In­dus­try mourns Peter Rocke’s pass­ing

The for­mer VTA and ATA pres­i­dent was held in high re­gard

Owner Driver - - The Goods -

PETER ROCKE, the in­au­gu­ral chair of the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ATA), has died.

The in­dus­try vet­eran was also for­mer pres­i­dent of the Aus­tralian Road Trans­port Fed­er­a­tion and chair of the Road Trans­port In­dus­try Forum from 1989 to 1991, which was then re­named as the Aus­tralian Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Rocke, who passed away in early De­cem­ber last year, was awarded the Na­tional Award for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to the Aus­tralian Truck­ing In­dus­try in 1994, and the Don Wat­son Memo­rial Award for con­spic­u­ous ser­vice to the in­dus­try in 2008.

In 2011, the ATA re­leased Putting Safety First, which tells the story of the cre­ation of the ATA. The book was de­vel­oped by a his­tor­i­cal com­mit­tee led by Rocke.

“The ATA and the in­dus­try are sad­dened by the loss of Peter Rocke, who was a tire­less ad­vo­cate for the in­dus­try,” current ATA chair Ge­off Crouch says.

“Peter was one of the cen­tral driv­ers for the cre­ation of a na­tional voice for Aus­tralia’s truck­ing in­dus­try, which re­sulted in the cre­ation of the ATA.

“He recog­nised the need for a united and na­tional voice for the in­dus­try to pro­vide a gen­uine com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing road safety.

“With­out the con­tri­bu­tion that Peter made the ATA would not be the voice it is to­day for the safety, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and vi­a­bil­ity of Aus­tralia’s truck­ing in­dus­try.”

The Vic­to­rian Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (VTA), of which Rocke was pres­i­dent in 1987, then known as the Vic­to­rian Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion, ex­tended its sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily and friends of Rocke. The VTA notes Rocke spent much of his work­ing life ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter con­di­tions for freight op­er­a­tors through his in­volve­ment with the var­i­ous asso­ciations.

VTA CEO Peter An­der­son says road freight op­er­a­tors owed a debt of grat­i­tude to Rocke for his life­long ser­vice to the trans­port in­dus­try.

“Along with his highly vis­i­ble roles ad­vo­cat­ing for the in­dus­try through the VTA, ATA and other asso­ciations, Peter men­tored many peo­ple in the trans­port in­dus­try and did a lot of work to raise the work­ing and safety stan­dards for sub-con­trac­tors and owner-driv­ers,” An­der­son says.

“As chairman of the Port of Mel­bourne for sev­eral years, Peter was heav­ily in­volved in re­form at the water­front in the 1990s, and as a skilled in­dus­trial re­la­tions spe­cial­ist he was al­ways avail­able to of­fer ad­vice and sup­port.

“We of­fer our deep­est con­do­lences to Peter’s wife Ann and their chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily on the loss of one of our in­dus­try’s finest ser­vants.”

Peter Rocke at the 2011 ATA Con­fer­ence

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