Vale Vern Mildren


The trucking industry lost one of its favourite sons on April 8 when Vern Mildren passed away

April 15, 2013

The trucking industry lost one of its favourite sons on April 8 when Vern Mildren passed away in the Mercy Palliative Care Unit in Albury.

Vern was the founder of Noelvern Transport and a great supporter of the industry.

Vern won the NatRoad Driver of the Year award in 2001, and followed that up in 2002 with the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Driver of the Year Award.

ATA Director Doug McMillan says Vern’s passing is a loss for the industry.

"Vern was a committed NatRoad member, and took part in a number of committees and events," McMillan says.

"If you enjoyed a beer, you were Vern’s best mate. But if you enjoyed a VB, you were his absolute best mate!"

Vern was dedicated to his local community, and regularly participated in Road Transport Awareness Week in Albury and Wodonga communities by serving on the committee, driving in street parades and taking trucks to the shows and schools.

Vern was inducted onto the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at Alice Springs in 2005.

A memorial service took place at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Lavington, on April 12.

Vern Mildren leaves behind his wife Noelene and children Kim-Lee and Rhys.


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