GREAT TRIBUTE: A convoy of trucks leave from Withcott for the Lights on the Hill memorial service.
GREAT TRIBUTE: A convoy of trucks leave from Withcott for the Lights on the Hill memorial service. Bev Lacey

Lights on the Hill a moving memorial to truckies

JUANITA Johnson knows more than most people what it's like to lose someone close to you through crashes.

While she's always been a part of the transport industry, her mum and brothers were truck drivers, her son and his father were killed in a head-on crash between two trucks south of Boggabilla in 2018.

Juanita has been involved in Gatton's Lights on the Hill memorial for 10 years and said events like these were important to let people know that they weren't alone in their grief.

This year's event will be held on October 5 and 6, with trucks leaving from new departure points at United Petroleum at Heinemann Rd, Toowoomba and Nolan's Interstate Transport at 375 Sherbrooke Rd, Willawong at 9.30am.

Trucks will be travelling down the Toowoomba Bypass for the first time.

"That should be a pretty awesome image," Juanita said.

She said Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz and Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh will both participate in the convoy and former truck driver and country singer Kerry Kennedy, who has been a loud and proud advocate for the transport industry, was named as one of the patrons of the memorial.

"He was actually speechless and that never happens," Juanita said.

The memorial will be on October 6 from 10am at Lake Apex Park in Gatton.

Juanita said this year 31 names were being added to it and unfortunately, several of those people had lost their lives in crashes in the last 12 months.

"It's not just about the convoy, it's about remembering and honouring the drivers too," she said.

"The convoy is the main fundraiser for the memorial and its upkeep and in the next five years or so we'd like to have a scholarship or something so we can help someone who has been in an accident and needs to be retrained."

The event will include live entertainment, children's rides, market stalls, a mechanical bull and sumo wrestling.

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