A 26-year-old go-getting livestock truckie has received top honours, taking out the SafeWork NSW 2022 Young Driver of the Year award at the annual Livestock and Bulk Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) conference.
James Papworth drives for Martins Stock Haulage, which was excited about his win. “Congratulations James – This award is very well deserved and we are incredibly proud of you,” the company shared on Facebook, following his win.
The conference was held in Wagga Wagga on Friday May 27, 2022, with Papsworth on hand to accept the award.
Based in Holbrook, NSW, Papworth carts livestock from saleyards to properties and feedlots, as well as exit cattle from feedlots to the many processing plants located between southern NSW and south-east Queensland.
He started his career in transport as a heavy diesel mechanic, gaining extensive experience while working on trucks and farm machinery.
Papsworth went on to work and study in the Northern Territory for two years. His time there was spent building cattle yards, transporting cattle and heavy machinery and successfully completing his Certificate III in Agriculture.
After getting his MC licence in 2019, Papsworth joined Martins Stock Haulage as a driver, and he continues in that role today.