PORTER, Colin

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2008.

Col Porter's first step towards the trucking industry was in the early 1960s when he became a part-time driver for a livestock carrier.  In February 1969, Col purchased  his first truck which was a 1968 4-ton cab-over Bedford body truck with a stock crate.

This truck was purchased to operate a fuel agency and also to transport farm produce and livestock.  It was on this truck that Col built his first stock crate.  This was the beginning of Porters Transport and a long association with livestock transport for Col and his wife Marie.

In the early 1970s Col began to expand business by making several acquisitions of the livestock carriers wanting to exit the industry.  Again in the late 1980s, early 1990s, Col expanded the business further.  At the completion of his expansions his fleet increased from one truck to: 33 prime-movers, 90 trailers, 20 dollies, single, double and B-double stock crates and type one and two roadtrains.  Kingaroy became head office, depot and base with other centres being set up at Gracemere, Injune, Roma, Monto and Mundubbera.

In May 1990 Col was the first person to do this in QLD and the second person nationally to introduce B-doubles with stock crates.  With this introduction he called his B-double "cattle coaches" and with the B-double trailer on air suspension.  Col introduced his logo, "Cruising without Bruising."  These introductions fulfilled Col's aim to provide a high quality unique transport service.  Col has been a delegate of the Queensland Livestock Transport Association for many years and is a founding member of the Association.  Col Porter is very community minded and has been a major sponsor for the woodchops at the South Burnett National Show, Kingaroy and a major sponsor for the Young Auctioneer at the Royal National Show, Brisbane.  Col has now retired but not totally from the industry.  He remains a shareholder and a director in the company of Porters Transport Pty Ltd.  He enjoys his days relaxing at his home in Hervey Bay and travelling extensively in his motor-home.