Freight Week kicks off with record attendance

Freight Week 2011 kicks off today with a record number of bookings for the five-day industry event

September 5, 2011

Freight Week 2011 will kick off today at the Melbourne Park Function Centre, and a record number of people are expected to turn up to the five-day event.

Freight Week has been running every two years for the past 22 years and Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO Philip Lovel says this year has passed 1,300 bookings – "a record for this event in its long history".

It is structured around key industry topics including people, the waterfront and technology.

"The themes for 2011 concern the top five issues that drive our businesses and strategies: people and industrial relations, technology as the next frontier for productivity improvement, environmental issues, safety in our workplace, and freight strategy," Lovel says.

A bevy of big-name speakers will also headline different events throughout the week.

"There are four Victorian ministers attending over the week, a ringing endorsement from the Victorian Government for the Freight Week agenda. Plus the registration and speaker list is a who’s who of the industry," Lovel says.

Government representatives speaking at Freight Week 2011 include Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall, Ports Minister Dr Denis Napthine and the Minister for Innovation Services and Small Business, Louise Asher.

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Edward O’Donohue will also join delegates on the last morning of the event.

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