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Industry veteran honoured with achievement award

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has honoured former Kalari managing director Peter O’Shannessy with one of its highest accolades, the W.F.D Chalmers Award.

O’Shannessy, who is also a long-time VTA executive council member, was presented with the award at the annual VTA President’s Dinner, held last night at Melbourne’s Atheneum Club.

He received the honour in recognition of his many years of outstanding service.

“The W.F.D. Chalmers Award was instituted by the VTA in memory of Daryl Chalmers, who was a member of the executive council for over 40 years,” said VTA CEO Peter Anderson.

“The award is presented annually to recognise individuals that have supported and worked with the association over many years, with dedication, loyalty, and commitment to its existence and longevity. We were thrilled to have Daryl’s son Gary Chalmers at the dinner to make the presentation to Peter, along with numerous past winners of the award.”

Anderson said O’Shannessy had served on the VTA executive committee since 2015 and has provided much-valued counsel on a range of issues.

“As a member of the finance committee for many years, Peter’s advice during some turbulent economic times has been greatly appreciated. Away from the association, Peter has led Kalari Group as managing director, and with Swire’s Group’s recent divestment of those businesses to Qube, Peter has moved into other roles within Swire – and expects to spend more time with his second love in life being his farm and cattle,” Anderson said.

“We extend our thanks and appreciation to Peter for his years of service and congratulate him on this much-deserved accolade.”

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