SEATS held its quarterly meeting at the RACV Resort at Inverloch on the 15th & 16th Februrary 2018.
Our first meeting for 2018 was held on the 15th & 16th February at the RACV Resort at Inverloch, Victoria.
The following presentations were given by invited guest speakers:
- – Mr John Ernst from Safe Freight Networks Australia spoke about the National Road Safety Program Model outlining the benefits of partnerships to improve industry and
- community safety and improve industry efficiency.
- – Mr Peter Francis from the Bass Coast Shire provided a general overview of the progress of the preparation of the business case to determine the cost, requirements and
- viability of the vehicle and passenger ferry service between Stony Point, French Island and Phillip Island.
- – South Gippsland Shire and Bass Coast Shire provided an interesting “Virtual Tour” to round off day one, showcasing places of interest across the Shires and various
- transport projects.
- – Gippsland Ports CEO Mr Nick Murray on day two provided an interesting presentation on the role of Gippsland Ports and outlined some exciting opportunities for the
- Region in commercial shipping and development.
- – Mr Michael Knowles and M/S Leatrice Treharne from “Cube Logistics” outlining their role in the import and export industry and supply chain across Australia.
- – Mr Stewart Carson, General Manager Manufacturing, Supply and Logistics and Procurement from “Burra Foods” in Korumburra provided a detailed report on the growth
- of the business, the diversity of products and the logistical challenges and constraints to freight movement in and out.
Ordinary General Meeting Business:
- The following were discussed and presented:
- – Reports were received from Transport for Victoria, VicRoads and RMS NSW
- – A reminder was given that the SEATS Petition that seeks to have the Princes Highway recognised as a major Freight and Tourist route and requests official recognition
- under the “National Land Transport Network Act 2014”, to help secure much needed additional funding closes at the end of February.
- – A submission was made to the NSW Government on Future Transport 2056 and a number of requests for letters of support for funding of various projects across the
- Region have been received.
- – A detailed financial report was provided by the out-going Treasurer Mark Burnett.
At our dinner:
- The delegate’s dinner was held on the Thursday 15th of February
- – The guest Dinner speaker was Mr Bryan Sherritt, VicRoads Director Safe Systems Road infrastructure Program.
- – Guests included Cr Rothfield, Cr Lorraine Brunt, Mayor of South Gippsland, Mr Brian Paynter MP and several Councillors and Members for Bass.
- – At the Dinner Cr Brunt in her welcome to the delegates and guests showcased the diversity of industry across the rapidly growing South Gippsland Shire, the importance
- of this industry to Victoria and the nation and the wonderful attractions awaiting the many visitors to the area.
Inspirational Leadership Awards:
- In recognition of more than 10 years significant contribution to this Region through their work as members of SEATS the following members were presented with
- “Inspirational Leadership Awards”.
- – Mr Greg Pullen( Shoalhaven)
- – Mr Warren Sharpe OAM( Eurobodalla Shire Council)
- – Mr Ralf Kastan ( Kastan Consulting)
- – Cr Graeme Middlemiss (Latrobe City Council)
We are Looking forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting at Shellharbour City in NSW on May 17th & 18th.