Memorial for truckies planned

A TRUCK-SHAPED memorial to truckies who died at work is expected to be unveiled at the Epping Forest roadhouse within a year.

Called the Tassie Truckies Memorial Wall, it is expected to consist of two parallel walls with a bench seat in the middle and a third wall extending at right angles to the others.

Memorial wall organising committee member Trevor Parker, who is a Launceston truck driver, said an architect was finalising the design and he expected a planning application would be lodged with the Northern Midlands Council next month.

Mr Parker said the memorial walls would be made of concrete blocks with cement render, and would have the names of all known Tasmanian truck drivers who had died at work since trucking started. 

The list of names has not been finalised.

Mr Parker said the bench seat would probably be made of steel and look like a stack of pallets, as carried on trucks.

The memorial is being designed in a truck shape and will have solar lighting, so Midland Highway motorists will see the outline of a truck as they drive past.

Mr Parker said construction should start late next year and be finished by Christmas 2013. 

About $50,000 to $60,000 will have to be raised to build and maintain the memorial.

Mr Parker said a series of fund-raising events was planned, including a fashion parade with models wearing ``truckie gear''.

Caltex Epping Forest Roadhouse co-lessee Pat Slaninka said the memorial would be at the roadhouse, but the exact location was still being determined.