the ditch – Mick Liddle

In Just Truckn Around, April 20191 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineApril 10, 2019

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Paul O‘Callaghan was taking photographs of two Scania T cabs in Perth when he introduced himself to Mick Liddle, driver of ‘Souwester 2‘, a T164 580L with 1.9 million kilometres on the clock. Mick drives for De Campo transport based out of Pemberton at the bottom of Western Australia. The De Campo family are staunch Scania operators, operating 10 trucks on a wide variety of work from local to long distance haulage.

Originally a farm boy from South Australia, Mick saw some hard times with poor wool prices and decided to up sticks and head north. Settling with his family in Port Hedland for a while, Mick spent 12 years hauling salt for Cube Logistics, an operation they still carry out today. Mick‘s regular run sees him hauling produce from the food bowl region down south, up to the Perth metropolitan area. That morning he had just completed six drops of frozen chips from his B-double outfit. Travelling around meeting people is his favourite thing about driving, while being away from family is the part he likes least.

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