Pair has a passion for transport

Jo and Gerry Tempelman will spend Valentine’s Day together at work. They have both worked in the transport industry and now work at Wide Bay TAFE, Gympie.
Jo and Gerry Tempelman will spend Valentine’s Day together at work. They have both worked in the transport industry and now work at Wide Bay TAFE, Gympie. Renee Pilcher

A PASSION for transport safety is one thing Wide Bay TAFE employees Jo and Gerry Tempelman will be sharing this Valentine's Day.

The couple, who have been married for 10 years this year, met online over a love of coffee.

They realised that they both worked in the transport industry and they had worked close to each other - one building away - before their first date.

Mrs Tempelman is celebrating another anniversary this year. It has been 20 years since she started the road transport newspaper, Big Rigs.

"I'm a marketing and communications officer now, but I still have a passion for transport because of Big Rigs," she said.

While her husband is a now a transport, logistics and warehousing teacher, he has had a long career in the industry.

Mr Tempelman spent 21 years in the army as a transport supervisor, driver trainer and licence-assessing officer before working for Queensland Transport as a licence examiner, and later at Linfox as an operational trainer.

His experience has driven his obsession with keeping people safe on the roads. His previous employer Linfox had a zero tolerance for unsafe behaviour.

"My whole career has been in transport and keeping people safe."

With the industry-leading, new transport and logistics package starting this semester, TAFE is offering Certificate II, III and IV in warehousing and logistics operations and Certificate II in freight handling, with the option to specialise in community services.

Mr Tempelman said he hoped people already in the industry and wanting to upskill, and those looking to start a career, would enrol at TAFE.

The warehousing subjects were good for older drivers to upgrade their skills so that they could take on logistics roles, and spend less time on the road, while the community services specialisation taught drivers how to transport disabled or elderly people, he said.

"Lots of drivers can come in and pick up a simple course and know all about how to transport patients safely and comfortably," he said.

And the TAFE's new driving operations subjects had incorporated road transport specialisations like refrigerated driving and wood products.

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