Opinion

Exciting calendar of major events on the horizon

I’ve noticed that my columns lately have been depressing and melancholy, a little like me, so I’ve given myself an upper cut, figuratively not literally, and decided that I must make things more upbeat – I’m hoping I can make that happen.

It may be hard to keep that resolution with our trucks drivers still being treated disgracefully and the politicians trying to build a wall between our states, however I will do my best.

As Chair of Transport Women Australia Limited, we are forging ahead with events where possible and hope to hold our conference in Melbourne in October as a face-to-face event. We’re also hoping to hold a Learning Initiatives Breakfast in Sydney in September (we will keep you informed of this). We are also having our inaugural Learning Initiatives Breakfast in Perth, to be hosted by our corporate member and sponsor, Interlink Insurance Brokers on August 18, and all are welcome. We decided not to go ahead with one in Melbourne because of the mandatory numbers per square metre and will hold it as soon as possible.

Transport Women Australia Limited has nominated seven of our members for awards, the first of them, Merry Manton has been named as a finalist in the Women in Industry Awards both in the Safety Advocacy Award and the Excellence in Transport Award. Manton will be a fantastic winner of either of these awards. Another member, Heather Jones of the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, is also up for the Excellence in Transport Award. We congratulate them both and wish them well at the award ceremony.

We have also nominated members in the Australian Freight Industry Awards for the Young Achiever Award and Female Leadership Award. We have nominated a member for the QTA Woman of the Year Award and the ATA Woman of the Year Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award and the Driver of the Year Award. We are hoping to have equal success with these awards.

Our Creating Connections Mentoring programme is forging ahead, and we welcome anybody to join as a mentor/mentee. I’m working on the website, and I hope to have a digital launch by the conference. For someone who’s technology challenged this has been a steep learning curve and a difficult job to achieve for me. I’m sure it will be wonderful once our web designer gets the information that he needs from me.

We have several other programmes almost ready to launch and will be doing so soon. We hope that these are equally as successful as our latest initiatives.

For any information on our initiatives, you can email chair@transportwomen.com.au or call 0417 422 319.

For the conference, please click here. For the Perth Learning Initiatives Breakfast, click here. For the Perth Learning Initiatives Breakfast, click here. For the Sydney Learning Initiatives Breakfast click here

We hope to see you at one of these events and would like to thank our sponsors for these Learning Initiatives Breakfasts: NTI and RT Health in Sydney, Interlink Insurance Brokers in Perth and as always, our foundation business partners NTI and Volvo Group Australia.

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