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It was a hot and smoky day along the south-east Queensland stretch of the Bruce Highway as Owner//Driver made its way up to the headquarters of trucking company Corbet’s Group at Gympie.

“I had no symptoms but they picked it up through blood tests.”

Bushfires in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane, up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and near Widgee and Kilkivan west of Gympie had left an eerie haze over the sky.

However, the reason for the trip was to catch up with driver Neil ‘Steiny’ Steinhardt, an easy-going character who’d had a mixed 2019. Neil celebrated his 60th birthday in November, just a few months after being diagnosed and then undergoing serious but successful prostate cancer surgery.

We sat down in the Corbet’s Group lunchroom for a chat as Neil recalls the day he received his diagnosis.

“I found out in June and I was going to wait ’till Christmas because that’s our quiet time when all the mills shut down,” Neil explains in his

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