QTA President says focus on road safety a priority
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Warren Woods replaced previous president Peter Garske. Peter Garske remains as the QTA Chief Executive Officer. Woods first became president in 2012 replacing Tim Squires.
WARREN Woods has been re-elected as the Queensland Trucking Association President at the annual general meeting at the Colmslie Hotel on April 16.
New appointments include Roz Shaw as vice president and Mark Webb as Treasurer.
Woods presented his first president's report at the meeting.
"In 2012 the political landscape in Queensland altered significantly," he said.
"The government is focussed on developing their four pillar economy based on Queensland's strengths in tourism, agriculture, resources and construction. The QTA Ltd has delivered a strong message to a range of Government Ministers that the heavy vehicle road freight industry is an essential component of the four pillar economy.
"While we have forged a very close relationship with the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Scott Emerson, the Association has put forward detailed policy positions to the Premier Campbell Newman, Minister for Police and Community Safety, the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and the Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education.
"ARTIO Queensland Branch through the QTA Ltd Employment Relations Manager, Travis Degen, has taken a lead role in the development of ARTIO submissions and draft orders before the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
"The road ahead contains many challenges. Not the least of those are the continued implementation of an effective NHVR with responsibility for Road Law throughout the country. The Forward Work Program and successful negotiation by industry of appropriate outcomes, will ultimately determine the success of this initiative. QTA Ltd will be at the forefront of this debate.
"The National Transport Commission review of Heavy Vehicle Charges and the COAG inspired Heavy Vehicle Charging and Investment Review will determine economic impact on our industry to such an extent that it may well be the difference for many between survival and success. QTA Ltd will continue to advocate to Government the need for productivity and efficiency and the undeniable link to a legitimate return on investment.
"Our obligation in return must be to positively contribute to road safety outcomes and accept that there can be no excuse for operating in breach of the law.
"It will be the focus during my term of leadership that the Association be a strong, independent and financially sound organisation. Success in maintaining strong relationships with Government is by far the best way of servicing our members and attending to their individual needs.
"QTA Ltd remains the only truly Queensland based Industry Association working across all sectors of the Road Transport Industry, throughout Queensland, recognised by the Queensland Government as the pre-eminent representative industry body. We are and will remain the peak industry body in the State of Queensland."