Hardy Sch­lie

Big Rigs - - TRUCKIN’ IN THE TROPICS -

GER­MAN-born truckie Hardy Sch­lie works for Pick­etts of Mel­bourne, trans­port­ing show rides and equip­ment around Aus­tralia.

The 68-year-old had been to Ade­laide, Mel­bourne, Syd­ney and other places when Big

Rigs saw him in Townsville on June 24. “I have carted the Spin­ning Coaster for the Townsville Show and then will be head­ing up to Cairns,” he said.

Hav­ing worked for the com­pany “on and off” for 16 years, Hardy is con­tent with the job and said the Volvo GH12 pow­ered by a 460hp mo­tor was re­li­able.

“I ar­rived in Aus­tralia in 1959 and haven’t been back to Ger­many since. But I have lots of rel­a­tives there,” he said.

He likes stop­ping at the Yamba Road­house in SA and an­other at Gil­gan­dra in NSW.

Hardy be­lieves there should be more rest ar­eas around the coun­try.

“Many of them are small cut-offs be­side the high­way and are not suit­able for trucks,” he said.

Hardy en­joys model cars and used to be into boats, but “boats are too ex­pen­sive”.

He said the high­ways he hated trav­el­ling on were near Moree Plains and be­tween West Wya­long and Hay.

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