ATA an­nounces Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Award win­ners

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THE AUS­TRALIAN Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s (ATA) Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Awards took place at this year’s Truck­ing Aus­tralia con­fer­ence in Dar­win, with Da­nial McFee, from Gil­bert’s Trans­port Ser­vices in South Aus­tralia, tak­ing out the award for Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year.

McFee, who has worked with Gil­bert’s for 31 years, started out in lo­cal abat­toir-re­lated work around the Ade­laide Hills and be­fore driv­ing dou­ble road trains to Perth. In 1996 he be­gan driv­ing triple road tr­rains from Ade­laide to Dar­win and Ten­nant Creek.

Tra­cie Dick­en­son of Daryl Dick­en­son Trans­port, based at Archer­field, Queens­land, won the Truck­ing In­dus­try Woman of the Year award. The daugh­ter of a long-haul owner-driver, in 1990 she met Daryl Dick­en­son, an in­ter­state driver, and started trav­el­ling with him full-time.

In 2001, op­er­at­ing from home, the cou­ple formed Daryl Dick­en­son Trans­port with one truck and one full-time em­ployee. To­day, the com­pany has grown to a fleet of 40 trucks and more than 60 em­ploy­ees with stor­age fa­cil­i­ties in Yatala.

Other awards went to Roger Pick­er­ing for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian Truck­ing In­dus­try, Collins Ade­laide for the Truck­Safe John Kelly Me­mo­rial Award, and De Bruyn’s Trans­port in Tas­ma­nia won the Na­tional Train­ing Ex­cel­lence Award.

Ray Ablett of Quean­beyan-based Abletts Trans­port won the Don Wat­son Me­mo­rial Award.

ATA CEO Ben Maguire ex­tended his con­grat­u­la­tions to the win­ners

“Th­ese awards recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses that go above and be­yond in their ser­vice to the truck­ing in­dus­try.”

Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year Award win­ner Da­nial McFee of Gil­bert’s Trans­port Ser­vices

Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Woman of the Year Award win­ner Tra­cie Dick­en­son

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