It’s time for a new mil­len­nial mes­sage

Big Rigs - - EDITORIAL - ED­I­TOR JAMES GRA­HAM james.gra­ham@bi­

MY FRIENDS in WA had it right this week when they said it’s time to go back to grass­roots and re­think the mes­sage.

They were talk­ing about the driver short­age in the state and how they were going to re­dress the prob­lem be­fore it was too late.

Some­where along the line, it seems the young­sters of to­day just don’t see driv­ing as an ex­cit­ing ca­reer.

When I read the amaz­ing sto­ries of brav­ery and courage that we have in this week’s paper, it’s hard to fathom why more aren’t lin­ing up to be part of this in­cred­i­ble in­dus­try.

Sto­ries like the one of Amy Dun­bar (see page 15), the 28-year-old from Pen­rith who had her leg crushed by a slab of con­crete.

Yet, just months later she’s be­hind the wheel, a true in­spi­ra­tion to any­one who’s had a knock in life and strug­gling to get back on their feet.

Then there is the story of hum­ble hero Bren­dan Far­rell, who had the most dev­as­tat­ing news imag­in­able this week (see page 14) but re­mains un­wa­ver­ing in his quest to help drought-striken farm­ers.

Fac­tor in all the tech ad­vance­ments, and you’d think the 20-some­things would be beat­ing down the door.

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