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Stay safe this Easter - stay at home

Two new acronyms have become prominent in our vernacular recently: first came WFH and now BAU. Many of us weren’t familiar with either until a couple of weeks ago.

The first represents a new way of working for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of workers. It has been a test of self-motivation, home internet speed and the ability to maintain productivity under the oversight of restless children or pets.

The second is something we never knew we craved until we didn’t have it. But now there are signs of hope coming through in almost every news bulletin, in every speech from the Prime Minister, the State Premiers and their respective trusted Chief Medical Officers. 

The idea of Business as Usual is no longer a fantasy, but rather something that is being carefully strategised and planned in virtual board rooms across the country.  
The indications are, however, that we are still a long way from relaxing restrictions so that we don’t lose the benefits of the gains we have made. 

To that end please heed the Prime Minister’s message and Stay At Home this Easter. To help you with that, HVIA is releasing a Colouring-in Competition for kids – please see below for details. 

The new version of business as usual may be quite different to the old; quite possibly with the benefit of a very new perspective on what is actually important. 

Today we share an article about some of the opportunities which have sprung up, which may well change the way in which road freight is carried in the future. Rest assured your voice is being heard. 

I have been privileged to join a couple of different committees and working groups representing the interests of business and industry alongside state and Federal Government interests. 

There is an innate sense of walking out of the darkness into the light together. There is a lot of talk about the steps to kickstarting the economy, but at a more localised level there is a need to reconnect. 

This crisis has made all of us appreciate the small things. One thing that keeps coming up in conversations is our role in facilitating that connection. 

It has made us conscious of the extra importance of next year’s Brisbane Truck Show. We will be extremely privileged to host the industry with an appreciation for its gravity like never before. 

Please stay safe this Easter and enjoy your time with immediate family. 

Connecting through the Oracle 

Scott Buccholz refers to it as the Oracle of Information.Whatever you call it, Government and industry advocates have found innovative ways to get things done during this unprecedented interruption.

HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking is part of a very select group of heavy vehicle and road freight industry leaders to have been invited to join a What’s App group along with the Deputy Prime Minister, the Assist Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport and a number of senior State and Federal Members, Senators and their advisors. 

They are using the online group chat mechanism to inform policy decisions around stimulus and access measures,such as explaining the imperative for the heavy vehicle industry to continue our work supporting the road freight industry when other non-essential businesses were being shut down. 

It has also been able to rapidly resolve the “unintended consequences” of Government initiatives such as the closure of truck stops initially caught up in the closures of non-essential businesses.

The attached article "Some truckers are coming to a stop, but Jake is busier than ever" by Nick Bonyhady with thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Unleash your child's inner artist

Working from home? Help distract the kids and enter the HVIA Colouring-in Competition for your chance to WIN a family pass to the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

One winner for each category will be announced weekly from Wednesday 22nd April and will be posted to the Brisbane Truck Show Facebook and Instagram pages.

Thanks to Rebecca Kilpatrick for the amazing illustrations bringing our Thornycroft to life. Find out more on Bec's Instagram page.

Want to be featured in the upcoming HVIA podcast series?

As a means to provide better value to our members, HVIA is investigating developing a series of podcasts featuring our members product innovation and technology.

No matter your business size, if you have something that provides the industry with greater productivity or safety benefits then we want to hear about it and broadcast it to all our members, stakeholders and other industry contacts. 

If you are interested in participating in a podcast please contact Paul Woodland at

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