Friday, 22 June 2018


The Melbourne Age. June 23, 2018.

The Melbourne Herald Sun. June 21, 2018.

Thursday, 21 June 2018


The Melbourne Herald Sun on Thursday, June 21, 2018 published the contents of 2 Melbourne discussion papers. It made three points clear ... to me at least.
1. The City of Melbourne wants motorcycles & scooters off footpaths after 30 years of virtually trouble free footpath parking regardless of the benefits to car drivers interms of parking space and traffic flow.
2. The City of Melbourne developed the anti motorbike policy outlined in the 2 discussion papers without consulting all stakeholders. No motorcycle or scooter group I know of had input as these papers/policies were developed.
3. The RACV is pro bicycle and anti motorcycle.
The Melbourne City Councillor responsible for transport is Nicolas Frances Gilley. Cr Gilley emailed me today.
"As a motor bike rider I care about their role in the transport mix."
Perhaps. .... Perhaps as much as the RACV care about us.
If the City of Melbourne, as a whole, had any good feelings about motorcycle & scooter riders why wasn't the Motorcycles In Melbourne Committee involved in developing these papers? Why were motorcycle organisations not invited to have input?
Maybe because motorcycles & scooters are not recognised by the City of Melbourne as a legitimate form of transport with more in common with pushbikes than with cars in the CBD and inner suburbs.
If you are not happy about this situation email the Herald Sun and Cr Frances Gilley and let them have your opinion.
If the City of Melbourne bans motorbikes from footpaths the ban will go statewide and no other state or territory will introduce free footpath parking for motorcycle & scooter riders.
Damien Codognotto OAM
The Motorcycle Riders Association

Tuesday, 19 June 2018


From JUNE 1, 2018 the Independent Riders Group (IRG) is the Motorcycle Riders Association (MRA) in Victoria.

The original MRA was founded on Tuesday, May 16, 1978 in the lounge of the St Kilda Inn Hotel in St Kilda, a Melbourne inner suburb. The MRA grew rapidly and spread across Australia. 

The MRA grew rapidly. It was the right concept at the right time. There were seven branches, 52 sub-branches or registers and around 16,000 members in the late 1980s.

The Victorian Branch was closed in the 2000s. The IRG took over. The IRG was an informal group of concerned motorcyclists connected mainly by the internet. In 2018 the IRG had attracted over 500 members. The IRG membership included much of the original MRA's experience, expertise and contacts.

In May 2018 a survey of IRG members and associates was done to see if the majority wanted to go back to the MRA name which had far more brand power that the IRG. The survey indicated that the overwhelming majority wanted to be members of the "new" MRA in Victoria. 

The MRA in Victoria differs in many ways from the original MRA but the original aims are the same.

1.     Road Safety. 
2.     Fair and sensible laws. 
3.     A better image for riders.

Like the IRG the MRA in Victoria will not charge membership fees but it reserves the right to refuse a membership application or terminate a membership without explanation. Unfortunate but necessary given what white ants did to the original MRA. 

People who support the aims and work of the IRG/MRA and who want the IRG/MRA to represent them can join via the face book page or my email address or the PO Box in Doncaster Heights. We do not want a lot of detail. Just name, post code and email address.

The team that make the IRG/MRA work are not paid. These volunteers pay for events and activities out of their own pockets. Proceeds from sales of memorabilia and donations go to pay some expenses like stationary or venue costs. If there is a surplus it will go to the Father Bob Foundation to further Father Bob's work for the less fortunate in our community.

The new/old MRA has based its' logo and patch on a design from the 1980s. The patch is a circle 8cm across. It features a Tasmanian wedge tailed eagle in MRA colours, black & white. It also features the Australian colours, green & gold.

Patches will be available from July 16, 2018. They cost $25 each. Add $2 pack & post for up to five patches. Send your order the old fashioned way for now with a cheque or money order made out to The Independent Riders Group. Post the order to:

 PO Box 4330, Doncaster Heights, Vic. 3109.

Damien Codognotto OAM


Mobile: 0419 846 855.