Christmas acknowledgements from the Australian Government

As the year draws to a close Assistant Minister Scott Buchholz, on behalf of the Federal Government, has thanked the workers across the breadth of the heavy vehicle sector for the critical role we have played this year, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said freight operators have worked tirelessly throughout the year to deliver critical goods, from medical supplies and hand sanitizer to toilet rolls.

“I want to thank all the freight operators, drivers, DC workers, manufacturing and maintenance crews who have met the challenge of increased local demand, keeping our supermarkets stocked and our economy running,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

Assistant Minister Buchholz said as Australia turns the corner from the COVID pandemic, now is a great time for Australians to consider opportunities in the sector.

“Opportunities exist not limited to drivers, but also jobs in distribution centres, maintenance and manufacturing,” he said.

“The Federal Government’s JobMaker plan, including the extension to the Instant Asset Write-Off and introduction of the temporary full expensing measure, will provide a shot in the arm to our local heavy vehicle and component manufacturing and maintenance sector, increasing demand and meaning more jobs.”

Assistant Minister Buchholz said freight and logistics sector workers are Australia’s unsung heroes but, like many Australians, have experienced higher levels of stress during this pandemic.

“COVID-19 has had a significant effect on the mental health and wellbeing of many people across the country, having led to increased isolation and financial stress for many people,” Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

“The mental health of our freight and logistics workers is of vital importance and never more so than at this time of year, when they may be spending long hours, working or some away from home during the holiday season.

“I encourage everyone in the sector to stay on top of their mental and physical health as we continue to manage the effects of this pandemic together.

“I wish those in the freight and logistics industry, and all Australians, a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.”

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