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Journeys : April May 2009
About your club Patron His Excellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AO, Governor of Tasmania President Roger Locke Vice Presidents Stuart Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Bruce Clark, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Chris Langdon, Tony Stacey AM, Kathryn Westwood Group Chief Executive Greg Goodman Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6244 7755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6273 1888 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6229 8299 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: email@example.com Ph: (03) 6232 6300 Fax: (03) 6231 9294 Advertising The Media Centre 210 Collins Street Ph: (03) 6234 8588 Fax: (03) 6234 8301 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of ad ver tise ments including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Motor News Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2009 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Pre-press: PMP Digital Printing: PMP Pty Ltd Mailhouse: Datasend Australia Pty Ltd Distribution: Australia Post Member of the Circulations Audit Board ISSN 0818-5549 Customer Service 4 April / May 09 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 F8 Chiefly It was a great day out on the water recently when RACT Travelworld organised a cruise on the Derwent River to greet the latest addition to the Cunard fleet, the 90,000 tonne Queen Victoria, on her inaugural visit to Hobart. RACT Travelworld organised the breakfast trip for a large number of people, including new cruise clients and experienced cruisers who have travelled with RACT Travelworld before, who wanted to see the latest offering from the luxury Cunard fleet. on older drivers. M We heard a range of interesting views. One participant asked a pertinent question from an older driver’s perspective – as many populations in Western societies age, why is it that cars are still being built with pillars that restrict vision and cause blind spots for drivers? It was a good point, and these were the sort of questions we wanted to hear, along with older Tasmanians’ views on personal mobility in later years of life. There is no doubt that the issues facing older drivers are many and complex, and those issues don’t affect just older Australians, but their entire families as well. It is clear from a presentation made at the roundtable by the State Government that there is no national consistency in dealing with older driver issues. The feedback from the meeting will assist us in shaping our own future policy on mobility for older Tasmanians. The information from this discussion will also form part of the deliberations of other Australian motoring clubs and our umbrella organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA). The RACT recognises that the use of the private car is vitally important to older people for mobility and independence. For many, particularly those living in regional and rural areas of Tasmania, the car is the only available form of transport. People who live in the established suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne may well be less dependent on their car. But Tasmania is the most decentralised state in the country, and we believe that public policy should support, encourage and enable Tasmanians to drive their vehicles for as long as is safely and reasonably possible. ——— y thanks to those older Tasmanians who recently attended our roundtable discussion The current economic climate notwithstanding, the cruise industry continues to experience unprecedented growth, with 38 new cruise ships currently under construction, and due to be in service by 2012. By next year, the world cruise fleet will have an additional 75,000 staterooms to offer to cruise passengers. In our region – Australia and New Zealand – market growth in the cruising sector has been almost 300% in the last six years. Total cruise passengers from the two countries have grown from around 100,000 to just under 300,000 passengers. Yet it still represents less than two percent of the world cruise market. So irrespective of some of the economic gloom you read in the papers, here’s one sector of the economy where confidence remains high. Cruising can be a very economical form of holiday, and RACT Travelworld remains busy dealing with daily enquiries about cruise options for Tasmanians all over the world. You can browse these options at your leisure through the RACT Holiday Club newsletter at www.racttravelworld.com.au. ——— Finally, our members and customers in Hobart should not suffer any inconvenience in visiting our head office branch while it undergoes rebuilding work. Our address remains the same – on the corner of Murray and Patrick Streets – you’ll simply use another entrance to enter the building and transact your business or enquiries. We’ve put a lot of thought into minimising any inconvenience and you will find plenty of signs in place to help you get around. So be assured it is business as usual, with the same great level of service our staff always endeavour to provide. Not only is the work on our head office a sign of our continuing confidence in the Tasmanian economy, it will provide upgraded facilities for staff, members and customers alike, and will provide necessary infrastructure for the future expansion of the Club’s services and products. Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive
June July 2009
June July 2008