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VTA farewells former president Trevor Martyn

The VTA has paid tribute to former president and FBT Transwest managing director Trevor Martyn

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has acknowledged the passing of past president of Trevor Martyn OEM and paid its respects to the industry giant.

Martyn’s career in the freight and logistics industry involved being the managing director of FBT Transport and establishing it as a leading freight and logistics company in the chemical and fuels sector.

As well as being a lead negotiator in the takeover of Transwest Bulk Haulage to become FBT Transwest, Martyn also ensured the industry remained very safe and risk-oriented.

During his term as FBT Transwest managing director, the operator was regarded as the leading and safest company in the carrying of dangerous goods according to VTA CEO Peter Anderson.

“They were consulted regularly by all the authorities about best practice industry actions and as the leaders in carrying dangerous products by their industry peers,” Anderson says.

“During Trevor’s term as managing director, he was on various association representative bodies – he was chairman of the Bulk Tanker Association, which achieved many industry safety initiatives in road and workplace safety.

“His company was also an integral part of the Victorian Waste Management Association.”

Throughout his career, Martyn was also the VTA president for six years, developing many unique activities such as a young executive program and a major freight congress and awards night that attracted up to 3000 people at one dinner event and is still running today.

In 2003, Martyn launched the Victorian President’s dinner, which is now into its 22nd year.

Part of the president’s role was involvement in industrial relations issues, with Anderson saying the VTA is the leading association in this field. Many award and enterprise agreements were established with the Transport Workers Union and the association, with Martyn’s leadership and foresight crucial.

He was also on the Australian Road Transport Industrial Organisation council for many years during many turbulent times.

After his years with the VTA, Martyn became the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chairman for two years.

“The industry regarded Trevor Martyn as a true leader in all parts of the transport industry and he was widely regarded due to his commitment, time and effort,” Anderson says.

“We also acknowledge his other involvement interests such as in the driver training area, as the chairman of the Mayflower Brighton Aged Care Homes and a further commitment to Brighton Rotary over many years.

“The Victorian Transport Association acknowledges a great leader, a fine gentleman and a doyen of our industry. Our thoughts and condolences are with Judy, daughters Miranda and Sally, and all the Martyn family.”

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