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Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls receives new Volvo FH16

Heather Jones, CEO of Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls, has taken delivery of a Volvo FH16 in the heart of Brisbane's Central Business District (CBD).

Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls was stationed at Reddacliff Place as part of Volvo Group Australia’s display of trucks to promote the Brisbane Truck Show. The new truck, wrapped in bright Pilbara pink, was personally handed over by Volvo Trucks Australia Vice President of Sales, Tony O’Connell, on 17 May.

“The new FH16 is absolutely wonderful, I’m excited to hop in and drive it home,” said Jones.

Volvo Group Australia partnered with Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls in 2016 to support their driver training program in Western Australia, as they look to increase the involvement of women within the trucking industry.

“The relationship with Volvo Group Australia means the world to me because without their support and sponsorship we wouldn’t be able to do what we do," said Jones.

O'Connell said it is important to help those striving to better the community.

“We are so passionate about helping Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls because they do such good
work in our industry,” said O’Connell.

In May 2016 Volvo Group Australia handed over the first of a number of trucks to Heather, beginning a unique partnership that has helped Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls grow not only their training program, but also their output as an active haulage company.

“We were using older trucks, 10 to 12 years old," said Jones.

"If something happened to those trucks it would have been the end of our business.

“These new trucks have the latest technology to train our new drivers so they’re trained to the latest equipment," she said.

The new FH16 will be put to work in Pilbara Heavy Haulage as a long-haul transport vehicle will also be used to train aspiring drivers.

In other news, Volvo celebrated the 25th anniversary of the FH model with a limited edition at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show.

(Image: Pilbara Heavy Haulage Girls CEO, Heather Jones.)

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