20 years of Newcastle Transport Awareness Day

Transport Awareness Day in Newcastle 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the event and is shaping up to be the biggest yet with an increase in truck numbers, a larger support from sponsors and huge crows expected to attend.

The 20th anniversary of the Awareness Day, organised by the Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Group (NHRRTAG), is a significant milestone for road transport. Money raised goes to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service and more than $1 million has been donated to the cause.

Sunday November 3 will see the parade of trucks depart Newcastle Markets at Sandgate at 9am, travelling under police escort through to the Harbour Foreshore, travelling along city streets and greeted by thousands of Novocastrians who support the annual event. On arrival the trucks join a huge number of industry displays, family entertainment, food stalls and auctions.

Importantly, the event showcases road transport in the best possible way, allowing the community to look at trucking, discuss the industry with professionals and learn how trucking is committed to safety and contribute to their lifestyle and Australia’s economy.

NHRRTAG held the first Awareness Day in 1993 at Civic Park in Newcastle with a small number of trucks and over the years it has grown to become one of the largest trucking events in the country, with huge support from both industry and the general public.

The group was formed to raise industry awareness, a few individuals from the local Newcastle scene banding together to show the benefits of trucking, and since that first day the parade of trucks and activities on the Harbour Foreshore is a major event in the city keenly supported by the local community.

NHRRTAG has won several awards for its work in promoting industry nationally and tourism in the local area.

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