Truckie Profiles

Cairns truckie, 56, spends precious time off with six grandkids

When Tony Addley isn’t working six days a week he gets to spend his precious time off with his six grandchildren.

The 56-year-old Addley drives a Volvo for Rocktrans and is based at Cairns.

I saw him parked up at the BP Cluden on the outskirts of Townsville late in the day.

“I am carrying groceries between Cairns and Mackay,” he said.

It was when I asked him if he has any hobbies that Addley revealed he has six grandchildren.

“They are all aged under seven and I love spending time with them on my day off. So, I don’t have much spare time for hobbies,” he said.

However, Addley does follow the NRL competition and it wasn’t any great surprise which team he barracks for.

“I follow the local side the North Queensland Cowboys,” he said.

Addley likes stopping at the BP Cluden for several reasons.

“The food is good, there is lots of parking and the showers and toilets are spotlessly clean,” he said.

A truck driver for just under 40 years, Addley said the worst road he negotiates is a section of the notorious Bruce Highway.

“The stretch between Cairns and Townsville is bad but south of here to the Burdekin is good. They have spent a lot of money on it,” he said.

When he does manage to get some spare time around the grandkids, Addley likes to watch the V8 Supercars on the box.

“There is an event in Townsville and I wish one was also in Cairns.”

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