“I think the handpiece on the UHF might just about melt today,” quipped Ken Crockett as he anticipated plenty of radio and vehicular traffic along some of the remote roads and bush tracks in the Victorian high country.
Brett Macklin is doing the rounds of his B-double with an iron bar in his hands, checking all the tyres on his 19-metre log trailers after a run down Dunstan’s Road to Nariel in the upper reaches of north-eastern Victoria.
It has just gone 8.30am and Craig Radford works his way up through the gears as he heads out of the little town of Benambra in a remote corner of the north-east Victorian alpine region, with another long day hauling timber on the schedule.
“The Volvo runs during the week as that finances the dreams I have for all the old stuff,” said Alby Twyford, referring to his collection of heritage trucks which are tucked away in a shed near Bega, just inland from the NSW south coast.
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It was a tough choice to leave a secure job after 12 years, but this hard-working Victorian livestock carrier is glad he took the plunge.
“With COVID things have been busier than ever – I think that’s been reflected in transport generally.” A simple statement but one which has had resonance for Nick Plummer, who oversees his family’s transport business Plummer’s Freight, from its depot at Albury on the NSW-Victorian border.