Before we begin our wish list for 2023 just a quick wrap-up for 2022.

The Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) end-of-year events included the presentations to the Driving the Difference Scholarship recipients, the announcement of Merry Manton as the Trish Pickering Memorial Award recipient for 2022, and Denis Robertson being awarded Life Membership for his service to the organisation.

We also launched our ‘Living the Dream’ campaign which was enthusiastically accepted wherever it was shown.

This campaign will now be launched everywhere over the Christmas and New Year period.

Now for 2023, TWAL will be expanding the Living the Dream campaign on radio, and wherever else we can get the video and song played. We will be expanding all our current initiatives, the Creating Connections Mentoring Program, Women Driving Transport Careers Program, and our Learning Initiatives Breakfast Series, obviously our scholarship program and the Trish Pickering Memorial Award initiatives only come around once a year.

We hope to expand our schools and TAFE initiatives within and beyond NSW as this brings the industry to high school students who have never been aware of the possibilities of a career in transport and logistics.

With eight directors in four states, we hope to bring the industry to as many people as possible in a positive and uplifting way by showing the amazing possibilities that can come from a career in the industry.

We will be holding our always well attended and fun Brisbane Truck Show breakfast, hosted by Vice Chair Coralie Chapman. We will be holding an event and appearing on the program at CeMAT in Sydney for the first time.

We are in the planning stages of holding an event at the Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs in early May and hope to have this announcement out very soon.

During the year we will be launching a new leadership program, as well as commencing the planning of our 2024 conference and the celebration in late 2024 of our 25th anniversary.

The organisation will be looking for more funding and to add new partnership so we can expand these programs and build for the future.

As for the industry in general, we will as always spend time on improving the industry image where possible, encouraging more people into the transport and logistics industry, and campaigning for better facilities and rest areas throughout the country.

We are prepared to join with other organisations’ campaigns that keep our roads and drivers safer.

Meanwhile – keep living the dream!

This story originally appeared on Big Rigs.

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