The Australia Day 2021 Honours List announced this week sees a trucking industry stalwart honoured as the founder of Ron Crouch Transport, Ron Crouch, has been awarded a medal of the Order of Australia. The citation says he is being recognised for his service to community and the road transport industry.
Ron has a long history in the transport industry, establishing Ron Crouch Transport with his wife Beverly in 1978, a business that has grown from a single client organisation to one that caters for more than 1700 companies today and is recognised nationwide.
Recognised for his professionalism and passion, Ron was a proactive member of industry associations and groups with a vision for improving industry safety. In the 1980s he played an integral role in forming the National Transport Federation, which later merged with the LDRTA to form the NatRoad organisation we know today.
ATA Director and Executive Director of Ron Crouch Transport, Geoff Crouch, said his father had an overall desire to give back.
“Something Mum and Dad instilled in the company from day one was a passion to give back to society. Not just to the road transport industry but the wider community too,” said Geoff. “It all started from the huge risk they took commencing operations in 1978, with one truck carting hay and stock. That passion to give back was part of the company’s original DNA and continues now to the second and third generation involved with the company today.
“The entire company and our family are extremely proud of the work that Dad has done, and this honour is due recognition of the huge amount of volunteer work he has put in over many decades.”
Having contributed greatly to the road transport industry, in his retirement Ron Crouch has been renowned for his strong community spirit, having been involved in many volunteer groups in his hometown of Wagga Wagga.