MEMORIAL SITE: Workers start on the earthworks for Stage 2 of Lights on the Hill.
MEMORIAL SITE: Workers start on the earthworks for Stage 2 of Lights on the Hill. Derek Barry

Upgrade plans for Gatton's Lights on the Hill Memorial

NOW into its second decade, Gatton's Lights on the Hill Memorial for truckers is entering stage 2 of its life.

Excavators moved the first sods of turf in front of the memorial on Wednesday last week, with plans to add two sidewalls and make access more wheelchair friendly.

The memorial, which borrows its name from an old Slim Dusty song, is dedicated to truck drivers who lost their lives while working

Stage one of the memorial was fashioned after the front view of a truck seen at distance, the grill, rounded guards, lights and cabin.

However, a spokesperson for the memorial's board, who preferred not to be named, said it was always the intention to build stage 2.

Construction has now started to make the eastern entrance to the wall safer and to make more space for names.

"It means a lot to us. It's our Anzac memorial," the board representative said.

The representative said the new walls would be up by memorial day on Friday, October 11, although the work would not be fully completed by then.

"But people coming for the day will be able to see we are moving forward," he said.

The board thanked Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Helidon Sandstone Industries and members of the community for their help with stage 2.



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