Australia Day Awards: Pride in Workmanship 

Bakewell Haulage 

THE hallmark of a vibrant community is its ability to attract and support individuals displaying an entrepreneurial spirit within the administration of business activities. While many may see this as a vocational award individuals may still display this spirit within the business of a voluntary or not-for-profit organisation. Pride of Workmanship seeks to reward consistent effort, creative application and sound business principles in the development of the business in which the individual is engaged.

Servicing and representing our local Wingham and Manning Valley areas is a vibrant and expanding business easily recognised by all. 

Starting in 1983 with a single truck, Bakewell Haulage, owned and operated by Kevin and Wendy Bakewell, has become a well-known part of our local business community, both locally and along the east coast.

It is often adversity that causes major change and an unfortunate accident many years ago led Kevin and Wendy to rethink their enterprise, bite the bullet and implement business plans that have led to the successful business they have today.

Their uncompromising commitment to customer service, high standards in equipment maintenance, as well as excellent care on their involvement with employees and their families, has enabled the business s to prosper and grow into a fleet of 10 prime movers, three rigid trucks and 15 trailers, a great team of 15 drivers and an office assistant linking the Mid North Coast and Sydney areas, constantly promoting our local area with their highly visible and attractive fleet.

Our local community has benefitted in many ways from Bakewell Haulage which contributes to many community run organisations including donating the use of trailers to events including Carols by Candlelight for Wingham and Black Head, Wingham Rodeo and Wingham Expo. Each year community groups such as Westpac Helicopter, Relay for Life, junior and senior Wingham Football Club and Wingham Cricket Club enjoy generous support.

In the words of one long term employee: "they are the nicest people to work for, nothing is too much trouble and they will help out anyone, anytime."

Wingham Rotary president Michael Roohan with Wendy and Kevin Bakewell

Wingham Rotary president Michael Roohan with Wendy and Kevin Bakewell

This year's award was presented to Kevin and Wendy Bakewell.