Industry voices come together for RFNSW2018

By: Cobey Bartels

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) is holding its 2018 conference on Thursday 13 September at the Rooty Hill RSL, bringing together truckies, policy makers, and industry leaders with one common goal in mind: a better transport industry

Industry voices come together for RFNSW2018
Phil and Ann Lopez from Lopez Bros Transport with RFNSW CEO Simon O'Hara. Anne won the RFNSW Woman of the year award in 2016.


The jam-packed schedule covers off Chain of Responsibility (CoR) changes, the Oversize Overmass (OSOM) review, dangerous goods transportation, commercial electrification, tax refund opportunities in the transport sector, and ends with the Awards Night.

RFNSW chief executive Simon O’Hara explains the conference is the first the association has held since becoming independent, with the aim of bringing industry together and driving positive change.

"Fundamentally we want a day where people can come together and learn something from the speakers," O’Hara says.

"People get to meet industry colleagues and they have a good opportunity to have a chin wag."

The extensive variety of topics set for discussion across the day aims to cover the transport concerns of all RFNSW members, but O’Hara says the conference is also about celebrating the industry.

"Our members are involved in a range of areas from OSOM, through to containers, through to dangerous goods, and then we have of course general freight," he says.

"We have a range of speakers covering areas like tax, OSOM and we also have the Regulator coming to talk about Chain of Responsibility.

"But we also want to celebrate the industry in NSW with the Awards Night and we have some great finalists."

The RNSW Awards Night will take place into the evening, acknowledging individuals across five categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the NSW Trucking Industry, sponsored by Teletrac Navman
  • NSW Professional Driver of the Year, sponsored by BP Australia
  • NSW Transport Woman of the Year, sponsored by Daimler Truck & Bus
  • NSW Top Technical and Maintenance Award, sponsored by Bridgestone
  • NSW Best Safety Culture Award, sponsored by icare

"We’ve had a great response from the NSW transport industry and further afield, bringing in a range of finalists that shows there’s a real mix and depth to the industry," O’Hara says.

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The aim of the day, O’Hara reiterates, is tackling big issues and RFNSW is taking safety seriously as transport transitions into the future.

"Not only do we want to have a good day, we also want to tackle some of the big issues," he says.

"We need to ensure safety is the cornerstone of what RFNSW stands for.

"In NSW what we say is, ‘without trucks, NSW stops,’ and it’s fundamental that people both within and outside the industry realise this, and that we address safety concerns."

RFNSW2018 invites the transport industry to come along for the day to learn, network and engage with key industry decision makers.

Owner//Driver is the official media partner for the event and will provide you a rundown of all the issues tackled both during and after the event.

Click here for tickets to RFNS2018 and the full schedule.

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