Trucking icon Phyllis Jones honoured with award at surprise event


Transport Women Australia Limited has bestowed the 2021 Trish Pickering Memorial Award on well-known and much-loved trucking identity, Phyllis Jones OAM.

The award, which recognises achieving women in transport, for dedication to improving the transport industry and for outstanding contribution over a long period of time, was presented at a small gathering in Jones’ hometown of Hay, NSW.

TWAL had planned to present the award at an end-of-year event with much fanfare but with the Covid-19 restrictions and border closures, Phyllis thought she was attending a family dinner.

She was surprised and excited to be presented with the award by the immediate past chair and previous winner, Pam McMillan.

Pam had multiple duties on the evening representing TWAL and standing in for TWAL Chair, Jacquelene Brotherton as well as representing the sponsor, Wes Pickering, both who were unable to attend due to border closures.

This award was established in 2019 by Transport Women Australia Limited with the generous sponsorship of Wes Pickering, in memory of his late wife, Trish. The Inaugural Trish Pickering Memorial Award was awarded to Pam at the 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner of TWAL in November 2019.

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