Great crowd at Townsville Women in Transport Breakfast 3/8/2022

We had a great crowd join us for our 6th Women in Transport Breakfast in Townsville this week. It was great to see everyone face to face and share a morning hearing from two inspiring women working in the transport and logistics industry. Our NQ Membership Officer Frances Schafer hosted the morning as the MC and did a fantastic job. Also joining her were Ebony Harber and Ezra Pyers who also did a great job to ensure the morning ran smoothly.

Backing up from the IWD Breakfast in Brisbane, Annastasia Denigan (HSEQ Manager, QUBE Bulk) featured as our first guest speaker for the morning. She shared her career reflections and thoughts on how sterotypical language in the workplace can be adapted to be more inclusive to reflect the diversity that makes up the industry. Annastasia is in some way a quiet achiever yet reaching amazing milestones in her career each year! A great example of how a person chose the industry and Annastasia is a shining light for any female wanting to enter this great industry.

Our second speaker was Captain Jennifer Tumbers who is currently the Executive Director for Maritime Services Qld (TMR). Following an extensive seagoing career working for various Australian Shipping Companies and obtaining her Masters Qualifications, Jennifer 'came ashore' to start a family. Jennifer then returned to the seagoing industry following a regulatory pathway working as a Senior Port Marine Surveyor with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. During this time Jennifer worked and lived in Karratha, Port Hedland and Gladstone. Jennifer is currently responsible for Waterways Management with staff based from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast including eight State Boat Harbours and the Maritime Enforcement team. In 2021/22 at the DCN Australian Shipping Awards Jennifer won the Marine Services Award for the role she has undertaken as Executive Director of Waterways Management. Jennifer shared insights from her experience working in the male dominated maritime industry and some of the amazing journey's she has experienced during her career. 

The growing diversity within the transport and logisitics industry is paving the way for new entrants and highlighting the opportunity that is available in this dynamic sector.

Our Charity of Choice in Townsville was the iNDIEROSE Foundation

Established in 2015 as a registered charity, The Indie Rose Foundation helps to ease the financial burden on Far North Queensland families with children who are suffering from a medical condition that requires specialised medical treatment away from their homes. The Indie Rose Foundation is the legacy of Indie Rose Taurima who lost her battle with Leukaemia in 2014, at 2 years of age. Generous support from guest saw a total of $3,000 raised on the day which will go directly to the Foundation.

We would like to acknowledge the support of our Sponsors for this event: TWUSUPER, Trailer Sales, Western Truck Group and QUBE Logistics. We greatly appreciate the support of these businesses and all the sponsors and business who donated raffle prizes to make the event a success.