Based in Holbrook NSW, James Papworth, 26, is a valued team member at Martins Stock Haulage and is responsible for the cartage of livestock from saleyards to properties and feedlots as well as exit cattle from feedlots to the many processing plants located between southern NSW and south-east Qld.
Starting off his career in the heavy vehicle industry as a Heavy Diesel Mechanic James gained extensive experience working on both trucks and farm machinery.
He went on to work and study in the Northern Territory for two years, where he combined his time building cattle yards, transporting cattle and heavy machinery as well as successfully completing a Certificate III in Agriculture.
James started with Martins Stock Haulage as a professional truck driver after obtaining his MC licence in 2019, a role he continues in today.
James is passionate about animal welfare and is well-respected as having a unique ability with cattle and is considered a true example of the adage, “stockmen are born, not taught”.
James has been nominated, as one of the latest batch of young achievers, for the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association of NSW Young Driver of the Year Award, sponsored by SafeWork NSW, to highlight outstanding dedication and commitment by young heavy vehicle drivers aged between 21-35 years to driving and safety.
The Award plays an important role in encouraging and promoting the positive achievements of young drivers as well as showcasing the livestock, bulk, and rural heavy vehicle transport sector as a viable and rewarding career choice.
Inaugural recipient of the Award and the current Award Chair Reggie Sutton said the LBRCA is proud to be developing our future leaders.
“Young people are the key to Australia’s transport industry future, and we must encourage and inspire them to share their perspectives and solutions now,” says Reggie.
“I congratulate each of the finalists and wish them the best of luck on Friday 27 May 2022 when a winner is announced in conjunction with the LBRCA annual conference in Wagga.”