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Liz Martin to leave Hall of Fame

GOODBYE: Trucking industry icon Liz Martin OAM with the award she received for her service to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Photo Felicity Forth / Big Rigs
GOODBYE: Trucking industry icon Liz Martin OAM with the award she received for her service to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. Photo Felicity Forth / Big Rigs Felicity Forth

NATIONAL Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO Liz Martin has called it a day at the Alice Springs icon.   

The trucking industry personality who has managed the major tourist destination over two decades, this week told local publication Alice Springs News she was moving on following a 30 day notice period.   

Sighting an ongoing dispute with the Northern Territory Government as one of her concerns Ms Martin stated the decision to leave was the hardest she had made in her life.   

"I have seriously considered my position and it appears I am the stumbling block between a vibrant self-funded national museum and a nicely compliant small town transport museum," her statement to the Alice Springs News read.  

"I simply cannot work under the restrictive conditions being forced upon me."  

Issues listed in the statement from Ms Martin also included lost financials from 2013 which made it difficult for the association to be audited.   

Pressure from the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation on the frequency of AGMs, the handling of a compliance investigation and a lack of local membership.   

This however is not the first time Ms Martin had flagged concerns with Territory Government.   

In November of last year Ms Martin had hinted she had considered moving the hall interstate over a number of break ins.   

 

In a more recent statement on social media Ms Martin thanked those who had reached out following her announcement.    

"Thank you all for the outpouring of support," she said.  

"I just want you to know I am okay. As some of you know I had intended to pull back from the day to day operations of the Hall of Fame and not continue as Chief Executive anyway.    

"I had intended to stay at committee level and help with reunions and raising money for trust fund.   

"I am only sad that an effective hand over has not been allowed to transition.  

"The loss is for the trucking industry and tourism industry," she said.   

Ms Martin did however confirm she had some other opportunities in the works.     

 

The road transport community has been hit hard with the news of the resignation.   

"Since 1991, Liz has dedicated her life to ensuring not only the NT Road Transport History has been so well preserved, but the RTHOF has grown to encompass all forms of Road Transport Australia wide and not only attracts tourists from Australia, but also world wide," another founding member Robyn Cooper-Radke posted online.  

Big Rigs has sought comment from all parties involved. 

Topics:  alice springs liz martin northern territory road transport hall of fame trucking

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