Last month was a tale of two budgets, with the Federal and Victorian state budgets released within days of each other. Yet, despite their proximity on the calendar, they were about as similar as chalk and cheese.
No doubt you are as disappointed as I am with the news that the lockdown in Victoria is to be extended by a further seven days until Thursday June 10, albeit with changes that will ease some of the restrictions in Melbourne and regional Victoria.
After a year punctuated by a pandemic, natural disasters, trade disputes, and a narrowly avoided long-term recession, the recently released Federal Budget contains investment measures that are necessary to sustain and boost confidence in the transport industry.
It was a privilege to represent the Victorian transport industry and the VTA at a recent Senate inquiry being chaired by Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety Glenn Sterle, that is considering the Importance of a Viable, Safe, Sustainable and Efficient Road Transport Industry.
Transport operators and their peak representative groups for years have been confronted with the important issue of maintaining reliable and safe access for drivers to deliver and collect goods from customers, as a key element in keeping supply chains moving, shelves stocked and customers satisfied.
Victorian Treasurer and Minister for Industrial Relations Tim Pallas is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the Victorian Transport Association’s upcoming State Conference being held later this month.
With the VTA State Conference 2021 just a few weeks away, the provisional program has now been released, based around the theme for this year’s event: ‘What’s in Front of the Transport Industry’.
At the time of writing this column, Australia is at a seminal moment in its battle against the coronavirus pandemic. The rollout of the national vaccination program is underway and headlines are awash with euphoria that the end of Covid-19 is beginning. It is indeed a tremendous achievement and a credit to the scientific and medical community that an effective vaccine has been developed in record time.
Most transport operators are aware of the perceived disparity between heavy vehicle drivers and the rest of the motoring community across a multitude of issues all motorists confront.
Recognising the importance of training and educating future leaders, the VTA is encouraging operators to send their younger employees to its State Conference 2021, with a 10% discount on the full conference package for delegates under 30 years of age.