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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK: Exciting era for industry

I TRUST you all had a safe, and relaxing long Easter break - and didn't over-indulge in the chocolate, like me.

This is my first edition steering Big Rigs from the editor's seat, and I'm looking forward to getting to know as many of you as I can in coming weeks.

Former editor Kirstin Payne, who has moved on to a key writing role at the Gold Coast Bulletin, did an outstanding job bringing you all the latest industry news and profiles.

I know you'll join me and all the team at Big Rigs in wishing her well on her new venture.

It's an exciting time to be sliding behind the wheel here, that's for sure.

Business is booming in many sectors and automation and technology is progressing and a head-spinning rate.

But there are still many more pressing issues to address, such as those around fatigue and access to farm gates, as outlined on page 20 of this issue by Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association executive director Mathew Munro.

In her final edition, Kirstin also reveals another major hitch for the industry on pages 2-3, a nationwide permit delay debacle, that is infuriating operators and businesses alike.

If you're impacted by those impediments, or indeed anything else in this wonderful industry, do tap me on the shoulder at the upcoming Trucking Australia 2018 conference in Canberra from April 18-20.

That's shaping as one of the highlights of a busy year ahead with a jam-packed itinerary that culminates in the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner at the National Arboretum.

Meanwhile, my door is always open, so do drop me a line any time at James. This is as much your publication as it ours, and by working together we can help bring about positive change for the backbone of Australia's economy.

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