Direct Haul's Murphy gains Roseneder award


The 2011 winner of the Craig Roseneder Award is Brian Murphy of Northern Territory operator Direct Haul. <br /><br /> Murphy held off strong competition from Chris Gass of Bunker Freight lines in Victoria and Darren Wales of Wales Truck Repairs in New South Wales. The award was presented last night at the Castrol Awards Dinner that traditionally kicks off the Australian Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Conference.

By Rob McKay | October 11, 2011

The 2011 winner of the Craig Roseneder Award is Brian Murphy of Northern Territory operator Direct Haul.

Murphy held off strong competition from Chris Gass of Bunker Freight lines in Victoria and Darren Wales of Wales Truck Repairs in New South Wales.

The award was presented last night at the Castrol Awards Dinner that traditionally kicks off the Australian Trucking Association’s Technical and Maintenance Conference.

The award recognises technical and maintenance excellence, with winners showing professional and leadership in innovation, environmental and safety initiatives in the workshop.

"A great honour, a great man from what I’ve heard," Murphy says.

Also recognised for his achievements was industry stalwart Tony McGrath, who received an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Trucking Industry in NSW.

"What an honour," McGrath says.

"I’ve worked in the industry for 30-odd years and this is the highlight.

"What do you say?"

Guest of honour on the night was NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay, who says that in the ATA he has an organisation he trusts and in trucking and industry that he trusts.

The Government’s philosophy towards trucking was bolster the supply chain "from port to paddock", understand modal links and ensure "the right load for the right road".

It had brought NSW back into a national framework for regulation.

Gay noted that his government had removed 38 speed cameras, returned the Newell Highway to a 110kmh limit and had worked to separate cars from trucks.

"You are so important to this state and this country in moving freight," Gay told the audience.

V8 Supercars drivers Mark Winterbottom and Steve Richards were special guests, with Richards saying he had gained his heavy combination licence earlier this year and put it to the test when picking up a trailer in Perth.

"I'd mastered it by Ballarat," he says.

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