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Northern NSW : Winter 2012 redo
McGrath honoured for contribution Our Service - More than sausages and sauce A Hunter man who has been integral in promoting safety on the roads has been awarded the inaugural ATA (Australian Trucking Association) Outstanding Contribution to the Australian Trucking Industry Award. Tony McGrath is the founder and chairman of large trucking outfit McGrath Newcastle. He is also the current Chairman of the Newcastle and Hunter Road Transport Awareness Group -- a group that holds an awareness day at Newcastle Foreshore each November that supports the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Service Chairman, Cliff Marsh OAM, said that the award was testament to Mr McGrath's dedication to his industry and his community. 'Tony McGrath was integral in establishing the Road Transport Awareness Day in Newcastle with a group of colleagues about 17 years ago. The day has become one of the community's most successful events creating awareness about the transport industry,' Mr Marsh said. Last year the group raised and donated $105,000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The event which features a display of more than 120 trucks, entertainment and trade displays will again be held on Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday 4 November 2012. The award was announced at the 2012 ATA's National Trucking Industry Awards in May. Tony McGrath has also been chairman of the NSW ATA and Hunter executive for many years, is part of the NSW Road Freight Advisory Group, and is a director of TruckSafe. Members of Volunteer Support Groups all around the Service's region are perhaps as well known for their barbecuing skills as they are for their fundraising skills. But the team in Coonabarabran really put this to the test in April when they slaved over a hot barbeque for two days while the MX Nationals were held in the town. The event attracted 3,000 people from around the region and beyond over two days of the championships including national and international riders. But, it was not all sausages and sauce at the event when one of the riders dislocated his hip and was transferred to Armidale Hospital by the Rescue Helicopter for treatment. Coonabarabran Support Group Volunteers with Air Crewman Sean Maher Page 16 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Winter 2012