The founder of Ron Crouch Transport, Ron Crouch, has been awarded a medal of the Order of Australia as part of this year’s Australia Day Honours List.
Crouch has been recognised for his service to the community and the road transport industry.
Crouch established his transport business with his wife Beverly in 1978. Ron Crouch Transport grew from a single-client organisation to a national operation that deals with more than 1700 companies.
A testament to his professionalism and passion, Crouch was a member of industry associations with a vision for improving industry safety. He played an integral role in forming the National Transport Federation in the 1980s which would become NatRoad.
Ron Crouch Transport Executive Director, Geoff Crouch, said his father had an overall desire to give back.
“Something Mum and Dad instilled in the company from day one was a passion to give back to society,” he said.
“Not just to the road transport industry but the wider community too.
“It all started from the huge risk they took commencing operations in 1978, with one truck carting hay and stock. That passion to give back was part of the company’s original DNA and continues now to the second and third generation involved with the company today.
“The entire company and our family are extremely proud of the work that Dad has done, and this honour is due recognition of the huge amount of volunteer work he has put in over many decades.”
In his retirement, Ron Crouch has been involved in many volunteer groups in his hometown, Wagga Wagga.