Tassie Truckin' - Simon Austen
"I HAVE been driving for Chris for 13 years now, and it's all good!” the amiable Simon Austin from Beaconsfield, the famous mining town near Launceston, told us the other day when we caught up with him in Campbelltown on the Midland Highway.
He was driving a 2014 Rayner Transport 460 CF DAF at the time and was towing a Tautliner loaded with general freight on his return journey to Launceston from Hobart.
Simon told us that after 13 years with Rayners he was still as happy with both the job and the truck and the outfit as when we first met him, 13 years ago in Hobart! "It's also been a pleasure watching the company grow over that period. "I reckon we've got over 20 trucks on the road now, all busy, and depots in Hobart and Devonport as well as Launceston.
"I'm keeping myself pretty busy in my time off now doing house renovations on my home at Beaconsfield, and I'd have to say to say I'm happy all around!”