WELL there was a story of a disastrous day for Sarah Brosnan from Deloraine that involved an accident with a phone and the loss of her photo for this interview.
However, this being Tasmania, a quick call to our excellent photographer friend Arron Cole in Devonport saw him rush to the rescue when she took a box to the Burnie wharves for export, and the day was thus saved.
Arron said it was such a pleasure to help out, as he has the highest respect for Sarah, and indeed for all the ladies driving trucks in Tasmania, with their high level of professionalism and driving skills. We concur.
Sarah happily found time in her busy day to tell us:
"I work for Matt & Trish Ryan of Thirlstane and am driving their 2010 Sterling. They are an agricultural family with much diversity, and variety and are great people to work with.
"I started driving with Matt and Trish about a year ago through a 'job ready' program the Ryan's set up with Trans Train; prior to this I had gone over to WA for the PHHG program.
"I had had previous heavy rigid truck experience carting vegetables for Highlea's Transport in Tasmania and had also done some concrete agitator work in Queensland.
"I absolutely love my job, every day is different and the work provides me with new challenges from carting vegetables from the paddocks to the factory, containers to wharfs for export, contract work for various companies, general freight and tipper work.
"I am so lucky to be in a region that has some of the best truck drivers in the world and the more time I spend with the drivers learning about the trade the more I pick up on the 'tricks of the trade' that they willingly share with me.
"I feel greatly privileged to be driving among them, taking notice of their skills and listening to their always constructive advice and then putting it into practice.
"I guess I am really happy with my choice to take up driving and have no regrets and would do it again tomorrow!
"Also I am grateful to all the women who have paved the way for myself and other women who love, respect and enjoy this industry and a big thank you for how you keep this wonderful country rolling."
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