COLAC’S Merv Brunt could fulfil a dream and open a Colac vintage truck museum within six months.
Colac Otway Shire Council chief Rob Small has finished writing a business plan for the truck museum.
Mr Small volunteered to write the business plan through his role with Colac Rotary Club.
“The business plan is finished, now we’re having discussions with club members and looking for pro bono support in developing a trust document,” Mr Small said.
“Once it pays its way, the surplus funds would be given to the community,” he said.
“Service clubs would work together to form a trust and the collection will be kept in trust.
“We want to manage it for Merv and his family’s interests.”
Mr Small said Colac West and Colac Rotary clubs had agreed to join the trust, and discussions with other Colac community groups were ongoing.
The council approved Mr Brunt’s truck museum plans in February 2011.
“It’s been a long, hard road – there are still some things to be sorted out but six months should see that happen,” Mr Small said.
“Merv has an outstanding collection of trucks, many of which are Brockways – a lot of motoring enthusiasts want to have a look at them,” he said.
“Merv’s very generous, he willingly gives his knowledge, particularly about the Brockways.
“I hope we can create an attraction, keep the collection together and even enhance it.”
Mr Brunt, a life member of the Victorian Transport Association, said the business plan was virtually the “last hurdle” for the truck museum.
“It was very, very good of him to do it,” he said of Mr Small.
Mr Brunt has about 30 vintage trucks in his Clark Street warehouse, including International trucks and his favourite, Brockway trucks.
He has prepared information displays and postcards for when the museum opens.
“A lot of these trucks will never be made again,” Mr Brunt said.
“It’s all going to charity when it opens up – the trucks were made up in the town, so it’s got to be spent all in the town,” he said.