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Community & Business

16 March, 2023

Gil Motors cease NRMA contract

After 21 years of being the towns ‘go to’ in times of need, Frank Chandler of Gil Motors has given up his NRMA contract.

By Emily Middleton

Since 2002, Mr Chandler has been on call when someone in the area has broken down and called road side assist. But as he’s gotten older, he’s ready to pass on the ropes.

“I need to hand it over to someone younger and more enthusiastic than myself,” Mr Chandler laughed.

“If I was young again I’d do it again!”

Mr Chandler wants to remain focused on the Gil Motors workshop, and with two full time mechanics plus himself, that’s where his interest is going ahead.

“I reckon I could write a book about all my experi- ences with the NRMA contract. You meet so many dif- ferent people, and some of them send me cards after they’ve gone home, to thank you for the effort. One bloke even sent me a carton of grog the other week.”

Mr Chandler gave notice six months ago, and no replacement has been found as of yet.

“Matt Thurlow here in town will be doing the tow- ing aspect of NRMA when needed, but they haven’t been able to find someone for the rest of the service.”

For now, Mendooran will be covering the Gilgandra area. 

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