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Young Person in Transport Award

Do you know an outstanding young person working in the livestock or rural transport industry? Nominate them for the 2022 LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award and recognise excellence in our industry.

We are seeking 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 for the Young Person in Transport 2022 will open in December 2021.

Young Person in Transport Award 2021

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.

2021 finalists profiles

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

Each of these individuals display pride and professionalism in their career, demonstrate a passion for our industry and have a strong desire to advance within it.

Jack Mailman

Jack Mailman

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.

Axel Oppermann

Axel Oppermann

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

James Scott

Scotts Haulage

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.

Daniel Steel

Daniel Steel

Stockyard Transport

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.

Damian Swalling

Damian Swalling

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.

Jack Uebergang

Jack Uebergang

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.