Media release
22 June, 2018

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot help the poor by destroying the right.” These words by Abraham Lincoln were shared by Don Roberson as an encouragement to all to as they look towards the future – as relevant today as when they were first uttered.

A mix of sorrow and appreciation fills the hearts of the Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) today as we farewell Don, a life member of the Council, who’s devotion to working to improve the taxi industry for owners, drivers and customers and 100 percent dedication to his role as President from 1976 to 1991, remains an inspiration to all. His efforts truly helped guide and soar the industry through both changing and challenging times.

Don joined in the taxi industry in 1964 with the purchase of his first license for a yellow EH Holden. Don was chairman of the Yellow Owners committee for many years and his outstanding service was recognised by TCQ through bestowal of its highest honour, a life membership in 1989. In his time as TCQ President, Don oversaw the development of policies and change that positioned the industry for growth and prosperity.

Don led the industry’s charge on a range of important matters, including examining Government legislation, promoting driver safety, improving standards of service and encouraging better driver-passenger relationships. He supported members through tough times including low fare takings and allegations of driver attacks on passengers and was a steady and reliable voice for the industry whenever needed.

Current TCQ President, Max McBride attributes much of the strength and progressiveness of the Queensland taxi industry today to Don’s leadership, guidance and devotion over 31 years in the industry.

“During his period as President, Don’s position was never challenged or questioned, and this is a clear testimony in the eyes of his peers to his approach to representing the owners and drivers in dealings with the Government and promoting the viability of our industry,” said Max McBride.

“Don’s commitment and love of the industry was evident to all and he has surely and deeply left a bright legacy behind.”

Outside of the industry, Don was a very family oriented man, married to his beautiful wife Rita for 65 years, and he is survived by his three children, nine grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Don enjoyed golfing, fishing and travelling in Australia, with one of his most memorable trips being a safari to the Gulf of Carpentaria with a group of friends, where he caught bream and crabs and enjoyed the incredible number of Australian tourists basking in what our amazing country has to offer.

The memory of Don’s commitment, life and light will live on with us. Thank you Don for everything you have done for the Taxi Council of Queensland, for the industry and for the community.