Customer Profiles

Tony Williams Garden Supplies sales manager Tom Williams mans his dad’s Foster depo

Tell us about yourself and your company.

We’re a landscaping and garden supplies business in Foster that delivers rocks, soil, mulch etc. all across South Gippsland, in the Bass Coast and Wellington Shires.

We’re doing on average about 50 deliveries a week to earthmoving contractors, tradesmen, gardeners and the DIY crowd. It keeps us pretty busy. We do bulk cartage as well.

Until last month we were a gravel contractor also, but the garden supplies side of the business started about 15-20 years ago. I’ve been working full time for my Dad here since I was 20.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum?

We’ve been using Evans Petroleum as our bulk supplier for over 10 years now.

We’ve got 2 bulk cartage trucks and 3 delivery trucks and a 60,000 litre tank here, so Evans delivers all our diesel and servicing lubricants directly to our depot every month.

John Schelling from Evans always gets us a good deal, and gives us a heads up when good prices are coming up. We’ve got nothing but praise for the way he does business for us.

Leongatha mechanic Kevin Arnup is retiring after 33 years. 

Tell us about yourself and your company

I opened the Arnies Workshop back in 1983 doing general servicing and front end repairs for passenger vehicles.

Business in general has been pretty good, but this year feels like it’s been the hardest. Any time they call an election things seem to change, but it’s all part of the ebbs and flows of things.

But I’m retiring after 33 years here on the 20th of August. Age catches up with all of us eventually – it will be sad day.

The most enjoyable part of job has been dealing with so many people over the years – I’ve gotten more friends than customers here.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum?

We’ve been together with Evans that long I honestly can’t remember how our relationship started, but I’m pretty sure it would’ve been related to servicing at the time.

We started off using Mobil lubricants, before adding Castrol, and depending on our needs will order 20 litre and 205 litre drums from the local depot.

John Schelling’s been more than helpful all these years, we’ve dealt with him personally pretty much all that time. They’ve always been reliable and given me the service and information I need.

Their personal approach is just such a valuable asset to the region. They are involved in everything, delivering across a pretty large footprint in Gippsland now.

We have 18 trucks in our fleet, including 4 tippers at our depots, so our diesel and AdBlue requirements are pretty extensive.

Keran Doepel keeps her Kennedy crew safe

Tell us about yourself and your company

I started with Kennedy Haulage in 2010 as Office Manager before becoming Occupational Health and Safety Manager in 2013.

We have concrete plants in Traralgon, Leongatha and Trafalgar, and blue metal quarries throughout the Latrobe Valley.

We have 18 trucks in our fleet, including 4 tippers at our depots, so our diesel and AdBlue requirements are pretty extensive.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroluem?

When I started in 2010, we had a 9000L diesel tank in the middle of the yard. As we grew over a period of time, we had our truckies having to line up would take 30 minutes to fill up.

John Schelling from Evans called in every few months and had some ideas for us, suggesting a variety of tanks which would streamline and simplify the business for us.

They helped us installed a 38,000 litre tank which saves a lot of time for us. We then got an AdBlue tank installed, and John and the Evans team have been in solid contact with us the whole time, through training and advice.

The ongoing support we’ve had since switching our fuel supply over to Evans in 2010 has been great and we’ve never looked back.

Ken Graeme next to his Mirboo North business

Tell us about yourself.

I have been the owner of Ken Graeme Motors in Mirboo North ever since I started the business 27 years ago.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

We service all kinds of vehicles for residents, businesses, and farmers. We also do all of RACV’s roadside servicing in this catchment pool. When I started this business 27 years ago, there were about four other mechanics in town, which all closed down around the same time. Since then, I’ve been the only mechanic in town. Only very recently has another workshop opened up.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? 

We’ve been using Evans Petroleum to supply all of our Castrol lubricant needs. We have a great relationship with the guys in head office at Leongatha – they deliver directly to us from there. And we’ve buying all our fuel through the BP station right door ever since Evans started things up there a bit more than a decade ago, which has been very handy for us.

Richard Pelz runs the show at R Pelz Haulage

Tell us about yourself.

I am the owner/operator of the company and I manage the day to day activities of our transport and logging operation from our base in
Newmerella. I have been in business in the local area for over 20 years and have enjoyed the growth of our company through a tough market.

What products/services does your company offer?

Our company is heavily involved with logging throughout East Gippsland and beyond. We run a fleet of upwards of 15 trucks which include log jinkers, walking floor trailers and we also have a logging operation north of Omeo. Our mechanical workshop ensures that our fleet is always first class and we also sell products such as saw dust from our depot.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum?

Evans Petroleum ensure that our diesel fuel needs are met with their excellent delivery service to our facility at Newmerella and in more recent times have been providing our lubricant and Ad-Blue requirements as well with their quality products.

We are entering a partnership with Evans Petroleum to retail diesel fuel from our depot from a stand alone fuel tank which accepts BP and credit cards through its terminal. This is an exciting and cost effective alternative for local buyers and passing traffic in the Orbost area.

Cameron (left) and Christian (right) of Brown’s Stockfeeds

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

Both of us are directors of the company and we oversee the daily operations of the company as a whole. We have managers in our strategic depots and sales people on the road who report to us. We also have a hands on role when needed in the shop or making deliveries.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

Brown Stockfeed runs a grain delivery service with our fleet of B-Double tippers and Blower trucks to the farmers of Gippsland. We also have a bulky bag service for calf feed and smaller farm operations as well as a merchandise store in Leongatha attached to our head office to service all the on farm needs of our customers. We pride ourselves on having a competitive offer coupled with reliable on time service to our customer base. Our staff are local people who have an affinity with the local area and a first-rate knowledge of what our customer expectations are.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

We have dealt with Evans Petroleum for many years for our fuel needs and like ourselves is a local company. Evans deliver diesel for our fleet of trucks to our fuel tank at our stock feed depot and provide fuel for our smaller vehicles through their network of service stations throughout the Gippsland region. We need a constant supply of fuel to move our products and Evans provide that reliability.

NJ & SK Geary

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

I and Sandy run a cattle carrying business coupled with raising cattle in our beef enterprise. I co-ordinate taking orders for clients cattle to be transported or picked up from local markets as well as ensuring the wellbeing of our own herd. Having two farms a fair distance apart keeps us busy while at the same time keeping our customers happy.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

We run Boorool Transport as well as a beef enterprise between our properties at Boorool and Meerlieu. We carry stock for ourselves and our customers in our fleet of two semi trailers and one rigid truck. Being local we have a great knowledge of the local area which helps us help our customers when they need their animals transported to market or between farms.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

We have relied on Evans Petroleum for our fuel and lubricant needs for the past 15 to 20 years. Being local they have the bulk fuel delivery service we need backed with the service station coverage over Gippsland to keep our fleet fueled up at all times. We were even lucky enough to win a 200 litre STM plastic fuel tank at the field days from the Evans team just by ordering some grease cartridges and lawn mower oil. This will assist us greatly in taking fuel to our Meerliue property. A win for all concerned.

Johnsonville-Garage

Johnsonville Garage

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

I am Lee Sands and together with my husband Neville and our family we run Johnsonville Garage. We are both hands on with Neville coordinating the garage side and I running the service station and accounts.

Tell us about your company, and what you do.

We have been in this business for 15 years selling BP fuels and lubricants as well as running a successful workshop where we service and provide mechanical repairs to all ranges of vehicles. Driveway service at the fuel pumps sets us apart from most other service stations and is well received by our customers.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans Petroleum do for your business?

Evans Petroleum deliver the bulk fuel deliveries to our site and ensure that we maintain our BP branding through the Shop program as well as delivering the Castrol lubricants that we sell. Evans also maintain the fuel pumps and assist with signage support.

Steve Martin Plumbing - Customer Profile

Steve Martin Plumbing

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

My name is Steve Martin, and my main role is to co-ordinate all in coming work and allocate to staff and sub-contractors. I am hands on in the job and employ apprentices and work placement students to assist on all jobs. With the assistance of my wife Andrea I also look after invoicing and payments.

Tell us about your company, and what you do.

I have been self-employed for 20 years, building the business from the ground up. We supply the full range of plumbing services from residential to commercial including roofing, drainage and perform our tasks on new and old buildings as required.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans Petroleum do for your business?

Evans Petroleum has a large range of retail sites throughout South Gippsland that suits my working territory which allows me to access fuel when I need it. They also sell great coffee and fast food for a quick bite on the run or a filling lunch. Evans also have a terrific accounts system that allows easy reconciliation for fuel management purposes.

customer AW & RK Verboon

AW & RK Verboon

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

I am Andrew Verboon and together with my wife Bec we lease and operate a 350-cow dairy farm just out of Leongatha at Ruby. We employ casual staff to assist with farm work and milking of the cows and I co-ordinate all activities that ensure we are maximising the out put from the property.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

We have been farming for nearly ten years here now and provide milk to the local Murray Goulburn factory. I also undertake some harvesting contract work off the farm for local farmers and we produce our own stock through an intense breeding program. We see farming as a business more than a lifestyle and are always looking at best practice ideas to improve our processes.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

Evans Petroleum has the task of keeping our fuel tanks topped up which they do on their regular route runs. They also provide extra servicing of our diesel tank during the peak times of harvest when our usage is far greater than during the rest of the year. This is extremely important to us as down time costs money and time, and we need to be able to keep machinery operating as during harvest the window of opportunity is small with the fickle weather in South Gippsland.

customer South Gippsland Cars and Offroad

South Gippsland Cars and Offroad

What is your name and what is your role in the company?

I am Glen Markley, owner & operator who has a hands on role in the business. I co-ordinate all the work loads of our mechanics as well as shop sales, order parts and deal with my customers on a day-to-day basis. I also liaise with our Wonthaggi manager Clint Bordonaro on his operations and have an active role in their operations.

Tell us about your company and what you offer?

S.G. Off Road commenced operation out of a small shed in Horn Street in 2002 focusing on four-wheel drive vehicles as a single operator business. Since then we have expanded our operation to our current location with five mechanics, two office staff and myself. We also have opened a sister business in McKenzie Street, Wonthaggi in recent times. Our focus is on 4 wheel drive servicing and repairs, sales of ARB accessories and their installation and meeting our customers expectations. We are continually updating our sales offer and are currently undertaking a refurbishment of our sales room.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

Evans Petroleum have been with us from whoa to go assisting with supplies of quality lubricants, the provision of equipment to aid the dispensing of these products and the ability to access products at short notice either delivered or picked up from their depot in Hughes Street, Leongatha. In essence they are a partner in our business ensuring we have right lubricant application for all the vehicles we service. Evans Petroleum also assists us with the supply of fuels for our vehicles through their two strategic service stations in Leongatha and Wonthaggi.

customer Stoitse Transport

Stoitse Transport

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

Stephen Stoitse is my name and I together with my mother, brother, wife and other family members run the day-to-day activities of our business, Peter Stoitse Transp[ort. I have a hands on role coordinating the activities of our fleet as well as being in contact with all facets of our business including staff, vehicles, customers and the costs associated with an organization our size.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

We are bulk liquid and general freight cartage contractors with depots in Welshpool, Leongatha, Tatura, allansford, Hallam, Maffra and Wallace. We pick up and carry such products as bulk milk, fuel, wood, fish and general freight throughout Victoria as well as provide an inter state service as well for our customers.

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

If we don’t have fuel we don’t move its that simple! Evans keep our trucks going 7 days a week and provide an all over service whether it be delivering in bulk or having our vehicles pick up at one of their sites. They offer the reliability and service to our business that is critical to our operations efficiency and coupled with a competitive price and good service station localities gives us the complete package for our fuel needs

customer Traralgon East Service Station

Traralgon East Service Station

What is your name, and what is your role with the company?

Brendan- Jackie runs the fuel side and convenience part of the business and I run the new car wash as the leasee’s and operators of the service station. Jointly we control the fuel and other stocks while at the same time tending to the day-to-day issues that arise with the site and our customers.

Tell us about your company, and what products/services you offer?

Our site is a large BP branded service station on the Eastern side of Traralgon that caters for all vehicle fuelling needs 24 hours per day 7 days per week. We also offer food and convenience items as well as a very up to date car wash. A good range of Castrol lubricants is also available as well as most items expected from a business like ours

How does your business rely on Evans Petroleum? What does Evans do for your business?

We require a constant supply of fuels to our site which Evans Petroleums fleet of b-double assemblies look after in superb fashion. The changing face of sales that exists with our site sometimes requires stock in a hurry and the courteous staff are always willing to assist wherever needed. Evans also provide the link to BP Australia that is very important to our business.