Truck­ies saluted at 2017 Lights on the Hill

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WITH­OUT their many hours on the road and many years of sac­ri­fice to the job, Aus­tralia would sim­ply grind to a halt.

Those hard-work­ing mem­bers of the trans­port in­dus­try were hon­oured for the vi­tal role they play in keep­ing the coun­try run­ning at the 2017 Lights on the Hill event at the week­end.

The roads lead­ing into town were lined with wel­com­ing waves as a con­voy of ve­hi­cles rolled into Gat­ton on Satur­day, quickly fill­ing up the show­grounds for a day of cel­e­bra­tion and catch­ing up.

On Sun­day morn­ing, a more som­bre mood took over with the tra­di­tional me­mo­rial ser­vice held at Lake Apex be­fore pro­ceed­ings re­turned to the show­grounds.

Tif­fany We­ston of Lo­gan rode in the con­voy for the first time in mem­ory of her fa­ther Glenn, who spent al­most three decades be­hind the wheel of a truck.

See­ing the big crowd show their sup­port as she rode through Gat­ton was heart warm­ing.

“There’s go­ing to be plenty more now, plenty more,” Ms We­ston said.

“I ab­so­lutely love it, I can’t wait to come back next year.

“It’s ba­si­cally to give back to the truck­ies what they have given to us.”

Fol­low­ing his fa­ther into the in­dus­try, Troy Ben­nett of the Sun­shine Coast has been driv­ing trucks for 16 years.

“Ever since I was a lit­tle kid I used to travel with him, that’s how I got into it,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“I al­ways said I was never go­ing to be a truck driver – and here I am.”

It was his sixth time at the event and he was there this year to hon­our for­mer col­league Craig Leaver, who passed away in June.

“It’s a good event to pay re­spect for the blokes that have fallen on the road,” he said.

“Recog­nis­ing the mates that have died on the road, that’s why we’re all here.”


ON THEIR WAY: The con­voy rolls into Gat­ton on Satur­day morn­ing for the week­end me­mo­rial event.


WARM WEL­COME: Zarah and Layken Mcer­lean of Plain­land wel­come the con­voy into Gat­ton.


HERE THEY COME: The con­voy for the 2017 Lights on the Hill ar­rives in Gat­ton on Satur­day.

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