Help­ing trav­ellers

Townsville Bulletin - - Weekend Extra -

EILEEN Baker is ready to spend her first Christ­mas in Townsville help­ing fel­low trav­ellers.

Mrs Baker, her hus­band Gra­ham and chil­dren Sean and Casey moved from Bairns­dale in Vic­to­ria to Townsville three months ago. Gra­ham is a truck driver. Eileen and Casey, 22, work at the BP Townsville Truck Stop, on the Bruce High­way at Clu­den, and both have shifts on Christ­mas Day.

They all plan to get to­gether at lunch time, be­tween their shifts.

‘‘It will be a bless­ing if it’s not too busy,’’ Mrs Baker said.

‘‘Christ­mas used to be ex­cit­ing when the kids were lit­tle. Now it’s about spend­ing time to­gether and re­lax­ing.’’

Her day will com­prise a four-hour shift in the kitchen, from 10am to 2pm, and four hours on the petrol bowser con­sole from 2pm to 6pm.

Mrs Baker, who was a child care worker be­fore mov­ing North, said she liked meet­ing trav­ellers in her new job as con­sole op­er­a­tor, wait­ress and kitchen hand.

The truck stop had a num­ber of reg­u­lar cus­tomers and had re­ceived some book­ings for its spe­cial Christ­mas lunch, with ham, roasts, baked veg­eta­bles and dessert on the menu.

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