Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones at the wheel puts the council's new rescue and re-supply truck through its paces.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones at the wheel puts the council's new rescue and re-supply truck through its paces. Derek Barry

Lockyer Valley Council launches rescue and re-supply vehicle

A BRIGHT orange Bedford truck may be a welcome sight for Lockyer Valley residents during the summer storm season.

Lockyer Valley Council staff have lovingly restored the 1977-issue truck to become a 4WD terrain rescue and re-supply vehicle capable of bringing life-saving supplies to remote regions.

The council bought the truck from the Victorian Country Fire Authority with the help of a $15,000 donation from the Historic Commercial Vehicles Association of Queensland (HCVAQ).

HCVAQ vice president Graham Kircher said he was delighted with the end result of their fund-raising.

"We raised the money in their 2011 Mack Muster and donated it to the flood appeal where the money was held in trust until Council decided to buy this truck," Mr Kircher said.

"These are well built trucks and it looks really good.

"It's a cheap alternative to a new one and will last just as long."

Lockyer Valley Mayor said the truck, to be based in Gatton, would mainly be used to carry emergency supplies to residents in remote areas.

"During the Australia Day floods Council was forced to use a helicopter to ferry medicine and water to stranded residents," Cr Jones said.

"The truck will be used to replenish food and water supplies, provide emergency bedding and generators and in worst cases will also ferry residents out of harm."

 Bedford trucks were widely used by the British Army as troop carriers and recovery vehicles with many still in use today.


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