HV stars im­press at HVIA awards

Fu­ture looks bright for the in­dus­try

Big Rigs - - HVIA AWARDS -

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.

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