Chas Kelly heads Australian Freight Industry Awards

Seven awards distributed as AFIAs celebrate 30th anniversary

Chas Kelly heads Australian Freight Industry Awards
From left: VTA CEO Peter Anderson, Victorian freight minister Melissa Horne, Chas Kelly, VTA President Cameron Dunn


The Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) have recognised the achievements of industry’s best-practice operators with a ceremony that also marked 30 years since the event began.

Since the inaugural AFIA was held in 1989, industry has gathered each year to recognise excellence from transport operator and supplier companies and individuals across a range of categories.

Orchestrated by the Victorian Transport Association (VTA), the event sees seven winners for 2019 recognised:

• Chas Kelly: Personality of the Year Award

• Clare Cianchino, Swire Mining – Logistics – Industrial (Kalari Division): Female Leadership Award

• Ivan Vanis, Tasman Logistics Services: Young Achiever of the Year Award

• Alex Fraser Group: Sustainable Environment Award

• Visa Global Logistics: Application of Technology Award

• Packaged Dangerous Goods: Best Practice Safety Award

• K&S Corporation: Investment in People Award.

Look back at last year's winners, here

VTA CEO Peter Anderson says: "Every one of our winners and finalists should be proud of their accomplishments, which go a long way towards attaining the original vision of the awards in lifting the profile and professionalism of our great industry."

Former VTA executive director Phil Lovel, whose brainchild the AFIA was, formally welcomes guests with a short speech that reflected on 30 years of the awards.

"We wanted to lift the profile and professionalism of the transport industry, and we did," Lovel says.

VTA president Cameron Dunn also reflects on some of the key achievements of the VTA over the past 12 months.

"We’re working hard to address driver shortages that are putting pressure on operators, which is why we were so thrilled that the Victorian Government is making further investments in the VTA Driver Delivery program and attracting new people to our industry," Dunn says.

"The VTA has also been instrumental in the review of the Heavy Vehicle Driver Licensing system where we see a great opportunity for reforms that will encourage greater participation rates from potential drivers."


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