Asixa takes out CILTA humanitarian award

Stewart and Hassall officially launch the already growing professional development initiative

Asixa takes out CILTA humanitarian award
Andrew Stewart with a rare hard copy of the Professional Development Directory


Victorian transport and logistics company Asixa has taken out one of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia (CILTA) awards.

Held in Melbourne, the CILT Australia Annual Awards for Excellence,  the company won the Humanitarian or Defence Transport and/or Logistics award for its six years supporting the Victorian Government’s Charity Freight Service – a distribution pool for major charity groups to support people in need around the state.

"This is absolutely a thrill – everyone at Asixa was really looking forward to being a finalist in this category and I can’t wait to go back and let them know that we’ve been successful in winning it," Asixa CEO Simone Turner says.

"This is something that’s very close to our heart at Asixa."

She thanked the Victorian Department of Human Services for its funding and support, saying its input needed to be recognised as well.

After it was foreshadowed last week, CILTA chairman Andrew Stewart officially launched the Professional Development Directory.

"We had a soft launch about a month ago – already extra courses have been added," Stewart says.

Stewart noted that it would be rolled out in East Asia over the next 12 months and worldwide after that.

Industrial Logistics Institute associate professor Kim Hassall, who was involved in its formation, was on hand to underline the point that it was a developing and expanding initiative, saying it was expected to double in size in a year’s time.

Hassall says the concept was received enthusiastically at the recent CILT international conference in Malacca, particularly by African and Asian delegates.

"This is purely focused on points for continuing professional development and this is a whole world that has not been attacked properly in this sector," he adds.

Other award winners were:

  • Safety: Transit Australia Group
  • Passenger Transport: City of Gold Coast
  • Operational Excellence: Main Roads WA MMIS (Maintenance Management Information System)
  • Professional of the Year: John Duffy, bus industry identity
  • Young Professional of the Year: winner, Dr Ryan Falconer, transport strategist and Project Manager for Arup Perth; highly commended, Aaron Hargraves, a graduate engineer of Parsons Brinckerhoff in the Sydney Rail team.

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