Truck collection might stay in Colac

COLAC vintage truck collector Merv Brunt is considering an offer that would keep his trucks in Colac.

Merv-Brunt

Colac vintage truck collector Merv Brunt is considering an offer that would keep his trucks in Colac.

Mr Brunt said a Colac group had offered to house his collection of about 40 restored trucks, which have been on display in his shed in Colac East.

He said the offer was not perfect but “better than nothing”.

“They can take all the trucks in two places,” he said.

“If they show them, they’ll show about 25 trucks and I’ve got to take the other 12 somewhere else.”

Mr Brunt said he was yet to decide whether to accept the offer.

He said he had previously received an offer to buy his collection, but accepting that offer would mean his collection would leave Colac.

“I still might be selling them,” he said.

Colac campaigners, Mr Brunt and his family had been pushing for the former Colac High School site to become a museum comprising the trucks and other classic cars, motorcycles and railway history.

But the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development plans to sell the site, despite receiving Colac Otway Shire Council evidence that the community originally bought the land.

Council chief Rob Small’s report for today’s council meeting said Mr Small had been meeting with Mr Brunt and community groups to find a permanent home for the vintage trucks.

The report said the latest meeting considered the Colac proposal to house the collection.

“Further work will be required before this offer can be accepted,” the report said

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