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A trucking festival like no other

A free event for the whole family, the South Bank Truck Festival will feature a major truck and trailer display along Little Stanley Street and Stanley Street Plaza, together with a jam-packed calendar of entertainment.

The festival has been put together with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland, the Brisbane City Council and South Bank Corporation.

Many of the trucks and trailers on show have their own special stories. Some of those on display will include:

  • 2021 Freightliner Cascadia 116 with 36” Sleeper Cab: Features of this truck include a radar-based automated emergency braking system, lane departure warning technology and Side Guard Assist blind-spot monitoring.
  • SafeT 360: A road safety exhibition developed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA). It’s an interactive custom-built exhibition packaged into a truck and trailer, that uses virtual reality and interactive messaging to educate young road users about sharing the road safely with heavy vehicles.
  • MAN TGM: With a body constructed by Shephard Transport Equipment, this TGM is designed to transport anything from landscaping to construction materials. The TGM platform is suited to a broad range of applications including mining, firefighting, council work crews and tow truck operators.
  • 2021 Western Star Trucks 4800 FS2: This 4800 FS2 has a range of options including three power platforms from two manufacturers, five sleeper options, and GCM ratings from 50 to 140T.
  • 2021 Mercedes-Benz Actros 2663: Packed full of technology, including the Active Brake Assist 5 system, this model is equipped with MirrorCam, a special camera system that replaces conventional side mirrors and is the first in Australia to gain ADR approval.
  • O’Phee Crane counterweight & accessory skel trailer combination: This multi-functional lightweight trailer suits all model crane types through a unique multi-position cradle system. It was designed to eliminate the need for a different set of trailers for each crane type.

“Whenever big rigs and heavy machinery are on show in one location, they draw a crowd,” said Minister for Tourism, Stirling Hinchliffe.

“The 2019 Brisbane Truck Festival brought almost 40,000 visitors to the capital and contributed more than $21 million to our overnight visitor economy.”

And event organisers are hoping the 2021 rendition will draw in similar numbers.

Together with the truck and display, there will be plenty of entertainment for all ages at South Bank Parklands.

Free entertainment will run day and night, taking place alongside South Bank’s popular cafés, bars and restaurants.

The Rainforest Play Zone will include plenty of fun for the kids.

Check out the live entertainment on stage at The Plough Inn at Stanley St Plaza every afternoon and evening for the duration of the festival, from 4pm until late. Bring the kids to the Rainforest Play Zone to see oversized games, face painters, a juggling clown and shows. Enjoy the stunning display of lights and colour at the Laservision Water Projection Spectacular. And enjoy the free TruckFest Outdoor Cinema, which will have free screenings of two Pixar movies – Cars (Friday May 14 at 6pm) and Monster Trucks (Saturday May 15 at 6pm).

“The opportunity to showcase our industry in this spectacular location provides the perfect opportunity to share our story with the community in a tangible and lasting way,” Mr said HVIA Chief Executive Todd Hacking.

“We are extremely grateful to the Queensland Government and the City of Brisbane for coming on board to enable this initiative to come to life.

“They recognise that the Brisbane Truck Show is a vital Queensland business, tourism and cultural asset, recognised internationally amongst the world’s leading industry business events.”

Hacking added that the week is about expressing pride in the heavy vehicle industry while starting a conversation with the broader community about its innovation, local manufacturing and sustainability; along with road safety, skills development, education and careers.

“We’re having conversations around workplace safety, health and wellbeing and importantly, our connection with the community that we both serve and belong to,” Hacking said.

“We encourage every participant to fully embrace the opportunities that the Australian Heavy Vehicle Industry Week offers and to be a part of sharing our great story.”

The South Bank Truck Festival runs from May 13-16. For the full program, click here.


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