Unlike many outback truckies, Jai McDougall, 41, didn’t grow up around trucks, nor did he start driving them as soon as he was of age.
For 26-year-old interstate truckie Jakob Batchelor, it’s always been about trucks, with both his dad and step-dad also being truckies.
When Big Rigs recently posted a story online about a preschool teacher looking for a way to get two pallets of donated thongs to Kununurra in the Kimberley, Scarcella Transport quickly answered the call.
SA-based truckie and current Miss Ink Australia, Blayze Williams, is among seven finalists hoping to secure a position on the Women in Trucking Australia (WiTA) board.
When Big Rigs called Paul Haworth for a chat, he was loading hydrochloric acid, bound for Tropicana Gold Mine.
When MC driver Corrina Riley put the call out for a truckie to join her on a 3400km trip from Brisbane to Cairns, she found a perfect match in Kerri Avern, 64.
By the age of 12, Nathan Brock was already driving trucks around the family farm – so it’s probably no surprise that he ended up taking that career path.
Inspired by his father and grandfather, Leigh Butcher, 33, developed a love for trucks at a very young age. “I grew up around trucks. My pop and my dad were both truckies. Pop did livestock; and dad did livestock and general,” he said.
Annastasia Denigan, 40, didn’t originally seek out a career in transport, but since joining the industry, her professionalism and dedication have been widely recognised – most recently with being named the Trucking Woman of the Year at the Queensland Trucking Association’s (QTA) annual awards.
A lot has changed for Ian Bird, 77, since he first starting driving trucks over half a century ago at the age of 22.