Gerard Johnson, LRTAQ President.
Gerard Johnson, LRTAQ President.

Livestock transporters set to celebrate 40 years in Roma

Members of the Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) will converge in Roma in April for their annual conference and will be marking a special milestone of 40 years of service to the livestock and rural transport industry.

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LRTAQ members, industry and government representatives, suppliers and service providers are invited to attend the conference on April 9-11 and receive the latest updates, discuss the future of the rural transport industry, and enjoy great social events including the legendary Bull Carter’s Ball.

LRTAQ President Gerard Johnson (Gerard Johnson Transport, Tambo) said choosing Roma as the conference location was no accident as it was host to the very first meeting of the Association back in 1981.

“With 120 attendees expected to attend the conference, this will be a significant boost to the local economy,” Mr Johnson said.

“Our members predominantly live and work in regional Queensland and it’s very important to us that we give back and support our rural communities.”

Mr Johnson encouraged livestock and rural transport businesses of all sizes to come along to the conference in Roma to hear direct from decision makers.

“This is a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with senior Transport and Main Roads and NHVR officials, as well as transport industry leaders and Government Ministers,” he said.

“The LRTAQ is the voice of the livestock and rural transport industry in Queensland and we are working to protect and promote rural trucking as a sustainable, responsible and safe contributor to the Queensland economy.”

Mr Johnson said as the compliance and regulatory burden on transport businesses increases, it’s more important than ever that we have a strong and united voice to advocate for common sense solutions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role that livestock transporters play in the food supply chain, and there has never been a more important time to step up involvement in the industry.”

Livestock and rural transporters operating in Queensland are encouraged to register for the conference via www.lrtaq.com.au or contact Laney O’Neil at the LRTAQ Secretariat for more information on 07 3726 5039.

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