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McDonald becomes the new ALRTA president

Marley moves on as AGM heralds new-look board


Scott McDonald has been elected the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) national president at the association’s recent AGM.

He takes the reins on October 1, replacing the outgoing Stephen Marley.

McDonald and his brother Stephen operate McDonald Brothers Transport in Tamworth, NSW.

ALRTA notes the business grew from one truck in 2000 and has grown to operate a fleet of tippers, crates, flattops and dropdeck trailers, servicing all types of rural transport tasks.  

McDonald is a former ALRTA vice president and Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) representative to ALRTA.

“The ALRTA is a strong and well-known national industry association that goes into bat on issues affecting grass roots rural carriers from our six state associations,” McDonald says.
“When it comes down to it, no other association is prepared to get its hands dirty on coalface issues like ramp safety, effluent management, unfair charging for sub-standard rural roads or guarding against new vehicle standards that just don’t work in rural areas.

“I am honoured to have been elected as national president and look forward to continuing our quest for improved road access, safety and business sustainability.
“I acknowledge and thank outgoing president Stephen Marley and outgoing treasurer Fiona Wild for their enormous contributions over the past two years.”

One of Marley’s last moves was an effluent infrastructure priority call

ALRTA’s national executive for 2020-21 is:

  • pational president: Scott McDonald (LBRCA)
  • vice president: Ian Wild (LRTAQ)
  • vice president: Matt Henderson (LRTAWA)
  • treasurer: Stephen Hopkins (LBRCA)
  • secretary: Grant Robins (LRTAWA)
  • ATA representative: John Beer (LRTAV)
  • immediate past president: Stephen Marley (LRTAWA)

Wild, Henderson and Hopkins are among the new appointments.

Wild is an owner-driver based in Maleny, Queensland, supported by wife and business partner Fiona, and is the immediate past president of Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ).

Henderson is managing director of Western Australian firm MDH Transport, a rapidly expanding bulk haulier servicing the rural, mining and civil construction sectors.

Henderson is also the vice president of Livestock and Rural Transport Association of Western Australia (LRTAWA) and graduate of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) young leaders program.
Hopkins has been involved in a family transport business which at different times carried ice cream, milk, day-old chickens and fertilised eggs, ALRTA notes, and has spent 20 years at Westpac Bank as a corporate project manager.
Robins (LRTAWA) continues in the secretary role while John Beer (Livestock and Rural Transport Association Victoria) moves from vice president in the ATA representative role.
Meanwhile, Graeme Hoare, compliance manager with Martins Group of Companies and a former ALRTA vice president, is appointed to chair the ALRTA Animal Welfare Sub-Committee.
All elected office bearers commence their one-year appointment from October 1.


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