Trucking awards finalists revealed

THE Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has today announced the finalists for the 2011 National Trucking Industry Awards.

The 2011 awards attracted a high standard of entries across all the award categories, including the new Highway Guardian Award, to be presented for the first time this year to acknowledge acts of bravery by Australian truck drivers.

Chairman of the ATA David Simon said the awards were a crucial part of the trucking industry’s calendar because they identified and rewarded the people who had made significant contributions to the industry.

“The quality of this year’s finalists is remarkable.

"They include some of the most dedicated people in the industry, who have worked tirelessly to raise Australian trucking to higher levels of safety and professionalism,” Mr Simon said.

The 2011 National Trucking Industry Award finalists are:

Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry – Terry and Daphne Nolan (Gatton, QLD), Simon Skazlic (Truganina, VIC) and Rod Hannifey (Dubbo, NSW).

National Professional Driver of the Year – John Hastie (Tully, QLD), Michael Cavanagh (Greenfields, SA) and Rod Hannifey (Dubbo, NSW).

Trucking Industry Woman of the Year – Dianne Carroll (Tarcutta, NSW), Sue Rowe (High Wycombe, WA) and Sharon Kane (Smeaton Grange, NSW).

Training Excellence Award – Women Take the Wheel (Brisbane, QLD) and Seymour Passenger Services (Seymour, VIC).

Highway Guardian Award – Michael Munchow (Toowoomba, QLD), Greg Twidale (Toowoomba, QLD), Greg Elton (Underwood, QLD).

TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award – Divall’s Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage (Goulburn, NSW), Bullbuck Pty Ltd (Port Hedland, WA), Nicol Echunga Transport (Echunga, SA).

The award winners will be formally announced on Friday, May 27 at the ATA Foundations Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner at Parliament House, Canberra.

The dinner is part of the Australian Trucking Convention, which will be held in Canberra from May 25-28.

For more information, visit www.ataevents.net.au/awards.



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