A busy few weeks and lots to look forward to in 2022

Transport Women Australia Limited has been busy in the last few weeks. We have had a combined breakfast with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator at Ballarat, and although we had a small audience, we had a very robust conversation with some great takeaways from our wonderful presenters, Belinda Hughes, and Dallas Henderson of the NHVR prosecution team. 

We had our first Learning Initiatives Breakfast for some time in Sydney, hosted by our wonderful sponsors TWUSUPER and RT Health. 

This breakfast was oversubscribed, and everyone went away extremely happy with some valuable information from our speakers, Varenya Mohan-Ram, and Alison Weatherill, all looking forward to the next TWAL event. 

I also attended the Hong Kong Trade Development Council luncheon hosted by director Bonnie Shek and brought together by Lawrence Christoffelsz of the Australian Trade and Logistics Council to talk about the upcoming Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) 2022 which is being held both virtually and in person.

We also discussed the logistics of taking a delegation of carriers and other transport and logistics personnel to ALMAC 2023 in Hong Kong. We will bring you more information about this in the future.

TWAL co vice chair Coralie Chapman and I also attended the Boort Truck Show for the first time. This was held in conjunction with the Boort Agricultural show and was a fantastic day. 

We were hosted to the show by TWAL members Whitmore Bus Lines and spent the day with our 2021 Trish Pickering Memorial Award winner, Hazel Whitmore, and her son Jamie. 

We would like to thank Jamie, also Alan Griffiths of BTE and his customers for helping us set up the stand. I am sure we will be back next year for the show, with things getting back to normal we are looking forward to attending more regional shows such as the Koroit show in January 2023. 

We have all our upcoming EOY functions. We have CeMAT in 2023 and later this month will be shooting our full video which we are really looking forward to launching. It is taking a lot of work and coordination, but it will be worth it! 

I had my first interview with Simon Smith of the Australian Truck Radio 24/7 radio channel, and we plan to make this a regular spot, something else I am really looking forward to doing. 

We are also looking for speakers and sponsors for my Import Export TV show, Talking Transport.

Our Driving the Difference scholarship applications are also now open and available to all TWAL members and employees of corporate members. These will close on October 31 at 5pm, EDST. Recipients will be announced on November 16. 

Several TWAL subcommittees are being formed and for those interested in the Creating Connections mentoring programme, the subcommittee chair will be following up and launching a new campaign in the coming weeks.

Our expression of interest is out for new directors and our AGM will be held on November 15. All members are  welcome to attend as this is an online zoom meeting and particulars are available from the chair@transportwomen.com.au.

  • Jacquelene Brotherton is Chair of Transport Women Australia

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