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June 11  2012

The Independent Riders' Group (IRG) congratulates two Victorian motorcyclists who received awards in the mid-year honours list today.

DAVID HAWKER AO. David lives near Horsham in western Victoria. The family property is stunning and is steeped in Australian history. He was a member of the House of Representatives in our Federal Parliament and was Speaker of the House for many years. He rides farm bikes on the land and a Harley on the road. He has long been active in rider movements for safety and rights. He rode in lights-on protest rides in Canberra. After retiring from federal politics he took on the job of chairing Victoria's Motorcycle Advisory Group (VMAG). VMAG is the state's expert committee on motorcycle & scooter matters.

David was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Parliament of Australia, to public administration and monetary policy reform and to the community through local government, health and sporting organisations.

Attached. David Hawker AO (right) with Damien Codognotto OAM and their bikes. 2012.

STUART STRICKLAND OAM. Stuart came to Melbourne from Tasmania and worked in the motorcycle industry. He was Managing Director of Honda MPE for decades. He has several motorcycles including a scooter for round town and a 1300cc sports bike. He is a Director of Motorcycling Australia, the body controlling motorcycle sport and has been nominated for a place on the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Board. After retiring from Honda he took a seat on VMAG.

Stuart was awarded and Order of Australia Medal for service to the motorcycle industry through executive and professional roles.

Attached. Stuart Strickland OAM (left) at a lunch on the occasion of his retiring from Honda.

More information on the Order of Australia awards at:

Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group
Tel: 03 9846 8621

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