It seems that the Royal Agricultural Society of WA at is Royal Perth Show does not support people choosing to use alternate transport such as bicycles to visit the show and is not providing any form of bicycle parking.Â This seems at odds with their own ethos and does not in my view fit in with the way a responsible organisation should behave in 2008 given society’s concerns about health and the environment.Â Â Given my concerns the following email has been sent to the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
Dear The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia
I have been advised that the RASWA is not providing bicycle parking at this Royal Show? Can you please clarify if this is in effect the state of affairs? If it is, can you please explain why the RASWA is taking such a discriminatory stance more so given concerns in todays society with respect to health and the environment. How does this stance encourage people to take a more positive approach to visiting the Royal Show.
I notice also that the RASWA states at http://www.perthroyalshow.com.au/raswa/ that
“The Royal Agricultural Society of WA is a member-based not for profit organisation which works year round to promote primary industries. We have close links to regional agricultural societies and livestock breed societies. We support community and junior sporting groups which use Claremont Showground. We encourage regional and agricultural students through our involvement in educational scholarships and competitions which enhance the skills and opportunities of young people. The Perth Royal Show competitions benchmark excellence across a range of industries including wine making, beer production, dairy, food production, clothing production, the arts and sport. We recognise the achievements of individuals through the Agricultural Hall of Fame, the Community Rural Achiever and the Rural Ambassador competitions.”
I am struggling to show how your alleged stance on bicycling fits with this statement and look forward to your explanation.
This is an open email which will be published at http://aushiker.com along with any reply.
I am pleased to report that I have now received this reply from Martin Molony, Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
MessageHi AndrewThanks for this suggestionWe will attempt to provide racks near gates 1 and 10we do not have a stance on not providing racks, this is an oversight and we will correct it asapwe want to encourage people to travel by public transport and cyclingÂ due to the limited parking in the areathanks and regardsMartin