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2021 LRTAQ Annual Conference

The 2021 LRTAQ Conference will be held from 9-11 April 2021 in Roma, Queensland. More details to follow shortly.

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LRTAQ Convention - Rockhampton 2019 Wrap up

Well it was a great couple of days in Rockhampton…

We started out on Thursday 7th March, with the quarterly delegates meeting, which was hosted by Simon Graham and his team at Brown & Hurley Rockhampton; which just happens to be right across the road from out home for the convention Korte’s resort.

We then went back to Korte’s for a few quiet drinks before heading to the Parkhurst Tavern for the delegates dinner, where we were joined by delegates partners, as well as a few of the members who had arrived in town early.  Steve Price (yes the football superstar) also joined us for dinner in his new capacity as Leadership Development and Performance Manager for Westfund Health Insurance.  As a major corporate sponsor of the LRTAQ, Westfund offers a member discount of 5% off premiums in certain levels of cover, and also contributes a 2% commission to the LRTAQ – contact the secretariat for more information.

On Friday 8th our Haulmark Trailers Transport was well attended with around 60 delegates, supporters and sponsors participating.  The forum was opened by Transport and Main Roads Minister the Hon Mark Baily MP.  Followed by a presentation by Transport and Main Roads, Andrew Mahon – General Manager of transport regulation, centred on the finalisation of the Livestock Loading Concession Review.

Karl Frank from TMR and Peter Caprioli, NHVR were involved in a panel session, discussing key issues effecting the livestock and rural transport sector at the moment.  With Gary Mahon, CEO of the Queensland Trucking Association also involved in the panel session.

Due to a few technical issues the panel took questions after morning tea.  Graeme Hoare, LRTAQ SEQ Delegate joined the panel to offer any input from a LRTAQ perspective.

Justin Fleming General Manager of TruckSafe then enlightened the attendees with what is happening in the ATA TruckSafe space at the moment, and finished his session with a special presentation to long time (20 year) member of TruckSafe, Gerard Johnson Transport.

Following this we had a very interesting session with Barmount Feedlot owner/operator Phil Conaghan.  It was very interesting to hear from the feedlot perspective how they prepare for the arrival and departure of cattle and also the risks associated with operating a feedlot, with regards to disease and injury and the impact those things can have on his operation.

Phil’s talk was well received and members who have been to his facility praised him on the way he interacts with drivers, offering food and showering facilities.

We then went on to our workshop session, working on the LRTAQ’s Industry Action Plan update.  Delegates, sponsors and supporters broke off into 5 groups focusing on the key issues included in the action plan.

  • Fatigue and driving hours
  • Effluent management
  • Enforcement
  • Supporting the Livestock Loading Concession Scheme
  • Access

Stay tuned in the next few months for the draft of Version 2 of the LRTAQ Industry Action Plan.

Following a break for lunch, were members were able to mingle with sponsors in the Trade show area, Karen Bow of the QTA presented a session on Chain of Responsibility – “putting it on paper” showing members how they can prepare their risk assessments etc. to cover themselves in the chain.

Once we finished the formalities of the information sessions, we opened the bar and allowed for a few drinks before introducing a new concept in the LRTAQ program “speed networking”.

The concept of this event encourages members to interact with each and every one of the sponsors, not just those they already have connections with.

While all this was going on during the Friday program, some of the ladies decided to have their own “partner’s day”, heading out to The Caves for an adventure and then onto the Caves Country Pub for lunch.  This group of ladies always have fun together and special thanks goes to Kristy Klee, (LRTAQ Field Officer, Shane Klee’s better half) for looking after the other ladies by putting this little trip together.

With the formal part of the Convention done and dusted, we moved on to one of the favourite events of the program – The Penske Power Systems Welcome BBQ.  This is always a great event as it is a casual networking event, where members interact with sponsors and other members and supporters in a very relaxed atmosphere.  Ray Valla of Penske Mackay, addressed the crowd, introducing the Penske Power Systems team, and telling delegates about Penske’s key focus on Customer Support and Satisfaction levels, hence the massive investment toward uplifting and expanding or workshops, parts supply and inventory that the clients are now currently experiencing.  Click here for a short video of the size of the Penske company.

Then onto some fun and games with the “trivia contest”.  It always amazes me just how competitive our members and supporters can become…. With three rounds of questions, and a lot of “googling” going on, it was a fun event.

Saturday morning saw us outside in the carpark of Korte’s resort for the Mack Trucks Australia “Tradies Expo”.  Mack, Western Star and Brown & Hurley had prime movers on display.  Others who had displays in the expo were IOR Petroleum, Truckline, Beaurepaires, Titan Australia, Cummins had an engine on display, JOST, Auto Air Rockhampton and Alemlube.

The biggest display of the day was from Cannon Trailers with the 1000th built trailer, BPW Transpec used the event to present Blu Cannon and his son Rod with a “trophy” celebrating the milestone.

In the afternoon, some of the more adventurous delegates and sponsors went on a snorkelling tour to Great Keppel Island, sponsored by Titan Australia.  As is always the case the “help” doesn’t get to participate in the fun stuff, but by all accounts the afternoon out on the water was very good fun.

Then on to the big one, the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball – we held the event at Rockhampton Heritage Village in the Shearing Shed, this is an amazing old building with lots of character.

As always there is a lot going on at this event, where the drinks flow freely and the food is terrific.

The LRTAQ presented a cake to Cummins, who are celebrating their 100th year.  And the Cummins’s Mick Taylor presented Brown & Hurley Rockhampton with a trophy recognising their achievement of Diamond dealer status.

The $8,000 cash draw was officiated by Life Members Ron and Alice Pattel and although the winner was not in the room, he was very excited when he was notified of his big win.  Congratulations Stanley Remfrey.

Then onto the auction which is always great fun, Trent MacKinlay from Landmark was our auctioneer this year and he did a terrific job in getting the crown involved.  The Auction raised almost $60k for the association with a lot of businesses putting their hands up in support of our organisation.  We almost beat the record that was set at the NSW conference, for the knock down price of the Kingbars bulbar selling for $11,500 (it went for $12k in NSW).

After all the formalities the guys and girls let their hair down and rocked on with the local band until 1am.

Our weekend drew to a close with a very casual Recovery Breakfast hosted by Kingbars, allowing guests to come together and talk about the weekend, before saying their goodbyes until next year.

On a personal note, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Frances Schafer for being my “right hand man” this year, without her help I would have been a lot more stressed and may not have enjoyed all the great company quite as much.  I look forward to Frances continuing to assist me with all things conference in the coming year as we prepare to head to Roma for 2020.

A huge thank you goes to our amazing sponsors for their support and participation.

Platinum – KingbarsTitan AustraliaPenske Power Systems (Western Star) – Mack Trucks AustraliaHaulmark Trailers and Truckline.

Gold – Cannon TrailersWestfund Health Insurance

Silver – CapricornAlemlube and Brown & Hurley

Bronze – JOST – Total Insurance Solutions – MBMIS – IOR Petroleum – IC Frith & Perrier Ryan and Meritor.

And last but most certainly not least – our National sponsors – PaccarCumminsBPNTIPaccar PartsBeaurepairesLM Byrne – and Lowes/BP.

Also sincere appreciation to all those members who were able to attend, without you we wouldn’t be here.  To those who wanted to come along but couldn’t, there is always next year.

Hope to see you all in Roma 2020.

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.