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Hay run hero helps farmers with Coronado

Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, an initiative organised by Brendan Farrell, has taken delivery of a Coronado 122.

The Freightliner model has been lent to Farrell ahead of his upcoming hay run in the Queensland outback to help drought-affected farmers this summer.

An owner-driver, Farrell has earmarked the Coronado 122 for the 15th Burrumbuttock Hay Run on January 26 in Quilpie and surrounding areas of South West Queensland.

A fleet of 300 volunteer truck drivers is expected to deliver 10,000 large hay bales.

According to Steve Downes, Freightliner Australia Director, the commercial vehicle manufacturer was keen to organise a truck for Farrell when it heard his own two older trucks were off the road.

“When we heard he was having truck trouble, it was a no-brainer to help him out with a Freightliner for a few months. We know the Coronado is tough enough to do this important work and we know Brendan will love driving it,” said Downes.

The 15-litre Coronado has been built to road train specifications and is fitted with an 18-speed Eaton manual and large bullbar.

“It is so comfortable to drive, and to sleep in. I’m doing a lot of kilometres, so it’s important to be able to get a good rest when I pull up,” said Farrell.

“It’s a bloody beautiful - a real nice looking truck.”

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