High praise for industry as Truck Show opens

Queensland Transport minister publicly thanks trucking industry for coming to the rescue when devastating floods hit

High praise for industry as Truck Show opens
High praise for industry as Truck Show opens
By Rob McKay | May 5, 2011

Queensland Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk publicly thanked the trucking industry for bearing the state’s full land freight load since the January floods.

Speaking at the opening of the Brisbane Truck Show at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre today, Palaszczuk made plain the crucial importance of what road transport industry had already achieved during the crisis and continued to achieve during the reconstruction "even as we speak today".

"Can I just say, what a vital role the trucking industry did play during the flood and the issues we faced earlier this year," she says.

"It was very vital, especially in relation to getting our goods down from Toowoomba and surrounding regions down to the Port of Brisbane when our rail network was out of action for three months."

Flooding in late 2010 and early this year devastated large parts of Queensland, leaving a damage bill in excess of $5 billion.

Underlining the contribution of the show to the Queensland economy - attracting, as it does, visitors Australia-wide and from overseas - the minister noted that it had generated $400 million for the state last year.

Also speaking at the opening, Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland President Bob Martin emphasised that this year’s show came at an auspicious time, with moves towards the establishment of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

"This is the most important regulatory development in our industry since the introduction of Australian Design Rules in the 1970s," Martin says.

He noted also that the show was the Convention Centre’s biggest in its 16 years of existence and 1200 events, having sold out of all space on its three levels.

With a view to continuing the momentum, the show will have a dedicated business development manager with the appointment of Noelene Bradley to the new post.

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