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RFNSW annual conference lineup bigger and better than ever


Peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has announced its list of guest speakers from government and industry for the 2024 RFNSW Annual Conference.

The Annual Conference and Awards has grown into road freight’s major information and networking event, where members and guests can learn from industry decision-makers and stakeholders and celebrate the achievements and contributions made to the transport industry over the past year.

RFNSW chief executive, Simon O’Hara says they’re excited to see the annual conference get bigger and better every year.

“It’s another jam-packed event this year, and with a theme of ‘Trucking at the crossroads of change’,” he says.

“We’re excited that guests will get the opportunity to engage with Government stakeholders, bureaucrats, regulatory experts and their fellow freight operators and gain invaluable insights and perspectives into the transformations already re-shaping road freight in NSW.”

The guests include Federal Senator Glenn Searle, NSW Roads Minister John Graham, NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison MP, Sal Petroccitto CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR), and Commissioner Scott Connelly from the Fair Work Commission.

RFNSW Board Member Ann Lopez will chair a panel called ‘Voice of the operator’ with industry experts Mike Williams, Mary-Ann Eather, Jon Luff, Leonie Carter, and bp’s Chris Leat.

TFNSW’s Bianca Slack-Smith, Shannon Kyle from Teletrac Navman, auctioneer and trucking personality, Scott Hannah, and Aaron Smith from the energy company h2ec, will lead discussions around this year’s theme: ‘Trucking at the crossroads of change’.

RFNSW Chairman Austin Vella will also join Sal on stage for an insight conversation on the current state of the road freight industry in NSW.

O’Hara says there will be a focus on the industry’s current challenges and promising innovations in line.

“Discussing important issues such as PBLIS amendments, new compliance measures, renewable diesel transitional fuels advancements in automation, cybersecurity and advice on how existing heavy vehicles can run ‘dual fuel’ to help achieve emission reductions targets,” he says.

“And after a day of discussions, we’ll hold our auction with some great donations like Michelin tyres, Alcoa rims, bp and Freestyle Kings motor sport event invitations and much more.”

He says the afternoon awards will consist of recognising and celebrating the NSW trucking industry who have made significant contributions to the industry.

The RFNSW 2024 Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony is being held at Dockside Group, Cockle Bay Wharf on Thursday July 25.

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