Colin Lawson – Quadsafe Australia
Jane Lawson – CV Savers
Colin and Jane Lawson are Quad Bike enthusiasts with a focus on Safety. as the owners of QuadSafe Australia they specialize in ATV and SSV vehicles. Colin & Jane also own Extreme Quad Adventures Taking Quad bikes from Cairns to Cape York. Colin was born and bred in FNQ and has been on motorcycles from before he could walk. A qualified small engine and light vehicle mechanic and the previous owner of Extreme Motorcycles in Atherton.
As a former factory racer for Can-am X Team, competing in State and National off-road events throughout Australia including the Finke Desert Race, Condo750 and the Australasian Safari, Colin is no stranger to the ATV industry. He also sits on the Queensland Government ‘Quad Bike Industry Reference group’ (QB-IRG).
Tanya Cooper – ECHO Malanda – Eacham Community Help Organisation
I left my families, rural property at 16 and began a Floristry apprenticeship which took 3 years. I have had many different jobs since then.In 2014, I decided to do something different and went back to school where I studied for a Diploma of Community Services.This led me to ECHO firstly as a volunteer and then as the Community Support worker. I live at Evelyn on 100 acres with Steve and my cows, horse
and dogs, the country has always been
where I belong.
Annie Cork – Gulf Savannah Development
Annie was born and bred on a property in Central Queensland and has over three decades of business experience ranging from the agriculture industry to the motor vehicle industry. She has been working for Gulf Savannah Development as their Small Business Officer for almost ten years and is extremely passionate about the importance of helping small business operators. Being able to project manage the low-cost support, via the Australian Small Business Advisory Service for the Gulf and Atherton Tablelands regions, is the perfect job for Annie.
Jamie Cupples – Farmsafe Queensland
Jamie is currently the Managing Director of the family company; AuSafety Systems Pty Ltd and the Executive Director of Farmsafe Queensland. He has been involved in agriculture and rural and related industries for over 45 years.Born in Roma Queensland, he has been a grazier, (beef cattle and sheep) grain and cotton producer; earthmoving and agricultural contractor, and for the last 20 years he has been involved in providing Health and Safety programs and concepts to rural industry. Jamie is a tertiary trainer / assessor specializing in a number of competencies including Work Healthy and Safety, Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical Safe Application and Plant, Machinery and Vehicle safety.
From a community safety perspective, Jamie is particularly interested in highlighting the safety issues around farm safety and providing practical solutions to primary producers and their families to manage safety in their workplace.
Jamie has owned and operated Quad bikes both in the workplace and recreationally for the last 30 years and is a qualified trainer / assessor for both Quad-Bikes and Side by Side Utility Vehicles. Jamie is passionate about the current Quad Bike safety debate and is keen to see meaningful outcomes and behavioral change, resulting in a lowering of the injury rate from the use of these vehicles, without unduly restricting their use both in the workplace and recreationally.
Tim Forsyth – FN Quadriders Club
I started riding enduro trail bikes when I was 18. Unfortunately in my mid-forties a childhood back injury made trail riding to painful, so I switched over to riding Quad bikes. I have been riding Quads for well over 16 years.
I am the president of FNQuadriders Inc. and am very proud of the effort and achievements that our club has made in showing that Quads can be enjoyed in a very safe and sustainable manner. I would be one of the very few expert level Quad adventure riders who has a high level of understanding and experience in the engineering field.
Bernie Hatton– Toprider Australia
I started in the motorcycle industry with my family in 1973 , I then went to work on the land as a young lad before returning to the city to become a Fully Qualified motorcycle mechanic , certificate 4 Trainer and assessor , qualified motorcycle instructor, licence motor dealer , motorcycle Australia coach , competed in motorcycle racing nationally and internationally , elite coach to some of Australia’s leading closed circuit road racers. My company Toprider Australia has included Quad bike training since its inception in 1985.
The team at Toprider take great pride and belief in the service we offer ,as a RTO for Quad Bike , Side by Side , motorcycle instructors course , we train instructors in Quad bike and side by side.
In 2005 I was inducted at Bike Week into the national Motorcycling hall of fame for the Top Rider training program.
I do believe I have skills in training that can make a difference and feel I can be of assistance in creating a safer Quad and side by side user and look forward to the opportunity.