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Foodbank WA receives new Isuzu to boost Perth community activities

In a “real community effort”, Isuzu has partnered with Budget Car and Truck Rental WA to provide Foodbank WA with a brand new Isuzu light-duty truck

Foodbank WA has received the keys to its latest brand-new Isuzu light-duty truck as it looks to use the delivery to boost its local capabilities.

The Isuzu truck comes courtesy of Busby Investments, trading as Budget Car and Truck Rental WA, Major Motors Isuzu and Isuzu Australia.

The NLR 45-150 AMT model comes with a refrigerated van body and is set to play an essential role in Foodbank WA’s mobile foodbank that runs in and around Perth.

Busby Investments group general manager and director John McShera has a long-term business relationship with Foodbank WA, with McShera combining with Major Motors Isuzu to drive the truck donation.

“Rome wasn’t built in a day – it’s taken about six months of planning to get to the stage where the keys are now in the hands of Foodbank WA,” McShera says.

“We have a longstanding partnership with Major Motors, who supply Isuzu Trucks for our own fleet and are a family business like Busby Investments.

“It’s been a real community effort, for the good of the community itself.”

As a national food relief organisation, Foodbank provides food and groceries to a large number of charities and school breakfast programs.

In WA, the local arm of Foodbank collects donations and distributes to those in need, relying on volunteers to drive vehicles on collection rounds.

The latest addition of the Isuzu NLR 45-150 AMT, with an accessible GVM of 4,500kg and a two-pedal transmission, means drivers with a standard car licence can be at the wheel.

“We offer a mobile foodbank in Perth, driving to roughly 30 set locations every single week to deliver fresh produce and hampers that are directly collected from our trucks,” Foodbank WA senior infrastructure and logistics manager Mike McLaren says.

“The standard car licence model NLR is very good for our volunteers on the road. We like standardisation across our fleet, so the trucks are all the same to drive and the staff don’t require extra licensing.”

With Isuzu’s advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) included, Foodbank WA drivers will also be kept safe in the new delivery.

Major Motors Isuzu sales manager Peter Dewar says the dealership is pleased to help deliver a suitable truck model for Foodbank WA so it can continue fostering strong relationships within its local transport community.

“Major Motors has had an excellent relationship with Busby Investments, so when John McShera reached out to us to assist with a reliable truck chassis, we were more than happy to lend a hand,” Dewar says.

“The NLR features all the new safety systems that Isuzu trucks offer in their light-duty models, so I think that across the board, the drivers will be happy with this.

“The Automated Manual Transmission in the NLR is also a great choice for the range of drivers in Foodbank’s volunteer staff team.”

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