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NatRoad founding member awarded OAM

Founding member of the National Road Transport Association (NatRoad), Nancy Phyllis Jones, has been awarded a medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia for her services to the road transport industry.

Phyllis celebrates her 50th year as co-owner of NJ and NP Jones.

NatRoad said in a statement that Phyllis, along with her late husband, set up the livestock, grain and wool transport business back in 1969. Having worked as a company driver for 11 years she moved into a management and administration role. She currently handles administration for the company and also sits on a variety of industry committees.

“Phyllis has extensively contributed both to the transport industry as well as the general community through her volunteer and community work,” said NatRoad.

“She has won many awards over the years including Rotary Club of Hay, Business Woman of the Year Award in 2000, Australian Trucking Industry Woman of the Year 2001, Natroad Quiet Achiever 2003, Inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2004, Life Member of the Livestock & Bulk Carriers Association 2010 and Inductee on the NSW Dept Primary Industries Hidden Treasures Roll in 2011.

“She also served on the Transport Women Australia board and is still a strong advocate of encouraging more women to join the industry.”

Phyllis told NatRoad that the road transport industry is often thought of as being male-dominated.

“My message to women, especially young girls, is there are excellent career opportunities within the industry,” said Phyllis, adding that she never stops learning.

On being awarded an OAM medal Phyllis said: “I feel honoured and humbled to be awarded for something I love doing.”

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