The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has announced the 2018 winner of the LBRCA Young Driver of the Year Award, Mark Carmichael. The Award, sponsored by SafeWork NSW and the LBRCA, includes a trip worth $5,000 to the USA, where Mark will gain an understanding of international freight transport and handling practices.
Mark was recognised by the LBRCA at its annual conference for his demonstrated commitment to a best practice approach to driving and safety in the heavy vehicle freight industry.
Growing up in Ivanhoe in Western NSW amid the family trucking business, Mark is passionate about his career choice and is dedicated to ensuring the future of the industry continues to be long and rewarding for all.
Mark’s work takes him to very remote areas of Western NSW as well as the to the bright lights of the City, and with very challenging road conditions.
“I don’t think I chose to be a driver, I think it chose me,” Mark says on why he entered the heavy vehicle industry. “It’s second nature to me. I grew up in and around the trucking industry with my first introduction through my father, where I accompanied him on jobs carting livestock from the family farm.”
Other finalists, Riley Topping from Divall’s Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage Goulburn and Jake Wassink from O’Sullivans Livestock Transport Enmore made an exceptional impression on the judging panel.
“It was a nail biting decision for the judging panel, with the calibre of finalists truly outstanding,” says LBRCA President Lynley Miners. “These young blokes are representative of the diversity of our industry and each exemplify qualities of resilience, determination, and perseverance.
“Rural transport is an essential service and we have an ageing workforce. Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn’t get from the farm gate to the table. The job is a lot more challenging than people realise – the hours are long, the work can be dangerous, and compliance can be complicated.”
“The LBRCA is proud to be growing the leaders of tomorrow. They are a vital part of the future heavy vehicle transport environment and we must encourage and inspire our young people to share their perspectives and solutions for the future.”
Mark will work with the LBRCA and SafeWork NSW to encourage greater connection with young operators to increase industries potential to challenge the status quo, address inequalities and help shape a safe and viable heavy vehicle freight platform for future generations.