Jones honoured with Hall of Fame induction


Venerable transport figure recognised for decades of industry service

Jones honoured with Hall of Fame induction
Jones with Volvo Trucks Australia's Tony O’Connell at the Brisbane Truck Show

 

Industry has welcomed an esteemed member to the Australian National Transport Hall of Fame, with Heather Jones becoming the newest inductee in 2019.

The CEO of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls and director of Success Transport boasts more than 25 years in road transport and is a leading advocate for professional drivers – including encouraging women entering the industry.

Jones receives the backing of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) CEO Ben Maguire, who lauds her contribution to the profession.

"I have spent time on the road with Heather in her business and the Pilbara region, and have nothing but admiration for her professionalism and dedication to helping new drivers enter the transport industry," he says.

"Heather is a well-respected industry advocate and is extremely deserving of this national honour."


Read Maguire's ode to the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, here


National Road Transport Hall of Fame CEO Liz Martin OAM documents Jones’ journey in a statement celebrating her achievements.

"Heather’s father, Ron Jones, was a crane operator in Harvey WA, and was also a truck driver, operating a log transporting truck to the mill, which, as a young child, Heather would often accompany her father in the truck on these drives," Martin says.

"Although Heather began her working career in a different sector … it didn’t take long for Heather’s love of big machines to draw her back into the big rigs and she headed to the mines of Western Australia, operating 150-tonne hall packs in Cape Lambert.

"In 1988, Heather gave birth to her eldest daughter Kersti, and in 1989 to her youngest Chelsea – seven years later, Heather became a single parent with two children to support on her own.

"This led her to re-join the transport industry once again, through a close friend providing an opportunity for Heather to take her two children alongside her in the truck and earn a modest living for her and her two children, whilst also home-schooling her two daughters on the road.

"Heather has been training new to the industry drivers since 2005 and sits on several industry boards promoting road safety, driver education and the professionalism of truck drivers.

"Heather is the current owner/operator of Success Transport (since 2005) and current CEO and Founder of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls (since 2014).

In her career, Heather has driven tippers, tankers, single, double and triple road trains, oversize loads, pilot vehicles, hall packs, and 50 and 100-tonne floats, Martin notes.

"As Heather reflects on her time in the industry, the trials and tribulations at the forefront have been: fighting for better training for new-to-the-industry drivers, fighting for better conditions for truck drivers on the highway, and educating the public on the importance of the truck driving profession and how necessary they are to the future of Australia.

"Heather finds great joy in now passing on her knowledge to the next generation, through the Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls training programs and providing opportunities for new drivers, especially women, into this wonderful industry.

"To see the drivers Heather has trained out on the roads with her, gives Heather a massive sense of pride and reinforces for her that all her hard work over the years has been truly worth it."

 

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