Monthly Archives: April 2021

QBuild apprenticeship program grows to 80

An additional 21 trade apprentices have joined the Queensland Government’s Rebuilding QBuild program, bringing the total number of apprentices to 80. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the rebuild of QBuild fundamentally means leading by example and skilling more Queenslanders for decent, secure jobs in construction. “With our $45 billion building and construction industry booming right […]

Taking the lead on level crossings

In July 2020 two of Melbourne’s most dangerous and congested level crossings were fast tracked for removal by the Victorian Government. Half a year on Roads & Infrastructure speaks to Fulton Hogan’s project managers taking charge of construction. Late last year, Fulton Hogan was awarded the $234 million contract to remove two level crossings at […]

Visy Logistics rewards female graduates with keys to new Croners

In celebration of International Women’s Day, CMV Dandenong handed over six all new Croner PD 25 280 curtain siders to Visy Logistics and the graduates of their Female Drivers Trainee Program. Both Visy Logistics and UD Trucks celebrate diversity and invest in female drivers, acknowledging their positive contribution to the industry. A group of six […]

TWAL announces conference keynote speakers

Australian transport industry organisation, Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL), has named two outstanding keynote speakers for its upcoming conference in Melbourne. TWAL Driving the Difference 2021 will be held at Hyatt Place, Essendon Fields, from Friday 28 May 2021 (5pm) to Sunday 30 May 2021 (midday). The opening speaker at the event, according to TWAL […]

She’s All That

Modern society encourages the taking down of gender barriers, including for heavy duty mechanics. A career as a heavy vehicle and plant mechanic probably isn’t first choice for most 15-year old girls, yet at that age Louise Azzopardi commenced her apprenticeship with Cummins Engines, eventually earning her trade qualifications in Heavy Commercial vehicles and Mobile […]

Industry leader: Errin-Leigh Ebzery

Errin-Leigh Ebzery, Business Development Manager at Team Transport & Logistics, shares her perspective on working in the road transport industry. Q: What first drew you to the commercial road transport industry? A: I actually fell into it while chasing my dream job in sales. I ended up at a courier company selling its services and […]

Women commercial drivers recognised with WiTA Awards

Women in Trucking Australia (WiTA) has held its inaugural International Women’s Day Awards in celebration of the many talented Australian women truck drivers. In February, 21 female truckies from across the country each received multiple nominations across two award categories: Driver of the Year and Trailblazer Driver of the Year – the latter recognising women […]

New HHTS CEO launches mental health plan

Seven months after it launched with a $600,000 kick-start from the federal government, Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS) is close to rolling out the industry’s first ‘over-arching’ mental health plan. New CEO Naomi Frauenfelder told Big Rigs that at the end of March HHTS plans to release a single strategy for the transport […]

Sole Australian among world’s top 100 female ophthalmologists

The Save Sight Institute’s Professor Stephanie Watson has been recognised as one of the world’s top 100 female ophthalmologists. She is the only Australian to make the 2021 Power List of the Top 100 Women in Ophthalmology, a first-of-its-kind list released by The Ophthalmologist magazine that celebrates the impact women have had on clinical practice, […]

National Food Waste Research Centre makes appointment

The Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre has appointment Francesca Goodman-Smith to the role of TRANSFORM program leader to drive growth in transforming food waste into higher value products. The appointment is effective 6 April 2021. Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre CEO Dr Steven Lapidge said that Francesca was chosen to lead this program […]