Truckies engage grey nomads

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Barriers were broken down last week as truck drivers met with Hedland’s grey nomads in a safety awareness discussion at the Turf Club’s overflow camp site.

With piping hot coffee and discussion flowing, one of the Pilbara’s logistics and infrastructure companies, Qube, met with caravan and campervan travellers to break down the barriers with truck drivers.

With more than 50 people in attendance, Qube’s Pilbara regional manager Adam Brough said the idea to engage with the regular travellers came on the back of the overflow campsite filling up so rapidly.

“It’s just about us engaging other road users and highlighting Qube’s commitment to safety and all the safety features we install on all our trucks to ensure we not only are safe and our equipment is safe, but also other people are safe,” he said.

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“It’s about that relationship-building aspect too. It’s not an us-and-them thing, we’re all on the road together and we all need to be safe together and not be afraid to interact together.”

Sydney retiree Angela Harrison, who had stopped in Port Hedland with her husband on their way down the coast, said the information session was valuable driving on through the North West.

“We’ve never driven in this part of Australia and we want to work with the drivers and be safe, so it’s been really interesting,” she said.

Mr Brough said the initial feedback from the day had been positiver andit may become an annual event to ensure the relationship with travellers stays strong.

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