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Friday, 30 December 2016

BE VERY VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE.





















































































The picture is blurred, hard to make out, but it begs the question. Was the car on its' side of the road?

https://yhoo.it/2iguI8H


Damien
IRG                                                                                                                

WRB LOVER


BE VERY CAREFUL OUT THERE


https://www.vicpolicenews.com.au/news/fatal-collision-in-kevington

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE




























AT LEAST THREE PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRIES in Victoria have documented unreliable and even misleading road crash data but VicPol continues to inflate legitimate road rider figures with unrider casualties. Because crash data is unreliable, the real cause of road motorcycle & scooter casualties is too often listed as "lost control of vehicle" when the crash may have been caused by a driver's error, animal strike or damaged roads.

Car drivers can cause a crash then leave the scene. A kangaroo or wombat can drop a bike then limp off into the scrub. And, potholes kill.


CATERINA ON YOU TUBE

R.I.C TV is now on youtube ..... love my journey & friends made#caterinascucinaebar #italiansdoitbetter #rictv#caterinaborsatopresenter

Friday, 23 December 2016

SEASON'S GREETINGS

Christmas Eve again.

I wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas and an exceptionally good 2017.

Stay Safe.

Damien
IRG

COUNTRY ROADS


Friday, 16 December 2016

BEWARE WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO WEAR

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/queensland-antibikie-laws-first-arrest-made-for-wearing-prohibited-item/news-story/e8d56c58d2a9f1d3a1caf68e1e576918

HAT WITH A BACK DOOR

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnydMibNojo

IT'S ALL GOOD

TOY RUNs don't just do good on the day. All TOY RUNs remind people to give and they improve the image of riders and that makes us safer on our roads.

The TOY RUN for FATHER BOB in Melbourne collected a van load of gifts and lot's of donations on Sunday, December 11, 2016. It also generated three channel TV news and a lot of online coverage. People who could not be at the run, or who forgot, are reminded to donate to FATHER BOB at the office in Albert Park or through the website.

www.fatherbobsfoundation.com.au

Take a couple of  minutes to look at Bernie's video newsletter. It was a great day.

https://youtu.be/74ETK0fexYk


Damien
IRG

TAC STATS 2016


ACCORDING TO TAC STATS,  lives lost in the calendar year to midnight, December 12, 2016, 7 cyclists and 52 motorcyclists have died on Victorian roads.

That is 742 percent more motorcycle deaths than bicycle deaths. Yet we are the poor cousins to push bike riders in that we don't attract the same funding and advocacy to improve our safety on the roads.

Rodney Brown.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

IT'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH


ROAD DISASTER IN VIC


TASSIE TOY RUN - DEC 3 2016

Don't believe everything you read in the papers. It was thousands not hundreds and it was a sensational event. Families and tourists lined the route and waved from bridges. The police operation was excellent and rider behaviour first class.It took me back to MRA TOY RUNs in Melbourne in the early 1990s and  late 1980s. Great to be a part of. Congratulations MRAT. Well done.


Friday, 2 December 2016

TOY RUN FOR FATHER BOB - MELBOURNE - DECEMBER 11, 2016.

The TOY RUN for FATHER BOB is on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016. 9am to 3 pm.

No tickets. FREE entry, no tickets needed just roll up. You don't have to be on a bike to join the fun helping a great cause. All welcome. Bring the kids to see the bikes decorated for Christmas.

Mass ride at 11.30am. 2000 bikes expected. Police escort provided.

Presentation of Christmas presents for kids, food and donations to FATHER BOB on  stage at 12.15pm.

Richmond Rotary Club BBQ, Tasty Taters and Bumble Beans Coffee van for lunch or BYO BBQ. Stalls and displays. Prizes and give aways.

The Venue is Victoria Park in Lulie Street, Abbotsford, an inner Melbourne suburb.

Please take a couple of minutes to look at these videos
then pass them on. Put the link on your website or facebook page, twitter it, whatever. It all helps.

https://youtu.be/qSYtm_637PE

https://youtu.be/19islWJx2yE

https://www.facebook.com/CollieMCR/

Melbourne & Adelaide TOY RUNs in 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/IndependentRidersGroup/videos/433810306813514/?video_source=pages_finch_main_video&theater

There are more than 50 TOY RUNs across Australia this December. Try to attend one near you.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

FATHER BOB TOY RUN T SHIRTS

THE TOY RUN for FATHER BOB is on Sunday, December 11, 2016.  It's at Victoria Park near Abbotsford. A supporters' t shirt will set you back just $30 each for sizes up to and including XL. For sizes larger than this it's $35 each.

Price includes GST. It does not include postage.

Proceeds go to the FATHER BOB FOUNDATION.


TASSIE TOY RUN

The Brooker Highway near Hobart.
The Hobart Airport Road.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1858584171041866/

HEALESVILLE TOY RUN


Join the FATHER BOB TOY RUN from Healesville, Sunday 11th December. 

Departs Beechworth Bakery at 9am. 

10am from BP Servo intersection Maroondah Hwy/Oban Rd/Old Lilydale Rd. Arrives 

Victoria Park, Abbotsford at 11:00am. For mass ride at 11.30am. 

The BAND WITH NO NAME. Prizes, give-aways, Richmond Rotary Club BBQ, Tasty Taters and Honey Beans Coffee. Stalls selling adult and kids clothing, motorcycle accessories, UBUNTU and more.

Presentations at 12.15pm after the big ride. 

Watch this short video for more details....https://youtu.be/qSYtm_637PE

Free entry.

All welcome.

Heather Ellis


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

BIKE BAN NOT FOR WESTFIELD.

Dear Damien
Thank you again for your time on the phone earlier today - and we appreciate you getting in touch.
As we discussed, I'd like to confirm the following:
• We’ve had no incidents or issues in relation to the story that was aired on A Current Affair last night. In the meantime, we continue to work closely with police as always, in the interests of maintaining safety as our priority.
• People are banned from our centres based on their behaviour, not their appearance or membership of particular group within the community
I hope this addresses some of your concerns regarding last night's story, for which you'll note we declined to comment.
Please feel free to get in touch at any time, and thank you for the articles you sent through on the successful toy run initiative.
Kind regards,
Julia
Julia Clarke
Scentre Group Corporate Affairs
(DC - Westfield Shopping Centres - Nov. 30, 2016.)

INADEQUATE VIC CRASH DATA


BAN BIKIES FROM THE SHOPS

http://www.9news.com.au/national/2016/11/29/19/06/bikies-banned-under-bold-plan-by-westfield

HI VIZ DOES NOT WORK


AUGUST 6 2016
Bike safety: the great fluoro fallacy
Paul Biegler

http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/bike-safety-the-great-fluoro-fallacy-20160802-gqiwce.html

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016

BIG BIKE SHOW IN MELBOURNE

IT'S GOOD TO SEE A POSITIVE MOTORCYCLE STORY IN THE MEDIA FOR A CHANGE.

Well done Ian Royall.

Damien


THE TRACKING DEVICE YOU WILL HAVE TO HAVE

THE SPIN IS THE PAY-AS-YOU-DRIVE/RIDE SCHEME WILL REPLACE OTHER TAXES AND FEES.

That's what they said about the GST.

I don't think this compulsory GPS system is for the benefit of road users. I think it is another step towards remote fines and tolls and towards recording where law-abiding citizens' vehicles are at all times.

Damien

WHISKY

TAKE THE TIP(ple) next time you are in Hobart. Do the LARK's Distillery tour. 

"Tasmania Distillery, which produces Sullivan’s Cove Whisky – winners of The World’s Best Single Malt at last year’s awards – won the Icons of Whisky award for Craft Distiller of the Year.

And Sullivan’s Cove took out the Best Australian Single Malt award for the third year in a row.

http://www.themercury.com.au/lifestyle/tasmanias-whisky-king-bill-lark-simply-unstoppable/news-story/72afb1a23e22a036a750407e12bc123c

http://www.hospitalitymagazine.com.au/beverage/tasmania-s-whisky-industry-to-undergo-ownership-re " 

From Steve Bardsley.


www.larkdistillery.com.au

Damien





















































































TOY RUN IN WA


Wednesday, 23 November 2016

NEW FLYER FOR THE FATHER BOB TOY RUN IN MELBOURNE


TASSIE TOY RUN 2016

The Tassie MRA TOY RUN is a statewide event. It's been run since the early 1980s. I spotted this sign by the highway between Hobart and the airport.

BATHURST BIKE SHOW


BENDIGO TOY RUN


Sunday, 20 November 2016

TOY RUN IN COLLIE WA

G'Day Damian. 

Still going strong I see. Collie WA has a date change to Sat. 10th. Bunbury not doing theirs now and into the future. Council red tape I'm told. 

They have done 34 till now.  ( A charity to help those less fortunate than us after all )

This is our 20th. Have grown from 33 to 200+ last year. Expecting loads more this year due to Bunbury not running theirs.

My 2 sons have started a facebook page to promote our Ride. So far it is doing well in that area. Electronic media seems to have an advantage nowdays. 

Regards and still trying to touch base sometime. 

Evan Mandry.

Sunday, 13 November 2016

CHRISTMAS PRESENT DVDs AT THE EXPO

Temporary Australians Update

If you are going to the Troy Bayliss Expo at the Melbourne Showground over November 25-27 then drop by the Temporary Australians Stand 224 near the Honda display and and check out the new DVD for Series 4.

Just in time for Christmas you can buy it for $30 or get all four series for $80. There will be t-shirts, cloth badges and books as well so drop by and say g'day to Hirsty.

Series 5 is still being edited and as yet we have not received an airing date.

In the meantime we are starting to film Series 6 on Saturday November 26 at the Expo.


See you there!

FATHER BOB'S CHRISTMAS KNEES UP!

Saturday, December 10, knees up for FATHER BOB. $100.

Sunday, December 11, TOY RUN for FATHER BOB.

Please pass this on.

Damien
IRG

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:     Father Bob Maguire Foundation - Cocktails for Christmas
Date:     Sat, 12 Nov 2016 15:25:45 +1100
From:     Andrea Cafnik <acafnik@gmail.com>
To:     d.codognotto.oam@bigpond.com

Hi Damien,

I trust this email finds you, and I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to speak with you, however, please find below an invite to the Father Bob Maguire Foundation Cocktails for Christmas Party.

We would love to have you join us on Saturday 10^th  December at The Vincent in Albert Park to celebrate the Festive Season.

Happy for you to forward this on to anyone who may like to join us and looking forward to welcoming you on the night - if there is one thing the Foundation knows how to do, it's throwing a good party!

*Raise your glass to an amazing, challenging year!

The Father Bob Maguire Foundation is hosting a “C​ocktails for Christmas” Party to celebrate the Festive Season and to give Father Bob a chance to personally thank everyone for their fantastic support over the course of the year.  A year that has been incredibly challenging, particularly with the loss of our warehouse in August as a result of a devastating fire.

The warehouse is critical to our work with the disadvantaged and marginalized.  On any given month, we provide:

Sit Down Meals:  1,366
Takeaway Meals:  1,258
Hampers:  709
Assistance to People:  1,573

There isn’t a day that our staff and volunteers aren’t actively working with the community to make their life easier, safer and more fulfilling.

*Cocktails for Christmas Cocktail Party *

*Tickets to the event are priced at $100** per person, inclusive of a $30 tax deductible donation *towards the Father Bob Maguire Foundation. There will be plenty to eat and drink, so come hungry and thirsty.

Venue

The Vincent Hotel, Emerald Room.
111 Victoria Avenue,
Albert Park, VIC. 3206.​

Date
Saturday 10th December**
7:00pm - 11:00 pm*

We would love you to join us for a night of Cocktails, Conversation and Celebrating.  If you would like to attend, please book here <https://www.trybooking.com/Embed.aspx?eid=234284>

If you have any queries, or would like further information about the Foundation or the Cocktail Party,  please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0437 071 860 or /acafnik@gmail.com <mailto:acafnik@gmail.com>

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank //Sonik Groove/ <https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=sonik%20groove>/, who will be entertaining on you on the night. This fantastic duo will be performing so it will be a wonderful evening!

Warm Regards

Andrea Cafnik
Events and Fundraising Coordinator
The Father Bob Maguire Foundation
www.fatherbobsfoundation.com.au <http://www.fatherbobsfoundation.com.au

A: PO Box 881, Northcote,  VIC.  3070.
E: acafnik@gmail.com
P: 0437 071 860

Friday, 11 November 2016

ROAD TOLL UP IN SPITE OF CAMERAS & SHOCK ADS


MOTORBIKE & SCOOTER RIDERS EXCLUDED AGAIN

BICYCLISTS get a big mention in the Future Melbourne Articles and survey because they are committed to their mode of transport and lifestyle and pushbike riders do write letters and fill in surveys.

Motorcycle & scooter riders don't anymore. At least, not in sufficient numbers to be included in editors and public servants' thinking.

Help change that. Do the survey and write to the Herald Sun and/or your MP.

hsletters@heraldsun.com.au

 www.parliament.vic.gov.au/members

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THE HERALD SUN


"Neither cars nor bicycles can play the legitimate and vital role in private transport that motorcycles & scooters play yet the Herald Sun Future Melbourne series mentions powered two wheelers only once or twice and the survey excludes motorcycles & scooters. Why?"

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/future-melbourne/future-melbourne-which-victorian-jobs-are-tipped-to-grow/news-story/f571b4d26bf5edb6e1465f238ba40c85

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders Group
Melbourne

Friday, 4 November 2016

MY OLD BEEMER

This R65 gave me many years of good service both as a tourer and as a courier/work bike. The Garner's  put the sticker on the back when it  was in their North Melbourne workshop for a service. It spoke true so I kept it and made sure the photo was archived. I rode it till it began to fall apart.

One day, as I was outbound on Cotham Road, a bit past Genazzano, there was a loud bang! I thought a car had backfired, There was a clattering. My muffler passed me heading down the hill faster than I was. I thought time to die old girl. But then ... nah. A bloke in Moorabbin welded on a couple of racing cans someone else threw out. The R65 went  on for 11 registrations, loud and proud.

It's not waht you ride, it's that you ride.

Damien
IRG


Wednesday, 2 November 2016

SYDNEYRIDE AGAINST PREJUDICE

Media Alert for the UMC Ride Against Prejudice and Charity Run in Aid of the MS


Please circulate this flier as an invitation to all media to come along on Sunday November 6 to the Second Annual UMC NSW Ride Against Prejudice and Charity Run.

Meeting from 10 am-11am in Hickson Road The Rocks,in Sydney's CBD,the ride will head out after speeches and media to the MS Residential Centre at Lidcombe to present a collection from the day to MS.

David Shoebridge,  a Greens MLC from State Parliament, will be there to give us the latest on the laws that we are fighting and will come on the ride with us.

At Lidcombe there will be a sausage sizzle, live music and a low key show and shine followed by the presentation at 2pm.

All riders and clubs are welcome to help highlight the discrimination that bikers are experiencing in NSW.

For more information go to the UMC NSW Facebook Page and for information on MS go to www.ms.org.au   

For more information contact:
Greg Hirst
Brotherhood CMC

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

HAROLD PARSONS MEMORIAL

The 35th Harold Parsons Annual Memorial Ride
Saturday 25th March 2017 Maffra

Harold Parsons was a man who had an amazing ability to handle a motorcycle at speed. In 1920 he set numerous long distance world records riding a 600cc Indian cycle in the Maffra & Sale district.
Today we continue to celebrate motorcycling and Parsons’ connection with Gippsland.
Ride participants follow an arrowed 180 km course over sealed roads including a reliability trial.
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.
A short presentation of awards and farewells will conclude the day’s activities.
This ride is well suited for riders of older slower motorcycles but riders of modern bikes are also invited.

Entry forms can be downloaded online from January 2017.
Google Maffra-Sale MCC, click theHarold Parsons tab.
   Entries received after March21incur alternate conditions.
For more information please contact :
Peter Abikhair  peteaba18@aussieb.com.au or phone (03)51430961 mob 0409258742

Monday, 31 October 2016

CAMP OVEN COMP


LEON BRIGGS, the supporter of the Border Bike Fest who lent us his exaggerated Harley bike sculpture, is one of the organisers of the Cook-Off.  He said he would push the event out to our members. Hence my emailing this to you via Sec. Bill.

Please have a look at the web site www.kiewacampoven.com  There is a lot on info and it looks like a good day out.  So get that campoven out of the shed and start practising your country cooking skills.

I’ll be nominating this at the Ulysses Committee meeting for the ride committee to put the day on our ride calendar.

About The Cook-Off

The Cook Off is an exciting team event where participants will compete to be declared the Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off Champions, also known as The Champions.  

The Cooks will be required to cook using a traditional bush cooking method –  camp ovens over a fire or hot coals.  Your gourmet creation will then be tasted and judged by  (insert dramatic music here)… 

The Consumers.   The Consumers are a very special team of people, who have elected to take on the enormous task of choosing The Champions.

The inaugural Kiewa Valley Camp Oven Cook Off is being held in the beautiful hamlet of Tangambalanga.  Better known to the locals as Tangam, this rural Victorian town in the beautiful Kiewa Valley is the perfect spot.  It is surrounded by Mount Murramurrangbong, sister town Kiewa (just on the other side of the Kiewa River), Kergunyah and Dederang just up the valley.

When is it?
The festival will be held on Saturday 19th November, 2016.  Gates open from 10am and Main Course will be served to The Consumers (ticket holders) at 1pm.

Rex Beard     
President
Albury Wodonga Branch
Ulysses Club Inc.                                
Mob: 0407 233 312

Saturday, 29 October 2016

WAYNE FREE

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/motorcycle-champion-wayne-gardner-released-from-custody-in-japan-after-road-rage-incident/news-story/3808aa1b8ea34890dd0ca847381bccb1?&utm_source=Herald%20Sun&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&mid=2298924

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Monday, 24 October 2016

FIRST AID FOR RIDERS

FIRST AID for motorcycle and  scooter riders. These excellent first aid courses are held around Australia and are very affordable. In fact, all things considered, you can't afford not to make the time to do a course when they are run near you.  

The dates are on their website.

www.firstaidformotorcyclists.com.au

or call

0408 956 435                            

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

COUNCIL ELECTIONS IN VIC

L to R: Heather Ellis, Mayor Roberto Colanzi, Damien Codognotto OAM and Bernie Bickerton discuss the 2016 TOY RUN for FATHER BOB in the Richmond (Vic.) Town Hall.

Cr Roberto Colanzi sees the role  motorcyclists & scooter riders must play in Melbourne's future and he's prepared to do    something about it starting with hosting the TOY RUN for FATHER BOB at Victoria Park on December 11. If you have a vote in the City of Yarra elections, please consider voting for Roberto Colanzi.

Damien
IRG

Hi Neighbour
The Yarra City Council election will be held this Saturday on 22 October.
I have been humbled by the number of residents who have volunteered to assist me seeking re-election to Council. And thank you to the many residents who have raised questions and concerns with me.
I hope I have done enough for you to actively consider me for your Number 1 Vote on Saturday.
Information on the election, including postal voting etc can be found here https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/yarraElection/
The booths in the Nicholls Ward are at:
  • McPherson St, Princes Hill
  • Merri Creek Primary
  • Carlton North Primary
  • North Fitzroy Primary
  • St Michael’s  North Fitzroy, and
  • Fitzroy Primary.
If you would like more information about me, you can find out more here:
While I have been campaigning, I have continued working hard as your Councillor and as the Mayor.
I was interviewed by The Age http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/highrise-plan-casts-long-shadow-in-fitzroy-north-20160926-groy5y.html and spoke out against the aggressive 476 apartment, 16 Story building proposed for Queens Parade.
I was also interviewed by a Government journal based in Singapore https://govinsider.asia/innovation/interview-mayor-of-yarra-australia/ about the issues I am pursuing in Yarra.
I’ve had follow-up media coverage on:
But there is 1 more task.
Important task in any election is to staff the polling booths.
In the Nicholls ward, there are 6 polling booths. We need volunteers, for no matter how short a time you can provide, to assist with the very important task of handing out how to votes, scrutineering, booth organisation, etc. If you can assist, your help will be gratefully appreciated. Even if you have no experience, but are keen to help, don’t let that put you off. More hands and friendly resident and community faces the better.
Below is the text of an earlier email I sent to you setting out the various policy positions I introduced, and or supported in the current term of Council, and those that I will seek to advance in the next four year term.
If you have any questions, and can volunteer please let me know at:
Or Phone 04122 888 00 – or text through your name, contact number and polling booth
And this is the How To Vote card for the Yarra Election, for the 3 Wards.

Cheers

Roberto Colanzi
Candidate for Yarra Council
Councillor since October 2012; Current Mayor

Authorised: Mr Barry Pullen, 177 McKean St, North Fitzroy, 3068


EARLIER EMAIL

Dear neighbour
I am running for re-election to City of Yarra Council.
At some time over the past four years, we have communicated over one or more issues of importance to you.
I am writing to seek consideration for your vote, to continue to represent the people of Nicholls ward (Fitzroy, Collingwood, Princes Hill, North Fitzroy, and North Carlton).
Over the last four years I have fought hard for:
  • In my first 2 years on Council saw in the process to plan and build the North Fitzroy library & community hub, which the community for 30 years has been calling on Council to undertake
  • Worked with both private & not for profit providers to increase the number of places available in childcare facilities. A project of note was the opening of a bilingual language kindergarten in North Fitzroy
  • Saw in strong responses to New Year’s Eve celebrations, especially in Edinburgh Gardens
  • Maintained a strong position against developer construction encroachment in public parks and open spaces
  • Supported the overwhelming community position to see no harm to the environmentally sensitive Rushall Reserve in North Fitzroy
  • Opposed many high rise building planning applications across the city, and
  • Supported strong and robust financial management of Council’s budget.
I was also appointed to the Local Government Minister’s Mayoral Advisory Panel, and was elected to the mayoralty last year, unanimously and unopposed by my eight fellow councillors.
In the next four year term of Council, I will take a leading position to ensure the following strategies and policies are introduced:
  • Preserve and plan for more public parks and open space
  • Preserve existing public parks and gardens, such as Edinburgh Gardens (North Fitzroy), Rushall Reserve, (North Fitzroy) Darling Gardens  (Clifton Hill) and other locations
  • Support more not-for-profit and public child care facilities
  • Support best practice and provision of aged care facilities, especially for our most vulnerable
  • Advocate for improved linear and radial buses services in and across Yarra
  • Work for an indoor sports stadium for basketball, netball, badminton and other sports uses
  • Advocate for harsher penalties of taggers and graffiti vandals
  • Reduce dog and cat permit fees and charges
  • Better environmental sustainable design for commercial buildings, leading to zero greenhouse gas emission buildings
  • Improve sports infrastructure for women and girls, such as change rooms and netball courts
  • Advocate for increased public and social housing as a key condition of any high density residential development
  • Institute participatory and community led democracy forums in Council’s strategy and policy decisions, such as annual budget considerations
  • Maintain low fees, charges, and rates
  • Advocate for heritage and planning controls for the Yarra river corridor
  • Encourage installation of ‘micro-grid’ energy systems, and make such measures a planning (zoning) requirement
  • Promote energy upgrade agreements, and encourage take up of energy performance contracts and similar in Yarra’s commercial sector to reduce GHG emissions
If you are already planning to vote for me on 22nd October, thank you.
If you would like more information about me, you can find out more here:
If you are able to help out with my campaign, please let me know. There are different ways to help: door knocking; putting up a poster in your window or garden; handing out how to vote cards on the day or during pre-polling. I am also running a crowd funding campaign through https://www.gofundme.com/roberto4yarra Small amounts are greatly appreciated and you can donate anonymously.
Thank you for your consideration.

Roberto Colanzi
Candidate for Yarra Council
Councillor since October 2012; Current Mayor
Authorised: Mr Barry Pullen, 177 McKean St, North Fitzroy, 3068

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

NO EXPLANATION TO OCTOBER 19, 2016.


































Reliable data, on road furniture, driver distractions, motorcycles & scooters and too many other things, is a scarce commodity in this state. The problem is well documented in Parliamentary Inquiries are regularly held by Road Safety Committees that include representatives from all political parties. The data problem is widespread. It is systemic.

Submissions to improve road data either fall on deaf ears or the organisation/person making an unwelcome submission is vilified and deemed to have a bad attitude.

2005. CRASHES INVOLVING ROADSIDE OBJECTS

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Crashes involving roadside objects are a major road safety problem in Victoria, accounting for almost one-fifth of all crashes resulting in an injury or a fatality. ... The Committee noted a number of areas where crash information was missing or could be more detailed. The difficulty obtaining adequate data, in particular travel exposure information to better assess crash risk and target safety treatments, is a continuing issue in Victoria, coming up time and time again in Committee inquiries. Governments agree to improve crash information, yet crash and crash risk information continues to be an impediment to the improvement of roadside safety in Victoria. Crash information recording and publications need to be greatly improved. ... The Committee observed that there was no systemic approach or strategic plan to comprehensively address the problem of crashes involving roadside objects.”

2006. DRIVER DISTRACTION

“CHAIR’S FOREWORD. ... One of the problems faced by the Committee during the Inquiry was the lack of clear definition and information systems which measure distraction and its’ role in crashes. The Committee calls on Victorian road safety authorities to develop clear definitions, categories and suitable crash data reporting in order to understand the extent of the problems and to develop appropriate countermeasures. ...”

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... In view of the lack of suitable definitions,categorisations and suitable data, Victoria and most other Australian jurisdictions are not well placed to accurately assess the role of driver distraction on crashes. Recent studies in the United States, together with an ongoing study by the New Zealand Ministry opf Transport, provide some insights into driver distraction impacts. Development of comprehensive crash data is a vital first step in guiding future Victorian road safety initiatives relating to driver distractions."

2012. INQUIRY INTO MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

“EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. ... The first, and arguably most important theme was the lack of accurate and robust data, both for crashes and trauma. Many arguments, proposals and observations made in submissions and witness statements were based or justified on crash and trauma data. However, the significant data issues identified by the Committee meant much of the evidence presented to the Committee was difficult to verify. ... Addressing data issues is the single most critical aspect of our future response to motorcycle safety. ...

RECOMMENDATION 1. That an independent Office of road safety data be created which will be responsible for collecting, collating, interpreting and publishing all data relevant to road safety ...”

On Monday, May 16, 2016, Assistant Commissioner (police) Doug Fryer was quoted in the Melbourne Herald Sun. He was taking about the 28 motorcycle & scooter rider deaths to that date in 2016. “... Every one (death) has been investigated thoroughly and 86% were rider error. ...” 

The Independent Riders Group does not agree that each of these deaths was thoroughly investigated. The 86% figure is impossible. We have written to AC Fryer twice asking how police calculated this extraordinary statistic.

We do not have an answer. Neither the email dated May 18, 2016 nor the letter dated August 5, gave a straight answer to our legitimate questions. We were told that VicPol's Highway Patrol officers were very experienced and had a lot of technical support. To October 19, 2016, we still do not have any explanation of how the bogus 86% figure was calculated.

Damien Codognotto OAM
Spokesperson
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)
PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights  Vic  3109.