The King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List awarded a number of influential figures in the heavy vehicle and transport industry for their services.
The King’s Birthday 2023 Honours List recognises and celebrates 1,192 recipients, including awards in the Order of Australia (General and Military Divisions), meritorious awards and recognition for distinguished and conspicuous service.
National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) Chairman and former New South Wales Minister for Transport, Duncan Gay, was presented with the Member of the Order (AM) award in the General Division for his significant service to the people, parliament and community of NSW.
NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto, was presented with Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the General Division for his service to the transport industry.
Director of both NHVR and Australian Trucking Association (ATA) Boards, Julie Russell, was presented with the OAM award for her service to the road transport industry.
National Road Freighters Association (NRFA) Founding President, Mick Pattel, was also presented with the OAM in the General Division.
Announcing the winners in the Honours List, Governor-General of Australia, David Hurley, congratulated everyone recognised.
“Recipients have made substantial contributions and had a significant impact at the local, national or international level,” he said.
“Some are volunteers, others have had a remarkable impact in professional roles – many have done both.
“They are all inspiring and their service is valued by us all.”
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) Chief Executive, Todd Hacking, also passed on his regards to each of the medal recipients.
“On behalf of HVIA and all of our members, I commend Julie, Duncan, Sal and Mick for this great and worthy honour,” he said.
“It is great to see that our industry is being recognised with honours like these.
“They recognise the importance of our industry to the community and the generous contributions so many of our industry-family make to their own communities in so many different ways.
“These recipients deserve every commendation for their work towards delivering effective reforms to the transport industry, particularly in facing down the challenges of a single national system of regulation, governance and oversight.”
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