Mile­stone for Bris­bane Truck Show

Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia will cel­e­brate a half cen­tury of Bris­bane Truck Shows in May 2017, with the event ex­pected to at­tract more than 35,000 vis­i­tors from across Aus­tralia and the world

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Heavy Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try Aus­tralia (HVIA) has an­nounced a se­ries of new fea­tures and im­prove­ments for the 50th an­niver­sary of the next year’s Bris­bane Truck Show.

The iconic event will be held at the Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (BCEC) from May 25 to 28, 2017.

“The show has come a long way from its hum­ble be­gin­nings when 21 truck, trailer and com­po­nent man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers came to­gether at Haul­mark Trail­ers’ premises in Rock­lea in 1968,” HVIA chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett Wright says.

“The 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show is the fourth that will be held at BCEC, and will fea­ture up to 300 ex­hibitors dis­play­ing the lat­est trucks, trail­ers, com­po­nents, equip­ment, ac­ces­sories and tech­nol­ogy.

“As part of the cel­e­bra­tion HVIA will be fea­tur­ing an in­no­va­tion, man­u­fac­tur­ing and work­force de­vel­op­ment dis­play on the Plaza level.

“Our fo­cus is al­ways on mak­ing the event a great ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors.

“The im­prove­ments we’ve made for the 2017 Bris­bane Truck Show range from on­line tick­et­ing to the ex­hi­bi­tion lay­out.

“As pre­vi­ously, vis­i­tors can en­ter BCEC from any of three points how­ever the main foyer en­try will

Our fo­cus is al­ways on mak­ing the event a great ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors and ex­hibitors.

no longer in­ter­fere with vis­i­tors mov­ing be­tween the main halls and the up­per floors.”

Other en­hance­ments in­clude the show awards which have been re­formed to recog­nise and re­ward ex­cel­lence in in­no­va­tion, safety and pro­duc­tiv­ity.

In ad­di­tion, the pop­u­lar Ap­pren­tice Chal­lenge will now be a truly na­tional event with com­peti­tors be­ing rep­re­sented from each of the HVIA re­gions in­clud­ing the eastern re­gion of Queens­land, NSW and ACT; the south­ern re­gion of Vic­to­ria, South Aus­tralia and Tas­ma­nia; and north-west­ern re­gion of West­ern Aus­tralia and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

Orig­i­nally known as the Queens­land Truck Show, the event was first or­gan­ised in 1968 by the Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land, the pre­de­ces­sor of HVIA.

The 1968 and 1969 shows were held at Haul­mark Trailer’s premises, Ip­swich Road, Rock­lea. The show moved to the Rock­lea Wool Stores in 1970 and was an an­nual event un­til 1979 when the in­dus­try de­cided that the show should run ev­ery two years.

In 1983 the show re­lo­cated to the Royal Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion Show­grounds (RNA) where it re­mained for al­most 30 be­fore its move to our cur­rent home at the world class Bris­bane Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (BCEC).

The BCEC was voted 2016 World’s Best Con­ven­tion Cen­tre by the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Congress Cen­tres (AIPC).

The Bris­bane Truck Show also plays an im­por­tant role sup­port­ing the Queens­land econ­omy.

Over its four-day du­ra­tion, the 2015 Bris­bane Truck Show at­tracted 56.5 per cent of its vis­i­tors from out­side of Bris­bane, while 28 per cent of those tran­sited from in­ter­state and 14.5 per cent in­ter­na­tion­ally.

The im­pact the show also con­trib­uted to the lo­cal and state econ­omy, gen­er­at­ing the equiv­a­lent of 269 full time em­ploy­ment po­si­tions or $18.7 mil­lion in paid wages and salaries, as well as adding an ad­di­tional ex­pen­di­ture of over $70.1 mil­lion in out­put into the Queens­land econ­omy.

The 2017 show is ex­pected to host up to 300 ex­hibitors and more than 35,000 vis­i­tors over the four-day pe­riod.

1 1. Bill Knox, for­mer Queens­land Min­is­ter for Trans­port, launches the 1968 Bris­bane Truck Show.

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3. Bill Knox emerges from a Thorny­croft. Bernie Quinn from the event’s ma­jor spon­sor Haul­mark Trail­ers is in the fore­ground.

2 2. An aerial view of the 1968

Bris­bane Truck Show, held at Haul­mark Trail­ers premises in Rock­lea.

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