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Just when it seemed to be an event with­out a home, the an­nual Lights On The Hill Memo­rial Con­voy roared back into ac­tion on Oc­to­ber 1. Greg Bush writes

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Twelve months is a long time in the truck­ing in­dus­try. And so it has been for the an­nual Lights On The Hill Con­voy Memo­rial Con­voy.

Fol­low­ing a mam­moth turnout of trucks in Fe­bru­ary 2015, the event seemed cer­tain con­tinue mov­ing ahead.

Lights On The HIll had al­ready out­grown the Gat­ton Show­ground, it’s long-time home up to and in­clud­ing 2014. A move to the wide open spa­ces of the Gat­ton race­course last year ap­peared a step in the right di­rec­tion.

But prob­lems arose, in­clud­ing ac­cess is­sues. A new venue in the shape of a new and larger show­ground was be­ing men­tioned as the an­swer for 2016’s event. How­ever, it soon be­came ap­par­ent that the new venue would not be ready in time for its usual Fe­bru­ary date, and with no suit­able al­ter­nate venue in sight, Lights On The Hill was can­celled. This was ex­ac­er­bated with the sud­den pass­ing of Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil mayor Steve Jones in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Sur­pris­ingly, after ne­go­ti­a­tions with the coun­cil and the Lock­yer Val­ley Race Club, a deal was struck where Lights On The Hill was able to re­turn to the track, bring­ing in its own ameni­ties.

A more con­ve­nient truck ac­cess point was made avail­able, and the event was stretched to two days, com­bin­ing the twin con­voys with the an­nual memo­rial ser­vice.

Lights On The Hill com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Kerry

Above: The Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil’s Mack, which led the With­cott con­voy, had prime po­si­tion at the track.

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