Truckie honoured with award
ONE of Warwick's living treasures will have to dust off a space off the mantle to house his new Queensland Trucking Association (QTA) Industry Excellence Award.
Graham Buchner knew he had been nominated for the award and said he was chuffed by the accolade.
“I had been warned I was nominated but it was wonderful to receive the news I'd come through,” Mr Buchner said.
The award is evaluated against the criteria of being actively engaged in the trucking industry for a significant period of time, performing tasks with distinction and dedication and contributing to the professionalism of the industry.
“The trucking industry is a rapidly expanding and I hope more young people will be lured to the industry but currently if you're younger than 25, it's quite hard to get insurance. That's something I want to change.
“The industry means a great deal of freedom as a job but it's a heavily regulated industry and fines can be excessive for relatively minor infringements.”
Mr Buchner was a perfect candidate for the award, as he has been in the trucking industry for well over a quarter of a century – 46 of those years as the owner of Warwick Freighters and Ag-Services.
He is a long term advocate for road safety initiatives; in both the trucking industry and his local rural community and the award was one of many honours he had received for his tireless efforts.
On Australia Day 2005 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the community of Warwick through road safety initiatives and local events.
As a long term QTA member Mr Buchner has been active with industry initiatives such as road freight carrier meetings, National Trucking Awareness Week, National Drive for Safety and earlier this year, he organised a successful Truck Week event in Warwick.
Mr Buchner is pro-active in rounding up the other local truck companies to take politicians for drives in trucks to make sure the trucking industry views on taxes, charges and road safety are heard beyond the roadhouse.
He is also involved with the local schools encouraging young people to consider careers in the trucking industry.
In his spare time, Mr Buchner volunteers at 14 different community organisations across the Southern Downs and is a trucking industry icon who has great passion in promoting the industry and demonstrates a lifetime of industry excellence.