Livestockers converge on Albury to discuss future of freight

By: Jason Whittaker


Albury is set to play host to a critical industry and government debate on infrastructure spending, road safety reform, meat

Albury is set to play host to a critical industry and government debate on infrastructure spending, road safety reform, meat and livestock and grain industry freight and trucking industry professionalism, as the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association holds its 30th annual conference in Albury on Saturday.

Some of the most influential people in Australian transport are chairing the sessions on making regional and rural
freight safer and more efficient — and ensuring the industry continues to attract young people in the future.

Michael Deegan, Chairman of the National Transport Commission (NTC), is one of the transport leaders who will
be speaking and answering industry concerns, as more than 200 trucking operators and rural freight customers descend on Albury looking to improve their industry.

Other speakers include head of compliance and freight in the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) and senior representatives from Graincorp, the saleyards and feedlot sectors.

LBCA President Jim Savage (StockMaster Transport, Tamworth) says it’s an unprecedented summit for regional Australia and an opportunity the industry can’t afford to miss to influence a brighter future.

"We have to be there influencing better spending decisions and better regulation to give our regional communities a brighter future," he says.

"In 30 years, we’ve prided ourselves on getting on with productive policy reforms in regional and rural trucking. This year we are welcoming a lot of our customers to help that debate expand. It’s an exciting time."

Savage says with the Federal Government making infrastructure investment a priority through Infrastructure Australia, the Albury conference is "the biggest event in NSW this year" that will drive good policies and reforms to benefit the carriers and the communities they service.

"If we aren’t in there influencing the result, the bush will get left behind. We’re looking forward to a productive day to make sure rural freight and safety isn’t forgotten," he says.

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