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QTA Transporter News Brief (Issue 45)

03 Nov 2015 12:21 PM | Linda MacDonald (Administrator)

This Special Issue of the QTA Transporter News Brief (Issue 45) contains details of all Award Winners from the QTA’s Annual Dinner & Awards Night held on Saturday night as well as an extract from the QTA’s President’s Speech.


The Queensland Trucking Association Ltd 25th Annual Dinner & Awards Night celebration was held on Saturday 31st October 2015 at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel. 

Our invited guests included The Honourable Mark Bailey MP - Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Hon Scott Emerson MP - Shadow Minister for Transport, Hon Fiona Simpson - Shadow Minister for Local Government and Main Roads, Community Recovery and Resilience, Mr Graham Fraine and Mr Mike Stapleton - Deputy Director-Generals, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Mr Sal Petroccitto, CEO - National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, Assistant Commissioner Mike Keating, Road Policing Command, Queensland Police Service, Mr Chris Melham, CEO and Mrs Noelene Watson, Chair – Australian Trucking Association and Mr Brett Wright, CEO - CVIAQ. 

The Association’s Board of Directors acknowledges the support of operators, industry suppliers, Platinum and Silver Partners and their guests/partners, totalling in excess of 350, who attended the event. The evening was an outstanding success featuring the 2015 Award presentations recognising industry excellence, the details of which are below, and the crowd being entertained by ‘The Eagels Band’ who performed a Tribute to Southern California’s most famous musical group, The Eagles. 


Each year, the Queensland Trucking Association acknowledges individuals and companies who demonstrate success and excellence in the trucking industry on both a personal and professional level.

The contribution of each nominee has a positive effect in their workplace and in turn reflects on the professionalism of the industry. 

The winners of the 2015 QTA Ltd Industry Awards were presented with their Awards by the Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Port – Hon Mark Bailey MP, and representatives of QTA Ltd’s Platinum Partners. 

QTA Ltd congratulates the following Award WINNERS

 2015 QTA Industry Award Winners (L to R) Brendan Ostwald, Louise Perram-Fisk (Ostwald Bros), Mark Tobin (Followmont Transport), Nigel Felton (All Purpose Transport), Chloe Jenkings (Bell Heavy Haulage), Darryn Charlesworth (Rocky’s Own Transport on behalf of Bryan Smith), Melissa Taylor (Taylor’s Removals & Storage)

2015 QTA Industry Award Winners (L to R): Brendan Ostwald, Louise Perram-Fisk (Ostwald Bros), Mark Tobin (Followmont Transport), Nigel Felton (All Purpose Transport), Chloe Jenkings (Bell Heavy Haulage), Darryn Charlesworth (Rocky’s Own Transport on behalf of Bryan Smith), Melissa Taylor (Taylor’s Removals & Storage)


As a driver, Nigel is representative of many drivers working in the urban sector - that is - two thirds of truck drivers who drive less than 500km from their depot. Nigel has been an owner driver in the Courier division at All Purpose Transport for 12 years. Nigel is one of 200 owner drivers at APT.

Nigel has exhibited an exemplary safety record during his tenure with APT over the past 12 years. 

Always keen for a challenge, in 2012, Nigel is was one of the first Owner Drivers to complete a Certificate III in Driving Operations when APT were undertaking ‘Project APT’ to become the most qualified workforce in Australia. 


After a long period in the meat industry, Bryan joined the Rocky’s Own in 1996. In 2005 Bryan became the CEO of Rocky’s Own. Since that time, Bryan’s vision and leadership has transformed Rocky’s Own into one of Australia’s leading National Specialised Transport Companies. 

Bryan is passionate about looking after his staff and this is evident by a number of initiatives brought into Rocky’s Own, including the Employee Profit Sharing Scheme and Company Health Scheme (fully funded private health care). 

Bryan is unwavering in his commitment to the safety of his workers, and works to form partnerships with clients that are built on a solid foundation of safety principles. 

An innovative thinker, with a unique style, he has turned his company into one of Australia’s leading family trucking companies. 


For the first time, 2015 QTA Industry Safety Award has been JOINTLY awarded to TWO companies who have demonstrated Innovation and Leadership in the area of Safety. 

Lindsay Transport has developed and patented an effective solution to alleviate the ongoing issue of musculoskeletal disorders associated with uncoupling B trailers and removing load restraint bars. The Driver Multi-Tool tool works by eliminating the awkward bent over postures required to access the turntable release handle on B trailers; allowing the driver to uncouple the trailer in a neutral, upright position in an open space. 

Swire Cold Storage has a strong reputation for being leaders in safety in the industry as foundation members of the WHSQ Transport Safety Networks and a key influencer in the establishment of a Transport Safety Showcase in Queensland. Their willingness to share their low cost, high impact safety initiatives shows their commitment to making the road freight industry safer for the whole industry. 

The following are examples of Safety Excellence implemented across the company’s workforce. 

·       Turntable Connection Light 

·       Container Restraint Strap 

·       Ezy Pogo Stick 


Chloe Jenkings is of Bell family origin and has worked for Bell Heavy Haulage for the past eight years. During this time Chloe has not only risen up the ranks from receptionist to National Transport Manager, she has had 3 children (including Twins), all by the age of 26. 

Chloe has been instrumental in securing key contracts for the business with clients such as Hyundai and Hitachi, successfully expanding the scope of the Bell Heavy Haulage business around Australia. 

In these tough economic times, Chloe has successfully found ways to increase the utilisation of the fleet and decrease downtime. Chloe manages a small team and is well respected due to the time she has spent gathering experience in all aspects of the business. 


Ostwald Brothers commitment to People Leadership include: 

·       Undertaking Annual Performance Reviews with all 650 staff 

·       Ostwald Bros DNA: Positive Safety Choices program – aiming to develop exceptional leaders. 

·       Achieving 20% female representation across the company 

·       Offering Flexible Work options 


Followmont believe that their people are their number one asset. Their youngest employee is 16 and the oldest is 90. They have a gender diverse workforce with 30% female participation rate. 

Followmont have undertaken a number of People Leadership initiatives to attract, retain and develop staff to ensure the future of their business.

Examples are: 

·       Developing Position Descriptions for every single role in the business & BiAnnual Performance Development Reviews 

·       Implementing a Formal Leadership Program & Internal Leadership Conference to support, mentor and develop current and future leaders.

·       Imbedding the GenR8 program with employment outcomes of over 60%. 

·       Promoting careers in transport industry through the Beacon Foundation and Industry Blackboard sessions with local high schools. 

·       Annual Business Awards recognising staff achievements and milestones



Taylors Removals was established in 1918, and after a successful career in the world of fashion, in 2004, Melissa proudly became the first female in four generations of the Taylor Family to work in the business. 

Since her arrival in the business, Melissa has used her entrepreneurial skills and savvy business knowledge to change the way the business looks at the removal and storage sector – moving beyond just household and office relocations, into records management, crate hire, international relocations, and a sophisticated software system. 

Passionate about creating a diverse workforce, she is credited with increasing female participation in the business from 10% in 2011 to 24% in 2015. 

A former Director on the QTA Board, Melissa continues to expand the Taylor family legacy in the Toowoomba region, through volunteering on a number of arts and community boards. Melissa serves as an Industry Representative on the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Transport and Logistics Workforce Advisory Committee.

QTA Ltd congratulates all Winners of the 2015 QTA Industry Awards.


The following paragraphs are extracts from QTA Ltd President, Ben Almond’s speech presented to the 2015 QTA Ltd Annual Dinner & Awards Night on Saturday 31st October: 

My Board of Directors and I publicly acknowledge the significant support of our Platinum and Silver Partners who will be identified throughout the evening. Our Platinum Partner representatives will assist in the presentation of our Annual Awards. 

The Association urges all members and operators within our industry to seek out the services of these companies….. and support them…..just as they support us. 

Our members operate in all geographic locations and across all elements of the freight task. Our members include large corporate entities, family owned businesses and small fleets. We seek to protect the interests of owners, operators and employees. We acknowledge the need for our industry to co-exist with community needs and community amenity. 

Since the election of the Annastacia Palaszczuk led ALP Government, the Queensland Trucking Association has been provided with regular and meaningful access to Ministers. My association believes that our current Government has sought to understand the policy priorities of our industry. Meaningful conversation, open access and transparency of decision making are the key ingredients to a productive relationship between industry and Government. 

The Director-General, Transport and Main Roads, Neil Scales and his senior management have demonstrated an understanding that the burden of regulation impedes productivity and efficiency of our industry. They have maintained open and regular dialogue with our Association and with our CEO, Peter Garske. 

We are delighted to have received communication in recent weeks inviting our participation in the newly constituted Ministerial Freight Council, and seeking our participation in the implementation of Moving Freight: a strategy for more efficient freight movement. We support the focus in the Terms of Reference for the Ministerial Freight Council to deliver efficiency, innovation and technology development. 

Continuous improvement of the State’s road infrastructure contributes to an efficient and productive freight task. Significant investment in the Bruce Highway and the Toowoomba Second Range Crossing, by both the State and Commonwealth is welcomed. We look forward to engaging on the necessity for funding allocation to smaller projects improving both road and bridge infrastructure, delivering an economic return to Government and our industry by improving vehicle access. 

My Association has recently provided the Queensland Government with a detailed submission on the subject of Heavy Vehicle Charging. The Ministerial Transport and Infrastructure Council will consider the NTC recommendations and options in relation to Road User and Registration Charges applying from the 2016/17 financial year. Our message, and that of the industry throughout Australia is that it is time to stop the overcharging of truck operators in this state and in this country. Minister’s accepted in 2014 that the overcharging was a reality. 

Treasury departments must not be allowed to influence a decision of critical importance not only to our industry but to our customers. The option of freezing Government revenue will simply lead to a continuation of overcharging to the extent of $1.2 Billion over the next six years. We urge the Queensland Government to support the direct implementation of the NTC option which will deliver a reduction in heavy vehicle registration removing the current overcharging. 

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator has established itself on the landscape of regulatory reform. There are many elements to its responsibility and industry remains a willing partner as the regulator, working closely with State agencies addresses such matters as safety strategy, national registration, electronic work diaries, roadworthiness and heavy vehicle access permits.

QTA has continued to actively participate as a member of the Australian Trucking Association. We contribute at Board of Management, Council and Policy Committee levels. Industry needs a strong national voice advocating to the Federal Government. QTA Director, Tim Knowles is a member of the ATA Board of Management and currently represents the Association on the ATA Council. We encourage and remain willing to assist ATA CEO, Chris Melham. 

Employment Law, in particular workplace relations and workplace health and safety are a key activity of our Association, by both way of a direct membership service and a broader influence on the legislative agenda. Through our entity the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation, QTA continues to take a lead role at a national level in developing responses to a range of applications before the Fair Work Commission and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal. 

The Association is continuing its long history of involvement in representing the industry’s views to the Department of Education and Training on skill needs and skill development. We continue to actively promote the successful GenR8 program. We have made a submission to Government supporting the establishment of Jobs Queensland. Most importantly we have been contracted by the Queensland Government to deliver a VET Industry Engagement Program for the Transport and Logistics industry. 

The Association will continue to consult with and consider the needs of all operators across Queensland, delivering the freight task in its many forms, as we represent our industry to Government. 

Sincere Congratulations to all who have been judged to be examples of excellence in our industry by the awarding of special recognition in their particular award category. 

Ben Almond 

President, QTA Ltd 

 Minister Mark Bailey MP in addressing those present, reinforced the value he placed on the relationship between himself and QTA Ltd. His speech included reference to: 

·       The value of Stakeholder partnerships in particular the contribution by the   Queensland Trucking Association to a range of Departmental Advisory Groups. 

·       The commitment of the Queensland Government to infrastructure spending. 

·       The Department’s high priority, including his personal commitment to the recently released Safer Roads, Safer Queensland, Road Safety Strategy 2015 – 2021.

·       His vision for industry contribution at a strategic policy level with the creation of the Ministerial Freight Council to be jointly chaired by himself and the Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport, Jackie Trad MP.

·       The importance of policy settings encouraging efficiency and productivity delivering economic benefit to the State of Queensland and to trucking operators. 

·       His support for the vision of National Regulation administered by the NHVR.


 PHOTOGRAPHS AVAILABLE TO VIEW AND PURCHASE ONLINE NOW captured images from the Association’s Annual Dinner & Awards Night held on Saturday 31st October, and their production team have uploaded the images to their Online Gallery of images for members and attendees to view and or purchase. 

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Professional Driver Award Winner L to R Bruce Snell (Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane), Nigel Felton (All Purpose Transport) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports    Industry Excellence Award Winner - L to R Scott Thiesfield (Trailer Sales), Darryn Charlesworth (Rocky’s Own Transport for Bryan Smith) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Industry Safety Award Winners - L to R Craig Carmody (NTI), Melissa Strong (Lindsay Transport), Ken Saxen (Swire Cold Storage) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Port    Young Achiever Award Winner - L to R Graham Parsons (TWUSUPER), Chloe Jenkings (Bell Heavy Haulage) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

People Leadership Excellence ‘Highly Commended’ Winner L to R - David Sallis (Strategix Training Group), Brendan Ostwald (Ostwald Bros) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports    People Leadership Excellence Award Winner L to R - Paul Martin (Cummins South Pacific), Mark Tobin (Followmont Transport) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

Qld Trucking Woman of the Year Award Winner L to R - Simon Cook (BP Australia), Melissa Taylor (Taylor’s Removals & Storage) and Hon Mark Bailey MP, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports

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