Named as a semi-finalist in the 2018 SA Community Achievement Award, local Murray Bridge Rotary Club member, Kevin Prosser continues to serve the communities of Murray Bridge, Mannum and beyond by advocating for road safety awareness.
For the past four years Mr Prosser has helped ensure the safety of road users when he first fitted free flags to mobility scooters and gophers after a near miss with one prompted him to question whether a flag attached to the gopher would have made it more visible.
Mr Prosser swiftly decided to put that theory to the test and thanks to grant funding from the RAA, who continue to be a major contributor to the cause, his idea to equip gophers with safety flags soon became a reality.
“Some local businesses generously provide me with the steel to weld up brackets and I attach those to the gophers because quiet often I find they quiet often need different brackets to the ones that are available,” he said.
Mr Prosser said he has managed the fit around 156 flags to gophers and motorised scooters and said that it has helped make people feel safer when they travelled in their gophers.
“Some of the feedback I’ve heard from people is that they don’t want to drive without one because it just provides that extra layer of security,” he said.
While Mr Prosser initially provided the service in Murray Bridge he has now expanded to help out those who required flags in Mannum and Tailem Bend.
“Not only has it been great to help provide this service and ensure safety on our roads but it has been a good way to meet people in the wider community,” Mr Prosser said.
“You often end up having a chat with people as you’re attaching the flag on the gopher and I’ve met many interesting people.”
Mr Prosser also hands out brochure as part of the service which covered essential information on how gophers drivers can stay safe when they shared roads with cars or footpaths with pedestrians.
“It has been a great project and I believe the Mount Barker Rotary Club have put work into place to get a similar type of service started in their community,” Mr Prosser said.
“The great thing about this project is that it can be so easily rolled out anywhere across the state or even across Australia.
“The great thing about the community achievement awards is that it raises the profile of projects like this in the hope that other communities pick it up and implement it for their residents.
“The award is about the community and how we help each other out.” For further information visit www.awardsaustralia.com/sacaa.