Page 4935 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 25 October 2011

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The Pegrum family sailed from Tilbury on board RMS Mooltan on 26 August 1948. They arrived in Canberra five weeks later and settled in McKinlay Street, Narrabundah. Ted Pegrum started work immediately with KJ Dalgarno and other engineers in the department’s offices in Barton. The first concrete was poured on 24 January 1950.

When completed 18 months later, the height of the dam wall had been raised from 18.3 metres to 25.8 metres, which more than tripled the water storage. The line of Ted Pegrum’s concrete work is still visible on the face of the dam, but both the original dam and Ted Pegrum’s additions will be buried under almost 50 metres of water when the new dam is completed.

Ted Pegrum was appointed senior structural engineer in the Department of the Interior in 1956 and he was responsible for the approval of structural designs of the major buildings in Canberra until his retirement in September 1971. He was widely respected in his profession and in government. He died in July 1979.

The late Harold Edward “Ted” Pegrum is survived by his wife, Mrs Eileen Florence Pegrum, who turned 98 this year, and his son, Roger Pegrum, and his family, and his daughter Carole Wight, while Mr Pegrum’s other son, Tony, also a prominent Canberra architect, died 10 years ago.

I feel it would be most appropriate if some form of recognition of the contribution of Ted Pegrum could be made at the site or elsewhere in Canberra. (Time expired.)

Motorcycle Awareness Week

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (5.32): Mr Speaker, I am not sure if you, like me, have experienced the thrill of riding a motorbike either as the rider or a pillion passenger. Last Saturday I experienced that thrill again as I joined a cavalcade of riders who rode from Old Parliament House to Civic to publicise Motorcycle Awareness Week. This is an important road safety initiative organised by riders for riders, and I acknowledge the efforts of the organising committee in putting on an entertaining program of events.

In the ACT two of the 12 fatalities in 2009 and five of the 19 fatalities in 2010 involved motorbikes. Sadly, three people on motorbikes have died so far this year. There are a range of things that governments should be and are doing to improve our road system and support the safe and efficient use of motorcycles and scooters as part of the transport system. Road safety is not just the government’s problem; it is an issue for the whole community. In this context, Motorcycle Awareness Week is an excellent way to raise the awareness of motorcycles and motorcycling in the community and to promote road safety issues affecting motorcycle and scooter riders.

Motorcycles and motor scooters have become very popular with Canberrans in recent years—low fuel consumption, ease of parking and the sheer joy of riding are major incentives to get on a motorbike. Unfortunately, motorcycles are over-represented in

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