Membership Renewal Information
In February, senior leaders from or Industry flew to Brisbane from all over Australia to meet with the Federal Minister for Energy and Environment, the Honourable Josh Frydenberg, to discuss the serious escalation in Australian energy costs.
This meeting triggered several spin-offs; the RWTA is now well known to the Minister and his Department, to be the peak representative body of the Australian Cold Chain and a considerable amount of valuable dialog has occurred between the RWTA and the Minister’s office, post our initial meeting.
In addition, the RWTA has joined the Industry Energy Alliance, a lobby group including the Queensland Farmers Federation, Canegrowers, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ), who have joined forces to lobby all levels of government, to ensure genuine policy commitments and changes, to ensure immediate electricity price relief.
Throughout the past year, we have continued to host our popular Networking Breakfast Series, where the hot topics of the day have been enthusiastically discussed.
New Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation and its impact on cold storage and transport in Australia has been one such topic. A model Refrigerated Warehouse Safety Management System has been commissioned by the RWTA to ensure our Members are equipped to meet the new requirements of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR).
EPS Panelling, a cost effective and thermally efficient building product, prevalent throughout the Australian Cold Chain has once again returned to the spot light. Following a breakfast presentation in Melbourne recently, a new RWTA Sub-Committee has been created with the mandate to secure competitive insurance cover for refrigerated facilities where EPS Panel has been used.
In May, we hosted the first of its By Invitation Only networking events catering to attract Senior Executives. An exclusive and private viewing of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW was followed by Dinner at Matt Moran’s Chiswick at the Gallery Restaurant; this was the first of series of exclusive networking events in the pipeline.
Training and Education
A nationally accredited pilot for Ammonia Emergency Management Training Program has begun in Queensland. This program is being piloted in Queensland ahead of its national release later this year and has been designed by the cold storage industry for the cold storage industry.
Last October, the RWTA hosted the 2017 Global Cold Chain Summit in Sydney. Business leaders and their partners travelled to Sydney from all corners of the World to meet with their Australian counterparts to discuss trends and innovations affecting the Cold Chain and to develop enduring relationships.
September this year we will be holding our 77th National Conference at Peppers Resort, Noosa. This year’s conference, with its new format and spectacular setting, promises to be the best to date and one not to be missed!
We have continued to work collaboratively with the GCCA to secure an even greater range of benefits and services for our members. Our access to this wealth of international experience will see the release of the GCCA’s Energy Excellence Management Tool here in Australia in June 2018.