FLUID PIRTEK AUSTRALIA MAY 2018 I 11 COMMUNITY SERVICE COBAR Operating out of the Orange facility & managed by franchisee Phil Wilkin, our new mobile service location at Cobar has a full service Mobile unit available to respond 24/7. This has been a fantastic addition for our national customers in the area as we strengthen the national footprint for them. Also the local operators have been impressed with the quick turn around and skill set now available in their local region. Cobar is a town in central western New South Wales whose economy is based mainly around copper mining. Gold, silver, lead & zinc are other commodities supporting the growth of the region. The town is 712 km (442 mi) northwest of the state capital, Sydney. It is at the crossroads of the Kidman Way  (to Queensland) and Barrier Highway  (to South Australia). The town and Shire, are on the eastern edge of the outback with a population of approximately 4,700 and an area of 44,065 square kilometres (17,014 sq mi)—about two-thirds the size of Tasmania. Agriculture is also an important industry serviced by Pirtek with not only hydraulic & industrial hose applications but also lubrication, fire suppression & spill control products to name a few. Rail & timber are also important businesses in town. MACKAY UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT After an incredible 20 years of service previous Pirtek Mackay Centre owners Norm Hargreaves and John Clark have moved on to new ventures & handed the reins to long time Pirtek Fluid Systems employee Stan Holloway and his wife Julia. Stan has been Pirtek GM-Mining Products & Services for nearly 14 years and he will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the business. Mackay is a city and region on the eastern coast of Queensland. It is located about 970 kilometres (603 mi) north of Brisbane, on the Pioneer River. Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar. The region is also one of Australia’s largest mining belts & this has overtaken sugar as the major driver of its economy. It is the single largest coal reserve in Australia, with 34 operational coal mines extracting more than 100 million tonnes annually. While much of this is used in Australia, Japan and China are the largest export recipients. Along with tourism, the marine industry in Mackay is small but has a lot of potential. Mackay is well situated to become a major service centre for the marine industry, being in immediate proximity to the Whitsundays, and located halfway between Brisbane and Cairns. To contact Stan & the team at Mackay call on 07 4952 3677 TULLAMARINE We now have a new Centre at Tullamarine in Victoria. Operating at 94 Lambeck Drive this is a full service centre offering all the support Pirtek has available. Currently managed by franchisee Joe Erougian from our Laverton Centre. With the growing industry in the Tullamarine area it was a quick decision by Joe & his team to set up a new location to support our customers. Tullamarine is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, 17 km north-west of Melbourne’s central business district & has a population of 6,605. The suburb is a collection of recent housing estates and light industry with its most notable feature, the nearby Melbourne Airport. There is also rail industry in the area along with significant road infrastructure given this is a major corridor into & around the city. Other famous residents include the head office of Schweppes. To contact Pirtek Tullamarine call on 03 9335 2777 NEW LOCATIONS To contact the team at Cobar call on 0409 909 250