Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has recognised Richmond stalwart Kevin Pattel's Order of Australia award in the recent Queen's Birthday 2019 Honours List.
Mr Pattel was awarded an OAM for his service to the livestock transport industry and Mr Katter said the award celebrated Mr Pattel and his family.
"Mr Pattel's family were one of the pioneering families that created the live cattle haulage industry of today," Mr Katter said.
"He is a powerful, influential and civic-minded person and has supported a dozen organisations in the town and if he wasn't running them, his children would be."
Mr Katter said Mr Pattel introduced volumetric loading, which reduced the cost of carting cattle by 20% and a community man who helped hundreds of people through tough times.
"The Pattels were the first family in Australia to put a wooden frame around the back of a truck and put contract mustering horses on the back. This completely changed the economics of the cattle industry in Australia," Mr Katter said.
"To bring cattle from the Gulf runs would take seven horsemen a week. The same could be done in a day by one man, with less cost and less damage to the cattle."
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