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LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award 2021

The Livestock and Rural Transporters Association of Queensland (LRTAQ) is delighted to confirm the finalists of the inaugural LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award for 2021.

Earlier in the year we encouraged member businesses to recognise excellence in their workplace and nominate outstanding individuals for this award. The initiative was developed to recognise and acknowledge the contribution younger transport workers are making to the sustainability of our industry.

The 2021 finalists are:

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.

We’d like to thank Meritor as the proud sponsor of this award and thank them for acknowledging the critical contribution our younger workers are making to the sustainability of our industry. This initiative is made possible through the strong support of Meritor and we are very grateful for their partnership.

Announcement of the winner
The winner of the LRTAQ Young Person in Transport Award 2021 will be announced at the upcoming Bull Carter’s Ball on Saturday 17 July, as part of our Annual Conference in Roma. Please join with us at this event to honour our finalists, and help mark the 40th anniversary celebrations of the formation of the LRTAQ.

For more information, to register and purchase tickets to our Annual Conference and Bull Carter’s Ball, please visit this page.

2021 finalist profiles

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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.