Shane Rear­don


A HINO driven by Shane Rear­don is a com­mon sight around Townsville and the Burdekin cities of Ayr and Home Hill, which are about 100km south along the Bruce High­way.

The 49-year-old works for Burdekin Clean­ing and Laun­dry and is based at Ayr.

“I do a lot of col­lect­ing and drop off linen and other stuff to many places around Townsville and the Burdekin. The com­pany has six trucks and some travel down to Bowen and Collinsville,” he said.

For years has spot­ted com­pany trucks at var­i­ous places such as ho­tels, mo­tels, aged care homes, cafes and restau­rants but has never been able to yarn to a driver. That changed on Oc­to­ber 5 when Shane pulled up near the up­per reaches of Ross River in Townsville.

“I like stop­ping at the Al­li­ga­tor Creek Road­house and also go­ing fish­ing dur­ing time off,” he said.

When Shane said he had reg­u­lar suc­cess catch­ing prized species such as grunter, man­grove jack, barramundi and bream, I had to ask where was his se­cret spot.

“Ac­tu­ally it is a creek in Townsville near the mouth of Ross River,” he said.

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