Trucking industry recognised in honours list

Road transport identities Craig Smith-Gander and the late Ray Scott are among the 2021 Queen’s Birthday OA recipients

Trucking industry recognised in honours list
Ray Scott has been posthumously recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia. Photo by Greg Bush


Trucking stalwart Ray Scott has been posthumously honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia, recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

"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," Australian Trucking Association (ATA) chair David Smith says.

Scott, who passed away in 2020, was recognised for his professionalism, passion, and extensive knowledge of the transport industry sectors. The honour comes as a belated acknowledgment for his significant service to the road transport industry, and to the community.

Scott played a significant role in the trucking industry, from humble beginnings in his father’s family business, through to becoming a major shareholder in Scott Group of Companies, including the K&S Corporation.

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

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.

The ATA has also congratulated Western Australia’s Craig Smith-Gander on being made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Smith-Gander was recognised, not only for his significant service to transport logistics, but also for surf lifesaving and the community. He has been the owner and managing director of Kwik Logistics since 2005 and the chair of ATA member association the Western Roads Federation since 2017. Smith-Gander was elected to the ATA’s own board in May 2020.

Craig Smith-Gander has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

David Smith says Smith-Gander had 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," Smith says.


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