VTA’s Australian Freight Industry Award winners announced

L-R: Peter Anderson, Tim Pallas, Hermione Parsons and Cameron Dunn. L-R: Peter Anderson, Tim Pallas, Hermione Parsons and Cameron Dunn. L-R: Peter Anderson, Tim Pallas, Hermione Parsons and Cameron Dunn.

Redstar Transport, Metropolitan Express Transport and DP World Australia are among this year’s winners


The Victorian Transport Association presented the 28th Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) in Melbourne on Saturday.

The annual event recognises excellence and achievements of freight and logistics industry members across a range of categories, and celebrates the transport industry’s contribution to the national economy.

This year’s event saw seven winners across six categories, they are:

Dr Hermione Parsons, Deakin University – Personality of the Year Award

Matt Simmons, Rocke Brothers – Young Achiever of the Year Award

FBT Transwest – Waste & Recycling Award

Redstar Transport – Application of Technology Award

Victoria International Container Terminal – Application of Technology Award

Metropolitan Express Transport Services – Best Practice Safety Award

DP World Australia – Investment in People Award.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson announced the name of the winners, who received their trophies from VTA president Cameron Dunn and Victorian treasurer Tim Pallas.

"We once again had a very enthusiastic response to these awards from the industry, as evidenced by the dozens of applications judges assessed in determining the winners," Anderson said.

"Congratulations to all the winners and finalists on their tremendous achievements, and for working to continually improve the standards of our industry which helps to make it safer and more productive."

Addressing his first AFIA presentation as president of the VTA, Cameron Dunn said that it has been a challenging year for freight operators, and that the VTA was working hard to obtain meaningful outcomes for members.

"As an industry association, we exist to service the needs of our members, and of course advocate for the best interests of the industry," Dunn said.

"The VTA is pursuing many endeavours to improve and enhance economic, regulatory and other conditions for operators, and I would like to congratulate the VTA secretariat for their achievements, in what has been a challenging year.

"As operators, we are well-aware of the pressures we face from rising costs and smaller margins.

"The VTA has been strongly advocating for conditions that help to ease these pressures, and give operators every chance of success.

"On behalf of the Executive Council of the VTA, congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to every organisation that submitted a nomination."

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