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Transport minister wants more women, in transport

Lauren Kelly, Vicki Yarrow and Danielle Williamson at the Queensland Trucking Association International Women's Day breakfast.
Lauren Kelly, Vicki Yarrow and Danielle Williamson at the Queensland Trucking Association International Women's Day breakfast. Carly Morrissey

QUEENSLAND Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe spoke about the importance of women in transport at the Queensland Trucking Association International Women’s Day Breakfast today.

Minister Hinchliffe launched the fifth QTA IWD breakfast which was attended by 250 women and men from the transport industry at the St Lucia Golf Club, celebrating women in transport.

He acknowledged ATA Chair Noelene Watson, NHVR CEO Sal Petroccitto and Shadow Minister for Transport Scott Emerson who were all in attendance.

“The QTA should be absolutely commended for highlighting the important contribution women make to the transport industry through this event,” he said.

“The QTA has come a long way since its inception as the Master Carriers Association more than 100 years ago.”

Mr Hinchliffe acknowledged the leadership of Peter Garske, saying he had made sure the QTA had become a leading voice for road freight and diversity.

“Working in transport offers women from all walks of life a career to excel in, regardless of what their chosen profession might be within the industry,” he said.

“As Minister I believe that transport needs to be the cutting innovation in the Australian economy and the indeed the Australian society.

“And having leading women represented in the transport sector...and staying on trend... is essential to the growth and viability of the industry and continuing that tradition of innovation.”

Mr Hinchliffe said in 2015 almost a quarter of employees in the transport, postal and warehousing sector were women and that figure was growing steadily, something he wants to see continue.

“The importance of industry led programs in retaining female talent and fostering it should never be underestimated and that’s why I really want to commend the QTA and Emberin for the work that they’ve done in helping foster diversity and inclusiveness in the workforce.”

He also encouraged all the transport businesses at the event to reflect on how they could make a difference towards positive change in gender diversity.

Event Guest speakers, QTA Young Achiever of the Year and National Transport Manager at Bell Heavy Haulage, Chloe Jenkings, and QTA Trucking Woman of the Year spoke about their challenges and love of the industry.

During the breakfast QTA CEO Peter Garske was presented with a pink hard hat to acknowledge all the work he has done for equality over the years.

The event was also raising money for Mummy’s Wish and Share the Dignity.

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Topics:  gender diversity, international women's day, national heavy vehicle regulator, queensland trucking association, transport, trucking


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