The "Motorcycle Community Engagement Panel" is now active
25th April 2021
Back in 2019, over 800 riders applied to become a rep on a new proposed government motorcycling advisory panel. The process took many months, shortlisting down to some fifty active community engaged riders, any of which would have been a valuable contributor on this panel, from which seven were selected.
One of the successful rider reps, who was also part of the previous Motorcycle Expert Advisory Panel, is the Deputy Chair of the VMC, Rob Salvatore.
The first meeting happened this week.
"The first meeting was long delayed by COVID, so there was more than a bit of enthusiastic impatience to get the ball rolling." Rob said.
Rob went on to say, "The other rider reps are passionate, engaged, experienced and are frankly impressive. Between us we cover road, dirt, touring, track and training. The meeting was open and frank, so I'm optimistic where this will lead."
The meeting was attended by the Road Safety Minister Ben Carroll MP, chaired by active rider and member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke MP and included the key road safety agencies.
The chair is keen for the panel to play an important role in helping riders be heard at the policy development and implementation level and frankly so are the rider reps.
Given the investment in the selection process, the government would do well to listen to the voice of the reps they assembled. The VMC will keep a close eye on how things proceed from here.
You can contact the panel through the reps or directly through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: VicRoads - Motorcycling Community Engagement Panel