ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie, who started with the organisation in mid-February, will be travelling to Tasmania this month for the first of a series of regional information sessions planned for 2015.

This is part of his commitment to travel throughout Australia to meet members, share insights and listen to member concerns about the future of the industry.

He will be joined by Manager of Association Business, Elisha Radwanowski, and Tasmanian-based ACAPMA President Philip Molineux, with the aim of bringing together industry leaders in Tasmania.

“We plan to discuss issues relating to the current state of the industry as a whole – and the key legislative and regulatory agendas that are likely to affect petroleum, convenience and supply businesses in the near term” Mark said.

“Elisha will share some valuable information about workplace relations and discuss the vital importance of maintaining comprehensive safety and compliance procedures in your business.”

“This will be a unique experience to connect, exchange ideas and hear industry performance trends in a relaxed but informative session.”

“I appreciate that our members are busy running their businesses, with many struggling to keep their heads above water. Sessions like these, however, are valuable as they allow all of us to take stock of our industry and develop a collective understanding of the challenges ahead. By being aware of these challenges, we are all better placed to minimise the risk of economic harm to our industry in the future”.

McKenzie came to ACAPMA from the VACC and believes that competition policy and security of national fuel supply are two of the biggest challenges currently facing the downstream petroleum sector.

“We are also hearing that fuel theft, merchant fees and availability of quality contractors are growing concerns for the many small businesses that comprise our industry. I am hoping that these sessions will give us specific insights about the nature of these particular problems in Tasmania.”

The Launceston Event will be held on Wednesday March 25 at the Sebel Hotel, while the Hobart session is on Thursday March 26 at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Both events run from 4-6.30pm and will include drinks, nibbles and plenty of opportunity to network.

Bookings close March 16 and spaces are limited. Don’t miss out – Book now.