NT operator’s army award


Darwin bus company Coach Charters Australia wins top defence award

NT operator’s army award
Coach Charters Australia director Karl Powell accepts the Excellence in the Defence Industry Award from Northern Territory’s minister for defence industries Peter Styles

Darwin bus company Coach Charters Australia (CCA) scooped the Minister’s Award for Excellence in the Defence Industry at the Northern Territory Government’s 2015 Defence Support Industry Awards recently.

Northern Territory’s minister for defence industries Peter Styles presented the award to Coach Charters Australia director Karl Powell at a prize-giving event in Darwin.

The organisation has a long association with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Powell is ecstatic with the win, and the official recognition that comes with it.

"We haven’t had a chance to celebrate with the drivers yet, because we’ve got so much on," he says.

"We’ve been working with Defence since 2002, so it’s great to be recognised for the work we do."

The bus operator has expanded into freight and now runs CCA Freight as sister company, and has had a number of key contracts wins with foreign army and navy forces recently.

Styles says Coach Charters Australia has worked hard to grow its capability to support the ADF and the Unites States military.

"In the past few years it has expanded significantly by forming a freight arm to the business and by significantly developing the customer base to include the U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and various other visiting foreign forces," he says.

"They have also invested heavily in equipment and infrastructure, including opening a new headquarters in Humpty Doo."

The organisation has recently entered into a five-year contract to supply transport services to the U.S. Marines community service branch and now has depots at Darwin, Humpty Doo and Alice Springs.

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