NSW Roads Minister to address Livestocker's Conference

NSW Roads Minister tol deliver the opening address at the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association's annual conference on March 13-14

NSW Roads Minister Michael Daley’s will deliver the opening address at the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association’s (LBCA) annual conference on March 13-14.

More than 200 delegates are expected to attend the event, which is being held at the Pit Complex at Mount Panorama.

LBCA President Jim Savage of StockMaster Transport, Tamworth, says the Minister’s decision to attend this important industry event for regional transport operators backed up the clear "hands on" approach he has adopted to tackling key industry challenges since taking on the portfolio in September last year.

"Minister Daley walked in the door last year and was hit straight away with a series of problems with the new heavy vehicle driver fatigue regulations. To his credit, he listened and acted quickly by introducing a series of transition arrangements and exemptions to give all parties some breathing space and a chance to re-think the key issues," he says.

"He’s made is very clear that improving road safety is the guiding principle in this review and provided risks are not increased, he’s willing to think about addressing specific problems in NSW.

"He’s also indicated he’ll talk to his colleagues in other states about potential safety and productivity justified amendments to the national model developed by the National Transport Commission. Finally, we have a NSW Roads Minister that listens.

"The Minister and the majority of the industry agree on the need to improve industry safety. A key part of this is ensuring the regulations are workable and also acting more consistently on chain-of-responsibility laws to ensure all parties assist in improving in road safety. For too long, the safety risk has been moved down the supply chain to the driver and we are committed to improving this outcome."

As well as focusing on possible changes to the recently introduced heavy vehicle driver fatigue regulations, the conference will look at a range of other key issues including a scheme aimed at better linking key NSW meat and livestock centres, what future fuels options might be available to the road freight sector, the proposal to move to a single national regulator for trucks as well as discussing the possible impacts of the current economic crisis on members.

Other key speakers will include Jock Laurie (President, NSW Farmers), Des Powell (Chair, NSW Grain Freight Review), Kevin Lloyd (General Manager, Storage and Freight, GrainCorp), Greg Matthews (Mayor of Dubbo) and Paul Toole (Mayor of Bathurst).

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