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Bunny, 77, gets warm reception as he delivers Big Rigs around NSW

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For the past 20 years veteran owner-operator Bunny Brown has delivered Big Rigs newspapers from his base at Adelong in NSW to roadhouses and businesses at towns.

The 77-year-old Bunny has been President of the Australian Long Distance Owners and Drivers Association (ALDODA) for around that same period and loves the response he continues to receive whilst delivering the papers.

“Around 150 Big Rigs are delivered to me by Australia Post and it is generally a day long round trip taking them to places like Tumut, Gundagai and Tarcutta and places in between,” Bunny said.

Bunny has a trusty 1986 model Western Star which has 5.5 million kilometres on the clock and said Big Rigs was an important publication for the road transport industry.

“When it closed at the end of June truckies and people working in the industry were very disappointed. But they are very happy since the new owners have taken it over and it is back again. The feedback has been very positive,” Bunny said.

After Bunny does locals drop-offs at Adelong it is off to Tumut 21km away where he delivers to the Caltex Roadhouse.

“Then I travel to 37km to the Shell Gundagai and also to the Visy Board Factory where lots of trucks are coming and going,” he said.

Next major stop is 45km down the Hume Highway to Tarcutta which is the location of the Australian Truck Driver’s Memorial.

“I deliver to the Caltex in the main street and also stop at the truck hook up area at Tarcutta where lots of drivers stop and some grab a copy,” he said.

Bunny said there were other businesses along the way which asked to have Big Rigs delivered such as a hardware store and a café.

“Before the Coronavirus a pie shop also used to get some but with social distancing doesn’t for the time being,” Bunny said.

The veteran said he was overwhelmed by the support Big Rigs had from truckies he came across.

“They like to read about what is going on the industry and also see stories and pictures of drivers from around the country. Big Rigs can be found at many places in the country and everybody I have spoken to is glad it is back again,” Bunny said.

Next major stop is 45km down the Hume Highway to Tarcutta which is the location of the Australian Truck Driver’s Memorial.

“I deliver to the Caltex in the main street and also stop at the truck hook up area at Tarcutta where lots of drivers stop and some grab a copy,” he said.

Bunny said there were other businesses along the way which asked to have Big Rigs delivered such as a hardware store and a café.

“Before the Coronavirus a pie shop also used to get some but with social distancing doesn’t for the time being,” Bunny said.

The veteran said he was overwhelmed by the support the newspaper had from truckies he came across.

“They like to read about what is going on the industry and also see stories and pictures of drivers from around the country. Big Rigs can be found at many places in the country and everybody I have spoken to is glad it is back again,” Bunny said.

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