Paul Clark

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN TASSIE WITH JON WAL­LIS -

“MY USUAL truck is an Iveco,” Paul Clark from Kingston told us re­cently, “and I am only in this one for to­day, but I must ad­mit I am en­joy­ing the drive, and also this beau­ti­ful win­ter weather!”

Paul had just pulled into the Cal­tex at Ep­ping For­est for a quick re­fresh­ment stop at the time, and was en­joy­ing driv­ing Chris Bell’s 2017 FH Volvo, tow­ing a drop deck bo­gey axle pan­tech­ni­con with a load of fur­ni­ture on its re­turn to Ho­bart, and then knock off for the day.

“I’ve been with Chris for nine years now”, he told us, “and no re­grets at all. They are a great crowd to work for and I like the job.”

While we were en­joy­ing a glo­ri­ous win­ter’s day when chat­ting with Paul, this isn’t al­ways the case with win­ter tem­per­a­tures on the is­land sit­ting be­tween three and 11 de­grees. Tra­di­tion­ally Tas­ma­nia gets its main rain­fall in win­ter driven by the Roar­ing For­ties stream­ing across Aus­tralia’s south­ern coast­line, so Paul was hav­ing a good day in the sun.

“There’s a lot of va­ri­ety and al­ways meet­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Some­times it’s a lot of work, but there’s also a lot of job satisfaction in that!”

Time off, he added, was spent mainly tak­ing it easy, but also go­ing fish­ing.

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