John Mulder, a member of both the Classic Motorcycle Club of Victoria and the Australian Street Rod Federation, says he “got smashed” in the elections, while the “two Chairman’s picks got up comfortably”.
“On reflection, my strategy was inadequate and way too late to get the attention we needed within the Victorian Motorcycling community,” John says.
“But I’m not deterred. There were plenty of lessons and I intend to have another go but this time I’ll start much further out from the election.
“The stats show that roughly the same old 100,000 members voted, suggesting that we got buy-in from very few of the 420,000 licensed motorcyclists in Victoria.
“If I can convince just 1 in 20 of those motorcyclists to take an interest and vote in the next election I would romp in.”
John campaigned on rider issuers such as the lack of transparency surrounding the Victorian motorcyclist safety levy; the lack of consideration given to motorcyclists in road construction and road maintenance activities; and the cost of registration in Victoria given the modest impact that motorcycles have on our road surfaces compared with other vehicles.