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RFNSW announces heavy-hitting gala guest speaker list

RFNSW has announced a wide variety of guest speakers set to share their insight into the state's freight industry at the upcoming RFNSW Annual Conference 2024

Road Freight New South Wales (RFNSW) has announced its list of guest speakers set to participate at its annual conference and awards ceremony, which is set to be held on Thursday, July 25.

A range of government and industry speakers have been engaged for the event, which will include an industry panel called ‘Voice of the Operator” to be chaired by RFNSW board member Ann Lopez.

Industry experts Mike Williams, Mary-Ann Eather, Jon Luff, Leonie Carter and BP’s Chris Leat will be on the panel.

Also included will be a discussion on this year’s theme ‘Trucking at the Crossroads of Change’, which will include input and insight from Transport for NSW’s Bianca Slack-Smith, Teletrac Navman’s Shannon Kyle, Scott Hannah, and H2EC’s Aaron Smith.

RFNSW Chairman Austin Vella will also join National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) CEO Sal Petroccitto on stage for a discussion surrounding the current state of the NSW freight industry.

Government and regulatory speakers at the event will include Petroccitto, federal senator Glenn Searle, NSW Roads Minister John Graham, NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchson MP, and Fair Work Commission Commissioner Scott Connelly.

RFNSW Chief Executive Simon O’Hara says the wide variety of speakers set to attend this year’s event shows just how large the gala is becoming.

“We’re proud to say that our RFNSW Annual Conference and Awards event just keep getting bigger and better every year,” O’Hara says.

“It’s another jam-packed event this year, and with a theme of ‘Trucking at the Crossroads of Change’, we’re excited that guests will get the opportunity to engage with government stakeholders, bureaucrats, regulatory experts and their fellow freight operators and gain invaluable insights and perspectives into the transformations already reshaping road freight in NSW.

“We’ll be focusing on our industry’s currents challenges and promising innovations and discussing important issues such as PBLIS amendments, new compliance measures, renewable diesel transitional fuels advancements in automation, cybersecurity and advice on how existing heavy vehicles can run ‘dual fuel’ to help achieve emission reductions targets.

“After a day of discussions, we’ll hold our auction with some great donations like Michelin tyres, Alcoa rims, BP and Freestyle Kings motor sport event invitations and much more. At the Awards afternoon, we’ll recognise and celebrate our NSW trucking industry who’ve made significant contributions to our industry. This year the awards are open to the NSW industry and sponsored by the Australian Trucking Association and we thank them for their continued support.”

To nominate someone for an award at this year’s RFNSW gala, click here.

For tickets to the event, click here.

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