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Trucking Industry Awards announces winners for 2018

Trucking Australia 2018 recognised, at its annual event, businesses and individuals who have made major contributions to improving the industry.

“The winners of these awards have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the Australian trucking industry through their hard work and commitment,” ATA Chair, Geoff Crouch said. “It is important to recognise those in our industry who go the extra mile and inspire others.”

Ross Fraser, Managing Director, Frasers Livestock Transport was recognised with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry. A member of TruckSafe since 1999 and winner of a 2014 Safe Work Australia Award, Ross has been involved in the road transport industry for over 50 years. In 2009, Ross was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to the livestock transport industry and the community of Warwick, in Southwest Queensland, where his company is based.

Barry Fitzgerald, a 45-year veteran behind the wheel, 25 of which have been spent with his current employer Boral Logistics, was presented with the award for National Professional Driver of the Year. 

Belinda Polglase, Project Manager at All Purpose Transport was acknowledged as the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year. Belinda, who is active in ’Project APT’, an initiative to skill her organisation’s entire workforce in a Certificate III or higher nationally recognised qualification, adds this latest milestone to her recognition as the 2017 Queensland Trucking Association Woman of the Year.

Brown & Hurley, founded in 1946, were recognised with the National Training Excellence Award. The family owned Australian company, which employs 400 staff across nine branches, has dedicated its resources, including a purpose built facility, to technical in-house training for apprentices and future engineers.

The TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award went to JJ Lawson Transport, a customs clearance and freight specialist.

Frances Ross took home the coveted Don Watson Memorial Award, which celebrates the person who has given conspicuous service to the Australian trucking industry. Frances, who, alongside her husband Reg, founded Ross Transport in 1975, has been an active leader in community fundraising and a TruckSafe member since 2012.

Each of the winners will receive a prize from the respective award sponsors. Geoff Crouch said the ATA Foundation Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner is now one of highlights of the year.

“I congratulate the winning individuals and businesses in receiving the recognition they deserve,” he said.

(Image: Barry Fitzgerald, Boral Logistics, National Professional Driver of the Year.)

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