Truck recycled for education

Article image - Truck recycled for education Mayor Jack Dempsey, apprentice Tyler Halmes and Cr Wayne Honor

Donations made by Bundaberg Regional Council to TAFE Queensland’s Bundaberg campus are providing positive educational outcomes for apprentices.

Mayor Jack Dempsey and Roads and Drainage portfolio spokesperson Councillor Wayne Honor met with TAFE Queensland East Coast region representatives to unveil Council’s most recent donation to the organisation.

The prime mover, which was written off following a fire at the University Drive Waste Facility, is the most significant donation Council has made to TAFE Queensland’s Bundaberg campus, and will be a valuable teaching tool for the organisation’s diesel fitting and automotive programs.

Cr Honor said Council’s fleet services team had been donating vehicle components to TAFE Queensland for a number of years.

“Our Fleet Management Team recognised an opportunity to provide TAFE Queensland with items that were of little value for resale but that could make a significant difference to the delivery of educational programs for apprentices.

“Over the years this has included used engine components such as turbo chargers and fuel pumps that have become unserviceable.

“This prime mover was destined for disposal, and while it was damaged, the engine, transmission and final drives were still largely intact. In a classroom setting, this gives apprentices the opportunity to pull apart and reassemble a fairly late model truck engine.

TAFE Queensland East Coast region General Manager, Ana Rodger, said Council’s donations over the years had been highly beneficial for students.

“The donation of this truck in particular is great news for our apprentices, allowing them to gain valuable hands-on experience with the latest technology in their field.”