Bass Coast,

John leaves his mark on road safety


Bass Coast Community Road Safety Committee recently celebrated the retirement of one of its long time representatives, John Owens.

Acting Committee Chair, James Bremner, presented Mr Owens with a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift from Bass Coast Shire Council in recognition of his service to the Committee and wider community for over 10 years.

Mr Owens’ commitment to road safety was also recognised by VicRoads Planning Manager, Pas Monacella, who presented him with an award on behalf of VicRoads.

Mr Monacella commented that it was important to recognise those who give so much of their time and dedication to make our communities safer and better places to live.

Mr Bremner said that whilst Mr Owens has been a community representative on the Committee, he has been an active advocate for senior road users and pedestrians; in particular, supporting older drivers to maintain their mobility for as long as they are safe to so.

“Mr Owens is also responsible for the development and implementation of the Committee’s Motorised Mobility Devices program conducted in 2012-2013,” Mr Bremner said.

“Focussing on people who have difficulty or are unable to walk, such as users of electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies, the program included development of a mobility map for a number of locations identifying recharge points, safe crossing points, established footpaths and included road safety and visitor information on the back of the map.

“It also included three information sessions to raise awareness of safe use of the devices and the road rules that apply.”