TWENTY-one-year-old Cadhan Palmer is about to get the key to the door of the Townsville depot of a small business run by Richard Lynch.
Richard owns NQ Tautliner Repairs and drives an Isuzu FFR 525 around the North Queensland region, travelling between Gladstone and Cairns, basing himself in Townsville.
“We do all repairs on tautliners as well as repair and replace rear doors, and also fit new curtains with signage,” he said.
I saw Richard and his assistant Cadhan doing a job on a truck at the BP Cluden Roadhouse parking area on October 19.
“I have employed eight or nine young fellows as assistants over the years and Cadhan has proved to be the best. In the new year Cadhan will service our Townsville customers whenever I’m out of town,” Richard said.
The business was established in early 2013 after Richard recognised a need for a fully mobile service for tautliner repairs in the North Queensland region.
It is a fully mobile service and in most cases the curtain does not need to be removed, which means less downtime.
“We carry on board spare parts, rollers, buckles, lower straps/hooks, roof straps and more. We supply and fit new curtains, repair and replace rear doors, patch holes in roofs and much more,” Richard said.
Richards’ customer base has grown mainly by word of mouth.