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Isuzu trucks earn their keep with western NSW council

Brewarrina Shire Council (BSC) recently acquired a brace of Isuzu trucks to help maintain one of the world’s most significant historical sites and other civil infrastructure in the harsh outback environment.

Located on the banks of the Darling River in the far northwest of New South Wales, Brewarrina is home to what’s thought to be the world’s oldest human construction, the Baiame’s Ngunnhu – commonly known as the Brewarrina fish traps.

The Aboriginal-built fish traps are believed to be up to 50,000 years old and are the small town’s tourism drawcard. 

To assist in the council’s overall management of this and other elements of the town’s public infrastructure, the BSC fleet was recently boosted with the addition of three new Isuzu trucks, an FSR 140-260 tipper, an FRR 110-260 crew tipper, and an NPR 75-190 single cab service truck.

“We respond to all types of maintenance activities from water mains breakdowns to fixing potholes on the roads, and also ‘renewal’, which is basically replacing old assets with new ones, like in the case of replacing water and sewer mains. We do it all,” said BSC’s Transport Manager, Amer Tawfik.

“The FSR 140-260 tipper is our ‘workshop on wheels’ that contains all the toolboxes, compressors and welders, and helps us to undertake all the maintenance,” he said.

“Our Isuzu NPR 75-190 is a single cab service truck with a crane, and we use it to tow a float carrying small plant equipment for construction activities.”

Tawfik explains that the trucks joined the fleet in December 2018 after what he describes as a rigorous selection process.

“We researched various brands and opted for Isuzu in the end. Based on our experience with them in the last few months, they are extremely hardy trucks.

“The crane on the FRR 110-260 also has a winch that is used to lift submersible pumps from wells, a feature that has significantly added to the ease of our operations."

“These trucks clock about 20 to 30 hours of travel every week, and the drivers are very happy to do the distance and the hours because of the comfort they offer, said Tawfik.

(Image: BSC convoy through western New South Wales.)

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