Truck­ing in­dus­try ser­vant David Coo­nan passes

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The Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA) and the truck­ing in­dus­try are mourn­ing the loss of David Coo­nan, who passed away in early Oc­to­ber.

Coo­nan was the ATA’s pol­icy man­ager from 2006 un­til he re­tired on med­i­cal grounds in 2014. The ATA’s chief en­gi­neer, Bob Wood­ward, first met Coo­nan in 1990 and worked closely with him dur­ing his time at the ATA. He says that Coo­nan was a pas­sion­ate and ex­pert ad­vo­cate for the in­dus­try.

“David and I wrote the first edi­tion of the ATA’s truck im­pact chart, which has now be­come a stan­dard ref­er­ence.

“David’s ex­per­tise was so great he was in­vited to present about high pro­duc­tiv­ity freight ve­hi­cles at one of the fore­most truck re­search cen­tres in the world, the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Trans­port Re­search In­sti­tute.

“The ATA was priv­i­leged to host David at the high pro­duc­tiv­ity freight ve­hi­cle demon­stra­tion day we ran in Wodonga in early Au­gust. I am so pleased he was able to see Aus­tralia’s unique trucks rolling past for one last time.”

An­other col­league, ATA chief of staff Bill McKin­ley, says Coo­nan ar­gued strongly that peo­ple in the na­tional truck law Chain Of Re­spon­si­bil­ity should be in­no­cent un­til proven guilty.

“David’s vi­sion of how the law should work was achieved on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 1, when the re­forms to its Chain of Re­spon­si­bil­ity pro­vi­sions came into force,” McKin­ley says.

Coo­nan was awarded the 2016 Cas­trol Vec­ton In­dus­try Achieve­ment Award for his tech­ni­cal in­no­va­tion and achieve­ment within the in­dus­try.

Coo­nan started his ca­reer as a diesel me­chanic. He then man­aged the Depart­ment of Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion’s Aus­tralian Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (ACT) ve­hi­cle fleet, be­fore join­ing the ACT Govern­ment as its deputy reg­is­trar of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

He later worked as a se­nior trans­port pol­icy of­fi­cer for the ACT and Aus­tralian gov­ern­ments.

David Coo­nan dur­ing an ATA in­dus­try event. Photo by Greg Bush

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