Home away from home: Kimmy brings back ‘old style’ truck stop


IMG 7963 Kim and Gail in front of some of their trucky memorabilia. IMG 7963
17200067 1026625080771406 381908383 o A couple of well-fed truckies after a big breakky! 17200067 1026625080771406 381908383 o
IMG 7965 A dining room table and some of trucking's great faces. IMG 7965
IMG 7971 The humble facility has just about everything you need. IMG 7971
IMG 7964 Couches, for when you need to spread out! IMG 7964

What makes a good truck stop? Well, according to truck stop restaurant manager at Rocklea Pacific Petroleum, Kim Neale, it’s all about giving truckies a home away from home.

 


More commonly known as Kimmy Koo, she’s been surrounded by truckies since before she could walk or talk.

Oh, and she’s been a truckie herself for a number of years running freezer goods from Brisbane to Charleville!

The love of all things trucks started for Kim with her old man, who drove logging trucks and then did freezer work for Lindsay Brothers.

Back in those days, Kim’s mother worked in a Beaudesert base station where she’d frequently kick off at 3am and wind up staying late into the following night.

"In those days she’d work in the base station and tell truckies where the scalies were – I still get guys who remember her," Kim said.

Naturally, Kim married a truckie and loves getting in the truck to keep him company on a run.

When it comes to running a truck stop, nobody is better suited and it shows when you take a look around and see how homely she’s made the place.

"It’s got to be a home away from home, these guys can sit on the couch and they’ve got access to our fridge and microwave and so on," she said.

"I want them to be able to relax here, like they’re at home."

The first thing you see when you walk in is the transport imagery lining the walls, most notably a large framed and signed picture of Tracey and John Rehe with their famous ‘Desperado’ Kenny.

Yes, the one in which Tracey is undoing a wheel nut on the big W-Model!

Enter the lounge area and you find a comfortable setup with plenty to do, clean facilities and friendly staff.

"You come in, and you can help yourself to tea and coffee, we’ll get you a big glass of ice water and you can relax.

"I mean, if you’d charged a truckie for tea or coffee 30 years ago they would have looked at you like you were joking."

The recent fit out brings a new menu full of home cooked meal options and food specials that won’t break the bank.

"I want guys to be coming in, grabbing a feed and a drink and leaving with change from a 20.

"From Monday (12th March) it’ll be full on breakfast, lunch and dinner – quality clean food.

"Everything from home-made pies and fresh bread, right through to our own home made rosties rather than the little hash browns you find around the place.

"It’s all about fresh and tasty food, the stuff that keeps you healthy and keeps you going between breaks."

The Rocklea Pacific Petroleum stop is also lucky to have Julie Robinson and Gale Hargreaves on board, who when combined with Kim the three of them have more than a century of truck stop experience!

Gail Hargreaves is the manager of console at the stop and Julie Robertson is the breakfast cook.

Between these three women, you can bet your money it’s a well-run truck stop with food and facilities that speak for themselves.

Head down to Pacific Petroleum at 1628 Ipswich Road, Rocklea, QLD…and see for yourself!

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