Gary will be using his lobbying experience to assist the Association with lobbying and policy.
We asked Gary some quick-fire questions:
I joined the industry just over two years ago. Before joining Hermiston Asphalt Hire, I worked for IKEA Ltd for 20 years in various roles.
Hermiston Asphalt Hire has been a member of SPOA since 2016.
The industry is being faced with several challenges. The impact of Covid has led to a significant rise in the cost of new plant and machinery, coupled with the added challenge of longer delivery lead times. There is also a rise in the cost and availability of replacement parts which is challenging for hire companies to keep machines operational and maintain the level of service customers expect.
The well documented removal of rebated fuel will have a massive impact on the whole industry. Although, we fully support the aim to have lower carbon emissions, a lot more support is required for the industry to achieve this.
Our biggest opportunity is tied to our biggest challenge - lowering our carbon footprint. Transitioning to plant and machinery powered by alternative fuel sources is exciting but we need to work hard to ensure that the infrastructure at the point of use supports this new generation of plant and machinery.