Excellence is worth celebrating, behind the scenes in Logistics and Transport

by Press Release on 2015-12-19 03:35:44

Mainfreight At any one time in Australia and worldwide, logistics and transport are making our world continue to run. From Freight movements to get your Christmas Presents delivered to the shops and under your Christmas trees to Passenger movements to get your family home to you for Christmas Day.

Logistics and Transport is an everyday occurrence that is somewhat taken for granted.

Last month The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia celebrated along with 160+ Industry Professionals, those organisations and individuals within the logistics and transport industry that are achieving excellence.

Take Mainfreight – our Excellence in Freight winner - Mainfreight was awarded the tender for all baggage and equipment movements for the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup. This included domestic distribution of baggage and equipment across Australia and New Zealand, warehousing, customs clearance and global freight forwarding movements to and from participating countries. This involved over 200 Mainfreight Team Members and 900 scheduled and unscheduled movements.

How many people attending that Cricket World Cup would have really considered the behind the scenes effort of Mainfreight in ensuring that that event was a success? Well now they have been recognised for Excellence in all that they achieved for that event.

Moving over to the other realm of our Industry – Moving Passengers – Transport for NSW was awarded the winner of our Excellence in Moving People Category for their South West Rail Link Project.

This initiative, delivered by Transport for NSW, to respond to issues of reliability and passenger growth on the metropolitan rail network and population growth in southwest Sydney, helping people to access jobs and services. This extension includes a major upgrade of Glenfield Station and bus/rail interchange and a new twin track passenger rail line from Glenfield to Leppington via Edmondson Park and was opened 1 year ahead of schedule in February 2015.

It provides customers with state-of-the-art facilities and experiences as a result of a well-targeted and practical modern design. By providing essential infrastructure for the predicted future increases in population, the SWRL will underpin the growth of this region, which is estimated to house more than 300,000 residents by 2040.

Yet another topic for Christmas headlines – safety on our Roads – congratulations to Department of Transport and Main Roads who were awarded the winner for Excellence in Safety for their Wide Centre Line Treatment on QLD Highways Project.

This project developed road design guidance, implementation guidelines and developed programs to implement Wide Centre Line Treatment (WCLT) on Queensland highways. Many expert contributions from different TMR branches were necessary to make this innovative road safety treatment a reality. It provides greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions, giving drivers greater opportunity to avoid a crash should they stray out of their lane. It also allows more space when motorists are passing vehicles that are stopped on the side of the road and cyclists in meeting Queensland's regulatory requirements.

It provides for safer overtaking by improving motorists’ view of on-coming vehicles. After implementing 500+ kms of WCLT on the Bruce Highway, fatalities reduced from 42 to 17 in 2014 and formal, independent evaluation of the WCLT contribution to this reduction is currently being undertaken.

Moving on to the development of people, Ostwald Brothers won the Excellence in Professional Development Category for their commitment to provide long term support for Traditional Owner groups and providing real outcomes for their people, the Plant Operator Training Programme (POTP) was established in partnership with QGC to engage and employ the local indigenous community. The program provides a unique and innovative training pathway to careers in the construction, resource and logistics industry.

Since launching the programme in 2013, 64 participants have completed the programme with 55 successfully gaining statements of attainments for new competencies. The program provides life changing opportunities to participants with almost 60% of graduates securing employment within the industry.

And the circle of what the logistics and transport industry covers continues to widen, congratulations to Department of Transport and Main Roads QLD for Excellence in Government Innovation for their Gladstone LNG export project.

Maritime Safety Queensland’s (MSQ) involvement in the multibillion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project in Gladstone has showcased a range of technologically innovative and flexible approaches to port development, vessel traffic management, environment and safety issues, marine navigation licencing and customer service. MSQ played a pivotal role in the successful planning and implementation in opening export access to three LNG facilities on Curtis Island during construction and shipment of LNG.

We all know how affected Australia can be during storm season and our next worthy winner had a large role to play in the clean-up of several natural disasters in QLD over the past few years.

The winner of our Transport policy, planning and implementation Award was Department of Transport and Main Roads for their Transport Network Reconstruction Program.

After the unprecedented natural disasters that struck Queensland between 2010 and 2013, the Department of Transport and Main Roads established the Transport Network Reconstruction Program (TNRP) to ensure economic recovery and reconnect communities.

Sixteen disasters caused severe damage to the state’s transport infrastructure, including almost 9000 kilometres of state roads. To oversee the reconstruction effort, the TNRP coordinated program delivery partners in federal, state, local government agencies and industry.

The $6.4 billion reconstruction program was completed six months early in December 2014 and with savings of more than $400 million.

And we mustn’t forget the people behind all of these projects, especially those young bright sparks that are grabbing on to every opportunity to learn from those taking charge of these projects and making leaps and bounds to transform the Logistics and Transport Industry in to one that keeps up with the technological advances coming on so rapidly.

Congratulations to our Young professional of the Year, Nhan Tran. Since joining Bombardier two years ago, Nhan has grown to become an exceptional reliability engineer for the new Melbourne E-Class trams.

Nhan has demonstrated excellence in his abilities to innovate, develop and implement new effective rail maintenance solutions that has earned him two separate nominations for the 2015 Bombardier Innovation Award.

Nhan is also one of the co-founders of the Young Transport Professionals (YTP) network which was created to provide a forum for young transport professionals as well as promoting each area of the industry as a great place for young people to develop their careers.

A big congratulations to all the winners of the 2015 CILT Australia Awards and the many other finalists for all that they have achieved behind the scenes in Australian Economy. There are so many amazing organisations carrying out projects that help our Economy survive and ensure everyday life continue – let’s continue to celebrate their excellence.

To read all about the exciting projects that were nominated in this year’s Awards please visit: https://www.cilta.com.au/page-annual-awards-2015wards-2015