Truckie Profiles

Inspiring the next generation of truckies

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Young 15-year-old Jack Barnard wants to follow in the footsteps of his proud dad Rob Barnard and became a truck driver.

That was evident when I saw the father and son together at Tasmania’s Rocky Cape Roadhouse recently.

Rob was driving a 2012 Mack Trident for Wynyard Contracting Services and had left Burnie with a load of stock feed.

“I am heading down the road with this and it is good to have Jack with me,” he said.

For his part, Jack wants to be a chip off the old block and also drive trucks.

Rob said he liked stopping at the Rocky Cape Roadhouse for several reasons.

“They have good food and it is convenient beside the Bass Highway and you can park out the front,” he said.

He nominated the worst road he gets along as the one dubbed Britton Swamp near Smithton.

“It is up and down and rough as guts,” Rob said.

Rob praised the Mack which he said had 1.7 million kilometres on the clock.

Outside work Rob enjoys watching soccer and follows the Somerset Sharks Football Club.

“I also polish the truck a lot,” he said.

Aged 51, Rob has been a truckie for more than three decades.

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