WHEN Terry and Daphne Nolan travelled to Canberra for the annual Australian Trucking Association conference, they never suspected they would return home with an award.
The Nolans were presented with a National Trucking Industry Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry during a ceremony earlier this month.
“We had no idea we were nominated until we got to Canberra and we were very surprised when we got the award,” Mr Nolan said.
“The ATA had contacted us and asked us to come down and give a talk on the trucking industry, on how it has changed over the years and the old times.”
Mr Nolan started working as a truck driver for Nolan's at the age of 16 and has seen his fair share of changes to the business and the industry.
“This year the business will turn 102, and we have gone from horses and carts to where we are now,” he said.
“It's been a long dragged out episode and the industry has certainly changed a lot.
“I'm the fourth generation and my boys are the fifth, Daphne has been working with me the whole time we have been married, which is 45 years.
“We have been out here on the hill for 20 years now and it's going well, but your business is only as good as the people you have working for you.”
Mr Nolan said the community minded way they do business was most likely the reason they were presented with award.
“In the industry, we were the first company to implement fatigue management 13 years ago,” he said.
“We don't chase these kinds of accolades and don't like to blow our trumpet, so it was a great shock to get this award.
“I like to call a spade a spade and I put our success down to the staff and support from the community.”
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