VTA unveil new president

Anderson confident Dunn will help influence legislative, regulatory and practical changes

VTA unveil new president
Newly-elected VTA president Cameron Dunn.


The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) elected Cameron Dunn as the new president during its annual general meeting in Melbourne yesterday.

Dunn will replace Brendan Hopley, who will remain a member of VTA’s executive council after having served as president of the association for four years.

Dunn, who is also a member of its executive council, has held the position of VTA vice president for the past four years.

He has over 30 years’ experience in the Australian transport sector, and has served as MD of privately-owned national bulk and dangerous goods transport company FBT Transport since 2009.

Dunn is also the current deputy chairman of the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA), and a member of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association (PACIA) board and the Australian Road Transport Industry Organisation (ARTIO) Victoria board.

"It is a great honour to have been elected President of one of the oldest and most influential transport associations in Australia, and I thank my fellow councillors for entrusting me with this significant responsibility," Dunn says.

"I look forward to working closely with the Council, Peter Anderson and the secretariat to positively advocate on issues impacting our industry, and help to make our members more productive, profitable and successful."

VTA CEO Peter Anderson welcomed Dunn to the new role and thanked former president Hopley for his contribution to the industry and the association.

"Cameron Dunn has been an active and valued member of the VTA for many years and on behalf of the executive council, secretariat and membership, we congratulate him on his election as President of our association," Anderson says.

"Cameron has a unique familiarity with the numerous issues facing our industry on a state and national level, and with his experience and contacts he will play a vital role in advancing our strategic efforts to influence positive legislative, regulatory and practical change.

"We are thrilled that outgoing President Brendan Hopley will remain a member of the executive council, and we sincerely thank him for the generous time, effort and dedication he applied to his four years as president.

"Brendan has successfully overseen a period of positive and significant change and transition at the VTA, and I look forward to his ongoing counsel and friendship."


Victoria welcomes $1.5 billion federal funding 

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) welcomes the federal government’s reallocation of $1.5 billion funds originally earmarked for the East West Link to other Victorian road infrastructure projects.

The reallocation will see $1 billion spent on Monash Freeway upgrades, $700 million on M80 Ring Road upgrades, and $690 million on regional and rural road upgrade and improvements.

The reallocation is based on a funding-match proposal that will require the state government to match the federal spending, leaving Victoria with $3 billion funds to spend on road and rail projects.

Announcing the move, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said the federal government had succeeded in breaking the deadlock over the unused funding.

"It [the funding] was sitting there not creating one job, not relieving congestion," Turnbull says.

"We have broken the deadlock."

Welcoming the announcement, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews says he is optimistic that the state government will be able to negotiate the details of the investment with the federal government.

"There's a few details to be worked through, but today is really good news and I'm confident we can work through those details soon," Andrews said earlier.

VTA CEO Peter Anderson also welcomed additional $30 million funding to investigate the feasibility of the North East Link connection of the M80 Ring Road with Eastlink.

"It is encouraging that we finally have a serious amount of money that has been allocated to the vital congestion-busting North East Link connection, which is the VTA and RACV’s priority road project, and now Infrastructure Victoria’s priority infrastructure for the state," Anderson says.

"Factoring in election commitment funding, we now have $35 million to for formative studies on the North East Link connection, which Infrastructure Victoria says will generate returns of between $1.40 and $2.10 for every $1 invested.

"Daniel Andrews said last month that it is ‘pretty farcical’ that we ‘still don't have the ring road acting as a ring around the city’, and with this significant funding we can now finally get on with a serious study of where it should go and how it can be quickly and efficiently built.

"We are very encouraged that this money is finally available for Victorian road users to benefit from, and that there is an acceptable distribution of funding between important regional and metropolitan projects."



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