Southern stars are celebrated
MADELEINE Wahrbichler from Cummins South Pacific, was celebrated as a future leader in the industry with top honours at Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s Southern Region Awards in Melbourne.
Against stiff opposition, Madeleine was selected as the first regional finalist in the Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award to be announced at the HVIA national gala awards dinner in Brisbane on November 16.
The award acknowledges young people who have recently graduated from an apprenticeship and have demonstrated outstanding leadership within their organisations and/or the industry.
Keegan Templeton of Cummins South Pacific Victoria was another rising star to get his ticket to the national showdown next month.
In another tight contest, Keegan was named as the southern region’s representative in the The National Apprentice of the Year Award.
HVIA’s Chief Executive Todd Hacking told attendees that the suite of new leadership and innovation awards were to acknowledge their role in enabling the Australian heavy vehicle industry to provide innovative solutions for the road transport task.
“The calibre of nominations across all the award categories reinforces and upholds HVIA’s vision of an innovative, prosperous heavy vehicle industry, supporting the safest, most productive fleet,” Mr Hacking said.
HVIA’s new Product Innovation Award has seen a strong field of nominations from across the country and the inaugural Southern Region award was presented to Alan Griffiths from Bulk Transport Equipment for their Steerable Semi Agitator.
Marisa Fernandez, from HVIA event partner Moreton Hire, presented the new HVIA award for community leadership.
A regional winner from HVIA’s North-Western Region, was also presented. The winner based in Perth was Cummins South Pacific for their Technical Education in Communities (TEC) Project.
The Southern Region winner for the Community Leadership category was MaxiTRANS Industries for their support of RU OK Day and food distribution for Soup Bus and SecondBite.
The Hon Dr Daniel Mulino MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury and Finance, provided inspiring words for award nominees, balanced by an informed and empathetic understanding of challenges facing the heavy vehicle industry.
“Victorian freight volumes are forecast to nearly triple by 2051. High-quality, reliable heavy vehicle transport and logistics services are essential to meeting the needs of our growing population and economy,” Dr Mulino said.
“The HVIA Regional Awards Night was a great example of how the heavy vehicle industry are supporting innovation and training to ensure that Victoria has the skills and technology it needs to keep growing.”
[The night] was a great example of how the heavy vehicle industry are supporting innovation... — Dr Daniel Mulino
RISING STAR: Madeleine Wahrbichler with HVIA’s Rod Cunningham and Todd Hacking.
Keegan Templeton with Rod Cunningham, HVIA Director.