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Wednesday 22 January 2020

HVIA Director to head up SAF Holland


SAF Holland Australia has made HVIA Vice-President Mario Colosimo its Managing Director, effective on 3 February 2020.

Mr Colosimo has been an HVIA Director since 2015 and was returned as Vice-President in October 2019.

Departing Byrne Trailers for the role, he will report to the company’s President for Asia Pacific, India and China, Mike Ginocchio.

The Australian Trucking Association presented the Don Watson Memorial Award to Mr Colosimo  in 2010 for conspicuous service to the trucking industry.

HVIA's President, Directors and Staff congratulate Mario on his appointment. 

Here's how ATN broke the news

Above (l-r): HVIA CEO Todd Hacking, President John Drake, Mario Colosimo and ATA CEO Ben Maguire at the HVIA-ATA Parliamentary Friends event in November 2019


HVIA State Committee meeting schedule

HVIA members are invited to take part in our regular State Committee meetings. The interactive forums:

  • inform members on current and emerging issues and opportunities;
  • tap into the views of our membership and 
  • a great opportunity to get together with your peers

The first round of HVIA State Committee meetings will be held in February.

Put the date in your diary: See the dates in the Upcoming Events section below.


PACCAR & dealers donate to bushfire appeal 

PACCAR's US parent company PACCAR Inc. has donated $70,000 to the Australian Red Cross, bumped up by PACCAR Australia Dealers to $100,000.


Industry present bushfire recovery plan 

A recovery plan for trucking businesses affected by the bushfire crisis has been proposed to the Australian Government.

Developed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) General Council and put forward to federal transport minister Michael McCormack via a teleconference, the plan comprises disaster recovery allowance, concessional loans, and extension of the instant asset write-off.


Bruce Rock move into Geraldton 

Bruce Rock Engineering has expanded its Western Australian footprint with the acquisition of D-Trans Motor Body Builders in Geraldton.


NHVR Portal – vehicle standards update

Vehicle Standards applications can now be managed through the NHVR Portal. 


Accelerating Commercialisation Grants

The Entrepreneurs’ Programme is an Australian Government’s initiative to improve business competitiveness and productivity by
  • accelerating the commercialisation of novel intellectual property in the form of new products, processes and services;
  • supporting new businesses based on novel intellectual property with high growth potential; and
  • generating greater commercial and economic returns from both public and private sector research and facilitate investment to drive business growth and competitiveness. 
More information on the grant recipients and how to apply is available at

Upcoming events

HVIA State Committee – Qld 

Tues 18 February - 10:00am-1:30pm 

HVIA State Committee – NSW 

Thurs 20 February - 9:30am-1:00pm 

CILTA Event: Future of Regional Logistics - Evolving infrastructure, technology and workforces

Thurs 20 February

La Trobe University, Wodonga Victoria 

HVIA State Committee – WA 

Fri 21 February - 12:30pm-3:30pm 

HVIA State Committee – Vic 

Fri 28 February - 9:00am-12:30pm 

ComVec 2020

RACV Royal Pines Resort - Gold Coast 

Wed 13 - Fri 15 May 

HVIA Gala Awards Dinner 

Emporium South Brisbane 

Fri 20 November - 6:30pm-11:00pm 

2021 Brisbane Truck Show 

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Wed 16 - Sun 19 May 2021 


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