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Melbourne is set to take over Sydney as the most populous city in Australia.

The 2016 census, released by Australian Bureau of Statistics, found Australia’s population has grown by 8.8 per cent to 24.4 million people since the last time it was measured in 2011.


With Melbourne recently taking home “World’s Most Liveable City” for the seventh year in a row, it is no surprise that the majority of new arrivals are flocking to the coffee, the culture and the general cool atmosphere of Melbourne.  


Fast growth in an urban setting comes with a lot of opportunity alongside a need for infrastructure improvements to accommodate.  The city of Melbourne is well aware of the needs associated with current and projected growth, and have responded with a large-scale, innovative upgrade of the heavily relied upon Monash Freeway.  Read on to learn more about the upgrade, who is doing the work, and how it will benefit you.


Who is in charge of the upgrades?


Recognising the immediate need for an upgrade, the Victorian Government and Transurban have partnered up to plan and fund the improvements. At Membrey’s, we are thrilled to be working alongside the Victorian Government to ensure a better transit system for Melbourne residents, both now and in the future.


Where will the upgrades take place?


The upgrades will take place on a 30km stretch from Chadstone to Pakenham.

This area, also known as the M1 corridor, is critical to a huge number of Melbournians.  This stretch of freeway is where over half of the Melbourne workforce is employed, where over three-quarters of Melbourne students study, and where one-third of Melbournians live.


Over 200,000 motorists use this stretch of freeway daily, with numbers expected to increase.  In the past 10 years, the number of cars using the stretch has increased by 50 percent and the freeway has been at capacity during peak periods since 2010.  


What will the upgrades include?


The benefits of this upgrade will come with the usual headaches of road construction.  However, these will be minimised with efficient and quality traffic management solutions.


Below are the major improvements motorists will enjoy from the upgrade:

  • Additional lanes
  • New ramp signals
  • New barriers
  • Noise wall replacements and upgrades
  • Improved lighting and drainage
  • Widened bridges at eight locations


In addition, the following technological improvements will take place:

  • New and upgraded ramp technology
  • New and upgraded data stations which gather real time traffic data to feed into the freeway management system


How will the upgrades impact me and other motorists?


A lot of data collection and research has gone into the what and how of these upgrades.  Once completed, motorists will enjoy the following benefits:


  • 20% reduction in road collisions
  • Reduced travel times
  • Room for an additional 2000 cars in peak hours
  • Room for 50% more vehicles on Hallan Pass


For you environmentalists out there, fear not!  We have a comprehensive environmental policy to ensure motorists enjoy these upgrades without compromising the environment.


The Monash Freeway upgrade project began in September 2016 and is set for completion in 2018.  The short term strains of construction on the freeway will result in long term gains of a faster, safer and more reliable journey on a previously congested stretch of freeway.


If you have questions about any aspect of the implementation of this project, don’t hesitate to contact us for answers.  In the meantime, start planning what you will do with the extra time you will gain once your commute time decreases with this new freeway!

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Boom Logistics 160 Tonne Crane Body

Heavy haulage and transport are a major sector in Australia that keeps the country moving. Without it we would be lost. Read for a list of suggested safety tips for anyone in the transport industry.

  1. Safety First – safety of yourself and those around you is of the utmost importance.
  2. Defensive driver training – prepare for the worst, blowouts, being cut off or a tree falling. Drivers need to know how to stop fast and safely.
  3. Know what to do in an emergency – its important to know how to respond in an emergency situation, accidents or incidents can occur at anytime, a company with good safety policies will have a procedure in place for an emergency.
  4. Regular maintenance and inspections – this should be a no-brainer but it is imperative that all equipment is up to date and in working order.
  5. Road and situational awareness – being an aware driver, looking ahead at the road, the other vehicles and interpreting situations make driving a lot easier and safer.
  6. Drug and Alcohol testing – drugged drivers is an issue in the transport industry that needs to be addressed. Regular but random drug & alcohol tests are a must in any transport workplace.
  7. Avoid Fatigue – fatigue is a leading killer on the roads, proper breaks and log book maintenance are ways to monitor fatigue. Arrive Alive

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Rowan Truck

Craig got to have a chat with Owner Driver magazine at the Truckie’s Reunion.


Taken from article;

‘Owner//Driver chats to Hall of Fame inductee Craig Membrey.

This year’s National Road Transport Hall of Fame was extra special, with almost 300 names added to the Wall of Fame….

Owner//Driver attended the event this year, along with thousands of people from across Australia. We caught up with inductee Craig Membrey and chatted to him about his very special Kenworth truck.


You can read more about this year’s Hall of Fame in the October edition of Owner//Driver magazine



You can see the full story plus video here.


The primary aim of a warehouse traffic management plan should be to mitigate risk as far as possible. As so many of these operations now run twenty-four hours per day, organisation is key to keeping workers safe and turnover high. At Membrey’s, we are committed to safe and secure haulage and we want to help your warehouse to function smoothly too.

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The construction crane is one of the most recognisable pieces of lifting machinery in existence. It is extremely powerful, usually very large, and capable of moving incredible weights, at relatively fast speeds. For Membrey’s, however, it represents more than just a piece of machinery. It is a reliable and ever faithful workhorse; a tool that has been with our societies for thousands of years.


The first cranes can be credited to the ancient Greeks, who introduced simple lifting machines as a way to transport large stones and build temples. Fundamentally, they haven’t changed all that much. The major difference is that we now have computer technologies to calculate safe lifting paths and make construction work less risky.


Crucially, biggest doesn’t always mean strongest these days. There are all kinds of factors that determine how powerful a crane can be. The most important is its purpose because these machines are built to lift everything from concrete blocks to entire ships. Nevertheless, you can reasonably assume that where you find a big crane, you’re also likely to find some serious heft and muscle.
So, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the largest cranes to be found anywhere on the planet. Happy lifting, folks!


The Liebherr Mobile Crane


The rather remarkable Liebherr LTM 11200-9.1 was built by German manufacturer Liebherr Group. It is one of the most powerful mobile cranes in existence; potentially, the single most powerful machine anywhere in the world. It has a lifting capacity of 1200 metric tonnes, which is equivalent to around 700 cars.
The Liebherr also has the longest telescopic boom in the world, because it expands to one hundred meters in length. While it is definitely an impressive piece of kit, even a machine this tough can’t compete with the biggest, baddest stationary cranes. We can’t wait to introduce you to the beastly Netherlands crane that blows this one out of the water.


The SSCV Thialf


The largest crane vessel on the planet is the Thialf, which is stationed in Rotterdam. Just as its name suggests, it is a mobile machine, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, it is so vast that it moves while secured to a whole shipping vessel. In fact, the Thialf contains two individual cranes, with a maximum lifting load of 14,200 metric tonnes. It also houses hundreds of onsite workers.
This mammoth crane travels via the fjords, in the Netherlands, and it was used to install the Erasmus Bridge. But, even this isn’t the machine with the heaviest lifting load in the world. There are some spectacularly large gantry cranes that are used to move cargo ships both in and out of the water at some of the busiest international docks.


Taisun Gantry Crane


The rather aptly named ‘Taisun’ crane is one such machine. It can lift up to 20,000 metric tonnes and even has the official lifting record in the Guess Book of World Records. The Taisun can be found in Shandong Province, in China. This is one seriously hefty piece of kit and it is bound to get lifting enthusiasts sighing with envy.
Then again, as discussed, there are all kinds of things that determine how strong or powerful a crane happens to be. Gantry cranes tend to be some of the most impressive, but this is because they are built to take strength from a straddled object or workspace. This gives them exceptional lifting capacities and puts them right at the top of the tree.


Biggest Doesn’t Always Equal Strongest, But It’s a Safe Bet


Ultimately, the biggest, tallest cranes don’t necessarily make the best lifters, but there is a definite correlation between the two factors. If you want to build a machine that can move trucks and entire ships, it needs to have a broad, squat foundation. And, this lends itself well to pure muscle. However, thanks to things like mobile cranes and crane trucks, even these monster machines can now be easily transported from worksite to worksite.

International Truck, Trailer & Equipment Show (ITTES)

Membrey’s are supporting the show by having our infamous ‘Rowan’Truck there for the duration, this show is a must see for any Truck enthusiast.

The show is over three big days 5,6 & 7th May 2016 at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Please note the Public Day is 7th May.

Rowan Truck

“Rowan Truck”

For tickets and further information;

Excerpt from the ITTES Site;

Redefining what a truck show should be”

With every show, ITTES has moved from strength to strength, due in large part to the support of the industry. Since its inception, ITTES has grown to attract in excess of 35,000 attendees and has previously featured more than 400 exhibitors. With the inclusion of Roads and Civil Works Expo and Waste Management in Action, 2016 has organisers focused on attracting in excess of 500 + exhibitors and attracting more than 40,000 visitors – no other truck industry show comes close in size or scope.
ITTES now takes the next step in the evolution of the show to introduce two new shows, one for the waste industry and one for the roads and civil works industry.
The inclusion of a Careers Pavilion demonstrates the importance the industry places on the future succession planning required to ensure the vitality and growth of the industry.
The show will also feature a range of new ‘live action’ marketing and showcase opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors, including a test track and safety demonstration arenas.”

The Importance of Punctuality in Machinery Transport

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Every business works on a schedule – whether it’s a manufacturing or transport – and each business must meet certain goals within a given period.

For this reason, time in business is always of the essence and if the day to day running of a company is stalled by failure or lack of the required machinery then the knock-on effects can mount up.

Machinery Is Vital In Many Industries

The importance of machinery transport to any production or processing company cannot be underestimated. When one or more parts of a machine fails to be delivered where it is supposed to be then the manufacturing process can grind to a halt.

When the machinery is not delivered on time, the company can suffer a loss of money, the employees lose motivation, and there are inevitable delays to customers.

For this reason, finding someone reliable to transport new or replacement machinery is vital in minimising delay or breakdown of the processes within any industry.

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As machinery and output impacts on profit, production, safety, a delay in the arrival of a vital machine can be catastrophic. While some businesses can manage for a day or two without non-critical machinery, an hour without critical equipment can swiftly lead to disaster – for example, if the printing press for a newspaper producer breaks down and there is no a backup, they cannot print the news on time and therefore they will only lose profit but also a chunk of their readership.

Punctual machinery transport ensures that a business meets its goals, maintains their customer satisfaction, keeps the employees motivated, reduces the cost of production and ups the business’s revenue.

The success of any company depends on the efficiency of the employees and most importantly of the machines run by those employees. To this end, punctual machinery transport can impact a whole industry, which is one reason why Membrey’s are always on time and ensure safe delivery.

Efficient Heavy Haulage With Experienced Operators

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Membrey’s Transport and Crane Hire ensure the following steps are taken:


Driver training is key to promoting efficient driving, and regular refresher courses help our drivers to learn the most efficient ways to handle their vehicles .Practices such as driving at steady speeds, reducing harsh breaking and rapid acceleration and changing gears at the optimum times can result in a much more effective driver.

Thorough initial driver training and regular refresher courses ensure your cargo and transport needs are delivered safely.

GPS Trackers

GPS trackers have come a long way in the last few years and there is a wide range available which can be used on all types of vehicles. They can be used to monitor exactly where your cargo is at any point in time.

Plan ahead

Good planning plays a major part in ensuring your transport need are met on deadline. Knowing what routes are quickest, less prone to traffic jams, and the location of any road works or temporary hold ups can assist to save time on delivery.
Promoting efficient driving and best driving practices throughout your fleet of trucks and drivers can save your company a large amount in fuel costs at a time where the price of petrol and diesel is a real concern.