Vale Steve Post: Industry safety champion remembered


WA safety champion with national standing remembered

Vale Steve Post: Industry safety champion remembered
Steve Post

The Western Australian freight industry marks the passing of Transafe WA current and founding chair Steve Post.

Post succumbed last Thursday following a brave battle with brain cancer.

The event is felt keenly by the staff and committee of management of Transafe WA, who extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Carole, his children, Matthew, Kate and Louisa, and the extended Post family.

They describe him as a passionate and dedicated advocate for the road transport industry in WA, who strove for safe and fair outcomes for individuals, industry and the community.

As chair of Transafe WA since its incorporation in 2012, his vision to provide a forum for industry to share information and progress positive change that would ensure personal and industry risk was absolutely minimised.

"Steve was a forward thinker who determinedly worked to ensure positive outcomes rather than simply talk right," Transafe WA executive officer Ana Stachewicz says.

"His passion was fuelled by the experiences of his many roles in industry from owner driver to risk assessor, and by his genuine care for people, and for what he felt was.

Post held senior management positions in insurance and risk surveying, and with livestock, grain, fuel and mining haulers.

He also worked for some years as an owner-driver in long distance heavy haulage.

"Steve loved a long drive, and not being able to get behind the wheel in his final year was particularly hard for him," Stachewicz says.

"His absolute commitment to safety within the transport industry was recognised in 2011 with the Western Australian Road Transport Association [WARTA] award for the most outstanding contribution to the road transport industry.

"In the same year, Steve was awarded an inaugural life membership to Transport Women Australia Ltd for support given to the organisation, and for outstanding industry contributions.

"Along with his roles advocating for the industry through Transafe WA and other associations, Steve was an elected member of the City of Mandurah for seven years serving as a local government councillor.

"He was also a great mentor for young people encouraging and supporting them in many endeavours particularly community activities and leadership, and he did a lot of work advocating for the victims of road trauma.

"Steve will be sorely missed."


Read and listen to Post’s message on harvest safety, here


Western Roads Federation (WRF) CEO Cam Dumesny highlights his personal qualities.

"On behalf of our board and members, we are deeply saddened by the news of Steve’s passing," Dumesny. 

"Steve was a larger than life, passionate and driven advocate for transport industry safety.

"On a personal note, he was incredibly generous in his time, guidance and friendship as I undertook the rebuild of the WA Transport Association (WRF).

"He will be sadly missed."

Livestock and Rural Transporters of WA (LRTAWA) CEO Jan Cooper notes Post’s commitment to industry improvement.

"Steve was motivated by an inability to sit back and do nothing when there was a chance he could make a difference, and make a difference he did," LRTAWA CEO Jan Cooper says.

"Being the inspiration behind Transafe WA was a significant part of a lifetime of commitment to the transport industry and community service that included serving as a local government councillor.

"He is well known for his leadership in the transport sector with a reputation for relentlessly pursuing reforms to transport regulations and policy.

"Steve was an outstanding mentor who encouraged many young people into transport and public policy.

"We will miss his passion and drive."

Former Australian Transport Association (ATA) chair Noelene Watson emphasises Post’s broad vision along with his compassion for truck drivers.

"Steve Post was very committed to improving truck safety, particularly in Western Australia," Watson says.

"But he also worked at a national level, and brought his insights to the ATA council and, I recall, our 2016 conference.

"I remember that Steve always emphasised the challenges faced by truck drivers in Western Australia, given its long distances and harsh conditions."

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