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Refugee makes good as Citywide owner-operator

An Iraqi refugee who fled his war-torn country in 2007 is one of a raft of new owner-operators working contracts at the Melbourne waste transfer station.

After spending four years in Indonesia, Yasin Ali Hussein and his young family were granted asylum in Australia where he has worked as a removalist, linehaul commercial vehicle operator before being accepted, as a contract operator, at the Dynon Road Waste Transfer Station in 2016.

According to Citywide Manager Travis Martin, the company helped some of the owner-operators finance their own trucks as it sought a new fleet of prime movers to meet demand.

“Yasin has always been a hardworking driver, and helping him buy his own truck and create a better future for his family felt like the right thing for a business like Citywide to be doing,” he said.

A year on from taking possession of his $200,000 Freightliner, Hussein has turned his life around and moved into a new home.

He currently operates on five 12-hour shifts a week at Dynon Road hauling up to seven loads of general waste and landfill to a site in Werribee west of Melbourne.

He is now a proprietor of Yass Transport having paid off a third of the vehicle.

“When I finish paying for this truck, it’s going to be fantastic. We will soon be moving from Werribee to Sunshine, so we will have a house just 10 minutes’ drive from work," said Hussein.

“I feel that all my plans are coming true now," he said.

(Image: Yasin Ali Hussein, Yass Transport).

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