UPDATE: THE funeral of owner-driver Ted "Greendog" Stevens will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018.
Ted will be farewelled at the Corden Chapel at 1187 Sydney Rd, Fawkner in Victoria at 1.30pm.
The wake will be held at The First and Last Hotel at 1141 Sydney Rd, Hadfield in Victoria.
EARLIER: OWNER-driver Ted "Greendog" Stevens passed away in Melbourne Sunday morning.
Ted has been a monumental figure in the history and the mythology of the road transport industry in Australia and instigated and led the 1979 Razorback Blockade, near Picton, on the Hume Highway in the long fight to remove the inequity of road tax back in the day.
The Blockade held strong for nine days, and the loudest voice of the protest was Ted Stevens with the many supporters of the Blockade.
The Blockade was successful in getting road tax removed although governments, state and federal, found over time other ways of milking road transport.
Greendog spent a lifetime speaking out against the wrongs faced by the road transport industry and community, Greendog has stood as a man amongst men.
He has passed away but he will be remembered, and at this particular time with unease in the road transport industry that seems to be a perennial problem, other voices must be raised and the baton of Greendog Stevens carried into the future to fight ongoing abuses on the highway, and battle for a safe and equitable place where truck owners and drivers can do what is a bloody hard job.
R.I.P. Ted "Greendog" Stevens, keep those spotlights burning bright toward a better future for all who follow you.
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