South­ern stars are cel­e­brated

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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

PHO­TOS: VOSS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

RIS­ING STAR: Madeleine Wahrbich­ler with HVIA’s Rod Cunningham and Todd Hack­ing.

Kee­gan Tem­ple­ton with Rod Cunningham, HVIA Di­rec­tor.

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