Scott and Smith-Gander lead honours recipients

Queen’s Birthday list sees Order of Australia recognition for distinguished service

Scott and Smith-Gander lead honours recipients
Queen’s Birthday Honours well deserved


The freight transport and logistics (T&L) sector has a modest but deserving representation in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Industry luminary the late Ray Scott and present Western Roads Federation chair Craig Smith-Gander are the leading lights and are now members (AM) of the general division of the Order of Australia.

Scott, owner and director of the Ray Scott Group, is recognised for "significant service to the road transport industry, and to the community".

He was also a sponsor and benefactor to a range of Mr Gambier events and services and the regional community Stand Like Stone Foundation.

Smith-Gander is recognised for "significant service to surf lifesaving, to transport logistics, and to the community".

The owner and managing director of Kwik Logistics since 2005 has chaired the Western Roads Federation (WRF) since 2017.

He has also been president of Surf Life Saving Western Australia since 2014 and been involved in the sport more than three decades.

See who in the industry was recognised this time last year, here

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) hails Smith-Gander’s honour.

ATA Chair David Smith says that Smith-Gander has made a valuable contribution to the ATA and its network of member associations.

"Craig is vastly experienced in the corporate sector and in not-for-profit governance. He was the inaugural Chair of Westcycle, is the president of Surf Life Saving Western Australia and is a board member of Surf Life Saving Australia," Smith says.

"As a member of the ATA board, Craig has applied his immense knowledge and network of contacts to helping the ATA modernise the way we approach governance and industry strategy.

"Craig is closely involved in the development of our new strategic plan and in our internal initiatives to update our engagement with our member associations. We couldn’t do this work without his expert input.

"Craig is a fantastic recipient of this important honour."

The Victorian Transport association echoes the sentiment and pays tribute to Scott.

It describes Scott as an icon of the transport industry who, over the course of his working life, "defined a place within the freight and logistics sector that will be hard to replicate".

"His transport career commenced with his father’s family business and he went on to become a shareholder in the Scott Group of Companies, as well as K&S Transport."

Scott was inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in 2013, recognising his long history in road transport. 

"It was a distinct privilege to support the nomination for Ray as a recipient for a Member of the Order of Australia in consideration of his outstanding service to transport over many, many decades," VTA CEO Peter Anderson says.

"It is terrific to see the selfless work of transport industry workers like Ray and Craig acknowledged for their service and on behalf of the VTA executive council and secretariat, I extend our sincere congratulations for these well-deserved honours."

Of Scott, the ATA notes that, along with being a highly accomplished operator, Scott was  well-known for his kindness and willingness to help those in need, as evidenced by his philanthropy and community spirit. 

"This honours list recognition is extremely fitting and is a testament to the wonderful work our trucking industry members can deliver for the wider Australian community," Smith says. 

Smith adds that Scott and his family were very supportive of the ATA and helped to organise one of the ATA’s largest Forum on the Road meetings when it travelled to Mount Gambier in the early 1990s.

"Ray achieved a lot in his lifetime and made a great contribution the wider trucking industry, but in particular the general fuel and livestock sectors," Smith says

In 2013, Scott was inducted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, recognising his history in the road transport industry and long service on road train work into the Northern Territory. 

Meanwhile, more broadly, the late John Caldon, who chaired, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) 2009-2015 and Rail Services Australia 1998-2002 gains an OAM For service to business through media content distribution..

Michael Robertson gains his or service to the community as a foster carer, and to transport safety.

Robertson was BlueScope Steel engineering manager (logistics) 1998-2010 and was previously awarded Australian Steel Industry Safety Individual of the Year in 2006 and the BHP Billiton Transport Safety Award in 1997.

Barry Vining, who was Australian Federation of International Forwarders director 1975-1999 and hair for seven years International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association vice-president, (Asia Pacific region) 1995-2000 gains an OAM for service to rugby league.


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