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THE Victorian Transport Association has opened nominations for the 2021 Australian Freight Industry Awards, sponsored this year by TWUSUPER and Viva Energy Australia.

VTA chief executive Peter Anderson said, “After a year-long hiatus from presenting the awards in person due to COVID, we can present the awards in person this year and we look forward to gathering as an industry to honour our winners and finalists and enjoy each other’s company”.

Nominations are open for the following award categories:

– Female Leadership Award sponsored by Viva Energy Australia

– Investment in People Award sponsored by Logical Staffing Solutions

– Application of Technology Award sponsored by Transport Certification Australia

– Young Achiever Award sponsored by Daimler Truck & Bus

– Best Practice Safety Award sponsored by Gallagher

– Sustainable Environment Award sponsored by National Transport Insurance

Mr Anderson said last year saw a record number of entries and with the industry working harder than ever to keep the nation moving there will undoubtedly be many achievements worthy of celebration this time around.

“We also acknowledge CMV Truck & Bus for their ongoing sponsorship of the Personality of the Year Award,” he said.

“Criteria for the awards can be reviewed at http://www.afiawards.com.au and we are encouraging VTA members and freight and logistics operators Australia-wide to support the awards and our industry by nominating for one or more categories.”

Nominations can be submitted online up until Monday 16 August.

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The awards ceremony will take place at the Palladium at Crown Melbourne on Saturday 4 September featuring an Australian Super Band.

Taxi Ride’s Jason Singh, Boom Crash Opera’s Dale Ryder, Bachelor Girl’s Tania Doko, and The Choirboys’ Mark Gable are set to wow guests at the 2021 awards presentation, following a sumptuous three-course meal, with beverages provided throughout the evening.

Mr Anderson said, “You can book tickets with confidence as all purchases made before 21 August are fully refundable should postponement or cancellation be necessary due to COVID settings.

“We look forward to a sensational evening celebrating everything that is great about this amazing country, together with the phenomenal efforts of our transport industry.”

Visit www.vta.com.au for more information.

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