Cooroy Mountain drivers fight closure

DELIVERY drivers left with nothing but debts after the breakup of the Cooroy Mountain Spring Water Group and sale of its database are fighting back.

The drivers, who paid between $100,000 and $150,000 for their trucks and customer bases, were told last week to close up shop.

Liquidator Rob Hutson said the sale of subsidiary Wimmers Cordials to Cooroy businessman Peter Lavin had settled and Coke company Neverfail had bought the home and office delivery database for the water.

That left the nine company drivers out in the cold. Sean Orpwood bought a nightmare when he paid $100,000 for his run only eight months ago.

"We're trying to hang on to our businesses and our homes," he said yesterday.

"I've had calls from customers asking if I'm working for Neverfail because they said they had been told I was," Mr Orpwood said.

He and four drivers have teamed with former company sales representative Ken Finzel to fight back.

Mr Finzel said Neverfail had offered the drivers each a three-month contract which they had rejected.

Instead, they have banded together as an independent water distribution business backed by Mountain Dew Natural Spring Water at Mount Tamborine, a family run business.

They worked through the weekend talking to old customers.

Mr Finzel said the customer base had been sold out from beneath the drivers who had been forced to start from scratch.

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