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Finalists revealed for one of trucking industry’s top workshop honours

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has named three exceptional workshop professionals as the finalists for its 2023 Craig Roseneder Award. The award recognises technical and maintenance excellence in the trucking industry’s workshops.

Christopher Hall (Wickham Freight Lines, Warwick, QLD), John Jenkin (Tatiara Truck and Trailers, Bordertown, SA) and Shane Pendergast (Air Brake Systems, Hornsby, NSW) were selected as finalists.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, October 17 at the Castrol Vecton Awards Dinner, to be held at the Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, as part of the 2023 Technology and Maintenance Conference held from October 16-18.

“Since 1998, the Craig Roseneder Award has honoured the professionalism and commitment of the men and women who work behind the scenes in Australia’s trucking workshops,” ATA Chair David Smith said.

“Christopher, John and Shane have demonstrated over the years that they have superb technical skills and great dedication to our industry.

Proudly sponsored by Castrol Vecton, the award winner will receive a fully paid trip to the US to attend a US Technology and Maintenance Council Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Exhibition including full registration, return airfares and accommodation, and A$1500 spending money.

The winner will also receive complimentary registration to the 2024 ATA Technology and Maintenance Conference.

Finalist profiles:

Christopher Hall
Wickham Freight Lines, Warwick, QLD

With a long career in the mechanical and maintenance industry, Hall’s journey began in the heavy vehicle sector in New Zealand. In 2010, he made his mark in Australia, becoming an integral part of the Wickham Freight team, where he has remained ever since.

Hall is celebrated for his extensive expertise, approachable demeanour, and unwavering support for junior apprentices and fellow mechanics.

Hall’s accomplishments include the successful reconstruction of Wickham’s initial factory-acquired trucks (C500 and C600), which recently won the coveted title in the Best Fleet category at the Casino Truck Show.

Additionally, he has completed 15 Euro V engine conversions, resulting in substantial savings for the company in terms of write-downs.

John Jenkin
Tatiara Truck and Trailers, Bordertown, SA

John Jenkin and his partner co-founded Tatiara Truck and Trailers four decades ago. Today, it is a reputable and diverse Australian workshop with 60 employees.

The business is recognised for attracting major dealerships like Cat, Cummins, Detroit, Perkins, Volvo, and Scania, and they serve as a Kenworth sub-dealer. The Tatiara team’s expertise includes general servicing, engine and gearbox work to brake overhauls, wheel alignments, engineering, tire services, and a 24-hour breakdown service covering a 400km radius.

Jenkin’s commitment to his hometown includes building a purpose-built training facility in collaboration with local schools, RTOs, and government bodies to create job opportunities for local youth.

Shane Pendergast
Air Brake Systems, Hornsby, NSW

Shane Pendergast is the NSW EBS service manager and national EBS training manager at Air Brake Systems, one of Australia’s largest suppliers of brake system components for heavy duty trucks, buses and trailers.

Pendergast has 39 years of trade experience in trucks, trailers, earthmoving, fleets and as a workshop manager, including seven years as an EBS/RSC maintenance support specialist. His goal is to inform the transport industry about the importance of functioning EBS/ABS/RSC systems.

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