Home' Grower : February 2012 Contents The South Australian Grower -- February 2012
THE ongoing debate about
quad-bike safety continues to
rage while a young British
woman remains on life support in
Tasmania following a serious ATV
accident on a dairyfarm.
A raft of postings on Fairfax's
Farmonline website range from an
increasing need for users to wear pro-
tection to rants about the
Queensland and Federal Government
-- should they mandate the use of hel-
mets -- imposing a 'nanny state' on
the farming community.
Safety authorities are hopeful that
2012 will not see a repeat of the 23
farm-related deaths last year involv-
A Farmonline submission by
'Qlander' notes that "a pushbike-
type skullcap with a brim and ventila-
tion is what's needed" to safeguard
It's a line taken up by 'Bushie Bill',
who agrees there is a need to invent a
better helmet while 'PeterT' says that
anyone riding a quad-bike on his
family's property must wear a helmet.
"I have worn a full-face motocross
style helmet with sun peak on 4-
wheelers since 1985 and, as long as
they are white, or light coloured,
heat is not an issue," he said.
PeterT wins support from 'quad
racer' who says he never gets on his
quad-bike without a full-face helmet
when racing these machines in all
seasons and temperatures.
"ATV (quad-bike) related deaths
are occurring on farms, not race
tracks, where the perceived risk of
death/injury is higher," he said.
"Helmets do save lives and not
wearing them because of the heat is a
poor excuse ... your Akubra won't
save your skull from being crushed."
And 'blahblah' says "let them (riders)
choose whether to wear them (helmets)
... I think a little bit of discomfort is bet-
ter than death or disablement."
Meanwhile, 'Loc Hey' says the irony
of the 'nanny state' legislating to mandate helmets
only for a rider to potentially die from heat stroke (is
The yet-to-be-answered question of how any
move to mandate for helmets would be policed
also concerned quad-bike users.
"I can't see how a helmet is going to save lives
(when) moving a mob of sheep from paddock-to-
paddock," 'Lamb man', said.
The last word goes to 'Realist', who points to the
fact that motorists are still being booked for not
wearing seat belts 40 years after legislation was
"The facts are that young people will continue to
muster on quad-bikes regardless, and property
owners will do what they like and bugger
(Premier) Anna Bligh," he said.
"Education is always the most effective solution
and enforcement just does not work. If you don't
believe that then look at the number of motorists
booked for speeding over the holiday period."
ATV (quad-bike) related
deaths are occuring on
farms, not race tracks,
where the perceived
risk of death/injury is
Quad-bike users have strong views on helmets
and crush protection devices (roll-bars), but the
latter, in particular, is polarising quad-bike debate.
Specialist machinery writer
Debate rages on
ATV death toll
APM returns fire in
Coles' pricing war
FEWER farmers and retailers in a competitive
marketplace will be the result of Coles' new
pricing strategy to flood their shelves with cut-
price fruit and vegetables, according to Adelaide
Produce Market chief executive officer Angelo
He believes it is a "cruel grab for market share"
at the detrimental expense of smaller local growers
and the South Australian independent retail sector.
APM and the State's fruit and vegetable growers
are fuming about Coles' decision on January 30 to
discount some fruit and vegetables lines by up to
50 per cent.
"While cheaper prices are good for consumers in
the short term during periods of high supply, like
we are experiencing at the moment with some
lines, this is going to have devastating effects in
the long term and could very well spell the end of
local growers supplying local greengrocers across
SA," Mr Demasi said.
"Growers can't produce and retailers can't
compete on these low prices, so you will ultimately
end up with fewer retailers and fewer farmers in
the long run, and that's when things start to work
against consumer interests."
"At some point in time, participants along the
fresh produce supply chain will start to realise
they can get a greater return by putting their
money in the bank," Mr Demasi said.
"When this happens, there will be a greater
likelihood of fruit and vegetables being sourced
from overseas because of a lack of local supply.
"When it comes to the viability of the local fresh
produce industry, Coles is playing with fire."
Mr Demasi wants growers and the entire supply
chain to receive a fair return for their produce.
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