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VTA announces opening speaker for state conference

The VTA has started unveiling its state conference program by announcing the opening speaker for the two days of proceedings

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has announced the opening speaker at its state conference in March, with Victorian roads, road safety, ports and freight minister Melissa Horne to formally open the conference this year.

The conference, which will be held from March 17 to 19 at Silverwater Resort, Phillip Island, will include a variety of speakers under the theme ‘Future Freight Landscapes’.

“Minister Horne headlines a rapidly growing list of speakers from industry, government, regulators and other transport industry stakeholders that the VTA is arranging to address delegates over the two days of the conference,” VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

“With so many critical issues on the radar that fall under minister Horne’s portfolio responsibilities, including road and rail freight infrastructure, productivity at our ports and waterfronts, and training and skilling logistics workers of the future, it will be timely to hear from the minister about the Victorian government’s priorities for the year ahead.

“Minister Horne has been diligent, consultative and highly professional in carrying out her portfolio commitments and we appreciate her taking time to join us this year.”

Anderson says the VTA state conferences have a history of being content-rich, with this year’s program continuing that tradition by focusing on emerging issues including cyber-security, artificial intelligence, the gig economy and related legislation among other topics.

“We look forward to sharing our provisional program over the coming weeks, which will outline a strong line-up of presenters and social and networking opportunities,” Anderson says.

“A trade exhibition will feature product and service innovations from a range of industry suppliers, and we anticipate showcasing presentations and associated equipment from many domestic and international manufacturers.”

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