GET PACKING: Beautiful Hamiton Island is where Trucking Australia 2013 will be held this June.
GET PACKING: Beautiful Hamiton Island is where Trucking Australia 2013 will be held this June.

Pack your bags for trucking event

TRUCKING Australia 2013 will be held at Hamilton Island on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2013.

This event is your chance to make a difference to the industry's future, have your say and get results from your ideas.

And if you are one of the first 150 operators to register, the ATA's Foundation Sponsors, NTI, Volvo and BP, will send you a free cabin trolley suitcase.

The suitcase is the perfect size to carry on board your flight to Hamilton Island. Once you've registered, the bag will be sent to your business or home address, giving you plenty of time to decide what to pack.

At Trucking Australia 2013, you will:

  •  Build a new safety action plan for the industry;
  •  Plan the way forward on the carbon tax and road charges;
  •  Work out how to beat the staff shortage and recruit more women and younger drivers; and
  •  Map out how to turn those ideas into results through grassroots lobbying, the media and the ATA and its member associations.
  •  A small group media training workshop is also available.

You will get plenty of time to network with your industry peers at the Kenworth Legends luncheon and the BPW barbecue.

You'll also recognise the winners of the 2013 National Trucking Industry Awards, who will be announced at a gala awards dinner hosted by the ATA's Foundation Sponsors.

As part of the lead up to the awards, nominations are now open for the:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry Award;
  • National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award; and
  • National Professional Driver of the Year Award.

The winners of the Outstanding Contribution and Woman of the Year awards will receive international travel packages, while the National Professional Driver of the Year will win $6000.

The full Trucking Australia 2013 registration fee of $450 (incl GST) is less than half the price of previous ATA conventions.

Trucking Australia 2013 is also family friendly with Hamilton Island's kids stay and eat free offer for children aged 12 and under.

Four star accommodation is available at a special event rate of $270 per night (incl GST) and airfares to Hamilton Island are competitive.

Three delegates, though, will be fully hosted by Cummins South Pacific - and two of these spaces are still up for grabs.

The first Cummins hosted delegate is Ferdie Kroon, the Risk and Compliance Manager at DeBruyn's Transport in Tasmania. In his entry, Mr Kroon said he wanted to bring his experiences dealing with the Tasmanian transport industry to light.

"I will bring to the table our experiences with specific compliance issues confronting the Tasmanian transport industry, including implementation of the laws underpinning NHVR," he said.

Mr Kroon and the other Cummins hosted delegates will each receive:

One full delegate registration to Trucking Australia 2013;

Two nights' standard accommodation at the Hamilton Island Reef View Hotel;

One return economy airfare to Hamilton Island from any Australian capital city; and

One social ticket package for a guest (airfare not included).

The competition is open to all Australian trucking operators and their employees.

For your chance to be hosted by Cummins, let the ATA know in 100 words or less what you would bring to the table at Trucking Australia 2013, and how you would use the experience to improve the trucking industry.

Send your answer along with your name, company, position and contact details to the ATA at ataevents@truck.net.au.

Entries for the second round close February 18.

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