Once upon a time the MRA ACT had an ongoing quarterly newsletter called The Inside Line, however the member responsible was unable to continue the publication. We would love it if one of our current, or prospective, members could take this mantle up again.

If you think you could help, we’d love to hear from you! Please approach any of the committee members to discuss.

ACT Black Dog 1 Dayer 2018
On Sunday 18 March, some of the MRA ACT committee took part in the ACT leg of the Black Dog Ride 1 Dayer; going from Queenbeyan to Batemans Bay.

The MRA ACT enjoys contributing to and/or taking part in causes that benefit riders, and the general community, and it was a pleasure to ride together with over 160 people united under the banner of support and raising awareness; we have been informed that the day was able to raise ~$5,500.00!

The Cause

I cannot say it better than the Black Dog Ride themselves, so:

1 in 5 Australians experience a mental health condition each year. 3 million Australians are living with depression or anxiety. 8 Australians take their lives each day. That’s nearly 3,000 lives lost each year. 180 Australians attempt to take their lives each day. The tragic loss of our loved ones to suicide drives Black Dog Ride to build a community culture of awareness, inclusion and acceptance. Breaking down the barrier of silence encourages our friends, family and colleagues to seek help, because mental illnesses are just that, illnesses. They can be managed and people living with them can lead meaningful, fulfilling lives. Fostering awareness is the catalyst for encouraging help seeking behaviour and preventing suicide.

For more information see the official Black Dog Ride site.

Photos from the Morning

The MRA ACT presence Less focus on the MRA ACT presence
Early still, coffee line short, and only one row of bikes so far Motorcyclists aren't known for their ability to line up straight ...
Second row is filling up nicely A bit over three rows in the end, over 250 riders! Let's RIDE!!!
***CALLING ALL STATES*** AMC Welcomes Road Rule Changes

It is with great privilege to be able to relay the Australian Motorcycle Council’s media release concerning the new nationally-agreed Australian Road Rules published this week.

Of note are the following:

  • Formalise the use of European helmets certified to UN/ECE 22-05

    UN/ECE 22-05 provide safer helmets and a more competitive market

  • Clarify that standards compliance for helmets is at point of manufacture

    Current Rules demand a helmet must be in exactly the same condition as when sold; unmarked by use and including all original packaging and booklets, which is impossible

  • Remove legally-grey areas, such as use of dark visors in bright daylight, and use of communicators and cameras

  • Provide uniform Rules for lane filtering

    Currently four different sets of rules exist, with considerable variation

  • Tidy up some small variations resulting from unclear definition criteria

The MRA ACT is proud to have been part of this discussion in providing a more consistent and safer riding environment for all Australians. At the state level, individuals, government bodies, and associations, like ours, are readying to lobby the state/territorial government to adopt these new national rules, with as little alteration/amendment as possible.

The full media release from the Australian Motorcycle Council can be viewed here.

Supporting Our Community – Thanks from St John’s Care

Rhonda Thorpe, Operations Manager to St John’s Care, sent a beautiful letter of thanks to all MRA ACT members for the continued generosity and support of community organisations such as theirs.

An excerpt from the letter:

Last year in the Present Room, we were able to provide major gifts, books and stocking fillers for around 525 children who otherwise might not have received much at Christmas. We were also able to give out toys to families coming to our Emergency Relief Centre (ERC) who did not meet the criteria for accessing the Present Room.

As well, we provided Christmas hampers to the 237 families who attended the Present Room and used the remainder of our 300 hampers in the ERC in the week before Christmas. In the three weeks of December when we were open for business, we saw 440 clients in the ERC. This is more than we would usually expect to see in an entire month. Those who didn’t receive full Christmas hampers received some Christmas items along with their regular groceries and fresh food.

On Christmas Day, we provided a 2-course lunch for over 250 people plus soft drinks, tea and coffee and cake. As well, there were bon bons, Christmas carols for all to join in led by our wonderful musicians, a visit from Santa Claus and bags of sweets to take home.

Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to the members of the MRA for their support and my best wishes for 2018.

So, to all of our members, thank you for your membership and support; we are only able to help others thanks to you.

The letter in full is available here.