Couple’s Burger Bus goes ‘gangbusters’
■ 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.
Darryl and Joyce Penny with the Burger Bus at Barradale Rest Stop.