Celebrating Excellence and Innovation
for 2017


The National Excellence and Innovation Awards function was held in Sydney Saturday on the 28th October 2017.

Our best transport and logistics people and organisations are world's best.

Dear Members,

The annual Awards for Excellence and Innovation held last Saturday, 28th October 2017, recognised and celebrated the excellence and innovation of both individuals and organisations operating within the Transport and Logistics Industry.

The Awards were presented aboard the John Cadman 11 over a luncheon cruise around the Sydney Harbour, sponsored by Move Bank, rt Health and Oracle |Netsuite.

I would like to personally congratulate the winners and finalists in recognition of the tremendous contribution they have made to the Transport and Logistics industry.

The CILT Australia Annual Awards for Excellence  and Innovation 2017 celebrate the accomplishments of some of the finest passenger, freight and defence transport and logistics companies and individuals in the world.

These awards recognise organisations and individuals that set global benchmarks for best practice in their fields of endeavour and are leaders in the profession, showing world class expertise and innovation in developing and implementing transport and logistics solutions. CILT Australia congratulates all that reach this level of achievement.

The applications this year were of a very high standard making it very difficult for the assessing panels. These submissions demonstrated to the judges the deep passion people and organisations within the industry have for excellence and innovation.

The winners withinin our individual Categories:

Young Professional of the Year 2017

Doug Golden, Treasurer of CILTA presents
Urszula Kelly with her award

Urszula Kelly
Urszula Kelly, Managing Director and Founder of UC Logistics Australia and iFR8.com.au

Urszula says she keeps coming back to several keywords that ensure she maintains her direction and focus for the business, and each of these are as equally as important as the rest. These are:

Safety by developing an informative, yet concise, video presentation on Chain of Responsibilities for all stakeholders throughout the supply chain process, including packers, drivers, and clients, it has helped to raise awareness of the importance of doing things right.

Just because it’s always been done that way doesn’t mean it always has to be. In particular technology has changed our lives forever, and utilising that through iFR8 so that people spend their time on the most productive and value add aspects of their roles is key to delivering continual improvement.

Every pickup, every delivery, every load be it a single box or a series of road trains are done as if the goods being transported are Urszula’s personal belongings so UC Logistics Australia always go the extra mile to ensure everyone involved in the process is 100% happy.

UC Logistics cares about the freight it is moving just like it is Urszula’s own personal belongings.
Making sure it’s picked up on time, delivered when it should be, and that the client knows exactly where it is at all times is essential to ensuring that every load is treated as though it is the most important one UC Logistics have ever done.

Urszula is the face of the business she doesn’t hide behind emails or call centres and is always willing and able to give you an honest answer about what is happening with a client's job even when things haven’t always gone 100% to plan.

Collectively, these values define UC Logistics Australia and drive its future direction and success. However, it is through Urszula’s ongoing commitment, motivation and passion that the goal becomes a reality.

With over 10 years’ experience from both Europe and Australia in pursuing her passion of improving the industry through safety, innovation, commitment, accountability and transparency. Being actively involved in industry bodies in Western Australia, whilst successfully running and growing her own business, her willingness to speak out on key issues has quickly established respect amongst her peers. Continuing to go from strength to strength in everything she does,Urszula is committed to the industry and fulfilling the UC Logistics Australia goal

  • We Simplify,
  • We Collaborate,
  • WeDeliver.

Professional Woman in Logistics and Transport for 2017 (Sponsored by Move Bank)

Rebecca Beling from Move Bank, presents
Kelly McGinty with the award for
Professional Woman in Logistics and Transport.

Kelly McGinty
Kelly, whilst working in a male dominated industry pushes to achieve her desired the results and to change the status quo. She has spent years moulding and evolving ways of handling situations differently especially when you hit the “brick wall”. These challenges, Kelly feels, has made her resilient and determined to see these challenges through to fruition. You have to fight harder, Kelly says which highlights the unique qualities and points of difference that she brings to her position. Kelly’s constantly pushes for marketing and brand recognition because she believes in the need to be modern in our approach so we can relate to changes/trends. Kelly also manages the social media platform and design company marketing; continually challenging both herself and other team members with projects and service levels. 

Prior to taking on a role of Business Development Manager and Project Management role at Powerhouse Kelly was asked to write a vision statement which resulted in Powerhouse contracting a training/development company to assist with their leadership program for under 40 y/o’s. The program ran for 3 years resulting in a new culture at Powerhouse and also the appointment of a new Managing Director. Kelly likes to think outside the square whilst continually working on ways to better herself, whether its work or personal.

We would like to also commend both Anna Chau and Urszula Kelly for putting in very strong applications and acknowledge the excellent work both individuals are undertaking within their career.

Excellence and Innovation in Safety (sponsored by rt Health)

David Stock, rt Health presents the Excellence and Innovation Award
  for Safety to Kent Battle (Operations Manager) and Seeton Battle (Workshop Manager), from Nortrans


The award was given to Nortrans’ due to their outstanding commitment to Safety and their unrivalled Safety Record

Nortrans’ BOC Gases Team is exceptionally proud of its safety record.

After 48 years of driving for BOC:

• Nortrans’ Bulk Gases Team has driven more than 25 million kilometres,

• during this time the Nortrans’ Bulk Gases Team has not had a single roll-over, and

• during this time, their team has never missed a delivery for a BOC client for any reason that was within their control.

Nortrans’ Unrivalled Driving Experience in Remote Conditions

In North Queensland, inappropriate speed for the conditions accounts for around 60% of truck accidents - compared with 25% nationally. Lack of experience is one of the greatest contributors to driving at excess speed for the road conditions. This is particularly true in remote locations where extreme heat, high cross winds, poor road quality and limited support infrastructure combine to create unique driving challenges.

Nortrans’ drivers have over 120 years of combined driving experience and have driven over 25 million kilometres for BOC Bulk Gas clients.

For example, the single greatest cause of accidents in the Northern Territory are non-impact fires. Our drivers are acutely aware of the challenges of driving large loads across roads that can exceed 60 degrees celsius.

As such they have the experience required to drive appropriately for the conditions which ensures that brakes and tyres do not overheat and the likelihood of accident is therefore substantially reduced.

Finalist AlertUSafe
We would like to also commend Alert U Safe for putting in very strong application and acknowledge the excellent work done in safety.

Excellence and Innovation in Moving Freight

NSW Chair, Dorothy Koukari presents the Award to
Lucy Cooke from Northern Warehousing and Logistics

Northern Logistics & Warehousing Pty Ltd

The Excellence and Innovation Award for Moving Freight went to Northern Logistics & Warehousing Pty Ltd for consistently exceeding customer expectations and demonstrating superior, flexible and agile project management solutions for moving freight in northern Queensland and into the Northern Territory by providing sound, cost-effective and sustainable transport, warehousing and logistics services.

Northern Logistics & Warehousing Pty Ltd are the only regional service centre in Australia to batch track products from receival in store to customer receival on site.

What impressed the panel most was that Northern Logistics & Warehousing Pty Ltd lived its values.

Excellence and Innovation in Moving People

WA Chair, Flori Mihai presents the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Moving People
to Ken Welsh, Strategic Transport Planner
Inner West Council

Inner West Council (and Canada Bay Council)

The Award for Excellence and Innovation went to Inner West Council (with Canada Bay Council) for their recognition of the need to provide a contemporary, user-friendly, point-to-point transit system to support the State Government’s proposal to revitalize Parramatta Road Sydney’s Inner West & Canada Bay Councils independently commissioned a study examining public transport opportunities for Parramatta Road, between Strathfield and Sydney’s CBD.

This study resulted in the development of a system using a unique combination of technologies which would provide a medium capacity, turn-up-and-go, environmentally friendly transit solution to act as a catalyst for the corridor’s revitalization.

Inner West Council is currently in discussions with Transport for NSW regarding the preparation of a preliminary feasibility study which would lead to the implementation of this transit solution in the Parramatta Road Corridor as a pilot scheme with the possibility of applying the technology to similar corridors across Sydney and possibly Australia-wide.

Excellence and Innovation in Professional Development

Victorian Chair Assoc Prof Kim Hassall presents the award for
Excellence and Innovation in Professional Development
to Chloe Blake
from HVCC (Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator)

HVCC (Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator)

The Hunter Valley Coal Chain Coordinator (HVCCC) is a member funded, independent, one-of-its-kind logistics organisation that coordinates the planning, scheduling and operational execution of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. Through its unique end-to-end system view, HVCCC provides members with insights, advice and analysis to improve efficiency and maximise their value from the shared infrastructure of the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. The role of HVCCC is to "Lead Collaboration and Innovate for the Best Imaginable Supply Chain".

HVCCC achieve this through its people enabled processes and systems - people are at the core of the HVCCC value proposition. HVCCC’s employees plan their own professional development focused on outcomes for our customers.  This enables them to identify their areas for development, and to continue to enhance capability for themselves, the business and our customers.   HVCCC staff have key performance indicators aimed at achieving innovation and continuous improvement. Job rotation, mentoring, coaching, cross training, leadership opportunities and profiling tools support the achievement of HVCCC services. Frameworks such as key person, role and function risk and HVCCCs talent strategy also support staff with their professional development goals. HVCCC 5 values of Collaboration, Innovation, Customer Service, Integrity and Care for People underpin the performance and training framework where these values are monitored, measured and celebrated.

Excellence and Innovation in Humanitarian or Defence Transport and/or Logistics

Fiona McNaught Defence Representative presents the
Excellence and Innovation in Humanitarian or Defence Transport and/or Logistics
to Colin Laurenson from Rotary Australia - Donations in Kind, Northern Region

Rotary Australia - Donations in Kind, Northern Region

Donations in Kind, based in Brisbane, has been providing health and educational aid throughout the greater Pacific for the last 30 years. We have shipped over 870 containers.

A small group of volunteers (aged 68 to 94 yrs) meet every Thursday to sort and pack ready for container load ups every month. At that time Rotary clubs from the Sunshine Coast, Greater Brisbane area, and Gold Coast come together to load this aid, the shipments are consigned to Overseas Rotary clubs to distribute where the need is greatest.

We recycle health and educational items and ship to Rotary clubs, primarily throughout the Pacific and South-East Asia regions.

We have been successful in obtaining regular equipment donations from hospitals and schools of health equipment such as beds and educational items including school desks and chairs. This puts a strain on the warehousing facilities. We hand -load containers every month to maximize space utilization but incoming supplies have been out-pacing our exports.

These Awards are not about self-promotion, but an important benchmark for transport and logistics in Australia and internationally. I am honoured to participate in announcing and congratulating all finalists and Award Winners recognised for their Excellence and Innovation in their respective categories.


Dr Neville Binning FCILT (Life)


Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Australia

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