Farm safety a priority

By Riverine Herald

THE 20th annual Farm and Road Safety Expo is just around the corner.

Run by the Rotary Club of Rochester, the expo first came about after a need for farm safety was identified in 1999.

Two decades on and the safety of the farming community is still paramount.

Organiser Heather Watson said the expo was a hands-on event.

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

‘‘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 farmers will come in for an hour or two and hopefully get something out of it.’’

The aim of the free event is to educate the community on such issues as safe handling of machinery, road rules, quad bikes, electrical safety and first aid.

‘‘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,’’ Ms Watson said.

‘‘We want our younger generation to learn the proper way of doing things so that they are safe.

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

‘‘If, by attending the Farm and Road Safety Expo, only one life is saved, then the day has been a success.’’

The expo will be held at the Rochester Recreation Reserve on Tuesday, August 21 from 10am to 2.30pm.

There will be a free sausage sizzle for lunch.