The TMAA Annual Conference and Awards, an esteemed event in the Traffic Management industry, brought together professionals from across Australia. Hosted by the Traffic Management Association of Australia, this gathering showcased innovative businesses, featured speakers sharing best practices, and recognized outstanding individuals. Spanning three days, it offered captivating activities, including a Golf Day and an Industry Leaders breakfast. The highlight was undoubtedly the TMAA Annual Conference, followed by the eagerly awaited Awards ceremony, revealing the coveted title of Traffic Controller of the Year.
At the start of the event at RASC Royal Pines in Gold Coast, March 2023, Trafficwerx NT’s CEO, Matthew Bereni, made an exciting announcement. In addition to the prestigious Traffic Controller of the Year award, two new accolades were introduced: Rising Star Traffic Controller of the Year and Indigenous Traffic Controller of the Year. These awards were significant, showcasing the qualities needed to excel in a constantly evolving environment and highlighting the underrepresentation of Indigenous workers in the field.
Trafficwerx NT had a strong presence at the conference and awards ceremony, with a delegation from the Darwin office and two remote workers from Queensland. Suzie Bee from City of Darwin also attended to support Samantha Eveleigh, the NT Finalist for the Traffic Controller of the Year award 2022. Samantha, affectionately known as Sam, discovered her nomination during a significant event shift in late January.
Sam, a Senior Traffic Controller at Trafficwerx NT for six years, recently acquired her WZ1 tickets, enabling her to make on-site changes. Despite her achievements, Sam remains humble, making her recognition as the NT state finalist a testament to her own belief in herself and her abilities. The awards ceremony held great importance for Sam, and her best friend Anita joined the Trafficwerx NT team to provide moral support.
We are thrilled to announce Sam’s extraordinary success. She won the inaugural Indigenous Traffic Controller of the Year award and the highly coveted National Traffic Controller of the Year award, securing two out of the three accolades. Trafficwerx is proud that esteemed industry leaders recognized Sam as an incredible asset to Traffic Management and road safety in the Northern Territory and across Australia. She is a true role model for Indigenous women in construction and a staunch advocate for the well-being of all road workers, users, and pedestrians, promoting safe working conditions for all.