HV stars impress at HVIA awards
Future looks bright for the industry
THE breadth and diversity of talent in Australia’s heavy vehicle industry was acknowledged at Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia’s annual gala awards dinner on Friday night.
HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking said the award nominations had highlighted the capacity of the industry from its newest entrants to stalwarts at the other end of their careers.
“You can’t help but be optimistic about the future of our industry when you see and feel the passion that was in the room tonight,” Mr Hacking said.
“We were thrilled with the quality and quantity of the nominations from all parts of Australia.
“Congratulations to both the regional and national award winners and thank you to those people that took the time to prepare such impressive testimonials.
“All nominees deserve acknowledgement – while not everyone can take home the prize, we saw a range of skills and commitment that should inspire their colleagues, peers and the broader industry.”
Guest speaker Member for Bancroft Chris Whiting in the Queensland Parliament paid tribute to the innovation that drove the heavy vehicle industry’s thriving manufacturing footprint.
Mr Whiting told guests that the Queensland Government was committed to supporting and enabling manufacturing productivity.
The inaugural Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award was presented to Madeleine Wahrbichler from Cummins South Pacific by Peter’s wife, Jezz Langworthy.
HVIA’s Industry Recognition Award was presented to recently retired joint Brown and Hurley Group managing directors Rob Brown and Kev Hurley.
Evan Jones from Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane North took out the National Apprentice of the Year Award. (Editor’s note: You can read more about Evan in our exclusive interview on page 49.)
East Coast Bullbars was announced as Eastern Region winner of the inaugural Productivity Innovation Award for Lilac – ERP Business Management Software.
The Community Leadership Award was presented to Cummins South Pacific for their Technical Education in Communities Project. (Editor’s note: For more on this amazing success story, please turn to page 48.)
Bulk Transport Equipment took home the Product Innovation award for their Steerable Semi Agitator.
The full list of winners are:
■ HVIA Industry Recognition Award:
Rob Brown and Kev Hurley from the Brown and Hurley Group
■ National Apprentice of the Year Award (sponsored by Warby Tools)
National winner and Eastern Region winner
Evan Jones – Volvo Commercial Vehicles Brisbane North (Qld)
North-Western Region winner
Thomas Mitchell – Cummins South Pacific (WA) Southern Region winner Keegan Templeton – Cummins South Pacific (Vic)
■ Peter Langworthy Future Leader Award
National winner and Southern Region finalist
Madeleine Wahrbichler – Cummins South Pacific (Vic)
❝We saw a range of skills and commitment that should inspire their colleagues, peers and the broader industry. — HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking
Eastern Region finalist James Allison – Cummins South Pacific (Qld)
■ Community Leadership Award
National winner and Eastern Region winner
Technical Education in Communities Project – Cummins South Pacific Southern Region winner Support for R U OK? Day and food distribution for Soup Bus and SecondBite – MaxiTrans Industries (Vic)
■ Productivity Innovation Award Eastern Region winner Lilac-ERP Business Management Software – East Coast Bullbars
■ Product Innovation Award
National winner and Southern Region winner
Steerable Semi Agitator – Bulk Transport Equipment (Vic) Eastern Region winner Heat in Transit Bitumen Tanker – Holmwood Highgate (Qld).
The National Apprentice of the Year winner Evan Jones accepts his award.
Tracey Skinner, Mark Skinner and Imas Knowles.
Industry icon Rob Brown with wife Raka Brown.
Paul Shepley, Tegan Wolhuter and Russell Koch enjoy the evening.
Guest speaker Tony Clark, of NTI.
Stephen Gates Harris-Brown. and Kaz
Andrew Shard, Nathan Usher and Gillian Hails.
Sponsor Doug Warby from Warby Tools.
The River Group’s Tracey and Michael Booth.
Alan Griffiths accepts the Product Innovation Award.
Paul Woodland and daughter Rinae Ganiatsos.