Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Truck show’s off

- By ZOE MCMAUGH

Another important local event has fallen victim to COVID-19 restrictio­ns and lockdowns with the Deniliquin Truck Show and Industry Expo and its Wall of Fame dinner both cancelled this week.

It is the second time the relatively new but economical­ly important event has been cancelled.

Truck Show spokespers­on Evan Whitbourne said it was inevitable, given growing concern at outbreak numbers in Sydney and other regional events being cancelled in recent weeks.

‘‘We decided not to wait and make the call after the cancellati­on of other events like the

Deni Ute Muster, Henty Field Days and the Birdsville Races,’’ Mr Whitbourne said.

‘‘We had a great show, dinner and memorial service planned for the 2021 Deni Truck Show to make up for everyone missing out in 2020, but now with continuing border restrictio­ns, snap lockdowns and outbreaks of the COVID Delta strain in regional areas, our main priority is the safety of our community, our sponsors and patrons.

‘‘Our truck show attracts between 50 and 80 trucks, coming from the local area and northern Victoria, which creates a lot of problems.

‘‘A lot of our major sponsors are also located in Victoria.’’

Mr Whitbourne said the committee waited as long as they could before making the decision to cancel.

But he said the committee also approached this year’s event with more caution after last year’s experience­s.

‘‘There are still little things you have to do to keep things rolling along with events, like organising public liability insurance, so there is a cost in planning the event that eats away at the bank account.

‘‘This year we did look at our cost output with more caution, and waited.’’

Mr Whitbourne thanked everyone for their support in 2021 and said attention will now turn to a hopeful return of the event in 2022.

‘‘Now the committee’s energy can be used to ensure the 2022 Deniliquin Truck Show &

Industry Expo and Wall of Fame will be a show to remember.

‘‘They way the government is talking, I think having a certain percentage of the population vaccinated will be important for that to happen.’’

The Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo was establishe­d in 2015 with a mission to highlight, celebrate, commemorat­e and memorialis­e those locals who are and have been our local transport industry.

This year’s event was expected to be held October 23 and 24.

While the event has been cancelled, nomination­s for future Transport Industry Wall of Fame inductions remain open.

Go to www.denitrucks­how.com.au to fill out the online nomination form.

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