CVIAQ says yes to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

Queensland heavy vehicle group will adopt national focus under the banner of HVIA.

CVIAQ says yes to Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia
Making history: Bob Martin is the last CVIAQ president and the first HVIA president.


The Commercial Vehicle Industry Association of Queensland (CVIAQ) will morph into a national body after its members backed the move during the group’s annual general meeting.

The CVIAQ will be renamed Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA), giving it a national focus and allowing it to offer Queensland-specific services across the country.

The CVIAQ secured unanimous support for the change.

Existing CVIAQ president Bob Martin will be the inaugural HVIA president.  

"The vote cannot be interpreted as anything other than a ringing endorsement of the plan to provide for a strong national voice dedicated to advancing the interests of the heavy vehicle industry," Martin says.

"It’s with no small measure of pride that I can say that I was the last serving president of the CVIAQ and the first of the new HVIA."

Chris Musch will continue as vice-president, with Anthony Dore, John Edwards, Nathan usher and Ian Taylor returning as directors.

Members also elected three new directors from outside of Queensland to reflect the national perspective of HVIA.

Mario Colosimo of Maxitrans, Peter Langworthy of Dana Australia and Nick Stavrakis of SAF Holland have joined the current directors. 

"We are delighted at the calibre of the candidates who have stepped up to make the HVIA a reality," Martin says.

Meanwhile, the AGM recognised past presidents Ray Smithers and Rob Brown with life memberships.

The CVIAQ began life in Queensland in 1968 to operate the Brisbane Truck Show. It was subsequently incorporated as a company in 1970 to represent, and provide services for, the Queensland heavy vehicle sector.

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