Townsend linked to Viking

Court links industrial relations identity with a liquidator’s search for vehicles tied to failed companies of Viking transport group

Townsend linked to Viking
Townsend embroiled in Viking case
By Rob McKay | April 17, 2012

A court case in Tasmania has linked industrial relations identity Bruce Townsend with a liquidator’s search for vehicles tied to failed companies of the Viking transport group.

The Federal Court in Hobart has heard that RMS Bird Cameron Director Glenn Crisp is searching for trucks and cars, with two Kenworth prime movers and two luxury cars located on Townsend’s property, according to a Fairfax media report.

A spokesman for RMS Bird Cameron says the company was secured by 13 creditors in September, including the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and NAB, to undertake searches for Viking assets after most of the Victorian group went into receivership last year.

Assets had been recovered from Victoria, NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

"We think there is a fair amount still out there," the spokesman says.

Last year, former Viking Director Steve Iliopoulos told ATN that the banks were to blame for undermining customer confidence, freezing its accounts and sending most of the group to the wall.

ATN was awaiting return call from Iliopoulos at deadline.

Fairfax reports Townsend as listing the location of a number of prime movers and trailers and saying that he and Iliopoulos swapped vehicles to keep their respective businesses operational.

Townsend was at the centre of allegations two years ago that he had been employed to spy on the activities of unionists working on the Victorian desalination plant, with the unions blaming builder Thiess. Two Thiess managers were later sacked.

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