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About Chris Blanchard

As a member of a family business that dates back to the mid 1950's, Chris brings to Big Rigs an understanding of the regulations and challenges facing the Transport Industry and drivers today.

A qualified motor mechanic by trade, an interstate driver since 1993 and including seven years managing a fleet of 20 plus prime movers and rigids as well being involved in the industry since birth. He learnt the ropes from those around him and this has all contributed to my knowledge and experience.

While he may sometimes offer his opinion, his goal is not to quote the rules, regulations and knowledge as written, but to 'reverse engineer' these subjects into a format or concept that all can understood more easily.

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Life with Kermie

About Graham (Kermie) Harsant

Graham grew up in the Victorian town of Healesville where he once again resides. Whilst the town reverberates to the sound of log trucks passing through on a daily basis, Graham's career path took him into the world of advertising sales. Having worked television, magazines, radio and press, he eventually ended up with a trucking publication. The involvement with this industry and the people within it created a yearning to put pen to paper - to relate their stories of the road. So he jumped ship from ad sales to become a happy writer of trucks, truck shows and particularly the people without whom the country would stop.

"These characters and their stories - both tall and true, funny and tragic are well worth preserving and I'd like to think that I play a small part in doing that with Big Rigs," he said.

(The 'Kermie' nickname came from a pair of bright green Crocs that Graham has a penchant for wearing)

Email: kermie52@bigpond.com - Phone: 0418 139 415

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Healthy Living

About Michelle Peden

Michelle has worked many years in the corporate arena and health management. She is a qualified Nutritionist, having completed a Bachelor Degree in Health Science (Nutritional Medicine). She also holds a Personal Training qualification. During her working career, she has had the opportunity to work both here in Australia and abroad in Japan and the United Kingdom. Michelle has spent time travelling throughout Australia delivering individual and group training sessions in nutrition and weight loss education.

Michelle is the founding Director of Natural Wellbeing Solutions health clinic - www.naturalwellbeingsolutions.com.au. In addition to her private consulting practice, she also offers cooking classes, healthy eating workshops and corporate wellness programs. She is currently completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

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TWU News

About Wayne Forno

Wayne Forno is the NSW State Secretary of the Transport Workers’ Union. He also holds the position of Vice-President of the national body Transport Workers’ Union of Australia

In late 1993 Wayne began working for the TWU, first as a Superannuation Officer, then as an Official.

During his time at the TWU Wayne has been the Senior Official for the Milk, Fuel, Waste and Bus Industries, as well as representing the Union with Linfox and Toll. He was also a Chief Negotiator for the NSW and National Agreements for Linfox and Startrack in 2006/07, when the fight against WorkChoices was at its peak. Despite the struggle against WorkChoices at this time Wayne led and won the fight for owner-drivers in NSW to be granted an exemption from the Howard Government’s unfair Independent Contractors Act 2006: an exemption that secured fair rates of pay and conditions for owner-drivers.

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