Truck Show speaker’s mental health message
No-one is immune to deteriorating mental health, and this is the message Steve Matthews intends to share with the transport industry as a Deniliquin & District Wall of Fame dinner guest speaker next week.
Mr Matthews is a Lockhart farmer and former transport company owner, and now also dedicates his time to supporting people struggling with mental health through the organisation Riverina Bluebell. It is committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in the Riverina and encouraging people to get help and support.
Mr Matthews is one of four guest speakers confirmed for the Wall of Fame dinner, which will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Friday, September 7.
He said the aim of his involvement is to raise awareness of mental health issues in the transport industry and the general community.
He aims to share his own experiences working in the industry.
‘‘I have lived all my life in Lockhart and started in the transport industry at 18, making me the youngest ever company driver for Golden Fleece,’’ Mr Matthews said.
‘‘I then spent 18 months at teachers’ college, did some professional fox shooting and bar work before driving for Mobil.
‘‘I then took on a Golden Fleece dealership as the youngest ever agent, and moved in to bulk haulage in the 1980s.
‘‘I built up to 16 trucks before selling the business in the mid2000s, and have spent the last three years farming and doing charity work with Riverina Bluebell.’’
The Wall of Fame dinner kicks off the three day celebration to the transport industry held in Deniliquin each September.
The dinner, which starts at 6pm, will include the induction of this year’s Wall of Fame recipients.
It will also include other guest speaker addresses from Ron Finemore Transport executive chairman Ron Finemore AO.
The dinner is followed by the Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo at Memorial Park from 10am on Saturday, September 8.
Wall of Fame dinner tickets, which include a two course meal, are available from Deni RSL Club’s reception for $50 per person.