Trucking stalwarts recognised for their efforts


Industry veterans with more than 100 years of experience between them have been recognised by the Queensland Trucking Association

November 2, 2010

Two trucking stalwarts with almost 100 years of industry experience between them have been recognised alongside other industry leaders at the Queensland Trucking Association’s awards night.

Jim Hall from Sunstate Transport Services took home the Professional Driver of the Year Award for his efforts since entering the trucking industry in 1970.

Hall has worked for Mitchell Brothers Transport, Cavanagh Brothers, lending his hand to vehicle servicing, tipper work and line haul.

"In Jim’s 40 years in the industry, he has clocked up in excess of 6 million kilometres and retains an excellent driving record," the QTA wrote to its members following the awards ceremony.

After more than 50 years in the industry, Graham Buchner was recognised with the Industry Excellence Award for his road safety advocacy and efforts to promote careers in trucking.

Buchner, who was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2005, was also cited for his 46 years as the owner of Warwick Freighters and AgServices.

"In his spare time, Graham volunteers at 14 different community organisations across his area," the QTA says.

"Graham is well known for rounding up the other local truck companies to take politicians for a drive in trucks to make sure the trucking industry views on taxes, charges and road safety are heard beyond the roadhouse."

Other award winners included Craig Waltisbuhl from Russell Transport. He won the Industry Safety Award for his driver training program, Eco Drive.

William Wheeler was recognised with the Young Achiever Award for his work as a transport and logistics trainer for Strategix Training Group.

"William has successfully organised and delivered training programs and workshops throughout Queensland," the QTA says.

JJ Richards & Sons was again praised for its in-house training initiative that partners with local schools to provide school-based apprenticeships and employment opportunities.

The waste collector took home the People Leadership Excellence Award for its efforts, which also include mentoring and graduate programs.

"JJ Richards & Sons promotes diversity in age, gender and background and encourages flexible work practices in addition to retirement options," the QTA says.

The awards were held as part of the QTA’s annual dinner, which the association says was attended by more than 350 people this year.


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