Cockburn Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Bryce Luff

A BANJUP trans­port com­pany will fea­ture in a new book high­light­ing the role the truck­ing in­dus­try plays in our day-to-day lives.

The Driver, the brain­child of pho­tog­ra­pher Alice Mabin, is due to be fin­ished in July and will be the re­sult of close to 18 months of travel across Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Ms Mabin said she had im­mersed her­self in the truck­ing world as much as she could, work­ing with 110 busi­nesses – in­clud­ing Banjup’s Mon­tague Trans­port – across the two coun­tries to get a feel for the in­dus­try.

“There was a lot of scep­ti­cism in the be­gin­ning be­cause peo­ple saw I was a woman and thought I couldn’t pos­si­bly be do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive,” she said.

“By get­ting re­ally in­volved and go­ing in trucks and learn­ing to drive and hitch­hik­ing around I gained some cred­i­bil­ity and peo­ple started to lis­ten to me and take me se­ri­ously.

“The Driver is not about pump­ing peo­ple up, it is about high­light­ing the work they do, the prod­ucts they cart and the im­pact this has on the gen­eral pub­lic.”

Ms Mabin said she has learnt a lot from her trip so far, and was sure read­ers would, too, when the book was fi­nally launched.

Work on it be­gan in Fe­bru­ary last year and fol­lowed her pre­vi­ous suc­cess­ful re- lease, The Drover. “I have had to swag it in some pretty in­ter­est­ing places,” she said.

“One day I was on the run­way of the Perth Air­port of­fload­ing some hot­shot’s freight, then I was in the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre of Coke, and then I was in a wheat­field with an Abo­rig­i­nal truck­ing fam­ily.”

De­tails: www.thedriver­

Banjup’s Mon­tague Trans­port, pic­tured, will fea­ture in Alice Mabin’s TheDriver.

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