Council’s oldest worker retires

Wollongong City Council staff Wayne Cowling and Peter Carni, with the Blitz at the Wollongong Central Depot.

ONE of Wollongong City Council’s oldest workers will retire this month.
The Blitz, a 70-year-old GMC truck, will retire to the Australian Road Transport Heritage Centre.

‘The Blitz’, as the work crews call her, dates from 1942. Council purchased the truck some decades ago and since then the truck has completed numerous tasks, most notably as a tow truck and in the recovery of plant items such as the backhoe, graders, excavators or tractors that were bogged or broken down.

Council’s City Wide Services Manager John Bubb said its most notable use came when it featured in the Moomba Festival in the early 1980s as a float.

“The Blitz has also featured in recent Camp Quality Convoys,” Mr Bubb said.

“Workshop staff have recently spent time refurbishing and rebuilding the truck to bring it back to somewhere near its original glory.”

Council is providing the old workhorse free to the museum on the proviso that it be on display in the news centre in Tarcutta, NSW.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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