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2018 LRTAQ Annual Conference

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Charters Towers 1-3 June 2018

In keeping with our move to support regional communities, we are holding our annual event in Charters Towers, in 2018.

As it is the most appropriate time to be in the North West we decided to hold our event in the winter months so all our delegates and guests are able to enjoy the amazing beautiful weather.

The LRTAQ are in the process of formalising our program and a Preliminary Program is available for you perusal.

Registration brochures are available for download. If you are interested in attending and would like more information please contact Christina at the LRTAQ Secretariat via Email

We look forward to seeing you there!!!


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LRTAQ/ALRTA Combined Conference February 2017 – Toowoomba

2017’s combined conference began with a hearty breakfast at the City Golf Club – just what was needed for a round of golf on the fairways! Following lunch at this venue, the ALRTA hosted an informative afternoon filled with a variety of speakers who imparted pertinent knowledge for all participants.

The National Sponsors Gala Dinner was held at the Empire Theatre’s Armitage Centre. The Hon. Luke Hartsyuker, the Minister assisting the Deputy Prime Minister, Cr. Carol Taylor, Deputy Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council and Bruce McIvor, Inaugural President of the ALRTA spoke to the evening’s attendees. A passionate speech was given to the audience by Dr Rolf Gomes, founder of the Heart of Australia.

Special thanks to the national sponsors for a great day and evening.

The LRTAQ’s Conference day began on Saturday with a Community Breakfast at the new BP Charlton Service Centre. Some associated local businesses, a range of old and new trucks and trailers, healthcare as well as great food supplied by BP kept the crowd informed and well fed. Paul Antonio, Mayor of the Toowoomba Regional Council welcomed all to his city.

Following breakfast, The Haulmark Trailers LRTAQ Transport Forum was held at the beautifully restored Downs Club in Mylne Street. Guest speakers, panel discussions and enticing food kept all who attended well-versed with current affairs relating to rural transport.

Meanwhile, the Partners Program participants were bussed around Toowoomba and surrounds visiting Bunnyconnellen, a working vineyard, for gourmet food and wine tastings and later the delights of the Chocolate Cottage and other shops at Highfields.

The highlight of every LRTAQ Conference is of course, the Bull Carter’s Ball which, was sponsored by Mack Trucks Australia and held at Picnic Point. Alistair Roberts, Regional sales Manager QLD, NT & WA, addressed guests in the absence of Dean Bestwick, Vice President of Mack Trucks Australia.

During the evening, LRTAQ Treasurer Ron Pattel presented Owen and Liz Schmidt with honorary Life Membership of the Queensland association.

And of course, no Ball would be without an auction. The LRTAQ gratefully thanks all sponsors, donations and successful bidders for making this part of the evening a resounding success.

Finally, the LRTAQ wishes to thank all attendees, speakers, supporters and sponsors for the 2017 Conference and look forward to seeing you in 2018.

LRTAQ Conference May 2016 – Longreach

Wow!!! What a weekend. The members and supporters of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland converged on the township of Longreach in force for the annual conference and Bull Carter’s Ball.

Over the three days/nights, there were in excess of 150 extra people in Longreach – taking in the sights and sounds of Outback Queensland. During our short stay, we enjoyed great food, fine drinks and terrific company not only at our on-site accommodations but also around town.

Many of us visited Longreach shops, took in fabulous tourist attractions, hired cars and made use of the local taxi service and went about putting in more dollars to the local economy.   We even had our own group of grey nomads accommodating the local caravan park.

Mack Trucks Australia sponsored an amazing Bull Carter’s Ball at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. It was a beautiful evening, fantastic location and lip-smacking dining.

Overall and not including the extra that was spent around town, the LRTAQ generated more than $50,000 in income for businesses in this drought- affected, western town. Mayor Ed Warren expressed his deepest appreciation to the LRTAQ for bringing our event to his community. He informed us that every dollar we spent in Longreach went round the community 7 times.

We would like to sincerely thank Longreach and its community for welcoming us so warmly and making our Conference a very memorable one.

LRTAQ Conference February 2015 – Tangalooma Resort, Moreton Island

Well once again, the Forum and Bull Carter’s Ball are done and dusted. This year’s conference was held in late Summer – quite a bit earlier than previous occasions.

For this conference, we worked on encouraging members to take a break at a fabulous location whilst taking part in industry forums, listening to various speakers, having an input into significant issues as well as meeting representatives from our sponsor companies.

Unfortunately, some were unable to attend due to severe weather. Cyclone Marcia made her presence felt that weekend with plenty of rain and wind in the south-east corner of the state. However, it was great to meet with those who sailed across Moreton Bay to a totally different venue to that of previous years.

Thanks so much to all those who braved the bad weather and made our time on Tangalooma very memorable.

LRTAQ Conference 2014 – Townsville

The 2014 Conference held in Townsville had quite a different format to other years. For this occasion, we hosted a stand inside the Brown & Hurley display at the NQ Field Days instead of our traditional Conference/Forum. This came about due to the Field Days being held later in the week as opposed to mid week in previous years. The Committee took on this change as an opportunity to try something different and to inform more of the public around rural and livestock transport issues.

We were joined by Andreas Blahous of the NHVR who, whilst visiting, announced that the NHVR had approved the 160km radius exemption for the cartage of primary production.  This was a well-earned announcement as David Scott, President LRTAQ, and others on the Executive had been working on this issue for quite some time. Andreas also spoke of other topics including fatigue related issues.

Thanks to everyone who made the weekend a success and we forward to seeing you at Tangalooma in February 2015.