contained apartments feature generous outdoor

entertaining areas, gourmet kitchens, laundry, secure parking and contemporary furnishings. There are three swimming pools, BBQ areas, bicycle and walking paths and expansive lawn and beach areas. With easy access just an hour’s drive

north of Brisbane and five minutes from the Sunshine Coast Airport, there’s no excuse for the winter blues this year. Bookings are subject to availability and can be made directly with the property. For further information email

Escape to Melbourne for a Bond experience “Bond, James Bond.” From the moment Sean Connery uttered that famous name at the beginning of Dr. No, Agent 007 captured the world’s imagination. In the five decades since, the suave screen hero has not only headlined the most successful franchise in film history, he has made an indelible impact on the worlds of art, music, fashion, technology, travel, automotive design, and lifestyle. The Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition celebrates this world of innovation and action, style and sex appeal with an inside view of the world’s favourite secret agent.

The exhibition takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey, through a dozen themed rooms and environments from 1962’s Dr. No to 2012’s Skyfall. Visitors can see Roger Moore’s white tuxedo from Octopussy and the spacesuit from Moonraker; Scaramanga’s golden gun, gadgets from Q Branch and the 1964 silver Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye which famously returned to the screen in Skyfall. The exhibition is on show at Melbourne Museum from November 1 – February 23, tickets available at or 1300 130 152.

August Snow in Perisher Perisher Blue, Australia's most popular snow holiday destination is the Southern Hemisphere's biggest alpine resort. And August is one of the best times to hit the slopes at Perisher, typically when there’s the most snow about, so now’s the time to take advantage of a great snow deal. Ski or snowboard from only $88 a day for adults and $48 a day for children. Buy online and save on in-resort prices when you purchase a 5-day in 7-day lift ticket for the price of 4 – $437 for adults and $238 for children. Perisher is a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra airport with coaches running regularly or a 40-minute flight from Sydney. For bookings and more information go to

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Industry insight

FBT on cars statutory formula abolished


he changes apply for all new arrangements contracted after the announcement on 16 July, 2013 and will be effective from 1 April, 2014. Existing arrangements contracted before 16 July, 2013, and not materially varied after the announcement, can continue to use the statutory formula method. As Federal Parliament is unlikely to sit before the next Federal election, the status of the proposed changes, in the event that Labor is not returned to power, is uncertain. The announced changes could mean an increase in taxation and compliance costs for employers. The FBT payable on all new arrangements with respect to cars will have to be calculated using the operating cost method. This means more record keeping, log books, and a higher taxable value in most cases. The statutory formula concession was dramatically reduced in 2011. However, in many situations, there could still be a small advantage for employees when provided with a car fringe benefit by their employers. However, some employers and employees could still receive a higher benefit when salary sacrificing the benefit. These include: • Employees with high running costs for the car (usually salary sacrificed) eg: where the employee had higher than usual kilometres. • Employers and employees in the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. Employers who are subject to the FBT exemption or rebate cap can provide exempt or rebateable fringe benefits up to the cap per employee ($17,000 or $30,000 depending on the type of employer). The provision of car fringe benefits using 32 | Motor Trader August 2013

the statutory formula is a common form of benefit provided by these not-for-profit employers, although the concessions available to NFPs are also currently under review. Employers and employees in these situations will be hard hit by these proposed changes. Many employees who are salary sacrificing will be considerably worse off under the new rules. In addition, with the increase in taxable FBT values there will be a flow on to adjusted taxable income for various concessions and benefits such as Medicare levy surcharge, child support and Centrelink. Payroll tax and workcover costs will increase where the FBT taxable value is included in taxable wages for these purposes.

Implications for motor dealers

One immediate concern that has been raised by industry is the likelihood of a buyers’ strike, given the detrimental impact that the proposals will have on most employees’ positions. We agree that this is a likely outcome. However, there are other implications for motor dealers that will need to be considered, including: • The removal of the statutory formula method will likely mean that the pool calculation for FBT applied by motor dealers themselves will cease to apply from 1 April, 2014. It will be necessary for the industry to attempt to negotiate a replacement administrative concession with the ATO to simplify the record keeping requirements that will otherwise be imposed on

the pool vehicles under the operating cost method. • Dealers may wish to consider promoting the use of FBT exempt vehicles to employers and employees. For example, where the use of a vehicle by an employee is predominantly for work related (including home to work) travel and other private use is minor, infrequent, and irregular, the provision of some utilities and dual cabs will not give rise to an FBT liability. However, it should be noted that the ATO is looking closely to ensure the private use restrictions for exempt vehicles are strictly enforced by employers. In the absence of certainty around these changes, the rational decision for most employers and employees will be to defer the decision to renew or replace existing vehicles. Therefore, BDO has called on both the Federal Government and Opposition to provide greater certainty regarding the proposed changes to FBT methods for vehicle salary packaging by recalling Parliament and debating the topic as soon as possible given the far-reaching impact the changes will have. Further, we are lobbying all parties to consider the administrative measures that will need to be negotiated to allow this substantial change in the law to be implemented with the smallest amount of inconvenience possible. In particular our National Automotive team will look to defend those most significantly disadvantaged by these changes, the motor industry. Mark Ward Partner, BDO

This publication has been carefully prepared, but it has been written in general terms and should be seen as broad guidance only. The publication cannot be relied upon to cover specific situations and you should not act, or refrain from acting, upon the information contained therein without obtaining specific professional advice.

The Federal Government last month announced the abolition of the statutory formula for car fringe benefits

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