Truckie Profiles

Escaping the hustle and bustle

It was just after 7am on a Saturday morning when Big Rigs came across small fleet owner Shane Delfino.

He was standing near his Kenworth T650 tipper, which he described as a good reliable vehicle.

“I have three trucks and employ two drivers and we have been delivering material for the Bruce Highway Haughton River section upgrade around Giru between Townsville and Ayr,” he said.

Delfino runs GMG NQ Earthmoving, which is based in Townsville. He used to live in Sydney and came to the far north about 20 years ago. He said it was good to have such regular work. “I wouldn’t go back to Sydney as it is too busy, especially the roads,” he said.

Delfino likes stopping at BP Cluden as he says it has good facilities for truckies.

He has had the business since 2005 and reckons more rest areas are needed beside the main highways.

He barracks for the NQ Cowboys in the NRL and is confident they will improve next season after certainly missing the finals series this year.

Delfino said Covid-19 had an effect on his business in the early stages of the pandemic, but not so much now.

“We abide by the rules and wear masks when required and have hand sanitiser in the trucks,” he said.

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