OVER 350 people attended the 27th Annual Queensland Trucking Association Industry Awards held at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on Saturday, October 14.
The celebrations shared with the QTA's milestone of 110 years of serving the road freight industry in Queensland.
Strong support was shown for the awards night, with over 70 trucking companies and industry suppliers represented, along with Minister Mark Bailey MP.
Shadow Minister for Transport Andrew Powell was also in attendance.
Six industry awards were presented on the night.
A long time contributor to the livestock transport industry, Ross Fraser OAM (Managing Director, Frasers Livestock Transport) was awarded the prestigious Industry Excellence Award.
With over 50 years in the industry, Ross is a founding member of the LRTAQ (Livestock and Rural Transporters Assn (Qld) and the Australian Livestock Transport Association ALRTA and served as Chairman of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) from 2004-06.
He considers his chairmanship of the country's peak industry body to be a highlight in his 50+ years in the industry.
In 2009, Ross was awarded an OAM in recognition of his leadership of industry sector organisations and contribution to the road freight industry through his business and personal involvement.
The Trucking Woman of the Year was awarded to Belinda Polglase from All Purpose Transport. Belinda is a senior executive within the family business, well known for its people leadership and workforce development based here in the South East, All Purpose Transport.
Clocking up over 15 years of service, Belinda was determined to make her contribution to the family business and lead the award winning Project APT which changed the face of their workforce.
This professional business woman is driven by challenges that will make the business one of the leading transport and logistics providers.
Another highlight of the night was the awarding the Young Achiever of the Year which this year, had joint winners.
Errin-Leigh Ebzery (Business Development Manager, Team Transport and Logistics) is representative of exactly what the road freight industry needs. At the young age of 24, Errin-Leigh exudes passion for the industry and living and breathing trucks is now the dream.
Confident, resilient, Errin-Leigh demonstrates leadership potential and genuinely cares for the positive growth and development of the transport industry.
Errin says emphatically that she has found a life-long career in transport and is grateful to have found her dream job at such a young age.
The other joint winner was owner driver Rodolo Morales-Diaz (Bonds Transport Group).
Despite only being in the industry for a short time, Bonds see great potential in him as he demonstrates the professionalism and skills of a driver beyond his 25 years.
Bonds Transport Group are proud to have the future of their driving workforce in such good hands.
The coveted Professional Driver of the Year was awarded to Mark Waddington from Cannon Logistics.
Mark displays all of the characteristics you would expect from a professional driver.
A quiet achiever, he is hard-working, loyal and an honest employee who takes pride in his work and appearance.
With over 2million+ incident free kilometres, Mark's safety reputation makes him a very worthy winner.
Mark's passion for driving does not stop at trucks, he is also a mad keen V8 enthusiast and Ford supporter.
His pride and passion for what he does is second to none and he always ensures he presents himself both personally and professionally in the best light and this is proven in the way he meticulously looks after his truck.
Team Transport and Logistics (TTL) were awarded the People Leadership Award for addressing the driver shortage and ageing workforce issues in their business by creating the TTL Truck Driver Development Program.
This program creates licencing pathway and use a 'grow your own' approach to combat the problem. This initiative will change the average age of Teams' driver workforce that will lead to a sustainable future for the business.
Industry safety is one of the priorities for the road freight sector and this year, and Followmont Transport award the Industry Safety Award for two significant developments to reduce workplace incidents and improve safety for their workers, clients and public. Followmont employs over 650 staff, runs a fleet of more than 600 vehicles and has 19 company owned depots throughout Queensland.
Followmont are the largest independently owned Transport Company in Queensland, and employ a dedicated safety team who are committed to the cultivating a strong safety culture.
The two initiatives were: 'Coupling and Uncoupling of Trailers' Safe Operating Procedure and a Load Compliance Check List gives the driver assurance that the freight load is compliant and safe and that the company is adhering to Chain of Responsibility requirements.
QTA President, Julie Russell said "The Awards tonight focus on and celebrate a wide range of individuals and companies for their contribution, and achievement of the highest standards, in the transport and road freight task.
Our industry enjoys the highest levels of professionalism and we are delighted to recognise our best.
Sincere congratulations to all who have been judged to be examples of excellence in our industry by the awarding of special recognition in their particular award category.