Let’s be safe on our farms and roads

July 18, 2017

Students have fun with the mini police car at last year's expo.

THE 19th annual Rochester Farm and Road Safety Expo is just around the corner.

The event run by the Rotary Club of Rochester first came about when a need for farm safety was identified in 1999 and 19 years later the safety of the community is still paramount.

Organiser Heather Watson said it is a hands-on day.

‘‘Nearly all of our exhibitors will have some sort of hands-on activity where you can see first hand how to do things safely,’’ she said.

‘‘Although we get a lot of primary school aged children we have made a real effort this year to make sure we have exhibitors that appeal to all age groups.

‘‘That means we hope the local famers will come in for an hour or two and hopefully get something out of it.’’

The free event hopes to educate our community around safe handling of machinery, safe road rules, quad bikes, electrical safety, first aid and the list goes on.

‘‘It is kind of like that TAC ad where the child is in the back seat of the car and is a puppet attached to his father. We want our younger generation to learn the proper way of doing things so that they are safe,’’ Ms Watson said.

‘‘But we also hope to educate our adults so that they can go home and teach their kids.’’

There will also be a free sausage sizzle.

■The expo will be held at the Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, August 15 from 10am - 2.30pm.

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