Seven full-time jobs have been created in Tongala as Fonterra Australia continues to put more milk tankers on the road to keep up with increased need for milk supply.
Fourteen new state-of-the-art milk tankers have also been rolled out by the company as it looks to improve efficiency from farm to factory and reduce the number of trucks on country roads.
Capable of holding 37000 litres — or 148000 glasses of milk — the new ‘truck and dog’ tankers will replace older and smaller milk tankers and improving the efficiency of farm milk collection.
The tankers can collectively hold 500000 litres and have seen 26 new drivers appointed across Fonterra’s four regions, including seven in Tongala.
Fonterra logistics and distribution general manager Justin Ryan said the fleet upgrade included two new types of truck — a 26m tanker capable of carrying 43000 litres, or 26 per cent more milk than the previous tankers, and the ‘truck and dog’ tanker, which is a truck and trailer that can carry 27 per cent more milk than the tankers it replaces.
Both trucks have a smaller turning circle than other truck and trailer units, so can access even more farms and local roads.
‘‘We’ve had over 20 per cent growth in the volume of milk we collect over the past 18 months, and our new drivers and the upgraded fleet have been crucial to supporting that growth,’’ Mr Ryan said.
As well as creating new jobs in regional Victoria and Tasmania, the upgraded fleet is also helping to improve efficiency, with the new trucks now able to collect greater volumes of milk — meaning fewer trucks on the road.
‘‘The new fleet has helped us to lift our payload — the amount of milk we can carry — an average of eight per cent, meaning fewer vehicle movements on the rural and regional roads on which we collect milk,’’ Mr Ryan said..
‘‘This number is expected to rise to a 30 per cent improvement at the completion of the fleet upgrade, improving traffic flows and reducing wear and tear on rural roads.’’