No trucking about for award winner, we need youth in freight
GROWING up with a truck depot for a playground ignited a passion in Athol Carter that has just seen him receive national recognition.
The Frasers Livestock Transport safety and compliance manager remembers running around his father's family-owned trucking business near Gympie and spending time with drivers on the road.
That's where his love of trucking began, inspiring him to be trained through the historical offsider driver program.
While he was born and bred around big rigs, Mr Carter understands one of the challenges in the future will be attracting more youth to the industry.
Mr Carter was named one of the recipients of the QTA/Daimler Emerging Leaders Scholarship and he hopes to use the opportunity to help bring back the offsider program that gave him his start.
"It's a tradition that's been lost along the way,” he aid.
"Having a start as an offsider you create experiences and friendships that are invaluable and gives you that appetite.”
Mr Carter was one of five people to receive the scholarship, which offers personal coaching and financial assistance to help achieve leadership goals.
At 36, he has already worked his way through various positions in the industry, from driver to supervisor.
He also sat on the board of Trucksafe.
Mr Carter now has an exciting stretch of road ahead to help support the industry during a period of growth.
He said the opportunities were endless for people eager to join the industry, as agriculture was creating an increasing demand for transport.
"The industry faces great change with population growth and consumer trends,” he said.
"The world has a huge appetite for protein and we're going to play a massive role in that.”