Transport’s finest will come together this Sunday as the 23rd annual Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day rolls into Maitland Showground.
With a huge line-up of truck displays including a 150-strong convoy from Sandgate to Maitland, live entertainment by Newcastle’s The Voice entrant Lyn Bowtell, Viper Creek Band, a visit from Disney’s Cars 3 Mack the Transporter and a host of rides and entertainment, Transport Awareness Day promises to have something for everyone.
Secretary of the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Group, Leonnie Carter, said the day was shaping up to be a massive event.
“The Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness committee have been working tirelessly for months to ensure this years’s show is the best one yet. We've been really fortunate to secure some fabulous attractions and entertainment and with over 150 big rigs and transport industry exhibitors on display, there's certainly something for everyone.”
The Transport Awareness Day started several years ago by a dedicated group of industry professionals who wanted to break down the barriers between the Transport industry and the community, and that vision continues strongly today.
“There is a general overview of the transport industry and its drivers, that they are a nuisance on the road. So to change this we need better education of car drivers about sharing the road with trucks.” Mrs Carter said.
“What we hope to achieve every year on this day is that the industry here in the Hunter is full of family operators whose first priority is that of other people on the road.
“We want to teach everyone that we care about them as much as our own people.”
Transport Awareness Day also aims to appeal to the next generation of drivers to show them that transport can be a highly rewarding and lucrative career.
“Industry statistics show there is a major shortage of drivers coming through and in the very near future, the delivery of resources, agriculture and freight will be under threat if we don't show the next generation what a truly great career this can be,” Mrs Carter said.
But the real winners on the day are the three beneficiaries who will receive the funds generated from the event. In its 23 years,
Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day has raised over $1.4 million for local charities.
“This year we’re thrilled to support the Mark Hughes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service from money we raise on the day,” Mrs Carter said.
“That's why we encourage everyone to come along, buy a sausage sizzle and help us celebrate the great contribution the transport industry makes here in the Hunter."