Australia Day honours for two women in road transport
TWO women with strong ties to the Australian road transport industry have been honoured in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List.
Sharon Middleton, from South Australia was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia, while Phyllis Jones, from New South Wales, was awarded a medal of the Order of Australia.
Both received their honours for their service to the road transport industry.
Mrs Middleton, the director of Whiteline Transport (and also Whiteline Racing and Whiteline Logistics), was honoured for her "significant service to road transport, particularly to the trucking industry".
She is a board member of the Australian Trucking Association, is president of the South Australian Road Transport Association, was director of Transport Women Australian from 2013 to 2014 and is co-founder of Foundation Shine, which raises funds and awareness for mental health.
She has previously been awarded the National Trucking Industry Woman of the Year Award in 2013, the South Australia Road Transport Association's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2011 and was induced into the Transport Hall of Fame in 2014 for "services to the Australian transport industry".
Mrs Jones is the co-owner of NJ and NP Jones and has been a driver for 11 years.
She's a current member of the Livestock and Rural Carriers Association Victoria, NatRoad and Transport Women Australia.
She was a member of the Australian Road Train Association and has served on the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association NSW as a treasurer for 14 years and is currently a member of the organisation.
Previous accolades include the Australian Trucking Industry Woman of the Year in 2001, the NatRoad Quiet Achiever Award in 2003 and was awarded Life Membership of the Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association in 2010.
This year's list is the largest in the history of the Order of Australia and recognises 1127 outstanding and inspirational Australians.
The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, Sir Peter Cosgrove, congratulated all recipients.
"These people are worthy of our respect, admiration and thanks, they have made an enormous contribution to their local communities and to the entire nation," he said.