Industry backs Asixa’s tragedy response

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Turner praised at VTA conference for professional response in deeply troubling circumstances

Industry backs Asixa’s tragedy response
Simone Turner: organisation is crucial in aftermath


Asixa’s new CEO, Simone Turner, has been praised by the transport industry for her professionalism when dealing with crisis.

Only a month into her new role, Turner was faced with a fatal accident that rocked her company.

A family of four died at Catani, Victoria, in February when Asixa’s sub-contractor allegedly failed to obey a stop sign and give way to an entering vehicle.

A nine-year-old boy was the sole survivor.

Victorian Transport Association (VTA) President Brendan Hopley told the VTA annual conference on Tuesday the industry could learn from Simone’s clear thinking.

"What good hands we are in with a brilliant woman like that who under such tragic circumstances behaved so professionally," Hopley says.

"Let’s not forget, when something hits you like it hit Simone and her business, it is a very real crisis.

"What I got out of that was to be prepared, have processes and procedures in place to what we hope is an unlikely event but an event that may happen to you – so please be prepared."

Speaking at the conference, Turner says it’s crucial to ensure that thorough and accessible records are in place when tragedy hits.

"You need to ensure your staff records are in order, compliant and readily accessible," Turner says.

"You might think that something like this will never happen to your company and I certainly hope for your sake that it doesn’t, Asixa certainly didn’t either but we now know what it’s like and we certainly wish we never did."

Hopley called on the industry to provide support to the crash survivor.

"What can we as VTA and Asixa do for nine-year-old Sam Beckett?" Hopley says.

"I’d like to think that we can work together with Simone and others in this room – maybe there is something we can do as an industry to look after young Sam."

The sub-contractor is due to attend a committal hearing.


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