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Casino Truck Show smashes records

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Casino Truck Show smashes records

With the doubling of entrants, the 2023 North Coast Petroleum Casino Truck Show has claimed the title on the biggest truck show in the southern hemisphere, previously held by TMC Trailers Trucking Industry Show in Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

The official number of trucks judged was 580, however, around 40 missed the registration deadline so all up 620 bangers of all shapes and sizes filled the streets of Casino. This equates to more than $300,000,000 in value.
Calculating attendees via the density check method found the 2023 NCP Casino Truck Show has eclipsed all records for attendance at a Richmond Valley single-day event, attracting a record turnout of 14,000.
NCP Casino Truck Show Organising Committee coordinator Darren Goodwin said he was still in awe of the record number of entrants, being acutely aware of the effort and sacrifice drivers and companies go through to attend the event, which never goes unnoticed.
Mr Goodwin said the feedback coming through was overwhelmingly positive, with many drivers planning their 2024 rosters to make sure they don’t miss what could be another history-making event.
In thanking sponsors, participants, volunteers and attendees, he said benefits to the local community from events like the Casino Truck Show could be extensive, particularly when the draw was from outside the region.
“The unwavering support from our sponsors and the broadening appeal of the NCP Casino Truck Show gives the organising team the motivation to keep going,” Mr Goodwin said.
“We are already planning to make sure our operations run smoothly in 2024 and attendees receive the best experience possible.”
Richmond Valley Council’s General Manager Vaughan Macdonald said since taking over the running of this popular industry event in 2021, and with the support of a volunteer organising committee, Council teams across the board came together to deliver an event growing in stature.
Mr Macdonald said delivering the event in the off-season month of August resonated strongly with local businesses and community members and provide visitors to the region a unique experience.
He said this had the knock-on benefit to not only to the Richmond Valley visitor economy but to that of surrounding local government areas.
“The event’s success proves it is a legitimate and significant economic driver not only for Casino and the Richmond Valley, but the wider Northern Rivers region with local accommodation providers booked out months in advance, and many attendees overnighting in Kyogle, Lismore, even Ballina,” Mr Macdonald said.
Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow said for some local community groups it was their biggest fundraiser of the year and a boon for local tourism.
“The NCP Casino Truck Show identifies with the spirit of our local area and plays a significant role in building destination awareness,” Cr Mustow said.
“It has most certainly helped raise Casino’s profile.”
North Coast Petroleum continued to support the Casino Truck Show as the 2023 naming rights sponsor. Highway Lights had naming rights for the truck parade, Tyrepower sponsored Airtime FMX, Robuk Engineering sponsored the band and a new category of trophies, Toowoomba Truck Centre Specialists backed the Elite Series category, general trophies were sponsored by the Brown & Hurley Group.
The Top Five Judged Elite Series awards was sponsored by the TTSC Group, and Dawson’s Haulage supported the Best Fleet Series. Truckwriters and MasterArt Designs teamed up to support the Best Paint trophies, while the Royans Group came on board to deliver the Industry Pride and Passion awards – a new category for 2023.
The premier award for the show, the Tiny Lollback Rig of the Show, came with $1000 in prizemoney along with some unique, one-off 6061 Billet goodies, crafted by Monkey Spunk Fabrications, as well as the towering Rig of the Show trophy and the winner’s name etched on the plaque.
A late yet welcomed contributor to this year’s Rig of the Show prize package was Rocklea Truck Electrical, which kindly provided a $5000 gift voucher as well as merchandise. Truly amazing and very much appreciated.

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Casino Truck Show smashes records

Event Ambassador Jon Kelly, from Heavy Haulage Assets, set the wow factor with an elaborate display of trucks. Jon has been attending the Truck Show since its inception; his support and recent promotion via his Discovery TV series, Aussie Truck Rehab, has been immeasurable.
Engel Australia donated a 40-litre, 60th anniversary fridge, valued at $1500, for the Truck Show’s online entry competition. Cummins provided prizes of an esky and merchandise.
Thank you to everyone who attended 2023 NCP Casino Truck Show this year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2024.
All results are now online, click here to see https://casinotruckshow.com.au/2023-results/

Background: The Casino Truck Show was started in 2011 by locals Darren Goodwin and the late Tiny Lollback, who both loved the industry and their hometown of Casino. The idea was borne following the demise of the Lismore Show.
The inaugural show was held in the Primex grounds and remained there for three years before moving to the town centre. Once the show moved into the CBD it just blossomed. Every year there seems to be more and more trucks and the quality just seems to get better and better. In 2022, the number hit 375 trucks, up from 251 in 2019 and 207 in 2018.

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Bringing the Spirit of Beef Week to Whiddon Casino: Residents vs. Chefs Cook-Off!

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Bringing the Spirit of Beef Week to Whiddon Casino: Residents vs. Chefs Cook-Off!

Whiddon, a regional aged care provider, is embracing the spirit of Casino Beef Week, a celebration of Australia’s beef industry and rural heritage, by hosting a unique culinary challenge at its Casino Residential Care home on Wednesday, May 22nd.
In this friendly competition, the skilled chefs of Whiddon will go head-to-head against the eager residents, who bring years of cooking experience to the table.
The Cook-Off will unfold at the Whiddon Casino BBQ area, where marquees will be set up for the event.
Schedule:
• 10:00 AM: Whiddon Casino Coffee Club
• 11:30 AM: BBQs prepared for Whiddon Casino Cook-Off
• 12:00 PM: Official commencement of the Whiddon Casino Cook-Off!
During and after the Cook-Off, both participating staff and residents will be available for media interviews and comments.
At Whiddon, chefs often craft special meals to mark significant events or simply to delight residents who have specific cravings. According to Whiddon Area Chef Jason Watterson, the outdated stereotypes about food in aged care are far from accurate.
“Our team is continuously exploring innovative ways to serve nutritious meals made from locally sourced, high-quality ingredients, freshly prepared at our care homes every day,” Jason explains.
He emphasizes the importance of relationship-based care, stating, “The bonds formed around the kitchen table are truly special.”
Recognizing the significance of food for residents transitioning into care, Whiddon has implemented several tailored practices and programs across its 23 Residential Aged Care homes. These include homestyle kitchens, foodie groups, and cooking clubs.
For the Cook-Off, Whiddon is committed to sourcing local produce, thereby supporting the Richmond Valley and Northern Rivers community.

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The Northern Rivers Times Newspaper Edition 201

The latest edition of is now available! Our 64-page special edition is packed with essential updates and captivating stories from the Northern Rivers region, and you can grab your copy for just $2 at leading newsagents, Woolworths stores, and service stations from Coffs Harbour to Coolangatta.
In this edition, you’ll find:
• Insight into the fate of the Ulmarra Ferry Service as the government makes a decision.
• Coverage of a grassroots movement against domestic and family violence, originating in Ballina.
• An exclusive look at MasterChef winner Brent Draper’s immersive journey through the Northern Rivers.
• Updates on preparations for the transition to the new Tweed Valley Hospital.
• Alarming discoveries of positive white spot detection in wild-caught school prawns south of Ballina.
• Details on the upcoming Lismore Zine Fair & Print Fest at Galaxy Underground.
• A school’s fascinating exploration of ancient history, sparking renewed interest among students.
• Lawrence’s embrace of lanterns illuminating the local community.
• Introduction of a new multi-purpose fire engine to bolster safety across the Northern Rivers.
• A call for exhibitors at the Byron Bay RDE – Regional Disability and Seniors Expo 2024.
• The vital role of the Kyogle Memorial Institute as a cultural hub for the community.
• News of a significant $4.76 million investment in flood-resilient infrastructure for Mullumbimby Road.
With these highlights and more, our 201st edition promises to keep you informed about the vibrant happenings in our communities. Don’t miss out – grab your copy today and immerse yourself in the pulse of the Northern Rivers region!

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Celebrating Our 200th Edition: The Northern Rivers Times Newspaper Hits the Stands!

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Celebrating Our 200th Edition: The Northern Rivers Times Hits the Stands!

The Northern Rivers Times is thrilled to announce the release of our landmark 200th edition, now available for just $2 at leading newsagents, Woolworths stores, and service stations from Coffs Harbour to Coolangatta, Local Development Updates.

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This week’s special edition is packed with essential updates and engaging stories from the Northern Rivers region:
• In-Depth Coverage: 24-page special on Casino Beef Week.
• Local Sports: Highlights from the GRAFTON REDMEN.
• Council Decisions: Update on Brooms conflict consultant proposal.
• Community Support: Expanded services for women facing domestic violence.
• Local Developments: Progress on the Grafton Pool project, coming in under budget.
• Public Participation: Kyogle’s invitation for feedback on the Private Native Forestry Plan.
• Community Leaders: New board member at Evans Head club.
• Personal Stories: A Ballina truck driver’s journey into storytelling.
• Healthcare News: Countdown to the Tweed Valley Hospital opening.
• Historical Mysteries: Discoveries from Grafton High’s mummy.
• Veteran Support: Holistic approaches to treating PTSD.
• Educational Investments: $500,000 upgrade at TAFE NSW Ballina enhances nursing training.
With a variety of other captivating articles, our 200th edition offers a rich mosaic of news that keeps you connected to the vibrant life across our communities. Don’t miss out—pick up your copy today and stay informed about everything happening in the Northern Rivers region!

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