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Senator Sterle to speak at VTA conference

  • Posted on Thursday 7th, February 2019.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced it has secured one of the Australian Labor Party’s foremost experts on road transport and safety to attend and address State Conference 2019.

Western Australian senator Glenn Sterle is the Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety and is said to be a well-respected authority on the freight and logistics industry, having worked as a furniture removalist and owner-driver prior to being elected to the Senate in 2004.

According to VTA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Anderson, Sterle has been an active and vocal advocate for road safety. He said delegates to the conference would benefit from the perspectives he has formed over many decades working in the industry.

“Glenn has been a passionate advocate for road safety over his three terms in the Australian Senate where he has been active on numerous rural and regional affairs and transport committees,” said Anderson.

“Coming from a transport family and having worked as an owner-driver for 12 years, he has formed a number of views on road safety which I’m sure conference delegates will benefit from hearing.

“We look forward to welcoming Glenn to State Conference 2019 and hearing more about the road safety policy and legislative positions of the alternative government, particularly in an election year where transport and infrastructure matters are likely to be very prominent.”

State Conference 2019 is being held for the first time at the Silverwater Resort at Phillip Island in Victoria where up to 200 delegates are expected to gather for two days of informative keynote addresses and panel sessions from prominent industry stakeholders from government, regulators and suppliers.

Plenary sessions include 'Infrastructure, The Law & Punishment', 'Reforms to Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL)', 'Licensing & Road User Charges', 'Industrial Relations and Safety', with the VTA assembling a program of 35 industry experts to address these topical subjects.

'Keeping Up With Transport Reform' has been designated as the theme for this year’s conference, in recognition of the numerous reviews being conducted across driver licensing and training, road user charges and heavy vehicle national law. Discounted Early Bird registration is available until 8 March.

Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Regional Development, Michael McCormack, has also accepted an invitation to address State Conference 2019.

(Image: Shadow Assistant Minister for Road Safety, Glenn Sterle.)

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