Earlier today the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) announced the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Trucking Australia 2020 conference, scheduled for 1-3 April.
Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz who was scheduled to attend the three day event and speak, has welcomed the decision of the ATA and the entire Trucking Australia delegation.
“I know this was an extremely difficult decision for the ATA, sponsors, delegates and organisers to make.
“This is the best decision in the interest of the industry, community and all attendees – based on the best medical advice.
“The ATA has demonstrated that they, like the entire transport industry are taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously. By taking decisive action, what the decision should signify to the entire supply chain is that this is a serious public health issue and all stakeholders should implement health and safety measures that go above and beyond.
“Our nation relies heavily on the transport sector and the transportation of supplies is critical to health and safety.
“As recently as yesterday I joined a teleconference with the Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Industry representatives to discuss the COVID-19 threat and how we can continue to support the industry.”
“We know that without trucks, Australia stops,” Mr Buchholz said.
“Australia is not immune as a country, however we are as well prepared as anybody could possibly be.
“Because of the actions we’ve taken on the coronavirus, we’ve got ahead. We intend to stay ahead to help keep Australians safe – it is encouraging to see industry doing the same.”