Jacquelene Brotherton  of Transport Women Australia
Jacquelene Brotherton of Transport Women Australia File Photo

OPINION: Transport Women on the year ahead

WITH all the happenings in the transport industry at this time - the tragic accidents, the changes to chain of responsibility laws, the introduction of electronic work diaries, the building of the industry master code, the lack of rest areas and the inadequacy of those we have - we tend to forget some of the positive things that are happening.

The collaborative effort by associations, companies and government to improve the safety of the industry, the fact that there have already been many commonsense improvements made possible by everyone working together, a recent change permitting personal use of heavy vehicles for our drivers while on a break, which is excellent news.

For myself and the new board of Transport Women Australia Limited, while maintaining awareness of all these industry issues, our focus has necessarily been inward in our first two months to concentrate on the board changeover and relocating our office to Melbourne during the Christmas/New Year period.

Our Girl Guides Australia "Wheels” badge program is ready to roll out after its launch in late October 2017. We are very excited to be partnering with the Guides on this initiative.

Transport Women Australia Limited has another project nearing agreement that we plan to announce by next issue and some others under discussion.

Membership subscriptions are now due and we welcome new and returning members as we reconnect through engagements with them and our sponsors.

The national conference will be held in Melbourne from May 18-20, 2018, and is sponsored by Daimler Truck and Bus. Look for the program soon!

We have fabulous speakers lined up, including Ellen Voie, the president, chief executive officer and founder of Women in Trucking USA, Dr Iderlina (Derlie) Mateo-Babiano from the University of Melbourne, and Meryn Morrison, the chairwoman of Women in Road Transport NZ.

Registrations for the conference will be open in the next couple of weeks and accommodation bookings are already available at the Mantra, Tullamarine.

We believe the future for Transport Women Australia Limited and our industry is bright.

We also thank our wonderful sponsors, including Volvo, TWUSUPER, Scania, NTI, Cummins, PACCAR, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator and SRT Logistics.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To discuss, please phone Jacquelene Brotherton on 0417 422 319 or email j.brotherton@bigpond.com or chair@transportwomen.com.au.

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