SAFETY SUMMIT: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack spoke at the 2018 ALC and ATA Supply Chain Safety and Compliance Summit.
SAFETY SUMMIT: Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack spoke at the 2018 ALC and ATA Supply Chain Safety and Compliance Summit. Simon Woodcock

Lots of ideas to keep rolling out

WOW - the year is flying and what an exciting one it has been.

For the industry, for Transport Women Australia Limited and for me personally, I am not sure where all the times goes but I know I could not get to do everything that I do without a solid Board, my amazing clerk and friend Rachel and my fabulous employers at Oxford so this is a big shout out to them as I have been getting some accolades but they need to be shared.

Our Women Driving Transport Careers graduates are out there working and we have our next course in the planning stages.

We are full steam ahead for the Girl Guides International Jamboree in Sydney in October where Transport Women Australia Limited will be presenting at the Careers day with the help of one of our wonderful sponsors.

We are hoping to get some road safety messages out there as well.

The big event of last week was the combined ALC/ATA Supply Chain Safety and Compliance Summit which had a jam-packed programme with some great speakers.

The absolute highlight of the two days was the Voice of the Driver session where we had six drivers available via a workshop/roundtable session to answer questions from the audience.

The suggested questions for discussions were:

1. In general terms, what are examples of some of the positive things DC's/loading /unloading areas do or have in place that really go a long way to make your job easier (especially in helping you manage your physical and mental fatigue).

2. In general terms, what are examples of some of the pain points you face each day in DC's/loading/unloading areas that make your job more difficult (especially in helping you manage your physical and mental fatigue).

3. If you could suggest one or two things DC's/loading/ unloading areas across the industry could focus on to help you manage your physical and mental fatigue, what would it be?

There were other topics discussed with the drivers but generally there was a common theme across the six tables and we definitely could have invited more than six truck drivers to take part if we had known they were going to be so popular.

The outcomes from this session will be included in my next article.

This workshop session was the brainchild of Karen Bonenfant of BlueScope Steel who facilitated the session.

I was very fortunate to be asked by Karen to co-facilitate as we are both passionate about having people understand how it is from a driver view point.

We think this is the beginning of something amazing, as the ATA has said they will make it part of the Trucking Australia agenda plus Karen and I have lots of ideas to keep up the momentum.

I would like to give kudos to the VTA for an amazing night at the Australian Freight Industry Awards Gala dinner, this was my first time in attendance and what a spectacular night it was. Peter, Cameron and all involved need to be congratulated and I am not sure how they will top it next year.

Congratulations to the awards winners, especially to the Personality of the Year - Paul Retter of the National Transport Commission, well deserved recognition.

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