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2019 LRTAQ Annual Convention - Rockhampton

The LRTAQ Convention will be held 8 –10 March 2019 in Rockhampton, Queensland.

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2018 LRTAQ Conference – Charters Towers

With the many events we held over the weekend surprising the attendees with terrific venues and programs.

Kicking off with LRTAQ/Haulmark Trailers Transport Forum, where the speakers did not disappoint with the content and relevance of their presentations.  Many thanks must go once again to Paul Blake, who put together a great line up of speakers. We hope that those who attended took away some valuable information from the session.

This event was followed by the Western Star Welcome Reception at the Stock Exchange arcade where delegates and supporters were able to network in a casual environment.  Always one of the highlights of the weekend.

Saturday morning saw us headed to the Charters Towers IOR depot, where our naming rights sponsor did a great job of setting up displays and activities to keep those who attended engaged with industry.  Personal thanks to Frances Schafer for pulling this event together and making it successful.  Also thanks to the Charters Towers Scouts for providing delicious free breakfast for those who came along.

The Mayor’s Lunch at Liz Schmidt’s church although not well attended was certainly a nice way to wind down before a restful afternoon, preceding the Bull Carter’s Ball.

The AGM saw a changing of the guard in a way, due to Ron Pattel’s ill health Louise Smith of Smith Bros Transport – Mt Garnet was voted in as Treasurer.  We saw some new delegates come on board with John Rogers (JR) of RTA elected as North West Queensland delegate, Rob Morton from Longreach as Central West Queensland delegate.  Stephanie Wild has moved back to a field officer position and we welcome Shane Klee from Strasburg’s as our Southern Field Officer.  All other positions remained unchanged. Congratulations to the delegates, and executive, I look forward to working with you over the coming 12 months.

Then of course the crowning glory of every LRTAQ Conference is the Mack Trucks Australia Bull Carter’s Ball.  Held on the grounds of the newly refurbished “Mosman Hall” and renamed “Kernow”, the ball was once again a great success.

We had a fantastic emcee in Mat Munro our ALRTA ED, who did a great job for his first effort – I am positive that others will ask Mat to do the honours of emcee at their events in the future.

Our special guest speak Brent Tate – Australian and Queensland representative and Bronco’s, Warriors and Cowboys Rugby League great entertained the guests with a question and answer session about his illustrious career.  Thanks to Westfund’s Bob Whitaker for lining Brent and his brother in law Steve Price up for us.

Followed on by the traditional auction, where Andrew Meehan and his crew from Queensland Rural did a great job in helping the association raise over $40k to keep our association rolling along in 2018/2019.  As part of that auction $2,200 was raised for the Black Dog Institute from the sale of the print donated by the Charters Towers Regional Council.

I would like to say a very big thank you to all those who attended, be they members, delegates, sponsors or supporters.

A special thank you to the committee and their wives who chipped in and helped with last minute preparations for the Bull Carter’s Ball, along with my friends and family, who I would be literally lost without (you know who you are).

It was a great few days in Charters Towers and I hope that everyone who attended enjoyed their time with us.

There are discussions happening as we speak as to where our next conference will be held, and I will let you all know as soon as a decision has been made.

As an aside to the Conference Report I would like to let you all know that Ron Pattel is recovering well and I for one am positive we will see him at an event in the very near future, thank you all for the well wishes and support, I have passed these on to Alice and she and Ron are very grateful.

With that, thank you once again to our amazing valuable sponsors for the continued, unwavering support of this great association

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.