The Rotary Club of Rochester presented its first Farm and Road Safety Expo in 1999.
The aim was and continues to be the education of young people in safe practice on the farm and on the road.
The Expo is conducted at the Rochester Recreation Reserve and features a wide range of displays, some hands on and some static which cover Worksafe, motorcycles and four wheelers, boating, milk transport vehicles, farm equipment and machinery, bicycles, emergency services, road and cycle police, Neighbourhood Watch, Safety Houses and safe handling of animals, including dogs and horses.
The Annual Expo is conducted on the Third Tuesday of August
OVERVIEW OF THE 2016 EXPO: All agreed that the 18th Annual Expo, held on 16th August had been a resounding success. 670 children from 17 schools from Bendigo to Ultima, Cohuna to Ardmona attended along with an estimated 300 adults. In perfect weather conditions, groups of children moved around the 21 displays promoting safety on the farm, in the home and on the road.
A highlight for many students was the McColl’s mobile truck simulator which allowed them to experience the challenges faced by the drivers on the road and around the dairy farm. Thanks were extended to the many volunteers who assisted in setting up on Monday and helping out during the event – approximately 369 volunteer hours was put into the running of the day.
The many evaluation forms returned by both exhibitors and participants expressed very positive comments about the event, its organisation and the safety message passed to the attending students.
The 20th FARSE will be held on Tuesday 21st August, 2018 at the Rochester Recreation Reserve.