Mildura Weekly : Friday July 29 Vol 10 No 38
6 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016 SUNRAYSIA residents will have a unique op- portunity to get up close and personal with a special character later this year as part of a world-first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative. The TAC, which recently launched its lat- est campaign, has used the science of human evolution and vulnerability to encourage Vic- torians to think differently about road safety. In a shift from traditional road safety campaigns, the TAC has collaborated with a leading trauma surgeon, a crash investigation expert and a world-renowned Melbourne art- ist to produce ‘Graham’ – an interactive, life- like sculpture demonstrating human vulner- ability. ‘Graham,’ PICTURED, has been designed with physical features that might be present in humans if they had evolved to withstand the forces involved in crashes. Studies have shown that the human body can only cope with impacts at speeds people can reach on their own, unassisted by vehicles. Graham has been designed with a larger skull – one capable of absorbing more impact during a collision – while his neck has also been modified to make him more resilient. He also sports thicker, tougher skin, while his face incorporates fatty tissue to absorb the energy of an impact. TAC chief executive officer, Joe Calafiore, said ‘Graham’ would begin a roadshow of regional centres next month, and would visit Mildura from September 15 to October 4. “Reaching out to regional Victorians is a major priority for everyone involved in road safety, because the fact remains we’re four times more likely to die on country roads,” he said. “By helping Victorians understand that their own vulnerability is at the heart of our road safety problem, we can help them accept that their own choices are at the heart of the solution.” Melbourne sculptor Patricia Piccinini worked with Royal Melbourne Hospital trau- ma surgeon Christian Kenfield and Monash University Accident Research Centre crash in- vestigator David Logan to develop Graham. In an Australian first, Victorians will be able to use Google Tango – the latest in im- mersive, augmented reality technology – to look beneath ‘Graham’s’ skin and better un- derstand how his unique features work to cushion him from serious injury in a crash. School curriculum has also been devel- oped to enhance the learning experience for students visiting ‘Graham’ in person or online. “‘Graham’ is an educational tool that will serve the community for years to come as a reminder of why we need to develop a safer road system that will protect us when things go wrong,” Mr Calafiore said. WHAT a difference one week can make! This time last week, former Robinva- le Fire Brigade volunteer Graham Cam- eron was expressing his “disgust” at the state of several Fourteenth Street-based ‘fireplug/hydrants.’ Used to provide firefighters with im- mediate access to pressurised water dur- ing an emergency, the 78-year-old was calling on the authority responsible to step up their game, saying the state of one fireplug in particular, located near the Fourteenth Street and Ontario Avenue rail crossing, was of particular concern. This week, Mr Cameron was delight- ed to report that the fireplugs in ques- tion had been repaired, congratulating Lower Murray Water on their quick ac- tion. “By Saturday afternoon both fire- plugs near Fourteenth Street and On- tario Avenue had been cleaned out and replaced,” he said. “Lower Murray Water should be commended for their actions, as they haven’t let the issue go and have addressed it straight away.” Following several inquiries by the Mil- dura Weekly last week, Lower Murray Water general manager customer services, Owen Russell, confirmed that the water authority was tasked with the upkeep of the region’s fireplugs. He said that sites around town were routinely checked as part of a regular maintenance program, with more than 3000 fireplugs in the Mildura area alone. Mr Cameron said that while he was pleased to see the issue in his neighbour- hood addressed, he was calling on other community residents to take action should fireplugs in their areas fall into disrepair. “It is really important that people keep an eye on fireplugs in their areas, and let Lower Murray Water know if there are any concerns,” he said. Residents with concerns about fire- plugs are encouraged to contact Lower Murray Water on 5051 3400. Former fireman applauds LMW for fast remedial action • COMMENDED: Former Robinvale Fire Brigade volunteer Graham Cameron has commended Lower Murray Water this week after the water authority was quick to repair several fireplugs near Fourteenth Street and Ontario Avenue in need of attention. These PAUL MENSCH photographs demonstrate the state of the fireplugs last week, compared to the new and improved versions now ready for operation. 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