Truckie Profiles

Third-generation truckie keeps the wheels turning

Cooper Anning has the bloodlines to be a truckie as his dad Ray and grandfather Brian were drivers too.

I saw the 24-year-old near his Kenworth 601 parked up a rest area beside the New England Highway, near Branxton.

Anning lives at Narromine and works for Aaron Pearce Transport which is based at nearby Trangie which is in the Orana region of NSW.

“I cart wheat from farms to Cardiff and can travel 500km. Usually we get a backload of fertiliser,” he said.

Anning said he always wanted to follow his dad and granddad into the road transport industry.

“I love the job and wouldn’t do anything else,” he said.

His favourite stop off is the Sandy Hollow Roadhouse and the most challenging road he travels on is between Branxton and Dunedoo.

The first two trucks he drove were a CH Mack and a Kenworth T400.

“I learnt to drive in the Mack and have fond memories,” he said.

A Parramatta Eels supporter in the NRL, Anning likes fishing when he gets leisure time.

“My best spot is in the Macquarie River,” he said.

Amongst the younger truckies in Australia, Anning urged more people of his age to seek a career in the industry.

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