Con­voy ready to roll into Gat­ton

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ON Septem­ber 30 Gat­ton will come alive with the rumble of work­ing diesel en­gines and the bel­low­ing tunes of horns as one of Aus­tralia’s most iconic truck con­voys hits town for the an­nual Lights on the Hill (LOTH) Con­voy.

The spec­tac­u­lar con­voy has built a rep­u­ta­tion for bring­ing the Lock­yer Val­ley re­gion to­gether to cel­e­brate the trans­port in­dus­try and the lo­cal busi­nesses the in­dus­try sup­ports.

Thou­sands of spec­ta­tors line the streets and high­ways watch­ing hun­dreds of trucks in a con­voy start­ing at 10am and com­ing from two lo­ca­tions – one starts at Roches Rd, With­cott, close to Toowoomba, and the other, from Ci­tiswitch In­dus­trial Park, Bun­damba in Ip­swich.

The Con­voy, Truck Show and Coun­try Mu­sic ex­trav­a­ganza this year is primed to be a show­case of some of the best lo­cal and na­tional mu­sic tal­ents, in­clud­ing Kerry Kennedy & Dou­ble Bar­rel, Travis Collins, Jeff Brown and lots more. For lo­cals who have been fol­low­ing the con­voy for over a decade, you need to know tra­di­tion­ally the LOTH or­gan­i­sa­tion has had two sep­a­rate events, one in Fe­bru­ary, the con­voy, and another later in the year, the me­mo­rial ser­vice at the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Driv­ers’ Me­mo­rial that sits above Lake Apex over­look­ing the Cul­tural Cen­tre.

This year the events will be a day apart on the Queens­land Queen’s birth­day week­end.

The town will be packed for the week­end with vis­i­tors from all over Queens­land and in­ter­state.

The event is a real boost for the lo­cal econ­omy and tourism for the re­gion.

“The event has grown con­sid­er­ably in the last five years from 200 trucks to grow­ing to more than 700 trucks and has de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for one of the best coun­try mu­sic shows in the re­gion,” said LOTH Pres­i­dent, Kerry Wilkins.

The con­voy, was orig­i­nally held at the base of the Lake Apex Park, at the same venue where the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Driv­ers Me­mo­rial Wall sits but with the growth of the event it is com­ing back to the heart of the town, at the Show­grounds, to make it much eas­ier to get to.

“We wel­come the Lock­yer Val­ley com­mu­nity to join with us over the week­end and to help us raise funds for our or­gan­i­sa­tion while en­joy­ing a great fam­ily day out,” Mr Wilkins said.

On Sun­day Oc­to­ber 1 the com­mu­nity will also be in­vited to join fam­i­lies and friends of fallen truck and coach driv­ers as the names of this year’s fallen are added to the Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Driv­ers’ Me­mo­rial. The 2017 me­mo­rial will start at 10am.

For more in­for­ma­tion, and to be in­volved visit http://www.light­son­the hill.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG EVENT: Aus­tralia’s most iconic truck con­voys hits town for the an­nual Lights on the Hill Con­voy.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ABOVE: The Lights on the Hill Truck & Coach Driv­ers’ Me­mo­rial that sits above Lake Apex at Gat­ton.

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