BACK IN BUSINESS: Miley Twigge has his truck back on the road after an arson attack in January left his truck and office burnt to the ground.
BACK IN BUSINESS: Miley Twigge has his truck back on the road after an arson attack in January left his truck and office burnt to the ground. Paul Braven

Cement truck driver rebuilds business after arson

AMANDA and Miley Twigge are slowly rebuilding their lives and business after arsonists set their office and cement truck on fire in January.

The couple, franchisees of Hanson cement, lost their $100,000 truck, but this week received a brand new truck.

"As of today, 6am, I start back on my first official job," Mr Twigge said on Friday.

"Despite all the heartbreak, we had people constantly asking and waiting for me to get back on the road, which is a great feeling."

Mr Twigge's truck is the newest model, a much-needed upgrade for the family.

"It's bit flash. I don't know if I want to get it dirty," he laughed.

"It's got hands free phone calls, electric heated windows, cruise control, GPS and rear reverse parking cameras."

But it's been a long and painful journey to get back on the road.

Amanda and Miley Twigge are shattered after someone deliberately set fire to their concreting business in Gladstone.
Amanda and Miley Twigge are shattered after someone deliberately set fire to their concreting business in Gladstone. Rosie O'Brien

Mr Twigge, an employee for 14 years, has been working in the yard for five weeks, meaning a severe cut in pay.

"To think it's all because of little ar*eh*les," Mrs Twigge said.

"I said to Miley, look if you want to get out now, it's the best time, and he turned to me and said no way I love my job.

"So we're onto bigger and better things."

The office is going to take a lot longer to rebuild though.

In the meantime he will work out of the Boyne Island plant, and from now on his truck will always be housed in the front driveway.

Police have said the investigation is ongoing and are still appealing for anyone with information to come forward.



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