ALMOST 700 members of the Australian freight and logistics industry gathered in Melbourne on Saturday evening for the Victorian Transport Association Australian Freight Industry Awards.
The annual awards recognise excellence from transport operator and supplier companies and individuals across several categories and celebrate the contribution the industry makes to the national economy.
Seven award winners were recognised at the AFIA’s this year, which were held in the Palladium Ballroom at Crown Melbourne.
A new award recognising Female Leadership in Transport was introduced this year.
The winners were:
- Paul Retter AM, National Transport Commission, Personality of the Year Award;
- Jacquelene Brotherton, Oxford Cold Storage & Transport Women Australia, Female Leadership in Transport;
- Katrina Burns, SCT Logistics, Young Achiever of the Year Award;
- Alex Fraser Group, Waste & Recycling Award;
- Fraumano Transport, Application of Technology Award – sponsored by Transport Certification Australia;
- Transking Innovations, Best Practice Safety Award;
- Barker Trailers, Investment in People Award.
VTA chief executive Peter Anderson announced the winners, who were presented with their award by VTA President Cameron Dunn and Luke Donnellan, minister for roads, ports and road safety.
“The Australian Freight Industry Awards showcase the very best our industry has to offer, and with dozens of high-quality applications received across the various categories it’s clear the transport industry is committed to innovation, improvement and best practice,” said VTA chief executive Peter Anderson.
“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their outstanding achievements, and for striving for excellence in everything they do to make the transport industry more productive, efficient and safe at every stage in the supply chain.”
VTA president Cameron Dunn reflected on some of the key VTA achievements during a busy 12 months.
“As president, my focus has been to ensure everything the Association pursues has, at its core, a Members First focus, because we exist first and foremost to ensure conditions are positive for operators,” Mr Dunn said.
“Reducing congestion and associated costs for operators through the delivery of new infrastructure remains a priority, so it’s encouraging that VTA advocacy has contributed to both political parties committing to building the North East Link.”
Singers Matt Hetherington and Amy Lehpamer and a company of 40 dancers from the Centre Stage Performance Group and Lifestyle for Kids Dance Troup, kicked off a spectacular night of entertainment with musical hits Come Alive and This is Me, tying together The Greatest Show theme of the awards with other circus-style acts on show in the Palladium Ballroom.
Raymond Crowe then kept the audience enthralled with his magical, mysterious and at times hilarious presentation of unusual acts, including hand puppetry, ventriloquism and other tricks.
Renowned Melbourne-based DJ Emma then got guests on their feet with her selection of contemporary musical hits, before Matt Hetherington returned to the stage with his Big Band for a final set of classic cover songs that kept the dance floor packed until the end of the night.