OAMs for trucking industry identities
Two individuals from distinctly separate areas of the trucking industry have been acknowledged in the Queen’s Birthday honours list
TWO TRUCKING IDENTITIES have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Truck driving Burrumbuttock Hayrunners’ founder Brendan Farrell picked up a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to primary industry, while long-serving transport industry representative Trevor Martyn also received an OAM for his service to the transport industry and the community.
“Trevor has made an enormous and selfless contribution to the Australian transport industry over a highly decorated career spanning more than 50 years,” Victorian Transport Association president Cameron Dunn says on behalf of the executive council and secretariat.
“He served on the executive council of the VTA from 1998-2005, including four years as president from 2002-2005.
“I can think of no one worthier and more deserving of an Order of Australia Medal than Trevor for his many services to the road transport industry and to the community. Trevor also served as a director and executive chair of the Australian Trucking Association from 2002-2010, underscoring his commitment to the transport industry and bringing about change and improvements to make the industry safer and more prosperous.”
Dunn also notes Martyn’s six years as chairman of Driver Education Centre Australia (DECA) from 2007-2012, and time as president of the National Bulk Tanker Association, and chair of Global Air Ambulance for four years.
“In his professional working life Trevor was managing director of FBT Operations for 38 years from 1969-2007,” Dunn says. “He presently serves on the boards of numerous businesses including as chair of leading residential aged care, home care, and disability services provider Mayflower, and director of Decoral Trust.” Away from the industry, Martyn is active in numerous organisations and charities.
Farrell caught national attention during the decade for organising truckloads of hay to farmers in drought-affected parts of New South Wales and Queensland. Approached by rural media to comment on the award, Farrell preferred to spread the praise with those who helped make the deliveries.
“I can think of no one worthier and more deserving.”