RUDD, Geoff

Geoff Rudd GV Rudd Transport

Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2005.

Geoff commenced his own business on the 1st July 1962, with a second-hand tabletop truck and dog trailer, mainly hauling petroleum products and glass from Sydney to Canberra.  He and his family ran the transport business continuously for 45 ½ years until they ceased trading in December 2007.  At that time the GV Rudd Transport fleet consisted of 10 trucks, 14 trailers and employed 13 staff members.

Geoff joined Queanbeyan Apex Club in 1955 and completed many hours of community service with this club until his resignation in 1972.  Geoff was a Charter member of the Queanbeyan West Rotary Club and in recognition of his service was made a Paul Harris Fellow in 1985.

Geoff Rudd provided free transport of goods for the above service clubs as well as for other community service organisations.  Geoff joined the Long Distance Road Transport Association (LDRTA) in 1963, and was elected to the Committee in 1972.  He was made a life member of the LDRTA in 1990.  He was on the board of NatRoad since the amalgamation of the LDRTA and the NTF, except for a short period in 1997.  He retired from that board in 2004.  Geoff is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport in Canberra.  He has also attended every Road Transport Forum Conference since the inaugural safety summit at the Sydney Opera House.  In 1998 he received the National Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Road Transport Industry – an award that all agreed was very well-deserved indeed.

The respect and esteem in which Geoff is held in the local community, makes him a great ambassador for his industry.  All those who know him, within and without the transport industry, appreciate his honesty and helpfulness and this reflected in a positive way on the industry during his working life.  Although retired now, Geoff is still passionate about the industry and has devoted countless hours of his working day and his leisure time to enhancing conditions and standards within it.  Geoff also does all he can to improve the well-being of this community and the industry in general.