27 May 2022

CJC Attends John Shaw Awards Dinner

A few of our executive team members had the privilege to attend The John Shaw Award Dinner on Thursday 19th May 2022.

This year, Road's Australia presented the John Shaw Medal to Louise McCormick who has made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the Northern Territory Government’s goal of a $40 billion economy by 2030. Congratulation Louise!

CJC John Shaw Roads Australia Dinner
CJC John Shaw Roads Australia Dinner

We had the privilege to listen to the one and only Dr. Jane Goodall (Scientist, UN Messenger of Peace), in

One of the key highlights for us was receiving our membership certificate and having the opportunity to catch up face to face with our peers in the industry.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the CJC team to be a part of.

Why is it called The John Shaw Medal?

John Shaw was born on 26 August 1902 and worked for the Main Roads Boards of New South Wales for several years. In 1940 John was enlisted in the Royal Australian Engineers Field company when Second World War broke out.

John was sent to Malaya to assist the defence of Singapore where he was taken prisoner and held in the notorious Changi prison.

At the end of the war, John was liberated and awarded the Distinguished Server Order award.

On returning to civilian life in Australia, Shaw resumed his work with the then Department of Main Roads.

John was overseeing various post-war infrastructure projects such as the Gladesville Bridge where he served as Chief Engineer and eventually rose to the office to Commissioner for Main Roads.

After his retirement, John Shaw served as the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the City of Sydney and National President of the Australian Road Federation.

He is the only Australian ever to have been honoured by the International Road Federation as "Man of the Year".

The John Shaw Award, which was initiated in the Queensland Region of the Australian Road Federation, acknowledges his outstanding contribution to roads.

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