About 200 riders converge on Seymour.By Chalpat Sonti
Not all those in attendance were motorcyclists.
They rode from all parts of the state to Seymour on Saturday with one thing on their minds — a fair go for motorcyclists.
About 200 riders converged on State Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish’s office in the first shot of the Fair Go run, a campaign targeting marginal electorates on both sides of politics to try to ensure Parliament passes the recommendations of its inquiry into motorcycle safety before the next election.
The parliamentary committee made more than 60 recommendations and rider groups want all implemented.
They include everything from setting up an independent office of road safety data to abolishing the motorcycle safety levy.
Independent Riders Group spokesman Damien Codognotto, who organised the rally, said motorcyclists needed to become better lobbyists — much like bicycle groups — and spread the word about the campaign.
‘‘Our people are getting hurt out there,’’ he said.
There were more than 325
The crowd appreciates a point made.
Heather Ellis, a motorcyclist, single mother of three and member of advisory committees to the Government, said motorcyclists no longer accepted the ‘‘arrogant’’ attitude of the Transport Accident Commission towards motorcyclists.
Riders were angry at paying a safety levy when there was no evidence they were the ones at fault in crashes, and speakers were also upset at the ‘‘Hollywood’’ TAC filming road safety commercials that portrayed motorcyclists as the road users at fault.
TAC chief executive Janet Dore defended the television commercials in a letter published in the Telegraph recently.
Ms McLeish addressed the gathering in drizzly conditions. She said the committee had written to the TAC about the commercials.
She said she would raise the concerns aired at the rally with the relevant ministers and committee members. The Government had until mid-June to respond to the report.
Opposition road safety spokesman Luke Donnellan, who earlier farewelled some of the riders from Melbourne, said the Government also had to look at off-road rider safety.
‘‘Motorcycle and scooter riders however have seen little action from this government on implementing any of these recommendations,’’ he said.
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
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The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
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The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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