THE Newcastle transport industry hopes to tackle community division head on and break down the barriers between those that make their living on the road and those who don't by celebrating the diversity, achievements and merits of the road transport sector.
To do so, the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Group will bring the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day and Truck Show to the Hunter back for its 23rd year.
The transport awareness day will again be held at the Maitland Showground on Sunday, October 29, with a huge line-up of truck displays, live entertainment, transport and safety related government authorities, and children's entertainment.
As with previous years, the day will kick off with a 150 strong convoy of trucks and other transport vehicles leading from the Sandgate markets site up to Maitland Showground.
In a major coup for the event, the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Group will also bring Supercars transporter to the event for the adults, while Mack The Transporter, from Disney- Pixar movie Cars, will also make an appearance.
Secretary of the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Group Leonnie Carter said the 2017 show is shaping up to be the largest day they have ever seen.
"Under the direction of a new and highly passionate committee of industry professionals, we are taking the show back to its original form and making it a transport awareness day full of educational material and overall a fun day for the whole family that's more than just trucks,” she said.
"Obviously having Supercars involved is a major feat. They recently held an open day at the Newcastle foreshore and much of that display will be replicated at our transport awareness day in Maitland. Along with the Supercars we welcome back the ATA, RMS, NHVR and Rod Hannifey.”
Children will have a chance to get up close and personal with Mack from Disney-Pixar's Cars movie franchise, have photos taken and meet the transporter's Australian driver.
We will also have appearances thought out the day from NRL Newcastle Knights legends and Ronald McDonald.
All proceeds raised from the day will this year be donated to the Mark Hughes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
In previous years, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has received in excess of $1.4 million from the event.
"We want to open up our industry to everyone. It's important to us as an industry to break down the barriers between the community and the transport industry so people understand what we contribute to the Hunter region both economically and socially, but more importantly, that the roads are there to safely share for us all.” Mrs Carter said.
WHEN: Sunday, October 29. Truck parade leaves Sandgate Markets 8.30am. Official opening 10am.
WHERE: Maitland Showground
PRICE: Adult $5, child under 16 free