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VTA heralds Australian Freight Industry Awards 2020

  • Posted on Monday 20th, July 2020.

The Victorian Transport Association has announced that the Australian Freight Industry Awards (AFIA) will be going ahead this year, albeit in a different format due to Covid-19 constraints.

As perennial host of what is widely considered one of the industry’s key awards events, the VTA was keen to maintain continuity by ensuring the Australian Freight Industry Awards would proceed in spite of the current pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, we need to recognise excellence within our industry, and acknowledge the outstanding work our members do to keep supply chains moving and our economy strong,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson.

The awards this year will be presented in a virtual format, complete with several musical acts and entertainment, to be livestreamed on Sunday, 20 September from 7.30-8.45pm.

The VTA will soon announce details of this year’s award categories, how to enter and information about how to register for the livestream event.

“We would like to encourage everyone to set aside time to participate in our awards presentation, albeit from the comfort of your lounge rooms,” said Anderson.

This will be in stark contrast to last year’s event when a crowd of close to 700 guests gathered at the Crown Palladium Ballroom to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Australian Freight Industry Awards.

Hosted by Livinia Nixon, the black-tie gala event honoured transport operators and suppliers across the road transport industry in Victoria.

Chas Kelly, Managing Director Chas Kelly Transport was awarded the Personality of the Year.

The Sustainable Environment Award went to Alex Fraser Group while Visa Global Logistics was honoured with the Application of Technology Award.

Other winners included Clare Cianchino, Swire Mining Logistics, who received the Female Leadership Award and Ivan Vanis, Tasman Logistics Services, who claimed the Young Achiever of the Year.

Packaged Dangerous Goods were recognised with the Best Practice Safety Award and K&S Corporation won the award for Investment in People.

Former VTA Executive Director Phil Lovel, an instrumental figure in the awards concept and execution for its first 28 years, formally welcomed guests with a short speech in which he reflected on the history of the event.
“Thirty years ago, our Prime Minister was Bob Hawke. Australia had just come through a national pilot strike. There was no internet. There were no mobile phones. Boy, were we primitive, but we did create the Australian Freight Industry Awards," said Lovel.

“We wanted to lift the profile and professionalism of the transport industry, and we did. From the World Trade Centre, to Jeff’s Shed to the new Convention centre, and now Crown Casino, we have moved forward," he said.

“To this day there is no other Industry function like this, and congratulations to the VTA for building on this great tradition.”

Following the presentation of awards, guests were treated to performances from tribute band Queen Forever, dance troupe LFK Industry Squad and the Sam Ludeman Band.

(Image L-R: VTA CEO, Peter Anderson, Victorian Minister for Ports, Freight and Public Transport, Melissa Horne, Chas Kelly, VTA President, Cameron Dunn.)

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