AWARD WINNERS: Sarah Brosnan (2019 Professional Driver), Daryl Smith (2019 Professional Driver Finalist) and Shane Fairhall (NTI).
AWARD WINNERS: Sarah Brosnan (2019 Professional Driver), Daryl Smith (2019 Professional Driver Finalist) and Shane Fairhall (NTI). Alastair Bett

Tasmania celebrates award winners at gala night

TASMANIAN Transport Association Chairman John de Bruyn congratulated those recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2019 TTA Gala Dinner and Awards Night in Hobart this month.

Philip Molineux received the NTI Industry Achievement Award in recognition of the impact he's had over his 35-year transport industry career to date, with Linfox, TNT and Caltas & the Bonney Group.

Philip is a past chairman and long term director of the Tasmanian Transport Association, and a former chairman and Victorian representative to the Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) and a member of the Committee of Management for ARTIO Tasmanian Branch.

Two finalists were recognised for their excellence in the NTI 2019 Professional Driver of the Year Award; Daryl Smith of SRT Logistics and Sarah Brosnan of Fonterra Farm Milk Cartage. Finalist Daryl Smith has around 30 years driving experience, is a mentor to new drivers and was awarded the 2017 B-Double backing award at the Tasmanian Truck Show. He has also been awarded a Star of Courage for bravery.

Award recipient Sarah Brosnan has around 20 years experience in the industry, operating a range of equipment from concrete agitators, general freight, tipper work and now drives a PBS B-double Milk Collection Tanker.

Sarah has actively pursued a professional career in transport, spending time with Heather Jones as part of the Pilbara Heavy Haulage girls and was a key contributor to the Women behind the Wheel and Women in Transport Tasmania programs.

Monson Logistics was recognised for a range of initiatives designed to increase diversity and develop a younger workforce within their business. Established in 1992, when Bruce and Toni Monson opened a Ships Agency office in Burnie the company slowly grew its fleet operations to seven prime movers in June 2007 through to the current fleet of 39 prime movers, two tandem rigid trucks, and over 100 trailer combinations.

The competent and committed workforce of over 75 employees has been central to the growth of the business. Monson Logistics average driver age is in the mid 30's and many local area managers are also in the mid 30's. The award was accepted for Monson Logistics by Darren Young and presented by Steven Dietrich and Erin Mollinson of TasRail.

The Gallagher 2019 Transport Industry Young Achiever Award was taken out by Isaac Jacobson, who works in the stores area of SRT Logistics at Western Junction. Isaac has completed a Schools based Apprenticeship whilst working at SRT and also completing his Year 12 studies.

"Isaac demonstrates the qualities we are seeking for the future of our industry, in terms of enthusiasm, work ethic and a commitment to a future career in transport and logistics” said Dan Quintin of Gallagher when presenting the award.

Around 200 guests attended the Gala Dinner and Awards night, including the CEO of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator Sal Petroccitto and chair of Transport Women Australia Jacquelene Brotherton.

"We acknowledge and thank our valued industry partners who contribute to this event, particularly our platinum sponsors: NTI and the TWU Superannuation Fund; our gold sponsors: FRM Hino, Barker Trailers, BPW Transpec, Webster Trucks ISUZU and Caltas / Bonney Group. Our silver sponsors Gallagher, Port of Melbourne and TasPorts. Without their support such an important event, celebrating the success and professionalism of the Tasmanian Transport Industry, would not be possible” said Mr de Bruyn.

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