ATA backs St Clair as strife-torn council meets


ATA and members back Stuart St Clair to remain as chief executive, following meetings to resolve internal unrest

ATA backs St Clair as strife-torn council meets
ATA backs St Clair as strife-torn council meets
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and its members have backed Stuart St Clair to remain as chief executive, following a number of key meetings to resolve internal unrest.

ATA Chairman Trevor Martyn says the Council and member associations, meeting for the first time this year, "unanimously affirmed their support for Stuart St Clair, his staff and the work of the ATA secretariat".

The announcement comes following the release of internal documents revealing displeasure over the running of the organisation, and claims of a breakdown in ATA and government relations.

St Clair yesterday met with chief executives from member associations, while the ATA Board held discussions separately with association presidents.

"These meetings were a chance to deal with a series of issues, many involving the ATA’s communication with its member organisations," Martyn says in a statement.

But as reported by ATN, the decision to hold separate meetings with association presidents was seen as an attempt to drive a wedge between them and their executives.

However, Martyn says he is confident of the ATA’s future based on the outcome of the council meeting. He says the ATA will also be budgeting prudently in response to the global financial crisis.

Sections of the ATA raised concerns over the financial running of the organisation, with internal documents showing it is struggling to repay the more than $1 million it borrowed to build its Mobile Education Centre.

Kathy Williams from Bunker Freight Lines will be tasked with working out how to repay the $724,000 shortfall, after the ATA re-elected her to the position of secretary and treasurer.

David Simon, Doug McMillan, Noelene Watson and Derek Nathan were also re-elected.

They will be joined by the newly-appointed Gemma Gordon, who is the president of the South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA).

ATN is seeking further comment on the outcomes of the meeting.

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