Friday, June 3, 2011

Australian Trucking Recognises Outstanding Members of Freight Industry

Winners of ATA Awards Announced
Shipping News Feature

AUSTRALIA - The Australian Trucking Association has honoured the country’s top truck driver and other leading industry figures at its 2011 National Trucking Industry Awards which took place at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra, during the 2011 Australian Trucking Convention last week.

The awards went to: 

Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry: Terry and Daphne Nolan of Nolan’s Interstate Transport, Gatton, Queensland

National Professional Driver of the Year: John Hastie – Blenners Transport, Tully, Queensland

Highway Guardian Award for Acts of Bravery by Professional Drivers: Michael Munchow – Sedl Transport, Toowoomba, Queensland

National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year: Sharon Kane – GMK Logistics, Smeaton Grange, New South Wales

Training Excellence Award: Women Take the Wheel Program, Brisbane, Queensland

TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award for Excellence in the TruckSafe Program: Divall’s Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage, Goulburn, New South Wales

Don Watson Memorial Award forCconspicuous Achievement in Furthering the Industry’s Objectives: Peter Armstrong, Prime Mover magazine, Brisbane

Winner of the Acts of Bravery Award, Michael Munchow, won recognition for saving the lives of two people during the terrible flooding that struck earlier this year.

During the January 2011 floods, Shayne and Amanda Richardson were in their car when what is described as ‘a wall of water’ roared down the main street of Withcott, in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, hurling them down the road trapped in their vehicle.

At great risk to himself, Michael Munchow backed his semi-trailer into a pole to stop the car and pulled them into the cab of his truck, a photo of this accompanied our story at the time. 

Speaking at the ceremony Mr. Munchow said: “I didn’t really think about it. It was just a natural thing to do, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I hope other people would as well.”

John Hastie, winner of the National Professional Driver Award, won due to his remarkable career on the road. John began his driving career in the United Kingdom at the age of 21, progressing to European runs before moving to Australia in the early 1970s.

In his more than 43 years of international and Australian trucking experience John has clocked up over 3.4 million miles (5.5 million kms) without damaging a vehicle or his produce load.

“I remember jumping into my first truck as a young man, a Leyland Comet. I thought I was the bee’s knees: ten foot tall and bulletproof. It’s been a wonderful journey. I’ve enjoyed my life on the road as a driver,” Mr Hastie said.

Pic:  Back row (L-R): Don Watson Memorial Award winner Peter Armstrong; Professional Driver of the Year John Hastie; Training Excellence Award winner representatives Wayne Striplin and Marnie Tisot; Woman of the Year Sharone Kane. Front row (L-R): Outstanding Contribution Award winners Terry and Daphne Nolan; Highway Guardian Award winner Michael Munchow; TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award winners Jodie and Andy Divall.