Mechanic a vital resource for Marlborough community
HE'S not just the town's mechanic for most machinery. He is also a vital resource for the Queensland Ambulance Service when they need to find a property.
Darryl McKenzie, and his wife Danii, purchased Marlborough Motors in 2009 which has been running since 1953.
Mr McKenzie works 24/7 servicing cars, trucks, trailers, motorbikes, gurni's, generators.... if it is mechanical, he can fix it.
The business also employs an apprentice - Alec Howard.
He also has two trucks and even houses those in the middle of the night stranded.
"Even when we get relieving ambos, Darryl takes them to the properties,” Mrs McKenzie said.
"The people of Marlborough have become much more than just our customers they have become close friends and family.
"Our business will be dramatically affected if this goes ahead.
"With over 40 of our clients receiving letters from the Defence Force and this being 70% of our business we are unsure what our future holds for us and our community.”
Mrs McKenzie said they attended a meeting with the Defence Force last week to get answers.
"We have been told that no compensation has been talked about for businesses in the town and will not be until mid next year,” she said.
Mrs McKenzie said while the Defence Force would have a bigger presence in the region once the farmers have gone, the Defence Force employ their own vehicle maintenance crew.
"Even if they could bring business to us it may only be for the 18 weeks they are there, what do we do for the rest of the year?,” she said.
"We are still left uncertain as to what will happen to us.
"We have three small children ...We will not be able to re-build our lives without being compensated or supported.”