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Trucking Australia in running for best event

ATA's Trucking Australia conference is a finalist in the category of Best Corporate Event title at Australian Event Awards

October 9, 2013

It incurred criticism from one of the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) own representatives but it seems the way the Trucking Australia conference was run has been vindicated, with the event in the running for the Best Corporate Event title.

Trucking Australia, which the ATA held on Hamilton Island from June 21 to 22, is one of four finalists for the title that will be awarded at this year’s Australian Event Awards on November 19 in Sydney.

Australian Event Awards judge co-chair Johnny Allen says the finalist entries across all categories represented some of the most worthy achievements.

“The 2013 finalists should all be proud of the invaluable contribution they are making to Australia’s highly successful events industry,” Allen says.

ATA owner-driver representative Frank Black, who did not attend Trucking Australia, accused the ATA of catering to an exclusive group by holding it on Hamilton Island.

“I’m an owner-driver. I think it was a silly place to have it. They should have had it where it was more accessible to owner-drivers,” Black said in August.

“To me, it wasn’t a venue that made it accessible to everybody else. I think it’s sending more a message that it’s more for the exclusive people that can afford it and not to try and involve everyone in the industry.”

ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says Trucking Australia was developed to give all members of the trucking industry a chance to contribute to the industry’s future.

“Trucking Australia 2013 was structured as an open meeting with sessions where delegates were invited to contribute to the industry’s approach to the carbon tax and road charges, safety, and getting more women and young people involved,” he says.

“These action plans are now in motion as part of the ATA’s agenda.”

St Clair says the association has ratified goals including providing career information to school counsellors, working with governments on speed management and enforcement and ensuring trucking companies do not end up paying state road agencies and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) to do the same job.

“Selling out three weeks before the event, Trucking Australia 2013 was a huge success for the trucking industry. In 2014, we’ll once again invite attendees to be part of shaping the industry’s future,” St Clair says.

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