Forum 7: Perth, 21st September 2015
|At left: Kris Clarkson (Clarkson Freightlines/Transafe WA), Peter Elliot (Logistics Training Council), Ana Stachewicz (Transafe WA), Denis Price (Busselton Freight Services/Transafe WA), Chris Melham (ATA) and Michael Kilgariff (ALC). At right: the 21/9/15 audience
Transafe WA Vice-Chair Allan Price welcomed the 150-strong audience to Monday’s forum and was followed by Chris Melham, CEO of the Australian Trucking Association who opened the day and briefed the audience on the ATA’s safety agenda.
Presentations from Pascal Felix, Executive Director of Heavy Vehicle Services for Main Roads WA and WA Police followed focussing on CoR, heavy vehicle enforcement in WA, and the Heavy Vehicle Charge. Due for introduction in WA in mid-2019, the charge is expected to fund the State contribution to the road projects directly related to the Perth Freight Link which will facilitate connection between Perth’s strategic industrial areas and Fremantle Port.
Main Roads emphasised the benefits to industry including productivity and efficiency, travel time savings and safety.
Other presentations covered workers compensation prevention and cost containment, training initiatives, driver alertness and neuroscience.
Paul Sofield of the Barbaro Group and Trent Savage from Linfox looked at investigating accidents and near misses in the trucking industry with impressive knowledge of investigation techniques, managing and preserving incident scenes and the fair treatment of employees.
The day concluded with an open discussion session during which Sarab Singh of Illuminate Group reminded us of this quote by writer and futurist Alvin Toffler: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
It was a forum that emphasised leadership, training, fair treatment of employees, new technology and raising the profile of industry. “This industry is quite invisible – we need to become more visible in moving the nation,” said a passionate Cathi Payne at the forum’s conclusion.