DISRESPECTFUL: Rubbish littered around truck driver memorial

A GRIEVEING widow has hit out at "disgusting" and "disrespectful" motorists who think it's okay to leave trash at a memorial site.

Kaye Whitbread travelled to the Australian Truck Drivers' Memorial at Tarcutta from her home in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales on Saturday, the anniversary of her husband's death.

His name was added to the wall during the last service in October and she had decided that's was where she wanted to be to remember him on his anniversary.

But what she didn't expect when she arrived was to find the memorial covered in rubbish.

"It was absolutely awful to see (the rubbish). It was so disgusting, just covered in cigarette butts and rubbish - Mars Bar wrappers, chip packets," she said.

"What a bloody disrespectful thing to do, it's such a sacred place.

"I was horrified to see that. People wouldn't do that to a cemetery so why would they do it to this?"

Kaye said she couldn't understand how and why motorists would discard their rubbish in such a way, especially when there were rubbish bins located nearby.

Widow Kaye Whitbread was horrified at the rubbish left at the Tarcutta Truck Drivers Memorial.
Widow Kaye Whitbread was horrified at the rubbish left at the Tarcutta Truck Drivers Memorial.

She said she was not "taking shots" at the Australian Truck Drivers Memorial volunteers who looked after the memorial, who did what they could, when they could, to tend to the site, but to those motorists who thought it was perfectly acceptable to treat it in such a way.

Kaye posted about her disappointment in the Aussie Trucking Memories Facebook group and commenters joined her in slamming the behaviour.

Pam McMillan, who is part of the memorial organisation, said she "sees it every time we are there" and there was "no respect from some people".

Peter Swanson said he had watched a fellow truck driver butt his cigarette out on the wall when he had made a detour there to pay his respects before Christmas.

"When I challenged him, he just said it's a wall not their graves! Too young to have known the old road and the ways we used to help each other."

The Australian Truck Drivers Memorial is located at the park in Tarcutta's main street.

The site was chosen as the town has a long historical association with the transport industry and was situated beside the Hume Highway until the Tarcutta Bypass opened in 2011.

Thousands gather each year to show their respect at the annual memorial service October.

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