The Motor Trade Association SA/NT held it's 95th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday 21 September. The following were elected to the board:
- Frank Agostino (representing Service Station SA/NT division)
- Neville Gibb (representing Automotive Dealers Association SA/NT division)
- John Hitchcock (representing Towing Services SA/NT division)
- Mark McGuire (representing South Coast zone)
- Clive Polley (representing General SA/NT division)
- Peter Roberts (representing South East zone)
- Tom Skothos (representing Body Repair Specialists SA/NT division)
On the night, Clive Polley of Independent Components was inducted as a life member of the MTA in recognition of his significant and ongoing contributions to the automotive industry as a representative of the Commerical Vehicle Industry Association SA/NT, the national Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Australia, a member's representative on the MTA Board of Management and Chair of the General division. We also recognised a number of members who have reached 25, 50 and 75 year membership milestones.
Following the declaration of the election of the Board at the AGM, the Board have since elected Frank Agostino as Chair, and Neville Gibb as Deputy Chair, for the coming year.
At the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), members discussed new and emerging technology, hearing from Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, as well as Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) CEO, Geoff Gwiliym to learn more about what is happening overseas and what this could mean for the local automotive industry.
IAC members agreed on the need for a nationally consistent approach to incentives and taxes which does not disadvantage local businesses and customers, as well as the need to reinforce the importance of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, particularly in rural, regional and remote areas, and heavy vehicle and agricultural industries.
Finally, training, an end of life vehicle policy, and the need for ongoing information from both the MTA, to assist members in this transition, as well as from the motor vehicle service and repair information sharing scheme were recommended.