LRTAV celebrates inaugural Shane Knight Memorial Award


MC Herd Group won the award for its unloading frame at the Geelong facility

LRTAV celebrates inaugural Shane Knight Memorial Award
(L-R) John Beer, John Karounos, Jeanine Knight.

 

The first Shane Knight Memorial Award was presented at the 2017 Livestock and Rural Transport Association of Victoria (LRTAV) Conference in Torquay on Sunday.

The inaugural award went to meat processing business MC Herd Group for its unloading frame at the Geelong facility.

Dedicated to the memory of Shane Knight, the Award recognises organisations or individuals for their significant contribution to safety improvements within the livestock and rural transport industry in the past 12 months.

Accepting the award, MC Herd Group operations manager John Karounos spoke about the absolute importance of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of operators and drivers using unloading and other facilities.

LRTAV current president Graham Howell says Knight, together with current vice president John Beer (who was the association's president when the frame was being designed), had spent a lot of time working with the frame designer and manufacturer ProWay Livestock Equipment to get the design right and that it was very fitting for the first installer of the frame to receive the award.

"We hope that this Award will encourage other organisations, facilities and stakeholders to prioritise safety and welfare of drivers and operators in the livestock and rural transport sector, and in transport in general," Howell says.

Jeanine Knight paid a tribute to Shane Knight
Jeanine Knight paid a tribute to Shane Knight

Shane’s wife Jeanine Knight paid a tribute to him and spoke about his dedication towards LRTAV and passion to pursue safety for drivers and operators.

Shane Knight passed away in 2016 after a short battle with cancer.

A member of LRTAV for 29 years, Knight was given a Life Membership in 2013 and presented with LRTAV’s inaugural award for Outstanding Contribution to the Livestock and Rural Transport Industry in 2015 for his contribution to the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters Association (ALRTA) Guide for Safe Design of Livestock Loading Ramps and Forcing Yards.

He also served as a member of the executive committees at LRTAV and ALRTA for many years.

LRTAV created the Award in the memory of Shane Knight, who passed away last year
LRTAV created the Award in the memory of Shane Knight, who passed away last year

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