Sup­port­ing the cause

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Four driv­ers from Toll Mining Ser­vices in Heli­don – Ed Can­toni, Ian ‘Speedy’ Horner, Lach­lan O’Brien and Rod Czis­lowski – joined the east­bound con­voy, driv­ing a cou­ple of near new Freight­liner Coron­a­dos and a four-year-old West­ern Star.

“I’ve lost a cou­ple of mates my­self in the past, a cou­ple of driv­ers,” Ed ex­plains. “But that’s what it’s all about; we’re here to sup­port the cause. As they say, with­out trucks Aus­tralia stops.”

This was the sec­ond Lights On The Hill for Ed with Toll Mining, al­though he’s par­tic­i­pated when driv­ing for other com­pa­nies in pre­vi­ous years.

Ian, the West­ern Star’s reg­u­lar driver, was also tak­ing part in his sec­ond con­voy for Toll. The ’Star, with just un­der a mil­lion kilo­me­tres on the clock, was dis­tinc­tive from the other Toll Mining trucks in that it bore the colours of its pre­vi­ous owner, Mitchell Heli­don, which had bought out Heli­don Car­ry­ing Com­pany (HCC) five years ear­lier.

Ian says he’s been driv­ing for 27 years, in­clud­ing 15 years with HCC, and an­other five with Mitchell. Nowa­days his runs in the West­ern Star take him up to Mt Isa, Kather­ine, the Pil­bara, New­man and other mine sites.

“We’ve only got three of th­ese West­ern Stars in our yard and even­tu­ally they will go and an­other and the new Freight­lin­ers will come in,” he says. “But I still like the Mitchell colours … they look good.”

Toll Mining driv­ers, from left, Ed Can­toni, Ian ‘Speedy’ Horner, Lach­lan O’Brien and Rod Czis­lowski.

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