Latest News – February 2024

20 Feb

Giving back to the Pomonal community 

Posted by: Neville Wilkinson

On 13th February, devasting bushfires swept through the Grampians with many homes destroyed in Pomonal, along with community infrastructure, businesses and properties.

Just days earlier on Sunday, 4th February the Pomonal community came together in support of our annual Grampians “Ride to Remember” by providing morning tea for the 500+ riders, pillions, Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Ride Marshalls and Support Teams and did an amazing job.

We have been contacted by many motorcycle enthusiasts, especially those who did our 2024 Ride and have offered their assistance or want to give a donation – we thank you all and am sure the Pomonal community are so grateful for the outpouring of support.

So, we have set up the below “Giving Back to the Pomonal community” try-booking site and if you would like to offer your support by giving a donation through the Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation – Ararat Branch this will assist in their recovery.  Please note donation $2 or more are tax deductible.

13 Feb

2024 Grampians ‘Ride to Remember’ a great success on a hot day

Posted by: Neville Wilkinson

Over 500 riders and pillions took part in the 2024 Grampians “Ride to Remember” held on Sunday, February 4th, with this year’s signature regional event being one of the largest ever.

Waved off from Ararat, riders proceeded to journey via the rural countryside to Pomonal where morning tea was served, then continued around both Lake Fyans and Lake Lonsdale, headed to Halls Gap then onto Lake Bellfield before returning back through Halls Gap. Riders were able see the procession of the bikes going the other way which was reported as one of the highlights of the Ride. The Ride ended back in Ararat for the popular Show N Shine.

Ride Chairman, Dean Pinniger highlighted the valuable support sponsors together with great assistance from all the staff including Ararat RSL & Lions Club, AME Systems, Ararat Motorcycle Club, East Grampians Health Service, the Blue Ribbon Foundation, Ararat Branch members, partners and the many community volunteers.

Ararat Branch President Dianne Radford presented a cheque for $40,000 to East Grampians Health Services Board Vice Chairman and CEO Nick Bush.