KYABRAM 2018: More Macks per square metre than anywhere else in Australia this year.
KYABRAM 2018: More Macks per square metre than anywhere else in Australia this year. Bob Riley

8 top truckin' things to do

THINGS are hotting up on the truckin' events calendar with quite a number of "big ticket” events happening this month alone...

  • March 11: 31st Annual Penrith Working Truck Show

The annual show will be held at the Museum of Fire, Penrith and it's always a big day.

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  • March 17: Oil Patch Reunion

The Jondaryan Woolshed is the place to be the first Oil Patch Reunion.

It's a get together for anyone across Australia who has been, or who currently is, involved in the oil and gas exploration industry.

It'll be a day of special guests, presentations, and catching up with old friends and workmates and re-living some great times.

The Woolshed at Jondaryan in Queensland has great facilities and lots of space.

There's a range of on-site accommodation options available too.

For more details go to www.jondarynwoolshed. and check it out under the Events tab.

  • March 17 and 18: 2018 Mack Muster

This year's Mack Muster is at the Kyabram Showgrounds.

It's always a great weekend and there certainly will be a lot of Mack trucks, of all ages, to be seen and heard.

To check it out for more details, hop onto Facebook and search for Kyabram Mack Muster.

  • March 16, 17 and 18: Altona Truck and Trade Show

The Altona Truck and Trade Show is on at Ballpark Altona on Merton Street, Altona with access via Burn Road.

Friday, March 16 is an Industry Night, Saturday, March 17 is People's Day and Sunday, March 18 is a Truckies' Breakfast.

The weekend will feature trucking industry character appearances, a big truck display, trade displays, food and beverage outlets, family friendly entertainment and lots more.

The weekend is supported by the Hobsons Bay City Council, the Altona Football Club, the Laverton Cricket Club and a host of others, and is being staged by our friends and colleagues at Australian Custom Truck magazine.

Search Facebook for "truckandtradeshow” for more details.

  • March 23 and 24: 2018 Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association annual conference

The theme of this year's conference is "Cutting Red Tape” and it will be held at the Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour.

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  • April 12 and 13: Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia's ComVec 2018

The conference, which is Australia's heavy vehicle engineering conference, will be held at the Melbourne Park Function Centre.

For more details and conference registration, go to

  • April 18 to 20: Trucking Australia 2018

The Trucking Australia 2018 Drive Our Future, the Australian Trucking Association's major annual conference is next month.

This year it's being held in the national capital, the very heart of our Federal Government at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

The event will feature expert speakers and panels and you'll be able to network and enjoy social events including the ATA Auction Dinner, the Kenworth Legends Lunch and the ATA Foundation Sponsors' Gala Awards Dinner.

Go to www.trucking for more.

  • May 10 to 12: Megatrans: The Future of Supply Chain and Logistics

This year's event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will be "a key connection piece, bringing together those who plan, implement and control the efficient, effective forward flow and storage of goods, services and related information from product inception to the end user”.

For more information go to www.megatrans2018. or search for Megatrans 2018 on Facebook.

Don't forget to let us know about your truckin' event if it isn't mentioned in this column.

That way we in turn can tell our readers.

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