Hall of fame honour for veteran truckie
A SOUTH Burnett truck driver has added his name to the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
Nanango resident Robert Daniel was inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at the road transport industry's coveted awards, held in Alice Springs from August 24 to 26.
Mr Daniel was recognised as an industry great for his achievements and ongoing service of the Australian road transport community, and was named among more than 70 inductees.
"I have had a great career driving across the country and have many fond memories of the great people I work with,” he said.
National Road Transport Hall of Fame chairperson Liz Martin OAM said they were excited to welcome Mr Daniel as a member of the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
"Robert Daniel, along with each of our inductees, have made great contributions and devoted decades of service to the transport industry,” she said.
His father was a truck driver located in Sydney and by the age of 25, Mr Daniel bought his own rig and started his long driving career on the Sydney to Brisbane run.
The driver's reputation as a much-loved member of the trucking community grew over the years, managing trips across the entire nation.
Mr Daniel was known for his positive influence over the ever-moving community, and was always willing to help anyone he came across in trouble.
Since his retirement, Mr Daniel moved to Nanango, but still manages a weekly trip from Brisbane to Cairns.
Viva Energy National Transport Lubricants sales manager Rob Cavicchiolo said the awards recognised those who had dedicated their working lives to improve the industry.
"We're proud that we can acknowledge the achievements of people like Robert Daniel, and once again, excited to be able to recognise these individuals at another fantastic event,” Mr Cavicchiolo said.