Fuel levy update for Monday 07/03/2021

Fuel levy = 18.92%, up 0.48% from 18.44% (rate effective from 22/02/2021)

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  • Chemicals Driver honoured with Driver of the Year Award

    WA based chemicals driver, Hannah Hughes has been named Driver of the Year in the inaugural Women in Trucking Australia competition in recognition of female truck drivers.

    The awards shine a light on the work of resilient and inspirational heavy vehicle drivers who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get the job done. Hannah who was nominated by her partner Benn and fellow workmates at McColl’s, shows an uncompromising work ethic and is a well-respected member of the BCD team. Her ability to overcome any obstacle using her own initiative, drive in remote locations in hazardous weather conditions and work with dangerous chemicals on a daily basis makes Hannah an extremely valuable asset at McColl’s. “Hannah does a great job for us in one of our most remote locations under some of our most testing conditions. She contributes a lot to our organisation over and above her ‘day job’, and is very highly regarded by our tight-knit team in WA. Fantastic effort Hannah!” said BCD General Manager Mick Mulraney.

    Winning the WiTA awards means the world to Hannah, “I am very humbled and taken aback by how much support there is out there for me, driving is what I love doing and its fantastic to be recognised by the industry” she said. Hannah who was up against 21 other inspirational women from varied backgrounds, ages and levels of experience, believes just being nominated was an honour and is simply grateful for the opportunity McColl’s have given her to be behind the wheel. “It’s a great testament to Hannah to be recognised for this award, we pride ourselves on mutual respect so having Hannah appreciated by her fellow drivers as a part of International Women’s day is a terrific achievement’’ said Simon Thornton, McColl’s Transport CEO.

    Hannah not only contributes to the company as a driver, but by participating in health and wellness initiatives, contributing stunning photographs to the annual company calendar and displaying a high level professionalism and pride in her vehicle and what she does. ‘As a woman in trucking, you have to work so much harder to take away the doubt that you can do the job just as well as the men’ says Hannah, who comes from a family of truck drivers and is the first to put her hand up for long trips to Cape Preston, Telfer and Wiluna.

  • McColl’s modernises its fleet with 30 new trucks

    Keeping our drivers and the community safe are top priorities for McColl’s which is why we have invested $9m in new fleet over the last financial year.

    The fleet modernisation includes prime moves from Kenworth, Freightliner and Volvo and tankers from Tieman, Byfords and Marshall Lethlean.

    McColl’s operates 200+ prime movers, over 650 tankers/trailers throughout Australia.

  • New Truck in the Fleet

    We are very excited to have a new truck in our fleet!

    The Freightliner Cascadia 126 (pictured left) is operating with a B-double milk tanker and is powered by a 16-litre Detroit engine and a 12-speed automated manual transmission. It is equipped with all the modern safety features, is fuel efficient and comfortable.  The safety features that are not normally seen on conventional trucks in Australia include an automatic emergency braking system, pedestrian detection, collision avoidance and other systems that use radar sensors and cameras to survey the truck’s surroundings.

    Safety First is at the top of our company values, so we are especially keen on these new features being introduced with the Cascadia.

  • A Word from the New CEO

    McColl’s Group Holdings was acquired, in May, by an investor club known as Friesian. The club includes new CEO Simon Thornton and Chairman Mark Mentha – both familiar faces at the company.

    “It is great to be back in the driver’s seat at McColl’s,” Mr Thornton said.

    “A lot has happened in the five years I was away. The industries we serve have changed dramatically, with new owners and new priorities. Some of our previous customers no longer exist and new ones have arrived with big plans for the future.”

    McColl’s new board members include James Macdonald, a partner in law firm Piper Alderman.

    James specialises in commercial law and had previously served McColl’s in negotiating customer contracts.

    Friesian’s plans are long term; the club intends to invest in McColl’s over time to see what kind of company it can grow into.

    “This is the first time in 12 years that the company has not been for sale,” Mr Thornton explained. “We plan to develop the company over the next generation.”

    “We have new employees arriving all around the company. We are hiring new drivers and trainers; there are also new graduate business analysts, compliance, safety, operations and financial people.

    “The Dairy Division is commissioning 10 new pocket road trains to cope with its extra work. The Bulk Food Grade Division and Bulk Chemicals Division are also expecting new tankers and prime movers to arrive in the next few months.

    “The 2018 financial year was a good one for McColl’s. We are looking forward to cementing productive partnerships with our existing clients and forging some new ones.”


Health and Wellness

Health & Wellness @ McColl’s

McColl’s Health & Wellness program is an initiative targeted at improving the lives of McColl’s employees both in and outside of the workplace. McColl’s is dedicated in promoting health awareness, providing support and providing employees with the opportunity to eat healthy & exercise where possible. Exercise can encourage good mental health and promote a positive lifestyle for all staff and the transport industry as a whole.

McColl’s has a Health & Wellness Co-ordinator, Megan Taylor, who is an experienced health professional. Megan is a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist. Megan’s qualifications and training enable her to provide nutrition and health coaching as well as meal planning, exercise training programs, fitness sessions, personal training and exercise for injury rehabilitation under a referral from an allied health professional.

McColl’s is constantly creating new platforms where we can share health and wellness information that is easily accessible to staff.  We have monthly health newsletters and social media pages –

Facebook: @mccollshealth

Instagram: @mccollshealth

Walk & run club – The Geelong depot has a regular walk / run group every Friday at 12:30pm which you can participate in at your own pace. With the Barwon River track easily accessed from the Geelong site you can choose to walk or run any distance on a maintained safe path.

Relaxation and stress relief sessions – we have a qualified trauma yoga instructor who comes to the Geelong site once a month to run gentle movement and relaxation sessions, aimed at reducing stress and clearing the mind.

Exercise & fitness sessions – Regular group exercise and fitness sessions are conducted in the Geelong office. These sessions are designed and supervised by our Health & Wellness Co-ordinator and generally run for 30mins.

Session types include HIIT, strength training, boxing, Pilates. These classes can usually be catered to suit any individual as well as those with injury or specific needs.

We have a training room with exercise equipment available for the sessions and can be utilised at any other time by staff. All major depots also have bikes and/or treadmills available for all employees to use. We recommend that all employees consult a GP before undertaking exercise.