What’s been your favourite role in that time?
I just enjoy the job in general – I’ve done pretty much every job on the FMC team and have enjoyed them all. I took on training in 2006, and I really like passing on the skills to the next generation. I’ll generally spend two weeks with new drivers, showing them the ropes, and it’s great to see them doing well and fitting seamlessly into the team.
In recent years we’ve updated our fleet, introducing the truck and dog tankers to the roads. What difference have they made to your job?
To be honest I wasn’t that keen on them when we first introduced them – I was on a 20m B-double at the time and was happy driving that – but now that I’m on them I don’t mind if I never drive a B-double again. They’re a lot easier to get in and out of farms.
What’s your driving soundtrack? Do you have a favourite song to belt out while on the road?
I usually listen to ABC talkback and the Country Hour, or if I’m not listening to the radio, I’ve got it tuned to country music. I like talkback though because it means I know what’s happening in the world that day, and what’s important to our farmers.
Where’s the best spot in Tassie to stop for a pie or a bite to eat?
Midway between Smithton and Wynyard is the Detention River Roadhouse – although I try to steer clear of the pies! The food is pretty decent, and a bit healthier than your standard roadhouse fare – I’ll get a sandwich or bit of fish if I’m there for a meal, and the coffee isn’t bad either.