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Substantial effect on economic impact of transport industry

GROWING WITH THE REGION… Leocata’s Transport workshop manager, Steve Grinter servicing one of the prime movers at Leocata’s Transport’s dedicated on-site mechanic’s workshop. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

GROWING WITH THE REGION… Leocata’s Transport workshop manager, Steve Grinter servicing one of the prime movers at Leocata’s Transport’s dedicated on-site mechanic’s workshop. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

EXPERIENCING an increase in transporting of products across Australia by 29,000 tonnes over the past year is quite impressive, and the positive impact that kind of operation has on the Goulburn Valley transport industry’s economic output is quite substantial.

Beginning with just four staff and two small trucks 18 years ago, Leocata’s Transport has grown to 70 staff and 32 trucks which transport for three blue chip companies, with a total of 300 customers across the Goulburn Valley. But their expansion doesn’t stop there, in the last 12 months, a new awning that adds additional storage and an area for the cross docking and consolidating of loads for clients was installed at the business’ Tatura depot and their dedicated mechanic’s workshop has been developed to allow for on-site mechanical works.

The family run, thriving transport business also recently purchased Nagambie Wine Storage & Transport, which has given them access to controlled atmosphere warehouses in Nagambie.

Leocata’s Transport’s Melbourne depot was also recently relocated to Altona, to further build on the company’s efficiencies.

Owner, Joe Leocata, who has been in the industry for 30 years, works alongside his wife, Sharon and sons, Marcus and Adrian.

Joe said, “The Goulburn Valley is a fantastic place to do business. We are very much big supporters of the local community. We utilised the services of J&S Iaria Concrete Contractors to help construct the new awning and Entegra completed the structure itself.

“What is special about businesses like ours is that the transport industry grows as other companies across the Goulburn Valley grow.

“We plan on continuing to grow with the industry and we’re always looking at ways to improve our efficiencies and to be more environmentally friendly. We are currently looking into installing solar panels and have changed our tyres to a ‘re-tread’ using the service of Solar City Tyres, which allows us to re-use the tyre casings over and over again, which once again lessens the waste and our environmental impact.”

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2016 Primary School Career Initiative

Leocata’s Transport hosted its annual Lions Club Career initiative inviting several students from Tatura Primary School the opportunity to learn about the transport industry and the career opportunities within the industry.

Adrian Leocata General Manager at Leocata’s Transport spent the morning with the students and Lions Club representatives explaining in detail the operation at the Tatura and Nagambie sites, introducing the students to some of the staff and allowing the students to view the operational side of the business first hand.

Leocata’s Transport welcomed the opportunity to showcase their business to the next generation and to highlight to them the diverse career opportunities within the transport industry. The students were encouraged to contact Adrian if they had any further queries about the business in the future.

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AN industry call to recruit dynamic young staff has been heeded by a Tatura transport business.

Leocata’s Transport has three team members, in important management roles, aged 25 years and younger.

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IMPROVED driver comfort, fuel economy and the reliability of the Freightliner Coronado 114 were important considerations for the fleet modernisation plans of Leocata’s Transport.

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Leocata's News - Harston Primary School visitTEN students from Harston Primary School were given the opportunity to visit four major businesses in the region to get a taste of industry, with students saying just how much they enjoyed their visit to Leocata’s Transport in Tatura.

As part of the visit, students were given a tour of the site and learned about the business’ operations, with one student in particular coming away hoping to secure himself a job at the transport company when he is old enough to do so.

Harston Primary School student, Jordan Carrick said, “We visited Leocata’s on Thursday, August 13, 2015. It was great to see what they do and how they do it.

“When I’m older, I would like to work at their business and fix their trucks.

“I want to thank Joe and Adrian for showing us around. Lots of us like how they run their business. It was a good day.”

Sharon Leocata from Leocata’s Transport said, “Visits such as these are such an important part of our involvement with the community.

“We are proud of our achievements and are happy to encourage young people into the industry as sometimes media portrays a bad image of transport.

“We need young people to see the good side of the industry and just how it has improved. There are now so many more training options and we would like to encourage young people to pursue this as a career option. We know that these type of tours can open the eyes of our young ones and they did really enjoy and appreciate it.”

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