I Spy: From trees to toilet paper,
Drought brings home truths
DELIVERING hay interstate and seeing livestock on the road has made a well-known Victorian small fleet owner realise just how much the drought has affected farmers in parts of New South Wales and Queensland.
The 59-year-old long-time truckie lives at Mildura and has been delivering hay and stock feed to farmers in the St George and Cunnamulla regions of Queensland recently.
Along the way he has been held up numerous times by stock that have wandered onto the road.
“It has mainly been from Cobar in NSW and the Queensland border. The cattle are looking for something to eat and come onto the road. The dry weather causes this. The drought has been devastating for many people, who I feel sorry for,” he said.
When Spy spoke to this veteran, he had pulled over beside the road in his trusty white Kenworth 604 just out of Ouyen.
He said the hay came from the Mallee region of Victoria.
This gent has also been picking up pine posts lately from Colac and transporting them to Mareeba on the Atherton Tablelands.
He is from a family of road transport industry people. His 88-year-old father suffers from dementia and is a resident in a Victorian aged care home.
THERE is a truckie who is a good mate of Spy who can’t read or write.
These are things most of us take for granted.
However, despite this, the middle-aged driver does his job well, delivering goods around his home town and to nearby properties.
He is the first to admit that he never received much of an education but has been reluctant to have a story done because he likes to keep this to himself.
A son told me that family members do most of the paperwork involved with his job.
Seeing this bloke driving his truck makes me realise just how much adversity he has overcome.
Bunker gets in right
RUGBY league followers of all clubs would have opinions on some controversial decisions by the “bunker” this season.
For readers who don’t follow that code, the bunker consists of several officials who review a potential try scored if the on-field referee is not certain.
With that background info out of the way, Spy can reveal an incident in which a truckie was banned from a certain hotel after being deemed to be in a melee with another patron.
This venue has a zero-tolerance policy about these things so both lads were banned for three months.
This driver has been a long-time off-duty drinker at the establishment and several other regulars went in to bat for him with management.
Several of his mates resembled barristers in a courtroom as they claimed it was out of character for him to be involved in such nonsense.
After checking out the closed circuit television footage of the incident our mate had his ban “suspended” immediately after a month.
Spy even had a cold beer
BEAUTIFUL KENWORTH: The washed Kenworth in all its glory.