LBCA young driver award nominations open
THE Livestock and Bulk Carriers Association (LBCA) is seeking nominations from outstanding young truck drivers (21-35yrs) for the inaugural LBCA Young Driver Award.
A $5,000 trip to the USA will go to the award winner, who must demonstrate a best practice approach to driving and safety.
Nominations are open until 9 January 2015, and the award will be presented at the LBCA Conference in Jindabyne, on 6-7 March 2015.
The award winner will be a role model for the rural transport industry, and will help to promote rural transport as a viable, long term career choice for young people.
LBCA President, Jock Carter said "Rural transport is an essential service and we have an aging workforce".
"Without rural transporters, Australian produce wouldn't get from the farm gate to the table," he said.
"The job is a lot more challenging than people realise - the hours are long, the work can be dangerous, and compliance can be complicated.
"The LBCA Young Driver Award recognises our top young drivers and showcases their commitment to safety and best practice. It's something we should all strive for and be proud of," said Mr Carter.
Powerful winds roll B-double truck, knock walls out of home in central-west Queensland
Photo: A fierce wind storm caused a B-double truck to roll on its side on the Capricorn Highway near Barcaldine. (Audience submitted: Maddie Fitzpatrick)
A fierce wind storm in central western Queensland has caused a B-double truck to roll on its side and torn the walls out of homes.
The truck was travelling on the Capricorn Highway about 20 kilometres east of Barcaldine about 3:00pm (AEST) yesterday when the storm hit.
Nearby in Muttaburra, a drought-stricken town with a population of less than 100, wild weather overnight and early this morning damaged about 10 homes.
Some had walls blown in and some had the roofs ripped from their buildings.
Longreach police Inspector Mark Henderson said a crane worked last night to get the truck back on the road.
He said it was not unheard of for trucks to roll in wind storms because the landscape was so flat.
Photo: A house at Muttaburra lost its roof in a windy storm on Wednesday afternoon. (Audience submitted: Anthony Hayden)
"It's something that does happen from time to time out here," he said.
"We do have B-doubles and in fact big road trains fall over from time to time due to the high winds.
"It's very flat out here ... so when the winds get up it's not uncommon for a large semi-trailer to be knocked over."
A police spokesman said the driver of the tipped truck was taken to hospital with shoulder injuries and suspected broken bones.
Prepare for more storms: disaster management team
An urgent clean-up was underway in Muttaburra, north of Longreach, in case more storms eventuate later today, Barcaldine's deputy mayor Jenni Gray said.
The storm tore through the tiny town last night and into the early hours of this morning, damaging homes and uprooting trees.
"It's taken walls out of houses ... we've probably got about eight to 10 houses unroofed or partly unroofed," Cr Gray said.
Barcaldine Mayor Rob Chandler said another home north of Aramac also lost its roof.
"We've got SES crews from Longreach, Muttaburra, support staff from Home Assist Secure, and also the carpenters from Barcaldine are heading across," he said.
"We haven't declared the situation at the moment, we think it is manageable. We are just in a watch situation and cleaning up as best we can."
Inspector Henderson said while repairs were underway at Muttaburra, preparations were needed elsewhere.
"What is more concerning is that we are getting predictions of even greater winds today," he said.
"Those winds will affect all of my patrol group, so that includes Barcaldine, Blackall and Isisford, right up through Winton and in fact Longreach.
"We need to quickly baton down the hatches for some strong winds today."
Photo: Damage at the Muttaburra post office house following a severe storm on Wednesday afternoon. (Audience submitted: Anthony Hayden)
In the Wide Bay Burnett region, the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) reported wind gusts of more than 100 kilometres per hour.
In Kingaroy, wind gusts of about 115kph hit about 6:00pm.
There were reports of trees down and hail in parts of the North Burnett.
About 4,000 homes and businesses in the North Burnett, Fraser Coast and Mary Valley lost power but most were restored overnight.
BoM spokesman Rick Threlfall said Thursday would be another hot and sticky day across the south-east with the possibility of severe storms.
"There's a lot of instability in the atmosphere and all the ingredients are there for some severe thunderstorms," he said.
Mr Threlfall said temperatures should be a few degrees cooler across the region than Wednesday, when the mercury climbed to 40 in Ipswich, a 10-year high of 37 at Coolangatta and 35 at Brisbane.
The terrifying moment a truck flips over on the freeway, before other motorists just drive around it
Shocking footage has emerged of a truck's back trailer rolling over on its side on a motorway.
The footage shows a vehicle driving along Sydney's M4 motorway on Thursday morning before capturing the terrifying moment of the single-truck crash on a dashboard camera.
Driving under wet conditions, the truck’s dog trailer can be seen losing control as it wobbles from left to right – lifting one side up in the air before it landed back down but ends up flipping over.
Within seconds, the trailer ends up scrapping on its’ side along the freeway but luckily the surrounding vehicles managed to avoid any collision with the truck.
The driver with the dashcam, believed to be Mat Wake, can be heard stepping on his brake, as he slowly drives towards the incident while smoke and dust started appearing from the trailer.
When the trailer stopped sliding across the road, other motorists are seen driving around the truck but they continue off in their journey.
It is unclear what happened after the incident but one motorist posted a photograph of the accident scene on the video, showing a tow truck, road officials and police officers surrounding the empty trailer.
The video was posted onto Dash Cam Owners Australia on Thursday morning. A caption along the video explained: 'A Dog trailer of a truck develops a tank slapper ans [sic] flips on Sydney's M4 motorway. Luckily Police were just down the road and started reversing up as it happened.'
Since it was last uploaded, the video has received more than 55,000 views and a significant amount of comments about the incident.
Sharyn Harrison wrote: ‘Hate the way the car beside just keeps driving, moron should have been the first to stop.’
Matt Chaplin wrote: ‘So lucky he didn't take anyone else out. Could have been catastrophic!’
Damean Frost said: ‘First thing my 6 year old asked why isnt anybody stopping to help..’
Dave Cowan posted: ‘Nice Work , How About Stopping and at Least Seeing if the Driver Was Alright, Were You Late for a Hair Appointment !’
But the driver who caught it all on camera, Mat Wake has defended why he didn’t stopped, saying ‘To all commenting about me not stopping… There were already 2cars [sic] pulled up behind him and a cop 100m away reversing to the situation.’
Truck driver Melville Bollen jailed for five years for causing fatal derailment of a Metro train
An elderly truck driver who caused the fatal derailment of a Metro train has been jailed for five years.
Supreme Court Justice Lex Lasry said on Thursday that the tragic collision, which killed one passenger and injured several others, was yet another example of the extraordinary danger caused by motorists who did not comply with level crossings.
Melville Bollen, 71, who pleaded guilty to one count of culpable driving causing death and four charges of negligently causing serious injury, blamed 19 seconds of inattention for the accident.
He denied falling asleep at the wheel of the prime mover or using his mobile phone at the time.
Justice Lasry said while he was satisfied that Bollen had not been falling asleep, he said the fact the truck driver was distracted for as long as 19 seconds made it a very serious offence.
He jailed Bollen for five years with a non-parole period of two years and six months and disqualifying him from driving for five years
Justice Lasry said it was "remarkable" that Bollen had failed to keep a proper lookout when driving a heavy vehicle, but had no doubt Bollen was devastated and remorseful over the accident.
Bollen, from Narre Warren, had worked for nine consecutive days before the crash and begun work at 2.30am delivering produce for markets and supermarkets on the day of the fatal collision.
He caused a Cranbourne-bound Metro six-carriage train to derail after he crashed through boom gates at the Dandenong South level crossing into the train's path at 11.40am on November 3, 2012. The boom gates were down and red lights flashing when Bollen drove through them.
Train passenger David Cron, 43, of Cranbourne West, who was seated in the first carriage, died in the crash and several others were injured, including the train driver who suffered a fractured skull and brain injury.
The train had been travelling at 113km/h and the level crossing active for 24 to 25 seconds when the crash happened.
The Crown case was that Bollen, driving at 59km/h and towing a trailer loaded with produce, caused the crash because of 19 seconds of inattention.
One witness said Bollen appeared to have his head down for about a second and looked up startled to see the boom gates down.
After the accident, Bollen rang his boss, David Clemmens, to say he might have fallen asleep at the wheel. Mr Clemmens said Bollen told him: "Don't know, I think I must've snoozed".
Mr Clemmens warned the driver, "Don't say that, you'll get into trouble."
Bollen later told police he had a black spot in his memory leading up to the crash and was at a loss to explain what happened.
He admitted having been grossly negligent, but he was certain fatigue had played no part in the accident.
He claimed to have been in shock after the accident and his comments about falling asleep at the wheel were an attempt at the time to try to work out why the crash had happened.
Train operator Metro is taking civil action against Bollen, claiming it incurred considerable losses over damaged carriages and infrastructure.
Put safety front and centre over holiday period: ATA
Australian Trucking Association gives tips to truck drivers and motorists on staying safe on the road over the Christmas period.
The peak lobby group representing Australia’s trucking industry has reminded truck drivers and motorists to take regular breaks and manage fatigue to stay safe on the road over the Christmas and New Year periods.
The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) says motorists should not push through fatigue or drive faster to cut journey times to make it to their destinations.
ATA CEO Stuart St Clair says drivers need to stick to the speed limit, pull over and have a nap if they are tired or share the job with another driver.
St Clair has asked truck drivers to keep the holiday traffic in mind when planning schedules for the coming weeks.
"The roads are always busy at this time of year – it’s not a surprise. Trucking businesses and drivers need to schedule in time to safely deal with traffic delays," he says.
"Professional drivers should keep an eye out for holiday motorists who may not be familiar with the roads, or who are towing a boat or caravan for the once-a-year holiday. Be patient, stay well back and share the road safely."
The ATA will play animated safety videos on TV stations around Australia over the coming weeks to drive home the safety message.
The videos recommend safety tips for motorists, such as staying out of a heavy vehicle’s blind spots, not cutting in front of trucks and not overtaking trucks when they are turning.
To raise awareness of road safety these holidays, the ATA has developed a short animated video that will be played on TV stations around Australia over the coming weeks.
Truck regulator lifts paperwork burden on drivers in North America
US truck drivers no longer need to file reports on vehicle inspections that show no defects.
The US trucking industry is tipped to save about $1.7 billion annually when existing paperwork requirements for heavy vehicle inspections are removed next week.
From December 18, truck drivers will no longer need to file a report on pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections if no defects or maintenance concerns are identified.
US transport laws currently require drivers to conduct vehicle inspections and then complete what is known as a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR), even when no problems are found.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which regulates the trucking industry in the US, estimates drivers spend about 46.7 million hours each year completing DVIRs.
"Eliminating DVIRs when no safety defects or mechanical deficiencies are identified will result in time savings valued at $1.7 billion annually," the agency says.
US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx says the reform means drivers can focus more on delivering freight instead of spending hours on unnecessary paperwork.
"This is a far better way to do business," he says.
FMCSA acting administrator Scott Darling says existing DVIR requirements rank 19th on the list of highest paperwork burdens across all federal agencies.
"By scrapping the no-defect inspection reports the burden is reduced to 79th, marking the most significant paperwork reduction achievement thus far in the Obama administration," he says.
The reform is part of president Barack Obama’s push to remove outdated and overly-burdensome regulations on the private sector.
The US Government in 2012 removed similar requirements on truck drivers operating trailers used for transporting containerised cargo shipments.
The FMCSA says the change led to an estimated annual saving of $54 million to the industry.
NSW authorities blitz trucking during Operation Shield
Targeted enforcement campaign leads to officers handing out notices for defects, infringements and registration breaches.
Authorities in New South Wales have struck hard against the trucking industry in the lead-up to Christmas, issuing hundreds of defect notices during an operation targeting heavy vehicles.
NSW Police and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) inspected almost 10,000 trucks as part of Operation Shield, resulting in 796 defect notices, 129 infringements and 119 breaches for registration.
During inspections, officers uncovered evidence of speed limiter tampering, improper load restraint, expired travel permits, drug use and mechanical failures.
"To see some of the trucks during the operation with significant mechanical or load restraint faults is simply not good enough," NSW Police assistant commissioner John Hartley says.
"One truck in particular was intercepted missing two wheels on the B-double trailer, and the axle being held up by chains. It was obviously fortunate for the driver and the company that officers took action when they did, effectively preventing a serious crash."
Hartley says he saw an over-length truck and trailer with large lengths of angle iron being used to restrain other iron products. He says the practice "should be of grave concern" to those who loaded the trailer, the driver and the fleet operator.
"Even the customer who has purchased the product is liable in the event of a crash," he says.
Police and the RMS stationed themselves at the roadside and heavy vehicle inspection sites at Marulan, Chinderah, Daroobalgie, Parkes, Forbes, Cooma, Nimmitabel, Queanbeyan, Kankool, Bell, Mount Boyce, Mount White, Coffs Harbour, Pine Creek and Coolac.
NSW Police says there were 22 positive results from the 1,861 random drug tests officers conducted. The 3,478 random breath tests all returned a negative result.
It says speed tampering was of most concern.
"Out of the 264 trucks that were subjected to an engine control module download by officers, 33 were found to have been tampered with, which is a totally unacceptable risk to road safety," Hartley says.
"Not only do those drivers face a penalty of $2,252, but operators and companies face penalties, with one recently fined $10,000 for allowing such practices to occur."
"Speed tampering is not only dangerous to the driver and other motorists, but it also places the operators and directors of companies at great risk of prosecution, which is evident in recent court outcomes where penalties have been over a million dollars in some circumstances," he says.
Police agencies in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia also took part in Operation Shield.
Holiday-makers using truck rest stops raise driver ire
Trucking group urges NSW Government to keep caravans and campers out of truck rest stops.
Truck drivers are urging holiday-makers in New South Wales to steer clear of designated rest bays along national freight routes.
The NSW branch of the Australian Trucking Association (ATA NSW) has also raised its concerns with roads minister Duncan Gay.
ATA NSW manager Jodie Broadbent says rest stops are increasingly being used as camping grounds by groups hoping to avoid the fees associated with caravan parks and designated camping zones.
The issue was highlighted last weekend when a truck driver was unable to find a space at a rest stop near Brunswick Heads, a popular beach destination in the north of NSW.
The driver posted a photo to ATA NSW, which took up the cause with Gay and on social media.
Broadbent says the immediate solution is a simple one: to signpost rest stops as truck-only spaces.
"We hope some of these [signs] will be rolled out at parking bays across NSW key arterial freight routes soon," she says, adding that signs along the Pacific Highway are particularly urgent and should be installed by Christmas.
Broadbent has also reached out to caravanning communities online to highlight truck drivers’ need for continual access to rest stops.
"It's important to remember that truck drivers are required by law to take rest breaks at certain times," she advises.
"If you must stop in a parking bay, please don't do so over extended periods."
Comment is being sought from Gay, who has previously championed the rest stop access cause.
Earlier this year he suggested an in-vehicle app that let drivers know if there is space at an upcoming rest stop could lead to a smart phone-enabled booking system for the spaces.
He says the NSW Government is also looking at building more rest stop spaces along key freight routes.
Highway death trap upgraded at last
Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss announces the up-grade of Bruce Highway intersection at Gold Nugget Service Station, Gympie. At front right, Scott Whitaker - District Director of Transport for Main Roads with Wide Bay, Burnett region showing the highway up-grade plan to from left Garth Madill representing the Madill Motor Group, owners of the The Nugget Service Station and Truck Stop with Member for Gympie, David Gibson MP, Deputy Prime Minister Mr Warren Truss, Gympie Regional Council Acting Mayor Tony Perrett and Police Inspector Jon Lewis. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times
THE notorious Bruce Hwy death trap at the Gold Nugget service station, south of Gympie, will finally be upgraded early next year.
After seven fatalities it is a win for the community and common sense.
IT IS also a win for the local authorities, Gympie Regional Council and The Gympie Times, which joined forces to push for the upgrade after too many headlines featured fatalities or near misses over the years.
Member for Wide Bay Warren Truss made the announcement yesterday, describing the redesign as a "radical change".
In 10 years there have been 82 crashes and seven fatalities across the stretch of highway, which Mr Truss said highlighted the importance of the $26million project.
Deputy Prime Minister, Warren Truss announces the up-grade of Bruce Highway intersection at Gold Nugget Service Station, Gympie. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Mill
Mr Truss said upgrades to the Keefton Rd intersection and access arrangements for the Gold Nugget service station would dramatically improve safety for motorists.
"Clearly there have been a number of accidents, in this case 82 was pretty horrible, particularly the seven fatalities and we responded to that," he said.
"It will fund urgent safety works to improve traffic flow to the region and ensure the safety of those who use it." The upgrade will be permanently integrated with future works along the Cooroy to Curra stretch.
The road will be widened with a slip lane, as well as new turn-off lanes for the Gold Nugget and Six Mile Creek intersections.
The tender process will begin in the new year, with construction planned about March 2015.
Gympie Acting Mayor Tony Perrett said before the announcement, there were no plans for the Gold Nugget stretch to be incorporated in any upgrades.
Instead some minor works had been implemented at the black spot, such as new paint, increased police enforcement and cameras to record driver behaviour.
"We've been trying for a long period to improve safety aspects in accessing Gympie," he said.
"It's a tremendous announcement.
"The reputation of this highway is known across Queensland and Australia."
CCC busts fake licence scheme in Qld
Almost 20 people face charges over a fake driver's licence scheme allegedly involving a former Queensland government worker.
The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) alleges a man and a woman facilitated cash payments from their friends to a Department of Transport and Main Roads employee in exchange for new or upgraded licences.
In some cases truck, motorcycle and boat permits were added to existing licences.
"This potentially allowed individuals to operate vehicles or vessels they were not qualified or legitimately licensed to operate," a statement from the CCC said.
A 30-year-old Parkwood man and a 25-year-old Pacific Pines woman were on Thursday issued with notices to appear in court after an 11-month long investigation by the corruption watchdog.
The man is facing 20 charges of official corruption and one charge of fraud, while the woman faces nine counts of official corruption and three fraud charges.
They're due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court next month.
Sixteen people accused of paying for the new and upgraded licenses face a total of 21 charges.
Further charges are likely to be laid, including against the former transport department worker, a statement from the CCC said.
Truckie fined for lack of rest while driving for a week
CENTRAL Queensland truck driver Barry Oscar Harper will need to rest his eyelids next time if he wants to avoid another court fine.
Or worse, falling asleep at the steering wheel.
Harper, 43, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one count of driving solo and not resting for the minimum regulated rest time under standard hours for heavy vehicles.
About 3pm on October 9, police officers on the Capricorn Hwy near Blackwater stopped a Kenworth prime mover in relation to a matter. Police prosecutor Senior Constable Shaun Janes said officers identified Harper as the man driving the heavy vehicle.
The court heard officers asked Harper to produce his licence and work diary. Harper's diary recorded his work and rest activity over the past few weeks, in relation to driving his fatigue-regulated heavy vehicle.
Harper told the police he was operating under the solo driver standard 12 hours work and rest option.
Snr Const Janes said the officers inspected Harper's diary and found the defendant had worked seven days (from September 18 to September 25), but failed to have 24 continuous hours of rest in that period.
The minimum period of rest allowed for Harper was 24 hours in any seven-day period.
The court heard Harper had nine-and-a-half hours rest on the last day of his seven-day period, but it wasn't enough.
Snr Const Janes also told the court Harper had driven four days beforehand without a break.
In his defence, Harper told the court he simply didn't know the rules.
Magistrate Cameron Press fined Harper $750 with conviction recorded.
NatRoad director: some customers do not care about chain of responsibility
Leading regional operator Steve Fieldus says he knows of customers who care about the chain of responsibility, and others who don’t.
Steve Fieldus is a third generation truckie and one of those people who "gives back" to the industry he’s spent his whole life in.
Based in Dubbo in the central west of New South Wales, Fieldus is managing director of Transforce, an increasingly diversified trucking company he has built up from one truck 15 years ago.
With more than 20 modern trucks and 15 sub-contractors, Transforce carts grain and fertiliser and other bulk agricultural goods, general freight and now dangerous goods and heavy machinery as well.
Running a show like that is a big enough job as it is, but Fieldus also finds time for honorary positions on the board of NatRoad and as president of Grain NSW.
Not to mention being a trucking pioneer, gaining approval for the first quin dog trailer in NSW, and establishing the first carbon-neutral trucking operation in Australia.
And Fieldus has some blunt assessments on the chain of responsibility awareness of clients.
"They're not aware enough about how much they are actually in the chain, and if they do realise that there in the chain somewhere, they just bury their head in the sand really," Fieldus says.
"Not all, but a lot."
"We have some major clients that are very professional in the way they ensure that we are compliant to our link in the chain under COR, but you have also got some clients who wouldn't have a clue — and really don't care, until something happens, and then they will deal with it."
With all his various hats on, Fieldus knows of and has heard about a lot of rural trucking customers.
So he knows that chain of responsibility is a concept which is yet to take off in the bush.
However, there are some improvements, Fieldus says.
Take pressure to meet unrealistic deadlines: "There’s no such thing anymore really," he says.
But when it comes to customer management of driver fatigue, there is still a long road to travel.
"You can get to some of the sites and sit there for half a day before they will unload you, or before they will load you," Fieldus laments.
"Or they don't communicate that well that they have a problem at this site, so you arrive there and you can't load or unload, so they either send you to another site or say ‘bad luck you will have to come back tomorrow’. How do you manage your business around that?
"If you are going to have a chain of responsibility, don't just target one or two links in the chain. Are we going to the right links in the chain? Not always."
Woman shaken by threatening semitrailer on Bruce Hwy
A woman says she was tailgated by a truck from Childers to Torbanlea. Her child took this photo of the truck near the back of her car.
A WOMAN has shared an alarming encounter, saying a truck tailgated her on the Bruce Hwy from Childers to Torbanlea.
Shola Saffy posted a photo her child took on the Fraser Coast Chronicle's Facebook page, saying the driver of the truck "decided to endanger mine and my five children's lives".
Ms Saffy said she was travelling at the speed limit at 100kmh but was forced to go about the speed limit by five to 10kmh to avoid the truck, which she said was close to hitting her.
"(I) was so scared and felt bullied by them to go faster in wet weather," she said.
One the Facebook commenter encouraged Ms Saffy to make a complaint about the driver to the company for which he was working.
Truck drivers handed more than 1700 speeding fines in Victoria
BREAKNECK truckies are a menace on the state’s roads, scorning speed limits to make their runs on time and putting Victorians’ lives at risk.
More than 1700 speeding offences by truckies have been logged in the past year.
And data obtained by the Herald Sun shows motorists in country Victoria are most at risk from these rogue drivers.
The shires of Wangaratta, Horsham, Benalla and Mitchell have been the state’s worst areas for leadfoot truck drivers over the past five years.
And in 2013-14, six truckies were caught exceeding the limit by more than 35km/h.
Truck maintenance is also under the microscope: in August, near Wodonga, a boy, 4, and two women were killed when a detached BP trailer crushed the cars they were in.
Within minutes of the Herald Sun’s joining VicRoads Transport Safety Services on Monday, a truck driver was pulled over in Epping and issued with a defect notice for a diesel fuel leak and a suspected drawbar failure — the same problem involved in the fatal Wodonga crash.
One truck driver, who does the Melbourne-Sydney run weekly, said truck companies put the public at risk by pressuring drivers to speed and to falsify logbooks.
He wants police to be able to hold them accountable for speeding.
“If I get caught speeding, ultimately it’s my fault and I have to pay the fine. But we get pressured to get the load there on time,’’ said the driver, who wished to remain anonymous.
“We are given a timeslot, and it doesn’t matter if there is bad traffic or a lane closure. Companies don’t care, so the driver has to speed,” he said.
“A lot of drivers fear losing their jobs, especially if they are new to the industry.”
But Victorian Transport Association chief executive Peter Anderson said: “No company forces its drivers to speed. Speeding is not acceptable, and we will continue to educate drivers caught.”
Horsham, in Victoria’s west, recorded 111 speeding truckies in 2013-14, more than anywhere else in the state.
About 1500 trucks pass through the town daily, and mayor Mark Radford pleaded for a Western Highway bypass.
VicRoads chief operations officer Peter Todd said speed contributed to almost a third of the state’s road deaths.
Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said: “We urge all those involved in the heavy vehicle industry, and all other drivers, to take extra care during this high-risk period.”
Show continues to raise bar at Castlemaine
Brett Cornwill with daughter Kiah and nephew Blake.
SOMEWHAT surprisingly the Castlemaine Truck Show was the brainchild of two women. Lil and Marie White started the show 26 years ago as a means of raising funds to sponsor Marie in the Miss Australia quest, run by what was then called the Spastic Society.
From humble beginnings, the show quickly grew to the point where three or so years down the track it was too big for them to handle.
At this time they went to the local Rotary club, who took on the event. Today the Castlemaine Truck Show raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity.
This year 200 drivers showed their trucks, with 150 of the vehicles registered for the various category awards.
Geoff Brown (without an E, because his parents couldn't afford one) arrived with a White, painted in eye-catching blue.
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