Young Person in
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Employers and associates are encouraged to nominate outstanding individuals for this award to recognise excellence in their workplace. The LRTAQ is encouraging nominations of individuals who display pride and professionalism in their career, have a passion for our industry and have a strong desire to advance within it.
All roles within the livestock and rural transport industry are eligible to be nominated (for example drivers, mechanics, schedulers, administration officers, shed hands, managers – are all eligible for nomination).
Nominations have closed for the Young Person in Transport Award 2022. The Young Person in Transport Award will be presented at the 2022 Bull Carter’s Ball.
The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) has announced the finalists of the Young Person in Transport Award 2022.
The award was developed to recognise and acknowledge the contribution younger transport workers are making to the sustainability of our industry. Member businesses of the rural transport peak body were encouraged to recognise excellence in their workplace and nominate outstanding individuals aged 35 years or younger.
Congratulations to the 2022 finalists:
- Andrew Travers – Travers Transport
- Brodie Coleman – Drury Farming Co
- Jamie Healey – Seiler’s Transport
- Luke Cannon – Frasers Livestock Transport
- Luke Taylor – Kahler Transport
The winner of the LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award 2022 will be announced at the upcoming Bull Carter’s Ball on Saturday 5 March 2022, as part of the LRTAQ Annual Conference on the Sunshine Coast.
LRTAQ members, supporters, suppliers and are invited to attend the conference to honour the finalists. More information can be found at www.lrtaq.com.au/conference.
Andrew Travers is an owner operator within his family business “Travers Transport”.
Andrew is a qualified electrician and completed his electrical apprenticeship in 2010. Andrew is now a second-generation livestock truck driver with the family business, making the leap to purchase his own truck in 2015.
Andrew’s clients regard him as a professional operator, and speak very highly of his livestock handling skills and the great care he takes with their consignments.
Throughout his career, Andrew has continued to expand his knowledge of both the livestock industry and transport industry at any chance he gets. He has taken a keen interest in the mechanical and fitting aspect of the job and Andrew has responsibility for the maintenance of the trucks and trailers within the Travers fleet.
Andrew is a keen rugby league fan and a dedicated and loving husband and father of three young children.
Drury Farming Co
Brodie Coleman is the Livestock Logistics Coordinator and Driver for Drury Farming Company. Brodie oversees all cattle transport logistics for the company and handles over 60,000 head per year.
Brodie’s dedication and outstanding commitment has been a key contributor to the growth of the business from one truck in 2011 to 6 in 2022.
He has been involved in design and development of livestock trailers and handling facilities, has a great cattle sense and awareness and is always looking to improve his skills.
GDL Managing Director Peter Daniel regards Brodie as the most professional transport driver and coordinator he has ever worked with.
His employer Simon shared that over the last 10 years Brodie has driven around 2 million kilometres, never scratched a truck and has a perfect driving record.
Brodie is a proud husband to Megan and dad to Hollie and Max.
Jamie Healey is a Livestock Transport Operator for Seiler’s Transport.
Jamie started with Seiler’s in 2019 with no experience transporting livestock, but with a great attitude and dedication has developed into one of the most capable operators in the Seilers fleet. Jamie quickly progressed from his HC to a MC licence within his first 12 months in the industry. He also obtained his Basic Fatigue Management certificate within 3 months and is now a part of the Advanced Fatigue Management group.
Seilers Managing Director Cliff Seiler says that every day Jamie goes above and beyond our expectations to support our team, our customers and our company values. Cliff says Jamie’s calm nature fits perfectly with Seiler’s approach to handling livestock, with several customers requesting Jamie transport their livestock.
Frasers Livestock Transport
Luke Cannon is a Fleet Operations – Saleyards Logistics officer at Frasers Livestock Transport.
Luke commenced employment with Frasers in 2014 in the welding/maintenance section of the Warwick workshop. His personal character and integrity were immediately evident from the way in which he conducted himself, carrying out duties to direction as well as displaying early ability to self-start.
Luke graduated from the workshop to progress into driving, firstly, single trailer articulated vehicles, then B Doubles, B Triples and Road Trains.
When Vaughan Johnson pulled into the IOR Diesel fuel stop at Barcaldine and came across a Frasers Road Train that Luke was refuelling, Vaughan said he was blown away by his dedication and professionalism – remarking that passion loyalty and enthusiasm beamed from Luke.
Experience gained on-the-road gave him valuable insight to overall operations and held him in good stead when he moved to an Operations role for Frasers in 2021.
Luke is a true industry all-rounder and displays a willingness to above and beyond each and every day and to be a part of the industry he loves.
Luke Taylor is a Fleet Manager and driver for Kahler Transport.
Luke came to Kahler Transport as a fully qualified mechanic from Road Transport Specialists. Luke’s main roles including, driving and maintain our trucks and trailers. Luke maintains the Kahler fleet to a very high standard, including all cleaning, inside and out, servicing and repairs. Luke has progressed, without incident, from driving a small body truck up to road trains.
Luke has an exceptional work ethic and is friendly with everyone around him. He is very professional with all clients, farmers, farm workers and other drivers. Luke keeps up to date on all heavy vehicle and welfare standards.
Luke has been known to help out other truck drivers who have broken down and always carries few spare parts and tools with him that seem to be able to get any driver on their way to a major workshop – evidence of the pride he takes in his work and keeping the transport industry moving.
Member businesses were encouraged to recognise excellence in their workplace and nominate outstanding individuals for the inaugural LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award.
Six worthy finalists were put forward for the honour: Jack Mailman (Martins Stock Haulage), James Scott (Scotts Haulage), Axel Oppermann (Oppermann and Sons Transport), Daniel Steel (Stockyard Transport Pty Ltd), Damian Swalling (Swalling Livestock Transport) and Jack Uebergang (Frasers Livestock Transport).
It was wonderful to come together at the Bull Carter’s Ball to celebrate the achievements of each of these impressive young men. It was great to see that each of the finalists was supported at the event by family members and work mates.
The Award was proudly sponsored by Meritor, who due to travel restrictions unfortunately couldn’t have a representative join us in person to celebrate. Meritor’s Managing Director David Cole provided us with this video message which was played before the announcement of the winner. Thank you to David and the team at Meritor for supporting excellence in our industry and getting behind our initiative.
There could only be one winner, and Damian Swalling, of Swalling Livestock Transport, was named as the LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award winner for 2021. Congratulations Damian!
Thank you to our independent judges Gary Mahon (CEO of the Queensland Trucking Association) and Paul Blake for so generously giving their time to this process.
The 2021 finalists were:
- Jack Mailman, Martins Stock Haulage
- Axel Oppermann, Oppermann and Sons Transport
- James Scott, Scotts Haulage
- Daniel Steel, Stockyard Transport
- Damian Swalling, Swalling Livestock Transport
- Jack Uebergang, Frasers Livestock Transport
Martins Stock Haulage
Jack Mailman is an apprentice Heavy Vehicle Mechanic with Martins Stock Haulage based in the Oakey depot.
Since joining Martins as a school based heavy vehicle apprentice, Jack has shown great commitment to his employment, technical learning and in-house training. Nothing is a problem to this professional young man.
At just 18 years of age, Jack is actively involved in all aspects of the workshop, from the weekly workshop meetings to participating in the safety committee meetings.
Jack leads by example and puts forward sensible and well thought through suggestions. He gets the job done efficiently and effectively. Jack is held in high regard by all Martins Stock Haulage staff, including management, his workshop peers, office personnel and drivers.
Oppermann and Sons Transport
Axel Oppermann is a third-generation transporter and the owner operator of Oppermann and Sons Transport, Rolleston.
After finishing his trade as a Diesel Fitter with Hastings Deering and being employed full time, Axel acquired his MC Licence, working for Oppermann Transport on his RDOs.
Recently Axel and his wife decided it was the life of an owner operator for them and took the plunge and purchased their own truck to subcontract livestock transportation.
Axel’s clients say that he is a professional and punctual operator, and always works in a safety conscious manner. Always courteous and considerate, he loads product with welfare practices at the forefront of his mind.
James Scott is a qualified mechanic and driver for his family business Scotts Haulage based in Roma.
From a very young age James seemed destined to carve out a career in the transport industry. With a strong background of working around cattle, James excels when it comes to handling livestock, and he understands the impact this has on his cattle and for his customers.
His dedication and commitment never falter despite the harsh environments we live and work in daily.
James maintains his gear, machinery and equipment to a high standard. He is always polite and punctual to all his jobs and his clients say it is always a pleasure doing business with him.
Swalling Livestock Transport
Damian is a senior driver, fleet maintenance manger and 2IC in his family-owned transport business Swalling Livestock Transport.
Damian completed a school-based apprenticeship with Byrne Trailers as a boiler maker. Approximately a year after completing his trade, Damian went to work for his family-owned business. Damian as usual covers a wide variety of jobs at Swallings but has a real passion for truck driving and carting cattle.
Damian is respected by his work mates, who can count on him as someone to jump in and lend a hand to get the job done safely and efficiently. He is held in high regard by all companies using Swallings for sub-contracting services – knowing well that while Damian is on the job or close by it will get done right.
Frasers Livestock Transport
At just 21 years of age, Jack Uebergang is a qualified diesel mechanic, who also attained his Multi Combination Licence in May earlier this year.
Jack’s passion for trucks is in his blood, and he has shown eagerness to learn and progress in the industry. Starting with Frasers Livestock Transport as a school based trainee working one day a week, throughout his apprenticeship Jack went with the drivers whenever possible after hours and on weekends to gain experience.
Jack is respected by his peers, punctual and reliable and has recently been tasked with responsibility of the Frasers Rockhampton workshop.
His employer, Ross Fraser says that Jack’s ability to handle and respond to difficult situations in this very challenging industry is a credit to him – and at just 21 years old demonstrates maturity beyond his years.
Daniel Steel is a driver employed with Stockyard Transport based in Townsville.
Daniel started with Stockyard Transport as a general yard person, working his way up to an MC Licence and is now a valued part of the Stockyard driving team.
Daniel is known as a team player, even after long day in the truck, he is willing to get out and help others if required.
Daniel’s employer Natasha Johnson says she is consistently impressed with Daniel’s work ethic and pride in his job. He’s motivated and diligent, always looking for things to do and ways to improve himself and others around him.