2013 Australian Trucking News — Newcastle’s 20th Awareness Celebration

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Now on its 20th year on the road, Newcastle and Hunter Transport Awareness Group will celebrate its Awareness Day on November 3. The Newcastle’s Awareness Day will be celebrated with a truck convoy inviting Australian truckers to join.

Newcastle has been celebrating the Awareness Day since 1994, and up to this day, it carries the same theme – A massive truck convoy. The celebration will be accompanied with show ‘n shine competitions, which will mark one great day for Australia’s trucking industry. This had been traditionally done to for Newcastle and Hunter trucking companies altogether with owner-operators, and big rigs to showcase a positive promotion for the trucking industry.

As customary, the event starts at 6 am in the morning assembly of large fleets at 6 am at Sandgate Fruit Markets. After a delightful B-B-Q breakfast of drivers together with their families, everyone gets ready for the convoy at 9am. The truckers will be escorted by police men to the main venue in Foreshore Park.

A three B-model Macks will lead the parade by one of the Newcastle’s long-standing trucking operators and an inductee into the 2012 Shell Rimula Hall of Fame at Alice Springs, Paul Harrison. As the event goes on, there will be trade stalls, live music, entertainment for kids, and a search for the best looking fleet from the participants. A raffle will be drawn during the day’s event with a 1st winning prize of $1,000, $750 for the 2nd prize, and $500 for the 3rd prize.

The event has garnered support from the Australian Trucking Association (ATA). ATA will be sponsoring a yesteryear-style marquee dedicated to the trucking industry veterans of Newcastle and Hunter. According to Tony McGarth, Chairman of the Awareness group, this marquee will enable veterans to catch up with their friends and former comrades as well as a place to enjoy the event and have a break.

Newcastle and Hunter Transport Awareness Day Excerpts

The day is ultimately about safety and increasing awareness of the transport industry.
For over a decade, the Newcastle Transport Awareness day has been promoting the Transport Industry to other road users, future employees, regulators and itself.
The industry displays itself in a good and positive perspective for greater public awareness, with well over 200 transport operators on brilliant display proudly supported by their suppliers
The whole day is supported by the Australian Trucking Association, industry and community sponsors
This is the opportunity for the community to learn how to live with trucks, respect the trucking industry and learn the importance of trucking to the community and the Australian economy
This is the chance prospective employees get to talk, feel and experience trucking and explore the career opportunities within the industry
It is a day when all the transport industry participants work together in a mutual spirit of cooperation for common community benefits
It is a huge day, with thousands of trucking industry people displaying themselves in a positive light for all the thousands that attended to benefit.
It is a day that greatly benefits the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

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