MURPHY Transport Solutions chief executive Cameron Murphy has been elected to the executive council of the Victorian Transport Association.

Mr Murphy was elected at the VTA’s recent annual meeting, an event that also saw president Mike Lean and vice-president Dennis Ryan elected for further terms.

Cameron Murphy was invited to join the council in June after longstanding councillor and former VTA president Brendan Hopley decided to step down.

“We’re delighted at Cameron’s election to the Executive Council and look forward to his considered input into informing the strategic direction of the VTA,” said CEO Peter Anderson.

“We also acknowledge and thank Mick Rocke for his service as Vice President over the past year and look forward to his ongoing service to the Association advising on key wharf-related issues.”

Mr Lean paid tribute to the VTA secretariat and the broader freight and logistics industry during the past challenging 10 months.

“It’s been an extraordinary year for the VTA, the transport industry, and business in general, because of COVID-19,” he said.

“Businesses have been upended, our economy has contracted and is now in recession, and restrictions introduced in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia and around the world have curbed commerce and personal freedoms.”

Mr Lean said the transport industry in Victoria had risen to these challenges.

“This year has been difficult for everyone and I would like to congratulate Peter Anderson and the VTA secretariat for continuing to service our members efficiently and effectively this year – much of it remotely from home,” he said.

“It is a credit that the secretariat has been able to retain and grow our base.”