Home' Journeys : Apr May 2016 Contents Tasmanian born John Lampkin has spent
almost the last three decades living on Bruny
Island. Following in his father’s bricklaying
footsteps for most of his working life, John has
recently embarked on a new tourism operation
on his much-loved island – Bruny 4x4 Forest to
Coast Adventures. John now takes visitors to
distant corners of Bruny aboard two well-kitted
four-wheel-drives and once aboard with him,
you can tell he loves his new job. He serves a
delicious lunch too!
Tell me about your current car. Does it have
any favourite features?
The current vehicle, one of two I use for our tours,
is my Nissan Patrol. Perhaps the best feature that I’ve
added is the suspension modification to ensure guests
have a smooth ride. Of course there’s plenty more
too – the rack on the roof for carrying equipment, the
back refrigerator, electronics, modified off-road tyres,
bull bar, winch and rock sliders, just to name a few.
Ever done your own urgent car repairs?
This isn’t my own story but my father’s, the man who
taught me to drive. Following an engine bearing
failure in his Austin A40, he’d heard that the use of a
boot’s leather tongue might just do the job to get him
home. And apparently it worked! He also broke down
on the old Hobart f loating bridge the day before it
closed – he was the last person to do so before the new
Tell us about the strangest day you’ve had on
the roads in Tasmania.
You won’t believe it but this series of events happened
all in the one day. I was in my work ute and another
driver was in a Subaru WR X with a loud exhaust
at traffic lights on the Brooker. The rain had just
We asked – Do you use shopper dockets when purchasing fuel?
Do you think shoppers might actually be paying for this discount
at the supermarket checkout?
Interviews: Mike Kerr
Iuse shopper dockets if I have any current ones and
if the diesel price is not inflated at the participating
servo. My car takes 180 litres, so it is worthwhile.
Hill Street offers 10c a litre discount, Woolies is 4c.
I tend to regard them as a bonus rather than considering
whether I have already paid through the nose at the shop or
Iuse the shopper dockets at the petrol station, but I’m aware
that we’ve already paid for it at the checkout. The coupon is
factored into the bill for my groceries at the supermarket. But
I use them anyway, although I wouldn’t go out of my way to
cash one in.
We’re a two-person household these days and we choose to
limit our supermarket shopping excursions to only one
a month. We top up our fresh food supplies with opportunist
shopping in between the supermarket visits. We use our
dockets from Woolworths at Sorell to buy fuel. If Woolworths
didn’t supply the discount our shopping list would still be the
same, so, in our case, the dockets definitely represent a bonus.
The only reason I don’t use shopper dockets is
forgetting to take them. If I buy fuel at the local
Woolworths/Caltex I earn points on my Frequent
Shopper Card, which, from time to time turns into a
$20 voucher to be used at Woolies and/or their associates.
Having said that, I seldom buy fuel there. I get better service
and nice interested people at the local United servo. And yes,
of course they are recovering it one way or another.
Idon’t use them. I support independent service stations,
because I don’t like the big companies taking over
everything and squeezing the little guys out. Fortunately, I
have one close to me on Regent Street in Sandy Bay and close
my mum’s house in Prospect, outside of Launceston.
K ATI AGH
Yes, I do use shopper dockets and yes, I’ve certainly paid
for it at the supermarket checkout. Altruism plays no part
in Woolies’ marketing strategy. It must be particularly galling
for those people who don’t own a car – especially pensioners
and other disadvantaged members of the community – to
be paying for fuel subsidies that they don’t use. Perhaps
they should be able to trade in their dockets for discounts at
8 Journeys APRIL / MAY 2016
IN OUR COMMUNITY
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