Greater Hume Shire’s benefits keep the wheels turning

August 18, 2015

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Anthony Churchill’s transport business has benefitted from the economic and lifestyle advantages of Holbrook.

A central location on the eastern seaboard at Holbrook has enabled trucking company Churchill Transport to rapidly expand from two to 18 prime movers.

Director Anthony Churchill moved from Wollongong to Holbrook in 1999 with a vision of taking advantage of the town’s location, business and lifestyle benefits.

Mr Churchill and his wife Melissa constructed a purpose built office and service centre hub on an 8000 square metre site in Bond Street, Holbrook, two years ago.

Located minutes from the Hume Freeway, Churchill Transport now has 18 trucks operating the prime East Coast freight corridor – the Melbourne-Sydney-Brisbane route.

Mr Churchill said Holbrook ticked the boxes for instant access to highway speeds, affordable land and a skilled service sector.

“The price of land in Greater Hume Shire is much cheaper than at other regional centres and a fraction of the square metre price for a Melbourne or Sydney hub location,’’ he said.

“Insurance premiums are generated on a radius of 500km, 1000km and 1500km so the radius is 500km for Holbrook-Sydney or Holbrook-Melbourne.’’

Mr Churchill said Holbrook’s central location allowed for fatigue management.

“Our drivers get to have their meals at home resulting in a better lifestyle and family life,’’ he said.

“The driving week starts on Sunday evening and not Sunday lunchtime, as is the case for metropolitan drivers.’’

Churchill Transport has a strong community ethic, supporting local businesses since 1999.

These include sponsorship of Holbrook racing, football, netball and golf clubs, Convoy 4 Kids and McGrath Foundation.

“If we had of established in a metropolitan area, we would be just another number in the street,’’ Mr Churchill said.

“The local engineering firm and other nearby businesses have helped on numerous occasions with overnight repairs or delivered on out of hours turnaround for parts and serviceability.

“This support has been enormously helpful to our business.’’

Mr Churchill said his business had benefitted from the personal service given by regionally based truck dealerships.

“If we had to deal with metro based dealerships, I believe this would not be the case,’’ he said.

The success of Churchill Transport has not gone unnoticed by others with another four transport companies making the move to Holbrook.

The company’s portfolio of transport services includes refrigeration, with Holbrook ideally located to take advantage of the seasonal produce market servicing Queensland in the winter and Victoria in the summer.

Churchill’s also provide palletised return loading freight services for Holbrook based business, including AgNVet, Elders and Landmark.

Mr Churchill urged other transport businesses to relocate to Holbrook, saying the town offered potential as a freight distribution centre servicing the Riverina and beyond.

“Holbrook is the ideal spot to stop as it is 4.5 hours from Melbourne and five hours from Sydney,’’ he said.

“It is the only town on the Hume Freeway where B-doubles can park and within walking distance there is banks, newsagent, supermarket, chemist and hospital.’’

The benefits of relocating to the Greater Hume Shire will be showcased at the Henty Machinery Field Days at site 545.

Staff will have information on the services available and also the tourism highlights of the shire.

-Margaret Killalea