Cameron's honoured for 'leading-edge systems'

Glen Cameron Group recognised for commitment to advanced and integrated customer services

Cameron's honoured for 'leading-edge systems'
Cameron's honoured for 'leading-edge systems'
October 7, 2009

The Glen Cameron Group's commitment to advanced and integrated customer services saw it named the country's top carrier over the weekend.

Long-time industry representative John Begley at the annual Australian Freight Industry Awards before 1,100 guests at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Melbourne-based Cameron’s took out the Australian Freight and Logistics Award, with judges highlighting efficiency and technology initiatives and key strategic alliances to improve customer service.

"This is demonstrated through the integrated use of leading-edge transport and materials handling technology, managed with fully-integrated systems that interface electronically with their customers," judges said.

"Glen Cameron Group showed professionalism and an impressive performance based on continuing safety improvements, development of personnel with sound employee and sub-contractor relations. They continue to raise the quality levels in all aspects of their operations and are producing increasing business performances through sound customer service and relationships."

Dairy cooperative Fonterra Australia won the Best Practice Safety Award for its driver induction program and training DVD. The company developed the DVD to deliver training on operating tanker trucks in an easily-accessible form for drivers.

Transport Certification Australia took out the Freight Innovation/Technology Award for its administration of the controversial truck tracking Intelligent Access Program (IAP), which judges said showed innovation in sustaining commercial operations and minimising enforcement resources.

TDT Victoria was awarded for Freight Industry Promotion and Careers, recognising its logistics cadetship program which employs vocational education graduates in the transport and logistics workforce.

The Freight Environment Award went to Strang LPP, which has produced a recyclable product that better utilises containers.

Begley, the Chairman of the Victorian Freight and Logistics Council, was honoured as the Australian Freight and Logistics Personality of the Year.

The veteran industry player got his start in the Myer shipping office in 1951, going on to run customs broking and international freight forwarding companies before representing the industry on key issues including the recent Port Phillip Bay channel deepening project.

"John’s representational role has been wide and varied," judges said. "He is a true believer in putting back into the industry."

The awards were celebrating their 20th year, which Victorian Transport Association Chief Executive Philip Lovel says is testament to the quality of companies operating in the industry.

"For 20 years companies and individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make their work more innovative, efficient and safe have been publicly recognised and honoured at the Australian Freight Industry Awards," he says.

"The awards are an opportunity to make improvements and to share the best solutions."

Award winners of the past 20 years were acknowledged on the night, which included entertainment from Daryl Braithwaithe, Cotton & Keys, Normie Rowe, Doug Parkinson and Glenn Shorrock.

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