Gai Bailey and Tim Wright at a trucking memorial service last year. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY
Gai Bailey and Tim Wright at a trucking memorial service last year. PHOTO: JOJO NEWBY

Grafton Truck Show canned, unless more community support

"DISAPPOINTING" is the word truckie and Grafton Truck Drivers' Social Club president Tim Wright has used to describe the cancellation of the Grafton Truck Show this year.

He put the decision down to a "lack of community support".

Mr Wright said there were about four loyal club members attending meetings and that wasn't enough to pull off a truck show.

At a meeting on Valentine's Day the social club decided to cancel this year's show which was to be held on the Queen's Birthday long weekend in June.

"I was disappointed," Mr Wright said of the decision.

He works for Daniel and Son Transport with his brother Simon and has a long history with the club.

"I didn't want to do it. The club means a lot to me, my father [Rex] was a founding member. He died in a truck crash in 1988.

"It means a lot to me to keep it going."

This would have been the 38th year of the truck show and there are plans to make the 40th a big bash.

It's not too late to save the event, however. If there's an outpouring of support for the show from the local committee it could be resurrected.

But that would mean at least a "dozen" people would have to sign up to help out with the truck show.

"A few will be disappointed, I hope this might give them a wake-up call.

"If we get the support we'll get it going again."

People are needed to help marshal the trucks on the day, staff the gate, set up stalls and more.

But it's not just a lack of people power. Clarence Valley Council will not sponsor the traffic control this year.

Last year CVC made up the $3000 shortfall for traffic control - one of the conditions put on by Roads and Maritime Services.

Mr Wright said the decision came from the perception that the truck show didn't bring a lot of people into the town.

The truck show gets around 100 trucks participating in the annual show and convoy and last year was the first year the numbers through the gate were counted.

Mr Wright said 90% of the money raised from the event went to charities such as the Westpac Helicopter - which would miss out this year.

GRAFTON TRUCK SHOW

It costs about $3000 to put the event on, not including all the sponsorship deals.

Over the last 24 years the social club has donated more than $50,000 to the helicopter service.

The social club is now looking at the possibility of holding the event every two years.



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