O'SULLIVAN, Gavin

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Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2010.

Gavin O’Sullivan left school in the late 1960s and returned home to the family farm. After a short time doing farm work and working for a shearing contractor, he thought he would give livestock transport a go.

His first driving job was with Rutland’s Transport. In 1970 Gavin, with two of his brothers, had the opportunity to buy a local transport company, Bowman’s Transport. With a 34 foot two deck trailer and an International prime-mover he started O’Sullivan’s Transport.

With the closure of stock being carted by the rail system, business started to become busier and more trucks and crates were purchased to meet the demand of cartage to and from the saleyards and to abattoirs, as well as the farming trade. The company also had a contract carting fresh tomatoes from the grower to the factory for H.J. Heinz. This contracts still stands today, after 35 years. From the mid 1980s, O’Sullivan’s Transport has built up a great customer base in the meat industry. With the high demand for livestock cartage, the company uses many very good and loyal sub-contractors.

The family run business has gradually grown over time with the company now working daily in NSW, South Australia and Victoria. With 45 vehicles, single and B-doubles, Gavin was recently quoted as saying in a local paper “the most important part of any business is the quality of the employees – we have plenty of people who have been with the company for a long time and we thank them all”. Gavin has been a driving force behind the business. He has had great foresight into the livestock transport industry from the beginning and has worked hard lobbying governments over the issues.

Gavin was a founding member of the Livestock Transport Association of Victoria. He has held various positions, including being president, and is still an active board member. Gavin has also held advisory positions with the ATA and ALTA.