When we heard last summer that the Byron Bay Mobile Wildlife Hospital desperately needed a rig to tow it wherever it was needed most, we hit the phones looking for help.
The first to answer our SOS was Volvo Group Australia who handed over the keys to a brand new UD Quon 6×4 at an official ceremony at VGA HQ in Wacol today.
The truck will tow Australia’s largest mobile wildlife hospital, the aptly-named Matilda, anywhere in Australia to assist during a crisis such as a bushfire or flood event.
“UD Trucks Australia have gone the extra mile for us and for Australian wildlife,” said Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital Founder and CEO Dr Stephen Van Mil at the event.
“This partnership means our Mobile Wildlife Hospital can hit the road quickly to assist in the rescue, treatment and recovery of Australian wildlife, anywhere in Australia where there is a need.
“We’ll be putting the partnership into immediate effect as we depart today with a new UD Truck taking Matilda on tour to visit veterinarians, wildlife carers and regional communities in South East Queensland and Northern NSW.”
UD Trucks Australia’s Vice President, Lauren Downs said she was delighted to support and work in partnership with the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.
“At UD Trucks Australia we are committed to providing a better life for people, for society, for the planet and for our future so we are thrilled to partner which such a groundbreaking organisation that shares our values,” she said today.
“These dedicated, experienced veterinarians are making a positive commitment to help Australia’s precious wildlife, and the opportunity to support them do that was one that resonated strongly with us.”
She said the powerful, clean and fuel-efficient UD Quon 6×4 is the perfect truck to transport the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital around Australia because it’s one of the cleanest and most environmentally-friendly trucks on the market.
“Sustainability is at the heart of everything UD Trucks does. The UD Quon meets the stringent pPNLT fuel emission standards for example, that not only surpasses what is required here in Australia but also the Euro 6 emission standards, which we are incredibly proud of.”
She added that the UD Quon is renowned for ultimate dependability, even in the often-harsh Australia climate and conditions, which will serve it very well in its latest role with life-saving responsibilities for the hospital.
The new UD Quon also comes fitted with advanced safety features as standard, including autonomous emergency braking, traffic eye braking, lane departure warning system and electronic stability control to ensure every trip is a safe one.
As Matilda travels, help will never be far away. As a part of the partnership agreement the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital will have access to Volvo Group Australia’s industry leading dealer network, providing the largest service support in Australasia with over 60 dealers and support centres across the country, that also offer 24-hour roadside assistance.
Matilda will also be well cared for by a comprehensive service agreement to ensure Matilda gets serviced by Volvo Group Australia’s expert technicians and maximise uptime.
“It is sadly inevitable that we’ll need to respond to a crisis sooner rather than later, and UD Trucks incredible support will make it possible to respond quickly, save individual animals and recover species under threat,” added the hospital’s foundation veterinarian, Dr Bree Talbot.