Defin­ing the Bo­ga­nius Drive­icus

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WHAT hap­pens when you cross a David At­ten­bor­ough wildlife doc­u­men­tary and a truckie? The Bon­ga­nius Drive­icus. The hi­lar­i­ous de­scrip­tion of the “usu­ally soli­tary crea­ture, com­monly known as a truckie,” was the brain­child of Donal Sul­li­van, a ju­nior pi­lot who works for an avi­a­tion com­pany in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, who wrote a David At­ten­bor­ough-in­spired post about truck­ies for the Cen­tral Sta­tion blog.

She de­scribed the truckie’s nat­u­ral habi­tat as var­ied, although “they seem most com­mon on long high­ways and parked at re­mote ser­vice sta­tions”.

Donal said the blog post came about af­ter feel­ing par­tic­u­larly in­spired one day af­ter she ran into a few in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters.

“It hap­pened when I was work­ing for a con­tract­ing crew,” she said.

“I felt some­times like the only girl in the camp and that the boys be­haved like an­i­mals and had their favourite things to do, rit­u­als.

“It felt like I was watch­ing them in the wild and their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

“I love David At­ten­bor­ough and I don’t know how it hap­pened but that’s how it turned out.”

Donal said the piece wasn’t based on any truck­ies she’d met in her time out in the bush, but a few blokes she knew were “a big fan of the shorts that show more than they should”.

When Donal’s not out fly­ing, she works at the base lo­cated south­west of Kather­ine and does a “bit of ev­ery­thing”.

“Hope­fully this sea­son I’ll be out and about a bit mus­ter­ing,” she said.

Cen­tral Sta­tion is an open re­source with the aim to pro­mote the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and the great work peo­ple do out in the out­back.

Each week the blog is hosted by a dif­fer­ent sta­tion or ru­ral char­ac­ter.

PHOTO: CEN­TRAL STA­TION

FUNNY BLOG: Donal Sul­li­van wrote a hi­lar­i­ous blog about truck­ies.

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