Award win­ner

Barry Fitzger­ald voted 2018 Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year

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Bo­ral driver voted in­dus­try’s best

FOL­LOW­ING AN UNBLEMISHED 45-year ca­reer in road trans­port, Bo­ral Lo­gis­tics’ Barry Fitzger­ald has been re­warded with the Na­tional Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year award for 2018.

Barry was pre­sented with the award by Na­tional Trans­port In­sur­ance gen­eral man­ager – sales and dis­tri­bu­tion Mike Ed­monds at the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual Truck­ing Aus­tralia con­fer­ence in Can­berra on April 20.

Fitzger­ald has been a mem­ber of Bo­ral’s Safety Com­mit­tee for 20 years and was a driv­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive on Bo­ral’s En­ter­prise Bar­gain­ing Com­mit­tee for 16 years. He has long been ded­i­cated to safety and the ed­u­ca­tion of driv­ers, pro­duc­ing train­ing videos and as­sess­ing new driver ap­pli­cants for Bo­ral Lo­gis­tics, where he has worked for the last 25 years.

Ac­cord­ing to Bo­ral, Fitzger­ald, who plans to re­tire later this year, started his ca­reer de­liv­er­ing fuel in 1971 for his fu­ture fa­ther-in-law who owned an Am­pol ser­vice sta­tion in Coota­mundra, NSW. He soon pro­gressed through sev­eral com­pa­nies trans­port­ing news­pa­pers, meat, live­stock and in­ter­state freight.

Bo­ral paid trib­ute to Fitzger­ald on its web­site, say­ing his abil­ity and his am­bi­tion to drive big trucks led him to Blue Cir­cle Ce­ment in 1993, a com­pany that Bo­ral would later ac­quire.

Fitzger­ald later up­graded to a B-dou­ble li­cence, im­me­di­ately mak­ing the switch to the 60-tonne rigs and driv­ing them ever since.

“In those days we had day and night shifts and the su­per­vi­sor put me in a truck to do day shift, part­nered with a bloke called Rod Sell­wood who did nights,” Fitzger­ald re­calls. Bo­ral says the part­ner­ship has sur­vived eight prime movers.

“We’ve done over three mil­lion kilo­me­tres in 25 years with­out a traf­fic ticket or a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent,” Fitzger­ald says. “He has been a shin­ing ex­am­ple of pro­fes­sion­al­ism to his fel­low driv­ers and he is re­spected by man­agers and driv­ers alike,” Bo­ral Lo­gis­tics NSW/ACT sup­ply chain gen­eral man­ager Vic­to­ria Sher­wood says.

Other awards an­nounced at Truck­ing Aus­tralia in­cluded Na­tional Truck­ing In­dus­try Woman of the Year, which went to Belinda Pol­glase, project man­ager at All Pur­pose Trans­port. Truck dealer Brown & Hur­ley picked up the Na­tional Train­ing Ex­cel­lence Award, while JJ Law­son Trans­port was pre­sented with the Truck­Safe John Kelly Me­mo­rial Award. Ross Fraser, from Frasers Live­stock Trans­port, was recog­nised with the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian Truck­ing In­dus­try award, and Frances Ross, from

R & A Ross Trans­port, picked up the Don Wat­son Me­mo­rial Award.

Barry Fitzger­ald (left) re­ceives the 2018 Pro­fes­sional Driver of the Year award from the NTI’s Mike Ed­monds

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