Long time truckie Gavin Milburn is still going strong at the age of 70 and hopes to continue in the job he loves for several more years.
Milburn drives a 2010 Mack powered by a 600hp Cummins and with an 18-speed gearbox for LK Drain Transport which is based at Brandon located 10km from Ayr.
Big Rigs saw Milburn at the Townsville Port Access Road checking the trailers on his triple road train.
“I have gear picked up from the Bohle here for a mining company adjacent to the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory,” he said.
Milburn has been a driver for more than 50 years and with his current employer for the past 25.
“I like the freedom on the road and reckon I can continue doing this for a lot more years.”
The worst roads he has to travel on are the Flinders Highway between Hughenden and Julia Creek and the Tanami Track in the NT and his favourite roadhouse is the Lights on the Hill just past Hughenden.
Outside work the super fit Octogenarian enjoys riding on his high-powered jet ski on the waters of Cleveland Bay.
He reckons there are enough rest areas and barracks for the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL.
Milburn said he had just recently had another Covid-19 test, which was negative.
“I had the vaccination jabs months ago,” he said.
I asked Milburn how his Mack became known as “Give Me Room” after seeing that written on the front.
“I named it that 10 years ago after a Slim Dusty song,” he said.