Trash truck now TAFE treasure

Automotive apprentices at TAFE Queensland on the Gold Coast have a new truck to tinker with thanks to a donation from the City of Gold Coast.

The city garbage compactor was damaged beyond repair in 2018, however its modern electronic systems are still intact making it the perfect teaching tool for students.

TAFE Queensland Automotive teacher, Glenn Cuthbert, said over 100 students will benefit from the donation including Automotive Heavy Vehicle and Auto Electrical Apprentices.


“The electronic systems within the automotive industry are fast evolving and becoming more and more complex so it much appreciated to receive a vehicle with all these modern elements for our students,” he said.

“As well as the electronics of the truck, it will also be used for all the usual training across the engine, transmissions, drivelines, steering, suspension and brakes.”

Acting Mayor Donna Gates said the City is pleased to be donating this truck to TAFE Queensland for use by its automotive apprentices.

“This is a great example of community spirit in action – and putting something to good use that would otherwise have been wasted,” she said.