Big rigs gear up for Mullum show
TRUCKING has changed a lot since the 1940s when Mark Ward's father hauled metre-wide cedar and turpentine logs on his jinker from Minyon Falls down to the sawmill where the Mullumbimby council chamber now sits.
"Back then it would take my dad nine hours to take the timber to Brisbane from Mullumbimby," Mr Ward said.
"These days drivers are under so much pressure to reach deadlines. It's so busy. Everything's changed," he said.
However, the camaraderie formed between truck drivers remains, and it is this mateship that inspired Mr Ward to establish the Truck Show and parade as part of the Mullumbimby Show five years ago.
After following in his father's footsteps, Mr Ward, 51, starting working in the industry at 18, first in earthmoving, later moving to interstate transport.
While Mr Ward recently sold the last of his own trucks, he remains in the industry, concentrating on repairs through his Tyagarah-based business, Ward's Truck and Machinery Centre. His passion for the machines and the community hasn't waned.
"In trucking you get to know each other really well over the radio, but you hardly get to see each other face to face," Mr Ward said.
"I initially started the Truck Show as a reunion for the truckers to get together once a year and bring their families with them," he said.
The show attracts about 80 truck drivers from NSW and Qld and has evolved into an educational event as well as a reunion.
"I want it to be a transport awareness day - to show people that we're not all bad," Mr Ward said.
At a glance
The Mullumbimby Truck Parade is on this Saturday, with trucks meeting at the Towers Industrial Estate at 10, followed by a procession through town to arrive at the Mullumbimby Showground at 11am.
Presentation of trophies and Truck of the Show announced at 1pm.