Lifesaving Victoria is a new addition to this year's Rochester Rotary Club farm and Road Safety Expo.By Elaine Cooney
The Rochester Rotary Club farm and Road Safety Expo will have an extra educator this year: Lifesaving Victoria.
Lifesaving Victoria co-ordinator of educational services Melissa Laird said the group would teach students all aspects of water safety.
She said she was looking forward to face-to-face communication with students and making sure the message was relayed clearly.
Rochester Rotary Club farm and Road Safety Expo secretary Karen Hughes said she was looking forward to the water safety sessions.
‘‘It’s important for our children because we have lots of dams and channels and we are on the river,’’ she said.
Mrs Hughes expected 870 students to attend the event next Tuesday from 10am to 3pm at the Rochester Recreation Reserve.
It is the 15th year the expo has been running and was set up to educate children and adults on all aspects of farm and road safety.
President of the expo Graeme Nelson said he hoped to reach children before they learned bad habits.
‘‘Our area has a large farming base and local issues are the amount of farm vehicles, milk tankers, stock transport, hay cartage and different mechanical machinery used in different climatic conditions such as rain, fog, dust, heat and after dark,’’ he said.
‘‘These issues face children and adults each day as they work and play around farms and travel the roads to school, work or social activities.’’
He said the expo focused on these issues and gave students an awareness of the unpredictable behaviour of machinery and animals in different conditions.
Mr Nelson said the expo was interactive and offered a ‘‘hands-on’’ approach to safety.
Other groups present on the day include the State Emergency Service, Victoria Police and RoadSafe.
Entry is free and a barbecue lunch is available to everyone who attends.
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