Broad brush for transport in honours list

Contributions in most modes recognised on Australia Day

Broad brush for transport in honours list
National honours for transport identities.


Distinguished service to the freight transport modes was recognised in the recent Australia Day Honours List.

Purely on trucking terms but shared with mining exploration, Western Australia’s John Load Jones was named a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia. The Hampton Livestock Transport co-founder and director and Road Trains of Australia director was honoured for significant service to the mining exploration sector through a range of roles, to the livestock transport industry, and to the community. 

With an eye to trucking safety amongst other services, Australian National University emeritus professor Michael Coper was made a Companion (AC) of the Order.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia notes Coper was the legal commissioner at the Interstate Commission following the departure of ISC chair Judge Mervyn Everett.

"Michael is possibly Australia’s foremost constitutional Transport legal expert. He is the former Dean of Law at ANU in Canberra and was also appointed chair of Trucksafe’s Truck Industry Accreditation Council (TIAC) since Trucksafe’s inception in the early 1990s," it says.

"His endless efforts have seen Trucksafe deliver unparalleled fatigue and maintenance benefits for the road transport industry in Australia. CILT-Australia congratulates Michael and wishes him well with his ongoing Emeritus role with ANU and efforts with the Australian road freight industry."

The late Hart Krtschil, a long-term international and national logistics identity, gained an AM for significant service to biosecurity and quarantine systems, to compliance development, and to the freight transport industry. 

Also on the safety front in Victoria, nationally and internationally, consultancy Whiting Moyne principal Eric Howard of the Monash University Accident Research Centre gained his AM for significant service to road transport safety through consultancy roles, to professional bodies, and to the community. 

The shipping industry saw noted legal expert Dr Rosalie Balkin become an Officer (AO) for distinguished service to maritime law through roles with a range of organisations, to the improvement of global shipping transport safety and standards, and to education as an academic and author.

And Rightship and former ASP Ship Management executive Warwick Norman gained his AM for significant service to the maritime transport industry, particularly through the development of environmental risk management systems.

In the airfreight sphere, Graeme Walker was awarded a Medal (OAM) for service to that sector.

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