Tasmanian Truck Drivers' Memorial Wall Celebration
Release date: 28/01/2016
TWU VIC/TAS Branch News, 27 January 2015
Family, friends, workmates and colleagues stood side-by-side at the Tasmanian Truck Drivers Memorial last week to honour those who have lost their lives at work - on and off the road.
The second annual memorial wall celebration, established at the Epping Forest Road House in the Northern Midlands, was held on 17 January.
TWU Tasmanian organiser Steve Moszko said the occasion was a salient reminder for every person in the transport and logistics industry to keep safety at work front-of-mind.
“We want people to work safe so that everyone goes home the same way as they went to work that morning,” Mr Moszko said.
Guest speakers on the day included Federal Member for Lyons Eric Hutchinson, Memorial president Tony Whitehouse, Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial grief work councillor Bette Phillips and Carly Peck, who read the “Trucker’s poem”.
Mr Whitehouse said around 700 people attended to honour the lives of those on the wall.
“The day went really well. It means a lot to people who have friends and family up there to have somewhere different where they can go instead of the gravesite, and some people prefer not to go to the cemetery,” he said.
“They can have a coffee and look at the plaque and it can be a happy place for people to come and reflect.”
He also said the wall brought into sharp focus the fact that the road is a dangerous workplace.
“People will come to look at someone’s plaque and then look around and see that some of their mates have plaques on the wall as well. You just never know, it is a reminder to just think safety first.”
Following personal tributes there was a minutes silence followed by a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace which echoed across the valley.
Twin walls of the memorial carry the names of the deceased while a third wall is visible to traffic on the Midland Highway.
The Victorian Truck Drivers Memorial celebration will be held in October, http://www.victoriantruckdriversmemorial.com.au/
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