Life’s truckin’ along for Alyse

Tamra CarrMidwest Times
Geraldton FIFO worker Alyse Anderson loves her job.
Camera IconGeraldton FIFO worker Alyse Anderson loves her job.

Geraldton woman Alyse Anderson was in her mid-40s when she decided she wanted to swap medical reception and administrative office work for driving a big mining truck.

People told her she couldn’t do it, she was “too old” and WA’s mining giants were after young guns.

When Rio Tinto offered her a fly-in, fly-out job on a mine site in Paraburdoo, Ms Anderson said she didn’t gloat in front of her critics.

But she admits she spent a lot of time wearing her new work uniform around them.

“I don’t know if it was a mid-life crisis or what,” Ms Anderson chuckled.

“I grew up with five brothers so there were always cars and motorbikes around.

Alyse Anderson stands tall next to a giant mining truck.
Camera IconAlyse Anderson stands tall next to a giant mining truck.

“I’ve always been a tomboy and always wanted to drive one of those big yellow trucks.

“It’s jolly awesome. I’ve been doing it for eight years now.”

Ms Anderson is a truck driver trained on several heavy-duty vehicles — with additional skills in emergency response, peer support and work safety.

She’s particularly fond of truck driving, which she never did before signing on with the mining company.

“You drive on the left side of the truck and I’m left-handed so it makes perfect sense for me,” she said. “To drive something that big, it’s just brilliant.”

Ms Anderson, a mother of four, turned 55 this month.

She said she feels 25 on the inside.

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