Monday, 31 October 2016


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

Saturday, 29 October 2016


Thursday, 27 October 2016

Monday, 24 October 2016


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.

or call

0408 956 435                            

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


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.


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
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 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 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.


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

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


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 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


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.


“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.”


“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."


“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
Independent Riders' Group (IRG)
PO Box 4330
Doncaster Heights  Vic  3109.

Sunday, 16 October 2016




Bicyclist Kate from Mitcham wrote in Text Talk (Oct. 13, 2016.) that she owned a car so she had been paying for roads for 40 years. In context then, most motorcycle & scooter riders also own cars so we pay twice for our roads.

Victorian registration fees and compulsory third party insurance on a motorbike is comparable to a car. On top of that, the unfair TAC tax on most bikes is around $70 a year. Melbourne riders can pay over $600 a year for their bike and that again for their car.

Motorcycle & scooter riders contribute more than their fair share to our road network but we do not get the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by all levels of government, institutions and businesses for pushbike paths and signs, secure parking and lockers that bicyclists get.

We aren't saying bicyclists should pay more than they do now. They should be very happy with their lot. The least bicyclists can do to contribute is to obey our road laws.

We are saying that powered two-wheelers pay too much. Motorbikes & scooters benefit car drivers by reducing traffic congestion, easing parking shortages and a lot more so motorcycle & scooter riders deserve a fair go both in traffic and from government.

Damien Codognotto
Independent Riders' Group

Friday, 14 October 2016