Ian Dinte, in the two-tonne truck with his sidekick Eeyore, is ready to help the community.
Ian Dinte, in the two-tonne truck with his sidekick Eeyore, is ready to help the community. Alistair Brightman

Have truck, will travel to help M'boro and Bay residents

HERVEY Bay and Maryborough residents will now have access to a community truck thanks to Character Man Ian Dinte who registered the truck last week.

The two-tonne truck can be used for anything by anyone, provided Mr Dinte drives it.

The Ford Trader truck was given to Mr Dinte by community charity worker Ron Stephenson last Christmas Eve as a gift.

"Ron came to me and handed the keys to his truck and told me to register it and use it as I like, and I of course wanted to share the truck with the community," he said.

Mr Dinte has already put the truck to use.

"I helped my neighbour carry items to the tip shop and assisted a lady to transport tree branches to the dump," he said.

Anyone who wants to use it needed to pay a minimal fee for the petrol and maintenance of the truck but Mr Dinte said once he gained a sponsor, which he was working towards, the truck could be used for free.

"There are a lot of people who need help but can't afford it so I'm happy to hopefully allow them to use it for free in the future," he said.

For inquiries, phone Mr Dinte on 0417 788 285.