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Trucking Industry Awards Nominations

The trucking industry suffers from a low level of representation, reward and recognition on the whole. Three news items this week are making these possible for some in the industry. Representation at the Australian Trucking Association, reward at the National Trucking Industry Awards and recognition by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council awards.


The trucking industry’s 2015 elections, in which owner drivers and the operators of small trucking fleets can elect two representatives to the General Council of the ATA are now open.


“The ATA Council sets our strategic policy direction. It deals with the critical issues that will determine the industry’s long term future, including safety, professionalism and operator viability,” said ATA Chair, Noelene Watson. “I urge all owner drivers and small fleet operators to register to vote. You can register online through the ATA website, so it only takes a few minutes. I also urge owner drivers and small fleet operators who want to help build the industry’s future to nominate for one of the two positions.”
To register to vote, an operator must own, be purchasing or leasing 1-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes and be on the Commonwealth Electoral Roll. To become a candidate for the single truck owner driver position, an operator must own, be purchasing or leasing one truck over 4.5 tonnes and drive it. For the small fleet position, an operator must own, be purchasing or leasing 2-5 trucks over 4.5 tonnes. Candidates must be members of an ATA member organisation.


Nominations and voter registrations close on February 10. If there are more candidates than vacancies, there will be an election by postal ballot.




Also this week, the ATA has announced the finalists for the 2015 National Trucking Industry Awards:

Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry

  • Kelvin Baxter, Kelvin Baxter Transport (Berrigan, NSW)
  • Leigh Smart, Formula Chemicals (West Ryde, NSW)
  • Heather Jones, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls Inc (Karratha, WA)


National Professional Driver of the Year

  • Dwight Emerson, Simon National Carriers (Goodna, QLD)
  • Dave McCarthy, Toll (Tapping, WA)
  • Aaron Busk, Tytec Logistics (Wacol, QLD)


Trucking Industry Woman of the Year

  • Heather Jones, Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls Inc (Karratha, WA)
  • Julie Russell, RB Russell Transport (Eagle Farm, QLD)
  • Jacquelene Brotherton, Oxford Cold Storage (Laverton, VIC)


TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award

  • Jim Pearson Transport (Port Macquarie, NSW)
  • Mt Noorat Freighters (Terang, VIC)
  • Tanami Transport (Alice Springs, NT)

National Training Excellence Award
Theme: Training new entrants to the transport industry

  • Members of the Queensland Trucking Association (QLD)


Winners will be announced at the ATA’s 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner in Hobart as part of Trucking Australia 2015, the ATA’s national conference.


Nomination for more awards is now possible with the opening of nominations for the 2015 TLISC Awards for Excellence. These awards are designed to recognise organisations who are leaders in quality skills training and workforce development.


The awards are open to organisations who are registered and operating in Australia, they include:


  • 2015 TLISC Innovation and Excellence in Workforce Development Award
  •  2015 TLISC Excellence in Industry Promotion Award 2015 TLISC Trainee of the Year Award
  •  2015 TLISC Chairman’s Award


Winners will receive complimentary tickets, accommodation and return airfares for two to attend an industry dinner to showcase their achievements to representatives from across the Transport and Logistics Industry. Trophies will be presented and winners will receive the right to display the winner’s logo on merchandise and advertising material.


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