Driving for NQX the dream job for Chloe Rimmington

By: Brad Gardner


It doesn’t get any better than climbing behind the wheel of a prime mover for Chloe Rimmington.

Driving for NQX the dream job for Chloe Rimmington
Living the dream: Chloe Rimmington loves getting behind the wheel of a truck and hitting the road.

 

"I’m living the dream! I have got the job; it is amazing."

Those aren’t the words you usually associate with a 25-year-old female driving a truck — let alone one who admits she initially "had no intention of being a truck driver". 

But for Queenslander Chloe Rimmington, it doesn’t get any better than climbing behind the wheel of a prime mover and hitting the open the road.

Her foray into the trucking industry began with an office job at Deeson Heavy Haulage that led to obtaining heavy rigid and multi-combination licences, before a move to Redline Freight.

Rimmington now works for Toll subsidiary NQX in Mackay, hauling anything from general freight to mining supplies.

"I can go anywhere, basically, from Townsville to Rockhampton, out of Emerald. I either go to the mines or do direct depot drops or the milk run," she says.

"Sometimes you just take a shuttle. They’ll throw you in a B-double and send you to Townsville. Just go up, drop your trailers, pick a new set up and come back."

When you speak to her, it hardly seems surprising Rimmington ended up driving trucks.

"I love it…there is just freedom to being on the road and seeing Australia," she says.

In case she needed confirmation that truck driving was the right career path, it came at this year’s NatRoad conference in Brisbane.

During the event, Rimmington was announced as the winner of the Youth Award.

The prize recognises someone in the industry under the age of 30 who takes a positive and enthusiastic approach to their job, reflects positively on their employer and the industry as a whole, and demonstrates leadership potential.

In handing her the gong, NatRoad labelled her an excellent team player with a genuine desire to improve the transport industry.

"Australia would be such a better place if more young people shared the same enthusiasm and values as Chloe Rimmington," NatRoad says.

Having won the Youth Award, Rimmington is now looking to add another achievement to her list.

"My dream is to get a road train run west of Townsville," she says.

"I’d love to drive a triple road train. A double is all right, that would still be an achievement. But that’s my dream."

You can read the full interview with Chloe Rimmington in the October edition of Owner//Driver.

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