Carrathool Shire was named on 13th February
The council purchased its first horse-drawn grader
Bert takes the keys to his first Commodore ute - a white VS column shift with a bench seat
Bert signs up his 40th consecutive Holden Ute. A VF SV6 Ute in Orange Rock joins the fleet
In fact, Bert is so beholden to his favourite car brand that he was featured in Wheels Magazine
a few years ago.
"Yeah, it was pretty funny. It all started many years ago when I got my first
Holden VS column shift auto."
Needless to say, the Holden VS is perhaps only found in museums these days, but Bert is definitely still going strong, leaving home every day around 4:30am and racking up to 500 kilometres a day in his Holden VF Ute.
"Our staff average around 6,000 - 7,000 kilometres per month and we tend to keep our vehicles for 6 months, or 40 thousand kilometres. The kilometres usually come first!"
"The council is always looking for operational efficiencies. And with the current fuel efficiency of the VF Ute, I'm as green as I need to be. Performance wise, the VF is about a quarter of tank more fuel efficient than the previous VE. On a recent trip to Sydney I averaged about 7.1 litres per 100 kilometres. In a Ute!"
You only have to spend a few minutes with Bert to realise he's a pretty practical sort of man. And that sense of practicality is what he looks for in his vehicles.
— Bert Breuling, Carrathool Shire
"In my job, I've got to think about the life costs of the vehicle. But other aspects like comfort and range of vehicles is an important consideration. With Holden I can pretty much tick all the boxes."
"I've never been stuck on the side of the road while driving a Holden. Even carrying around 300 to 400 kilos of equipment in the back, I've never had a problem. With Holden you get
100 per cent reliability."
"The Holden Fleet team, as well as our local Holden dealer, will bend over backwards to help me. If they tell me that something will be coming on such and such a day, it will be there. 100 per cent."
That's a pretty generous score card, even from a self-confessed 'Holden man'. When we asked Bert if there was anything else he'd like to add, he didn't have to think twice.
"Well, I'd like a Calais V. And I'd like to travel to Europe and drive along the autobahns in a
Holden SSV Redline."
We'll see what we can do. In the meantime, if you're in the Carrathool Shire and pass an Orange VF Holden Ute (for now), be sure to wave. It's most likely to be Bert doing his daily rounds.