McIVER, Bruce

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2003.

Bruce McIver is known for both his leading role in industry organisations as well as for his achievements in the trucking industry.

He started his career in road transport in 1969, aged 19, as driver/manager for the trucking business started by his father Stan and his uncle, Guy, near Dalby, in 1934.

He built that business over the next 34 years to include livestock transport, oil tanker and bulk haulage, roadtrains and stock-crate manufacture.

Bruce played a leading role in the transport of construction equipment and materials used in the reconstruction of Darwin after it was devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.  At one stage, McIver Livestock Transport operated 94 double-deck crates in both roadtrain and B-double configuration .  He operated another 68 roadtrain oil tanker operations from his base at Eromanga in QLD.

Bruce poineered the development of the stunning 2113, a double B-triple using eight specially made tippers on an innovative axle combination.  He was also instrumental in the introduction, in 1983, of volume loading of stock crates in QLD.  He was founding president of the Australian Livestock Transporters Association, a position he held from 1985 to 1994.  In 1989, he helped establish the Road Transport Industry Forum now known as the Australian Trucking Association.  He was president of this association from 1991 to 1994.  This was a period of much change for the industry resulting, for the first time ever, in the road transport industry having an effective national lobby group that was recognised by the powers that be in Canberra, the nation's capital.  It was a huge gain for the road transport industry.

Bruce McIver sold his livestock business in 1997 and 1998 and the balance of his road transport interests had been slowly sold off by May 2003.  Since selling, Bruce turned to politics, becoming president of the National Party of Qld in July 2006, continuing to July 2008, when he negotiated with the Liberal Party of Qld, on behalf of the National Party, to form the Liberal National Party of Queensland (LNP) in July 2008 where he was elected as the inaugural president of that party, a position he still holds today.  He has however, remained a keen advocate for the road transport sector.

Bruce and his wife, Chris have been married for 39 years and have two married sons and two grandchildren and despite being no longer involved in transport they are just as busy as ever working for the good of their local community and state.