Wanneroo RSL seeks shed for army truck restoration project

Wanneroo RSL vice president Peter Tuck and Lizzy, an Australian Army cargo truck. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493589
Wanneroo RSL vice president Peter Tuck and Lizzy, an Australian Army cargo truck. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493589

WANNEROO RSL vice president Peter Tuck is appealing for a shed to house a former army truck that will be central to a project to support veterans’ welfare when they return from service.

The Vietnam veteran acquired a 1960s army truck, called Lizzy, that was used as a troop carrier during the Vietnam War.

Mr Tuck said a project to restore the truck could help people returning from service in Afghanistan and other veterans adapt to civilian life.

“It’s a way of assisting them to get back into society,” he said.

The Wanneroo resident said the idea was for professionals such as mechanics and panel beaters to help veterans “learn how to pull a truck to bits and put it back together”.

“What we are trying to do is find a shed so we can start working on her,” he said.

Mr Tuck said they would need a large shed that could be used as a workshop for up to three years, preferably with a toilet and electricity.

Once restored, he said Lizzy would be used for Anzac Day services and other commemorative events.

Last year the truck was included in Wanneroo RSL’s Remembrance Day display to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.

To help, call Peter Tuck on 0408 947 293.

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