Mak­ing trek north

Shepparton News - Country News - - CHARITY HAY RUN -

A Tal­ly­ga­roopna truck driver has de­cided to join the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run as he looks to re­turn to a coun­try area in Queens­land that he hasn’t vis­ited for nearly 60 years.

Frank Fitz­patrick, who is 76 years old, said he and a few oth­ers trav­elled to the cen­tral west Queens­land town of Tambo and its sur­rounds in 1960 to pick up live­stock and it was love at first sight.

‘‘We bought a load of cat­tle each and I’ve al­ways wanted to go back and see how it has changed in 60 years,’’ he said.

De­spite Mr Fitz­patrick trav­el­ling north since, he hasn’t re­turned to where his truck driv­ing took him on that day in 1960.

‘‘I’ve been a truck driver all my life — as long as I’ve had a li­cence. I’ve been back to Bourke but no fur­ther up.’’

Mr Fitz­patrick said he had known about the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run for a while but it was the story in Coun­try News that made him de­cide to be­come in­volved.

‘‘I saw the story in the Coun­try News ac­tu­ally. I had known about it for a long time but haven’t had the time. Now I have,’’ he said.

Mr Fitz­patrick said many peo­ple he had told about his ven­ture were cir­cum­spect about his de­ci­sion.

‘‘They say I’m mad do­ing this, but if I hooked up a car­a­van they would say ‘that’s a great idea’.

‘‘I know what I’d sooner be do­ing.’’

As one of the elder states­men on the hay run, Mr Fitz­patrick said he hoped it was an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It’s kind of a work­ing hol­i­day but I won’t be rush­ing home. I’m go­ing for the fun of it,’’ he said.

Mr Fitz­patrick will be tak­ing 38 round bales of hay, which was do­nated by Rowan Hut­ton, on his Ken­worth flat top trailer truck.

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