Finalists announced for the 2012 National Trucking Industry Awards

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has announced the finalists for the 2012 National Trucking Industry Awards.

ATA Chairman David Simon said the prestigious awards are a highlight of the Australian trucking industry’s year, and recognise the achievements of some of its most dedicated people and companies. “The quality of applications this year was extremely high. The finalists selected by the ATA’s judging panel represent the best our industry has to offer,” Mr Simon said.

“The finalists include men and women who have contributed to the industry over many years and millions of kilometres, as well as the two finalists for our Highway Guardian Award, whose actions in a single moment of crisis revealed their sterling character.

“Meanwhile, the finalists for the TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award are three of Australia’s safest trucking businesses. Companies in the TruckSafe program are twice as safe as non-accredited operators; these finalists are the best of the best.”

The 2012 National Trucking Industry Award finalists are:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry: Bob Woodward (Wagga Wagga, NSW), Alan Yates (Dandenong, VIC) and Tony McGrath (Carrington, NSW)|
  • National Professional Driver of the Year: Raymond Barrie (Emerald, QLD) and William Watson (Colac, VIC)
  • Trucking Industry Woman of the Year: Dianne Carroll OAM (Tarcutta, NSW), Rosalind Shaw (Wynnum, QLD,) and Jacquelene Brotherton (Laverton, VIC)
  • Highway Guardian Award: Arthur Varsamidis (Oakley, VIC) and Tim Chellas (Parkes, NSW)
    TruckSafe John Kelly Memorial Award: Lloyd’s North Transport (Quoiba, TAS), Richers Transport (Maryborough, QLD) and Cleary Bros (Port Kembla, NSW).


The award winners will be announced on Friday 18 May at the ATA Foundations Sponsors Gala Awards Dinner at the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre, Sydney. The Training Excellence Award, sponsored by DECA Training, and the Don Watson Memorial Award will also be presented on the night.

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