The Razorback blockade was to protest road taxes in 1979.
The Razorback blockade was to protest road taxes in 1979.

How Wollondilly Shire Council is honouring Razorback drivers

IT'S a legend in the trucking community, and it's an event that should be enshrined in Australian history, but unfortunately most people don't know anything about the Razorback blockade in 1979.

But now, the Wollondilly Shire Council hope to change that with a new information plaque to be installed at the site.

Truck driver Spencer Watling, one of the instigators of the blockade in protest of road taxes alongside hero Ted "Greendog" Stevens that brought about much-needed changes to the transport industry, told Big Rigs he was happy that the council was "promoting the site for the memories of those involved and sharing the story of what actually happened back then".

"Many do not know the full story, but the site would be a chance for people to come and read the story, spend some time remembering and for those who don't know much about the blockade they can understand the frustration in the transport industry back then," Mr Watling said.

"Sadly, the transport industry is still in a mess and a hard way to make a decent living."

Ted
Ted "Greendog" Stevens resting on Razorback.

Wollondilly Shire Council community projects and events team leader Rob Moran spearheaded the project, which would erect picnic shelters as well as a large information plaque about the blockade.

"At the site we've got a truck parking bay and that's it," Mr Moran said.

"There's nothing there but a garbage bin, at least this will give them somewhere to sit and take shelter in the foul weather and it will inform the community about what happened there.

"That way when the people who are involved are no longer with us, there will still be something for the community to have information and knowledge about the event."

Mr Moran said the project, which was funded by a $7300 grant from the Veolia Mulwaree Trust and $5000 from council, is expected to be completed by October.

The Razorback instigators, Ted
The Razorback instigators, Ted "Greendog" Stevens, Spencer Watling, Colin Bird, Barry Grimson, Jack Hibbert.

He said he had met with Ted "Greendog" Stevens' family as well as Mr Watling and his wife Gloria to get the go-ahead.

"We've met with them onsite and we've decided where they will be and they're fantastic, they're really happy with it."

Mr Moran said the 40th anniversary of the blockade was also a driving force behind the project.

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