Inducted into the Shell Rimula Wall of Fame at ReUnion 2013.
Kevin Michael Pattel, known as Mick, was born in Winton in October 1951 and has lived in Richmond Queensland since 1959. He attended Richmond State and Secondary schools before leaving to work in the building and wool industry for a short time before deciding to drive trucks for his living. In 1969 Mick joined the family business to drive road trains hauling livestock and general freight.
From the age of 11 on weekends he would help his father (Kevin Pattel) work in the yard and go out with him in a Leyland on runs away from town and learnt to drive out on the remote bush tracks and the start of a long standing career in transport.
Mick had his semi licence by the time he was 17 and by 21 he had his own business up and running and had an R model Mack with two single cattle trailers, then later on bought a Superliner with three double deck cattle crates. His current truck is Mack Titan.
In 1973 he married Janet and is very proud of his three children, Angela, Simon, Kellie, and their families. Mick has been involved in many community organisations such as Apex, the school P&C as president and he also served as a local Councillor on the Richmond Shire council. He is a popular and hard worker for the local community.
He was a member of the Livestock Transporters Association of Qld (LTAQ) which won a lot of concession for the livestock industry such as volume loading of cattle which he was involved in 2008 Mick held many meetings along the east coast over fatigue laws, fuel taxes, and other injustices to the transport industry which lead to the shut down for three days of the transport industry across Australia in July 2008. After the shutdown and still unhappy with government treatment of the transport industry in August 2008 he formed the National Road Freighters Association for which he was the Founder and Inaugural National President. Mick is now a life member of the association.
Unhappy with the Gillard minority government and the banning of the live cattle trade, in August 2011 Mick planned and with the help from NRFA & others ran the Convoy of No Confidence from all over Australia to finish in Canberra on the 22nd with massive support behind him. His passion & involvement within the industry is unsurpassed and admired by his peers.