Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia celebrated its Southern Region Awards event on Friday night, including the inaugural presentation of three new awards.
Against a stunning backdrop across Docklands to Port Phillip Bay, the cocktail event was presented by HVIA key partner National Transport Insurance and TruckAssist, at the Victorian headquarters of HVIA insights partner, KPMG.
Special guest, the Hon Dr Daniel Mulino MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance provided inspiring words for award nominees, balanced by an informed and empathetic understanding of challenges facing the heavy vehicle industry including skills shortages.
“Victorian freight volumes are forecast to nearly triple by 2051. High-quality, reliable heavy vehicle transport and logistics services are essential to meeting the needs of our growing population and economy,” Dr Mulino said.
“The HVIA Regional Awards Night was a great example of how the heavy vehicle industry are supporting innovation and training to ensure that Victoria has the skills and technology it needs to keep growing.”
HVIA’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking told attendees that the suite of new leadership and innovation awards were to acknowledge their role in enabling the Australian heavy vehicle industry to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task.
“The calibre of nominations across all the award categories reinforces and upholds HVIA’s vision of an innovative, prosperous heavy vehicle industry, supporting the safest, most productive fleet,” he said.
The National Apprentice of the Year Award is presented with the support of long-time apprenticeship initiative sponsor Warby Tools.
The Southern Region award was awarded to Keegan Templeton of Cummins South Pacific Victoria, who came out ahead of a highly competitive field. Keegan will progress as the first finalist for the national award.
HVIA’s new Product Innovation Award has seen a strong field of nominations from across the country and the inaugural Southern Region award was presented to Alan Griffiths from Bulk Transport Equipment for their Steerable Semi Agitator.
The Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award will be presented in Brisbane next month. The award acknowledges young people who have recently graduated from an apprenticeship and have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their organisations and/or the industry.
Madeleine Wahrbichler from Cummins South Pacific was present to accept the honour of representing HVIA’s southern region as its first finalist.
Marisa Fernandez, from HVIA event partner Moreton Hire, presented the new HVIA award for community leadership. A regional winner from HVIA’s North-Western Region, was also presented. The winner based in Perth was Cummins South Pacific for their Technical Education in Communities (TEC) Project.
The Southern Region winner for the Community Leadership category was MaxiTRANS Industries for their support of RU OK Day and food distribution for Soup Bus and SecondBite.
All Southern Region category winners will now represent the region as national finalists at the HVIA Gala Awards Dinner in Brisbane on Friday 16th November.
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