TALENTED NSW truckie Mark Carmichael has been rewarded for his dedication and passion for the industry by being crowned as the Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association's (LBRCA) Young Driver of the Year.
The award, sponsored by SafeWork NSW and the LBRCA, includes a trip worth $5000 to the US, where Mark will gain an understanding of international freight transport and handling practices.
Mark was recognised by the LBRCA at its recent annual conference in Coffs Harbour for his commitment to a best practice approach to driving and safety in the heavy vehicle freight industry.
Growing up in Ivanhoe in western NSW amid the family trucking business, Mark is passionate about his career choice and is dedicated to ensuring the future of the industry continues to be long and rewarding for all.
Mark's work takes him to very remote areas of western NSW as well as the to the bright lights of the city, and with very challenging road conditions.
"I don't think I chose to be a driver, I think it chose me," said Mark when asked why he entered the heavy vehicle industry.
"It's second nature to me. I grew up in and around the trucking industry with my first introduction through my father, where I accompanied him on jobs carting livestock from the family farm."
Other finalists, Riley Topping from Divall's Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage Goulburn and Jake Wassink from O'Sullivans Livestock Transport Enmore made an exceptional impression on the judging panel.
"These young blokes are representative of the diversity of our industry and each exemplify qualities of resilience, determination, and perseverance," LBRCA president Lynley Miners said.
"Rural transport is an essential service and we have an ageing workforce. Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn't get from the farm gate to the table."