It was in Deniliquin that Neil Scott purchased his first truck and entered into the transport industry, at that time unwittingly forging a path for his children to follow.
He moved to Deniliquin from Balranald, where the family owned a station at nearby Clare, and purchased a White WC22 with a two-deck sheep crate and trailer.
Not long after that Mr Scott purchased a Bedford tray-truck and started Neil Scott’s Transport.
Four years after relocating to Deniliquin, he married Olive and in the following years they welcomed three children — Bruce, Wayne (dec) and Lynda — who all worked in the family business at various times.
Neil Scott’s Transport grew to employ eight drivers and comprised eight vehicles — these included Whites, Fords, Internationals, Dodges and Mercedes Benz.
During this period the company carted mainly livestock, but also had a contract to cart fuel to Deniliquin and Hay for Shell.
The company’s fleet also carried new Holden cars from Dandenong to the local dealerships. Mr Scott’s favourite trucks were the Mercedes Benz.
In the 1970s and 1980s the older trucks were phased out and a new breed of truck introduced. These included Volvos, Ford T Line, Internationals and Kenworths.
Mr Scott was one of the first in NSW and Victoria to use a tri-axle and drop deck trailers in livestock cartage.
He was always one to try new technologies and keep up with new ideas, and as a result four-deck sheep crates and road trains were introduced to the company in the early 1980s. With this efficiency in place, the fleet was reduced to five trucks.
Mr Scott is also credited as being the first in the local area to use computers for accounting and for fleet costing. The custom written fleet costing software has since been utilised into a more extensive fleet management package and has been implemented into transport, bus and taxi companies both in Australia and overseas.
Over the years Mr Scott also made a valuable contribution to the livestock carrying industry through his vision and new ideas, holding positions within the NSW Livestock Transport Association.
Mr Scott sold the family business in 1989 and is now retired, however his long association with trucks continues and he since restored a 1937 Maple Leaf Chev Truck.
He is also an inductee of the Shell Rimula Hall of Fame in Alice Springs, as part of the 2009 honours. His son Wayne joined him in the Hall of Fame in 2011, as a posthumous induction.