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Greg McDonald looks forward to next chapter after making ‘hard decision’

Greg McDonald

After 43 years in the industry, Greg McDonald, founder of the Yatala-based Greg McDonald Transport, is retiring and closing the doors.

Greg said it wasn’t an easy call to make, but is now looking forward to the “next chapter”.

“Retiring has been a hard decision,” said Greg, who first launched the business in 2004, alongside wife Sharon.

“The transport industry has become relentless in its adherence to compliance, with regulatory hurdles that seem to multiply. Jumping through hoops and navigating this has become increasingly difficult and I believe it’s time to pass on the torch.

“I’ve been fortunate to have remarkable customers who’ve been instrumental in our journey, as well as some bloody good drivers who have been the backbone of our success. As I approach retirement, I’m looking forward to travelling and spending more time with my family. It’s time for a new chapter.”

The McDonalds entrepreneurial journey began in 2004 with a single T404 SAR Kenworth. In 2006, they acquired a 5-truck business which grew to encompass an impressive fleet of 18 trucks by 2020. Following a strategic sale, the McDonalds reverted to a single-truck operation, which has grown once again.

Greg said choosing Richie Bros. to handle the dispersal was the easiest decision in the process.

“Their seamless process and dedication to simplifying complex matters align perfectly with my vision for a smooth transition. I’m confident they’ll facilitate the sale of my fleet with the same expertise and ease they’ve showcased throughout.”

Ritchie Bros. territory manager Rory Mackin is proud to be entrusted with the dispersal of Greg McDonald Transport’s assets.

“This is a great opportunity for buyers in the market for trucks and trailers,” Mackin said.

“Greg has a strong, longstanding reputation in the industry. All his trucks and trailers were purchased brand new, and he prides himself on a rigorous maintenance schedule.”

The package, which will be part of the Australian National Unreserved Auction, scheduled for August 23-24, comprises of:

  • 2 x 2022 Kenworth T909s
  • 2021 Kenworth T909 Diamond Edition
  • 2 x 2022 Robuk & MaxiTrans A-double end tipper combinations
  • 2013 Mack Super-Liner Southern Cross
  • 2019 Kenworth K200 Big Cab Aerodyne
  • 2018 Tuff Tri/A step deck trailer
  • 2020 MaxiTrans curtain-side B-double combination
  • 2009 Maxitrans curtain-side trailer

“This collaboration underscores the confidence Greg places in Ritchie Bros., having partnered with us in the past,” Mackin added.

“With our decades of experience, robust market demand, and unwavering customer focus, we anticipate a resounding success.”

With over 1400 assets already consigned to the Australian National Unreserved Auction, and more to be added daily, Mackin is expecting a lot of interest.

“Bidders can expect to see items for sale across the transport, construction, mining, and agricultural industries.”

The event will be held exclusively online with those interested in bidding urged to register here. Bidding opens on August 19. Day one of the auction (August 23) will be dedicated to construction and crushing gear while day two (August 24) will focus on transportation and agriculture assets.

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