QTA awards recognise industry effort in tough times

Queensland road freight ‘champions shine through pandemic’
Despite the national Covid uncertainty, the Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) proceeded with its Road Freight Annual Industry Awards, celebrating the best of industry in the state.
With more than 350 guests in attendance, the night certainly was much anticipated after the cancellation of the 2020 event, QTA noted.
In attendance representing government was transport and main roads minister Mark Bailey, shadow minister Steve Minnikin, Senator Susan McDonald and Senator Murray Watt.
“The awards this year are a true representation of the strength, resilience and professionalism of the road freight industry in Queensland,” QTA president Paul Kahlert said.
“Our members recognised tonight are outstanding and the QTA is proud to have them as representatives of the Association.
“On behalf of the QTA board of directors, I offer congratulations to all who have been honoured tonight, all are very worthy winners.”
2021 QTA Trucking Woman of the Year: Annastasia Denigan, Qube Logistics 
“Denigan is a career safety and compliance professional who has held senior roles with Toll, DGL, Cement Australia and now with Qube Logistics.  Annastasia’s career commenced as a transport clerk however she swiftly found her way into the specialised area of safety and compliance. Annastasia quickly recognised the challenges of working in the road transport sector and while learning to navigate them, was focussed on honing her skills into a safety and compliance professional. Annastasia has worked in some of Australia’s largest logistics businesses and is highly respected in her field and amongst her peers for all that she gives to industry, her dedication and commitment.”
2021 Young Achiever of the Year: Jessica Ash, The Marschall Group, Goondiwindi
“If you ask any employer, there will always be a story to tell about that one young person who just puts in day in day out, never complains and is willing to have a go at anything.  Jessica Ash is this person.  This award recognises Jessica for having a passion for the road freight industry and who is willing to go the extra mile to do her job and do it well. Having worked at Marschalls for seven years, Jess is known to be a motivated and hardworking employee.  Kind and compassionate, Jess shows great care towards her co-workers and also every aspect of her role in the general freight division. Jess’s talent for allocating, managing routes and dealing with customers shines through and is reflected in the positive feedback from the Marschall clients. Her ‘can do’ attitude and her willingness to get the job done is outstanding.”

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