From small beginnings 18 years ago when the first display was held in Civic Park in the city, Road Transport Awareness Day has grown into the largest event of its kind in the country featuring a huge convoy and industry exhibition on the Newcastle Harbour foreshore.
Since inception it has been a major fundraiser for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and it is anticipated money raised from this year’s event will take the total contribution to the vital service to over one million dollars.
Trucks will assemble prior to the parade at Sandgate Markets at 8am for registration and a free breakfast before the convoy heads to the foreshore under police escort. Activities on the day include the official opening and blessing of the fleet at 11am, a huge exhibition by road transport suppliers, major auction to raise funds, competitions for truck operators, and music and rides for children. At 3pm trophies will be awarded followed by the closing address at 4pm.
Entry forms are available online at www.transportawarenessday.org.au and cover all aspects and categories associated with the day including exhibition space bookings.
Road Transport Awareness Day has become a major attraction for Newcastle residents who line the streets to watch the parade and then move to the harbour to get up close and personal with trucks and trucking people.
The Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Day Group has been recognised for its contribution to the Australian trucking industry through a number of awards.