Cou­ple’s Burger Bus goes ‘gang­busters’

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Dar­ryl and Joyce Penny may just have one of the best re­tire­ment plans ever hatched, thanks to a slice of Pil­bara in­ge­nu­ity.

The Emu Creek Sta­tion cou­ple have been op­er­at­ing a burger bus out of Bar­radale Rest Stop daily for the past few months and, ac­cord­ing to the pair, it has gone “gang­busters”.

The Pen­nys’ grand plan is sim­i­lar to many reach­ing re­tire­ment age — pack it all in and hit the wide open road as grey no­mads — but a stroke of ge­nius means their trip of a life­time won’t break the bank.

“We have a lim­ited num­ber of cat­tle so with­out go­ing into huge ex­pen­di­ture for more cat­tle we thought of other things we could maybe take with us if the sta­tion were sold,” Mrs Penny said.

“We looked at do­ing (the bus) for our re­tire­ment be­cause part of it will be the kitchen in the back end and ac­com­mo­da­tion in the front so it can be mo­bile.

“The grey no­mads drive around Aus­tralia, so we thought we can do that too but we can also earn some money on the way, so why not?

“We’ve said a few times we’re gonna die with our boots on, but this will be fun work.”

Mrs Penny had some ad­vice for any­one else wor­ried about the fu­ture be­cause of the min­ing down­turn in the re­gion.

“I just urge all women who think min­ing is the only source of in­come to have a look around with what you al­ready know, whether it is cook­ing, IT, what­ever — there are lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

“Aus­tralia is still the land of op­por­tu­nity, so there are lots of things they can do to earn money and en­joy where they live.”

The Bar­radale Rest Stop is be­tween the Nanu­tarra Road­house and the Bur­kett Road turnoff.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Dar­ryl and Joyce Penny with the Burger Bus at Bar­radale Rest Stop.

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