AS YOU read this column, the pilgrimage to Alice Springs for induction into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame will be done and dusted. Big Rigs will be among the first to bring you coverage of this important annual event in our next issue.
As I write this, we are on the eve of our departure for the closest town to every beach in Australia. Induction into the Hall of Fame lauds the achievements of drivers and others in the transport industry who, through their efforts over many years deserve recognition for their hard work. Not only have they made a difference to the transport industry but also to the general public. It is these men and women, who opened up all corners of this land. Driving through intense heat, humidity, flood, mud and bog, they supplied the necessities and some luxuries of life that have made Australia what it is today.
Most of the inductees are of an older generation who drove trucks across terrain which would be unimaginable to today's young truckie. One of the endearing features of the induction week is that these folk are joined by younger family members and friends. They may previously have heard of dad's or pa's exploits but much more history comes to light when pa gets together with his mates. This ensures the history of trucking stays alive as it is passed down through generations.
A TOWN not far from where I live, campaigned hard for a bypass so that they wouldn't have to put up with trucks in the main street. They finally got it at great expense to the taxpayer. So trucks go around the town and so do many others. Now they want money to make people come back into the place. Perhaps a Road Closed sign on the bypass they so badly wanted would do the trick.
A DEAR friend's son (a truckie) committed suicide last year. This close-knit family has spent every day since, grieving and wondering what brought him to this sad end. The pain will never leave them. Truckies are supposed to be a tough bunch who hide their true feelings. If you are at a roadhouse and see a "tough" truckie looking out of sorts, why not ask the question, "Are you OK mate?". Communication in what can often be a very lonely job just may make the difference. And remember that there are the wonderful people at TransHelp and TRUST who can help if you feel you have nowhere else to turn.
Take care of You
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