Almost 600 Australians have been recognised for their contribution to the community in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.
One prominent name to be recognised with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) is Bronte Howson (pictured), Managing Director of Western Australia’s Automotive Holdings Group (AHG).
According to AHG, Howson was awarded the Medal in the Order of Australia for his services to charity, sport and business.
“In his position as Managing Director of AHG, Howson is recognised as one of the leading figures in the Australian automotive retail industry, with hands on experience gained in a career spanning more than 30 year,” the company said.
Also honoured was Mike Mrdak, Secretary of the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. He was named an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO).
“Mike Mrdak is a deserved recipient of this Honour, announced yesterday in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List, and on behalf of the Australian logistics industry, I offer him our warmest congratulations,” commented Michael Kilgariff, Managing Director of the Australian Logistics Council.
“Mike has a long and distinguished career in the transport and infrastructure portfolio and is highly respected by industry.
“He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the infrastructure portfolio and a strong commitment to consult with stakeholders on investment and reform policy issues.”
Also honoured were John Francis Strang from Darling Point for his service to the transport and logistics sector through executive roles in progressing industry development and to professional business organisations; Peter John Duncan from Melbourne for his service to business through senior roles with a range of petroleum, banking, heavy transport supply, and scientific research organisations; as well as John Peter Begley from Wonga Park for his service to business, particularly to the freight and logistics industries in Victoria, and through support for professional bodies.
Long haul specialist Fuel Distributors of Western Australia in partnership with PACCAR Australia agreed to a comprehensive two-year trial of a DAF XF105 to determine if it could meet the challenge of servicing its depots across the biggest state in Australia. As the company carries combustible dangerous goods long distances it needs a steady platform and the DAF proved itself to be a resilient workhorse.