VTA General Freight Committee elected

The General Freight Committee reports to the VTA Executive Council. VTA CEO Philip Lovel AM said it is the ‘engine room’ for the strategic management of issues dealt with by the Association which affect general freight.”

Those elected for the 2010/11 VTA General Freight Committee are:

• Australia Post: Chris Pearce, Manager Network Distribution Operations
• Border Express: Peter Anderson, Director & General Manager Sales & Marketing
• CRT Group (QR National): Damian Houniet, National Operations Manager
• Freestones Transport: Paul Freestone, Managing Director
• Glen Cameron Group: Bruce Forsyth, General Manager
• Kalari Transport: Harry Kinsella, General Manager, Victoria & NSW
• L. Arthur Pty Ltd: Vincent Arthur, Managing Director
• Linfox Logistics: Shane Falkiner, Compliance Manager, Asia Pacific
• Murphy Transport Solutions: Angela Murphy, General Manager, Planning & Resources
• Secon Freight Logistics: Terry Considine, Managing Director
• Victorian Freight Specialists: John Rowe, Director

The General Freight Committee is responsible for shaping the policy directions and the initiatives generated by the VTA on productivity issues, safety, technology uptake, people and environmental issues.

Mr Lovel commented, “We’ve got outstanding leaders in the freight logistics industry represented on the GFC, and their knowledge and expert advice is highly valued by us.”

Peter Anderson, Border Express, was re-elected for his sixth term as Chairman of the Committee, while Angela Murphy from Murphy Transport Solutions was re-elected Vice Chairman.

“Peter’s long-term commitment to the VTA is outstanding, and the stability he brings to the role has helped the Committee to stay focussed and effective. Angela continues to demonstrate that gender is no barrier to active industry representation at the highest level,” said Mr Lovel.

He continued, “The evolving stricter regulatory environment at the State and Federal level will affect the freight logistics industry significantly. The General Freight Committee is responsible for making the voice of the VTA in these debates strong and well-reasoned.

“But, there is also a lot that the industry needs to do for itself to shape its own successful and profitable future. This includes addressing future workforce planning & skills challenges, encouraging innovation and best practice, improving safety outcomes, and tackling environmental improvements from a commercial perspective. The GFC is central to these initiatives on behalf of the VTA.”

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