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DESPITE THE DOWNSIDE of these COVID-19 times, there can be some positives. Like discovering fascinating stories closer to Owner//Driver’s Brisbane base while interstate restrictions remained in place.

As it turns out I’d heard about the Fletcher family and their loyalty to UD Trucks. A bit of a hike as the Fletchers lived in the Central Queensland town of Duaringa on the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Blackwater.

According to the 2016 Census, Duaringa boasts a population of less than 300. Since the collapse of the mining boom, the town has quietened down a little and house prices have plummeted. Zane Fletcher jokingly says his late father Geoffrey was the last person actually born in Duaringa.

Zane and his two sons, Nathan and Brodie, operate Fletcher’s Earthmoving, a successful business that belies the town’s current quiet status.

Geoffrey Fletcher passed

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