TMC awards recognise Coonan and Robinson

2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award and 2016 Craig Roseneder Award handed out

TMC awards recognise Coonan and Robinson
Cade Robinson, the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award winner.


The industry achievements of David Coonan, with 2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award, and Cade Robinson, with the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award, have both been recognised as part of the ATA/ARTSA 2016 Technical and Maintenance Conference’s Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner.

The first of the two awards, the 2016 Craig Roseneder Award, was handed to Borg Manufacturing’s Cade Robinson by Deon Roseneder, the son of the late Craig Roseneder.

Named in recognition of Roseneder’s devotion to the development of a safer road transport industry and his unique ability to resolve challenges, the 2016 award was presented to Robinson for his innovative work implementing Mainpac, a fleet asset management software system, over the past two years.

Using the system to achieve standards often exclusively kept by dealerships, Robinson’s achievements caught the eye of Borg Manufacturing’s Somersby workshop manager Jason Blundell, who says Robinson is committed to improving the Borg Fleet department.

"Mr Robinson is very hands-on when it comes to apprentice and new technician training," Blundell says.

"He has also set up national discount structures with set pricing for break down responses including tyres, batteries, windscreen and service work carried out outside of the internal workshops.

"Mr Robinson was involved in the fit out of telematics in each truck, with geo-fenced speed limits with dash cams that constantly record."

The behind-the-scenes contribution to Australia’s truck fleet needed a true acknowledgement, Australian Trucking Association’s chair Noelene Watson says.

"As an industry, we are very fortunate to have such dedicated, skilled professionals going the extra mile to put safety and preventative maintenance first in their businesses," she says.

Alongside the award, Robinson will be flown to the American Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Council meeting in February, a trip that includes full registration, flights, accommodation, partner’s program and spending money.


2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award

Also presented during the dinner was the 2016 Castrol Vecton Industry Achievement Award.

Receiving the award for his valuable contributions to the positive advancement of the local trucking industry was David Coonan, who served as the ATA’s policy manager for eight years until retirement in 2014.

Unable to attend the dinner, Coonan was handed the award on his farm by ATA’s TruckSafe general manager Justin Fleming. A video (below) of the handover was played for the dinner’s guests.

"I can’t thank Castrol enough in recognising others who have got this in recent years," Coonan says upon receiving the award.

"I am just blown away to have received this award. Thank you to Castrol, and to everyone in the industry".

Highlighting his work sorting critical governing guidelines for the industry, ATA chair Noelene Watson says "Mr Coonan is a passionate advocate who has given years of dedicated service to the trucking industry across Australia."

"His major achievements at the ATA included his role in working through more than a thousand issues with the original draft of the Heavy Vehicle National Law," she says.

"Mr Coonan campaigned for the increased use of high productivity vehicles.

"His truck impact chart, developed with Bob Woodward of Barkwood Consulting, is now in its second edition and is a standard reference used in our industry today."




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