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Industry mourns loss of Transafe WA founding chairman

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Transafe WA is mourning the loss of its founding chairman Steve Post who passed away on June 24 following a brave battle with brain cancer.

The staff and committee of management of Transafe WA have extended their deepest sympathies and condolences to Post’s wife Carole, his children Matthew, Kate and Louisa, and the extended Post family.

A passionate and dedicated advocate for the road transport industry in WA, Post strove for safe and fair outcomes for individuals, industry and the community.

As chair of Transafe WA since its incorporation in 2012, it was Post’s 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. 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 right,” said Transafe WA executive officer Ana Stachewicz.

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,” said Stachewicz.

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

In the same year Post 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, Post 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,” added Stachewicz.

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