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News and events for Inland Truck Centres Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, and Griffith.

Caltex Servo Re-Opened

- Monday, July 29, 2013

The Caltex Servo (just 70 metres south of our Dubbo branch) has been reopened! Now there's room for a B-Double to swing in and fuel up, without having to reverse.

A South-facing view of the new Caltex Diesel Stop in Dubbo.
A South-facing view of the new Caltex Diesel Stop in Dubbo.

This new diesel stop is Card-Only, and features high-flow pumps on both sides of each lane so you can be filling two tanks at once. I had trouble finding an article on about this specific Diesel Stop, but here's an article from Issue 49 of The Star.

Sadly, the on-site restaurant was removed some time ago. What do you do for a feed when passing through North Dubbo?

Jack Finlayson - Finalist in Kenworth Technician of the Year 2013

- Monday, April 08, 2013
Jack Finlayson with his Technician of the Year award.

Congratulations to Jack Finlayson of Inland Truck Centres Dubbo, finalist in the PACCAR Australia Technician of the Year 2013 (Kenworth division)!

Throughout 2012, a series of four tests were sent out across the Dealer Network requiring technicians to answer a variety of questions relating to the DAF and Kenworth product. Based on these results, the top six finalists were selected to take on the Service Challenge competition at PACCAR Trucks Melbourne workshop in Derrimut, Victoria.

The competition was comprised of two parts – theory and practical. The Theory Challenge was based on a classroom examination of the competitors’ technical knowledge. Competitors were given access to DealerNet and required to solve a series of technical problems.

A close-up of Jack's Technician of the Year award.

The Practical Challenge pitted three technicians against each other in two separate categories, Kenworth and DAF. Three identical Kenworth K200’s and three identical DAF CF85’s were configured with simulated ‘faults’ added by PACCAR Australia’s Customer Service Department. The challenge was to find all faults, apply appropriate methods to fix them, write up comprehensive job cards and leave the vehicles in the same condition as if they were being handed back to a customer – all in the quickest timeframe possible.

Transforce Bulk Haulage - First Certified Carbon Neutral Heavy Transport Company in Australia

- Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Congratulations to Steve Fields and Transforce Bulk Haulage! They're the first Australian heavy transport company to be certified Carbon Neutral!

Steve Fieldus with The Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change

Truckie Steve Fieldus is taking his carbon neutral commitment on the road with a newly branded B-Double, one of a fleet of eleven at his company Transforce Bulk Haulage.

His newly branded truck is the first in Australia to carry the distinctive green and white certification Carbon Neutral trademark (logo).

Transforce Bulk Haulage is the first heavy transporter in Australia to be certified Carbon Neutral, making Steve a true environmental leader, showing the way for the future of trucking in the low carbon economy.

Mr Fieldus was today formally presented with Carbon Neutral Certification at the Carbon Farmers Conference in Dubbo, by The Honourable Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change.

New Toll Drivers Interchange Yard

- Thursday, November 01, 2012
Looking South along the back patio.
From left to right: David Wright (Toll), Cliff Swane (Inland Truck Centres), Troy Grant (M.P.)
From left to right: Councillor Matthew Dickerson (Dubbo Mayor), Troy Grant (MP - Member for Dubbo), Mal Grimmond (Divisional Director -Toll Group), Cliff Swane (Managing Director - Inland Truck Centres)
The Plaque commemorating the new project.

PACCAR and Toll have joined forces to help truck drivers overcome fatigue with a $1.3 million driver interchange facility in Dubbo, NSW, one of the busiest transport hubs in regional Australia.

The purpose-built facility is the brainchild of Cliff Swane, Managing Director of Inland Truck Centres and Toll Linehaul & Fleet Services, a part of Toll Group.

The facility adjoins Mr Swane’s Dubbo dealership in River Street, just off the Newell Highway.

The Toll Linehaul Drivers’ Interchange site comprises 6800 sqm of land, which includes an expansive yard that can accommodate a number of B doubles, and provides access for future B triples and roadtrains.

The 400 sqm complex features 24 sound-proofed bedrooms, which are air-conditioned and individually fire-proof rated. Amenities include a meals room, fully-appointed kitchen, a recreation room and outside barbecue area. There is also a first aid room, laundry as well as male and female toilets, showers and change rooms.

In addition, the premises is manned 24/7 by an on-site manager. An operations room is equipped with fleet satellite tracking screens, and integrated security and communications systems. Also, safety cameras monitor the entire property, and access to the yard, building and strategic indoor areas requires a security swipe card.

Toll Linehaul has a long-term lease on the property. Its 180 trucks, which stop over every week in Dubbo, now park at the new premises. Drivers can rest, sleep and change over trucks in a safe, secure and comfortable environment.

General Manager of Toll Linehaul and Fleet Services Bob Lovf said Dubbo was the logical choice for the company’s first dedicated drivers’ interchange.

“Dubbo has traditionally been a change-over point for long-haul drivers, because it is roughly half-way between various interstate routes,” he said.

Dubbo is situated at the crossroads of three major thoroughfares – the Mitchell, Newell and Golden Highways. More than 1500 trucks a day pass through the city on these highways, heading north to Brisbane and northern Queensland, south to Melbourne, east to Sydney and Newcastle, and west to Mildura and Adelaide.

Approximately 550 long-haul heavy vehicles stop over in the city each week to comply with fatigue management laws. Most operators park their rigs on the side of the highways, and either sleep in their cabs or in local motels and rented houses. If they sleep in town, they need to disconnect their trailers and leave them by the highways, so that they can park their prime movers in the city streets.

“Our drivers used to do the same,” Mr Lovf said. “There were no facilities in Dubbo to do changeovers – it was all done on the side of the highway and it was potentially an accident waiting to happen. And, if drivers slept in their cabs, there was a lot of noise from passing traffic. If they slept in motels, there could have been other noises and distractions, especially considering half of our drivers sleep during the day. This was not conducive to quality sleep,” he explained.

Mr Swane said it was rewarding to work with Toll on an industry-leading initiative. “From the outset, we have focused on enhancing transport efficiency and protecting the industry’s greatest asset – its drivers. And this will have a flow-on effect, improving safety for the general public of Dubbo and the wider community of road users. The Dubbo interchange may be the first dedicated facility of its kind, but I hope many more will follow throughout Australia. It’s a win-win for everyone,” he said.

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Check causes of tyre wear

- Monday, June 02, 2008

Over the years, we've seen premature tyre wear too many times.

There are several reasons wear unevenly – from tyre pressures, worn steering or suspension components, trailer alignment, kingpin and turntable binding, etc etc.

Inspection of all front and rear suspensions, including steering components, is critical to achieving maximum longevity from all tyres.

Even if tyre pressures are down slightly, it will not only cause uneven wear, but will increase fuel usage and cost you, the owner, more money to replace tyres.

All front axle steering components and rear suspension components must be checked at regular intervals to prevent some of the causes of excessive tyre wear. These inspections can be carried out at your local Inland Truck Centres dealership, so be sure to book your truck in today to have this cost-saving maintenance carried out by our professional technicians!

Me and my Kenworth: Rob Matthews

- Friday, March 14, 2008

DUBBO’S Rob Mathews reckons he’s not a typical truckie and says he is not obsessed by big rigs or linehaul – but throw a new Kenworth into the mix and you soon appreciate he has a genuine passion for one of the world’s best.

Rob Mathews
Rob Mathews.

Rob, 45, has operated his own contracting business for 14 years and is today a one-man operation in New South Wales’ central west after scaling back his four-truck business a few years ago.

He said he didn’t need the staffing issues which can potentially cripple a small business and so now goes it alone behind the wheel of a new Kenworth T404 SAR truck and dog combination.

It is his second Kenworth – he owned a used T600 and sold it to buy the new SAR – and he hasn’t looked back since opting to make Kenworth his No. 1.

“The day I bought Kenworth is the day I started to make money,” Rob said.

LOADED: Rob Mathews’ Kenworth T404 SAR takes on another load at the Boral quarry in Dubbo.
LOADED: Rob Mathews’ Kenworth T404 SAR takes on another load at the Boral quarry in Dubbo.

“They just don’t give you any problems. I don’t have to repair this new truck … I just put fuel in it and change the tyres, that’s it. It takes the stress out of going to work … I don’t have to get up in the morning and wonder if the truck is going to let me down, it just never does.”

Rob worked in the third-generation family business, a motorbike and marine dealership, until he was 30 when he decided to “get out and have a go” by himself.

After a stint driving road trains for a cattle station in the Northern Territory, he bought a tipper and bobcat with the intention of working in earthmoving and was soon filling contracts for local shire councils, the railway and Boral.

Hard days at the office just got a whole lot easier

Now 100 per cent of his work is with Boral, covering areas around Dubbo, Orange, Mudgee, Bourke, Coonabarabran and Parkes, and he couldn’t wish for a better arrangement.

When Rob got in the market for a new truck there were two things he wanted – the upgraded version of his trusty T600 and to buy local.

“I got both at Inland Truck Centres,” Rob said.

“You have to support the local town – I always will do that – and they certainly knew how to spec a truck.

“This is a purpose-built truck just for my application … it’s been engineered to perfection.”

Rob Mathews’ Kenworth T404 SAR on the job at a new housing estate in Dubbo.
Rob Mathews’ Kenworth T404 SAR on the job at a new housing estate in Dubbo.

Rob said he has also been impressed with the after-sales service at Inland Truck Centres.

“If I’ve got a problem with anything, the service department is onto it,” Rob said.

“And the detailing of the truck when I first got it was outstanding … these people went the extra yards to make sure it was first-class when it was delivered.

“The toughest decision I had to make was deciding to buy it,” he said.

“I kept thinking, ‘how am I going to pay for it’, but that has been the easy part because of the reliability and performance of this truck … it hasn’t let me down on the work site and because of it, I’m not losing money.”

Outside of work, Rob works on his cattle property with his wife Sally and enjoys the pportunity to stay fit by running every second day. He also competes in the Finke Desert race on his Honda.

“I’m not your typical truckie,” Rob said. “I am, however, a big fan of Kenworth and will speak highly of these trucks all day long.”

Rob reckons another new Kenworth in a few years is very much a possibility.

“I enjoy this truck because it makes my job so much easier and that gives satisfaction all round,” he said.

This is for you, mate!

- Thursday, March 13, 2008

WARREN Fisher’s new Kenworth stands tall and proud as a glowing tribute to two of his closest mates.

Warren Fisher with his new T604 Kenworth.
Warren Fisher with his new T604 Kenworth.

His father “Herbie” Fisher was a fantastic support to Warren in their business endeavours before a tragic industrial accident claimed his life 18 months ago and rocked the Wagga family to the core.

“Dad was a great mentor to me in business, and just a bloody great mate, too,” Warren said.

“It was our dream to own a Kenworth T604.

“When he died there was a lot of pressure which could have easily led to me walking away from it all, but Dad wanted me to go for it … so last year I got the 604 we’d both dreamed about.

“I know he rides up there with me … he wanted this as much as I did.”

Warren Fisher feels right at home at the wheel of his new Kenworth T604.
Warren Fisher feels right at home at the wheel of his new Kenworth T604. “It’s a dream to drive,” says Warren. “Going to work every day doesn’t get much better than this.”

An inscription on the sleeper bunk reads: “Herbie … Remembered in our hearts and minds every mile”, and his old hat sits on the impressive customised dash inside as a physical reminder to an old mate.

In another tribute to a fallen friend, the cartoon character Yosemite Sam is painted on the bonnet.

“That’s for my cousin and best mate Sam,” Warren said. “He acted up just like Yosemite did and we’ll always remember him that way.”

Warren, 35, started Wagga Tilt Tray Services in 1992 when he was just 18 years old with great support from his father and Herbie’s long-time mate and business partner Chris Hetherington of Narrandera Auto Wreckers. Warren now owns the business in partnership with his wife Terryann.

He started work building roof trusses as a 16-year-old and when he was old enough he bought a truck to deliver them. “The business really took off at a rapid rate,” Warren said.

Warren had no problems with this big load on a recent assignment.
Warren had no problems with this big load on a recent assignment.

“We were doing bigger and heavier loads and soon we had three trucks running around. We did a lot of miles picking up work all over the place and the business kept growing.”

These days the tilt tray trucks are travelling far and wide with the T604 and slide trailer combination carrying out the salvage and transport of heavy machinery and plant.

“We go where we have to … if we can make it work, we’ll get a truck there,” Warren said.

Warren now has plans to build on his Kenworth fleet and is full of praise for the team at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga. “You feel like a king when you walk around out here,” he said. “The attention and ongoing support I receive from sales and service is unbelievable.”

Warren also said driving a Kenworth had been the best promotion for business.

Warren gave a demonstration of his tilt trailer combination at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga recently.
HEAVY DUTY: It takes a tough truck to carry out the heavy workload Warren Fisher puts his Kenworth through every day. That’s why the T604 is the flagship at W&T Fisher Tilt Tray Services in Wagga ... it’s tough and reliable and gets the job done without fuss. Warren gave a demonstration of his tilt trailer combination at Inland Truck Centres in Wagga recently.

Cool under pressure

- Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Farey Transport and Trading owner Warrick Farey with a Kenworth T401 and a T350.
Farey Transport and Trading owner Warrick Farey with a Kenworth T401 and a T350.

NOBODY could ever dispute Warrick Farey’s hard work and commitment to getting where he is today.

The owners of Wagga-based Farey Transport and Trading Pty Ltd, Warrick and Yvonne Farey have built their business to a successful refrigerated transport and distribution operation.

It is true many businesses experience tough times … but it’s how they bounce back from adversity which can be most impressive.

And such is the case with Warrick and Yvonne who started out in business back in 1989 loading sub-contractors out of the local abattoir.

The business grew substantially and two years later Warrick bought his first truck – an ex-Ansett Kenworth Slimline – with a positive feeling about the future of the business. But what he didn’t see coming soon after was a ruthless bid by two major transport companies on his only two contracts.

Warrick felt the full wrath of big business and lost both contracts within a fortnight of each other. “That hits you very hard,” Warrick said.

“We had two young children and had to put food on the table … so it was back to splitting and cutting firewood just to buy the groceries.”

Some of Farey Transport's T401 and T350 Kenworths.
Farey Transport and Trading’s T401 (left) and two of the four T350s which belong to a fleet of 14 trucks operating out of the refrigerated transport and distribution company’s Wagga headquarters.

Determined not to give up on his business dreams, Warrick bought a small truck to do door-to-door deliveries of refrigerated parcels around town. The business continued to grow and Warrick, now a much wiser businessman for his past experiences, saw great potential in the industry.

Today Farey Transport and Trading operates a fleet of 14 trucks and employs 22 people in the transport and distribution of frozen, chilled and dry goods. The depot operates 24 hours, 5.5 days a week.

The trucks cover the Riverina, ACT and Upper Murray and two of the six Kenworths do linehaul between Sydney and Melbourne.

“We’ve grown dramatically in the past six years,” Warrick said.

“What we do, we do well … but it hasn’t happened overnight. It’s taken 17 years and we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Warrick selected Kenworth trucks to carry out the bulk of his transport and distribution.

His Kenworth fleet comprises a K104 Aerodyne cabover (his favourite), a T401 and four T350s. He said for a good looking truck matched with performance, you couldn’t go past Kenworth.

The Kenworth K104 Aerodyne cabover is Warrick Farey’s favourite.
The Kenworth K104 Aerodyne cabover is Warrick Farey’s favourite. He says Kenworth trucks are the best when it comes to looks and performance.

“Kenworths are what I call a ‘proper truck’,” Warrick said.

“They look and work like a truck is meant to.

“I cut my teeth on Kenworth when I worked in Sydney and saw a lot of Kenworths doing a good job for a lot of people for a long time … they’re just so reliable and I like the look of them.”

Warrick also enjoys the attention to detail and easy access to Inland Truck Centre’s service department in Wagga.

“Daryl (Rynehart) the service manager is fantastic to deal with when it comes to servicing and he and his team do a good job,” Warrick said.

“In this industry, you’re only as good as your last load. You have to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. Inland Truck Centres do this for us.

“The back-up and support is terrific.”

Best of the best

- Sunday, March 04, 2007

Truck owner Selwyn Lees loves his Kenworths.

He prefers to buy and drive the all-Australian built Kenworth for two key reasons.

GOOD MATES: Selwyn Lees and his dog, Boxer, with the Kenworth SAR which has served him well during the past 19 years.
GOOD MATES: Selwyn Lees and his dog, Boxer, with the Kenworth SAR which has served him well during the past 19 years.

“They’re built well and they’re built to last,” says the Yeoval transport operator.

And he stands firmly behind his beliefs.

Selwyn bought his first Kenworth 19 years ago and still proudly shows off the Detroit powered SAR as his favourite.

“I’ve got a real soft spot for it,” Selwyn said.

“I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it … I’ve put three engines in it and she still goes well. It hasn’t caused me much trouble over the years.”

Selwyn, who owns and operates M Lees and Sons with his brothers Alan and Brian, has five Kenworths in a fleet of six – the SAR, a K100E and three Aerodyne models between 1997 and 2005.

The trucks cart grain, firewood, fertilizer and general freight throughout the Central West, to Canberra and Newcastle, and are busy contracting in northern New South Wales and Queensland during harvest.

M Lees and Sons also operates farming operations at Lightning Ridge which brothers Alan and Brian control, leaving the transport business to Selwyn.

“I’ve always been into the trucks, right from a young fella,” Selwyn said. “I still love to get in and go for a drive … it beats sitting around doing all this paperwork.” The story behind the start of M Lees and Sons is as simple as it is interesting.

Selwyn’s parents Bruce and Millie Lees lived at Yeoval and sourced their main income from Bruce’s work as a rabbiter.

Trapping rabbits provided for the family and eventually gave the young couple the chance to invest their savings … in either a new truck and a small parcel of farming land or a new house.

With Bruce getting his way initially (Millie eventually got a new house too!) the transport business was started.

Selwyn has bought various new model Kenworths from Inland Truck Centre over the years and enjoys the chance to keep his business local with the Dubbo dealership, along with the after sales service it provides.

His latest purchase was the 2005 Aerodyne which, he said, is a beautiful truck … but nothing could replace the rugged beauty of his old favourite, the SAR.

TOUR OF DUTY: Selwyn Lees’ 2005 Kenworth Aerodyne on duty during harvest in Queensland.
TOUR OF DUTY: Selwyn Lees’ 2005 Kenworth Aerodyne on duty during harvest in Queensland.

Kenworth is King - no argument!

- Sunday, March 04, 2007

There’s nothing like keeping Kenworth in the family … it avoids all arguments, according to Orange businessman and truck operator Denis Onley.

THREE OF A KIND: Denis Onley with his sons Lachlan, 21, (left) and Guy, 25 ... between them they own four Kenworth trucks.
THREE OF A KIND: Denis Onley with his sons Lachlan, 21, (left) and Guy, 25 ... between them they own four Kenworth trucks.

When Denis and Colleen Onley’s two sons, Guy and Lachlan, bought their own Kenworths to operate out of the family sand and soil business, they thought it was worth a look themselves.

Denis, who operates Dencol Transport Pty Ltd, admits he always liked Mercedes Benz and was even considering another Freightliner as his next purchase – that was until the boys stepped in to have their say.

“They wouldn’t let me buy anything but a Kenworth,” Denis said. “Their trucks were doing the job better than anything else and they basically insisted I buy a Kenworth.”

Denis now owns two Kenworths – a T401 and a new T404-SAR he bought last year – which operate throughout the Central West between the sand and soil yards at Orange and Forbes.

“Now we have four Kenworths doing all of our work and I’d have to say I’d never go back … and we all agree on that!,” Denis said.

“I’d prefer a 10-year-old Kenworth to a four-year-old of any other brand. The quality of the product, its ability to get the job done, availability of parts if you ever need them … you have it all in this brand of truck.”

The Onley family boasts a diverse business background in the Orange district which goes way back when Denis’ father Reg, and grandfather Lesley, worked as bakers in the area.

In 1960, Reg Onley opened a baking facility which then made headlines as “the largest bread baking facility in provincial New South Wales”.

The bakery employed 40 people and owned a fleet of delivery vans. Onley’s Bakery has since had various owners and is today owned by Tip Top Bakeries.

After selling the bakery, Reg Onley made a move into trucks and supplying sand and gravel from a pit on the Burrendong Road, using two 8-tonne Bedfords and a Massey frontend loader.

Denis joined his father in the business and later started Dencol Transport (trading as Dencol Sand and Soil) and bought his first truck – a K Series Bedford – in 1974.

“We’ve come a long way from those days,” Denis said. “It’s been an enjoyable journey and now I’m looking to step back a bit and let the boys take a greater role in running the day-to-day business.”