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Journeys : April May 2009
Member in focus Karina Groenewoud is an executive services manager who lives at Kingston Beach with her husband Adam and children William (7) and Alexander (5). Karina has been a member of the RACT since 1987. Why did you join the RACT? When I was 17, I got my first car, which was a 1968 Renault 10 that my Dad had spruced up. We had it spray-painted bright red. I loved that car! I lived in Blackmans Bay and was studying at Hobart College at the time. With plenty of friends in town as well, I drove up and down the Southern Outlet a fair bit. The RACT membership gave me security, it still does. What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped by being part of the RACT? When I was about 20, Adam and I were leaving Saltwater River on the Tasman Peninsula when the car broke down. The RACT had us towed to the nearest mechanic in a place memorably called Dog Bark Road near Remarkable Cave. The mechanic didn’t have the required clutch cable, but worked into the night to fashion a new cable from bits and pieces in his workshop. Tell me about your current car. fall within the umbrella of jurisdiction of that department. I have mentioned a number of these and furthermore it has been blatantly obvious to most regular road users lately that there are traffic lights that are not functioning correctly at quite a number of controlled intersections throughout the metropolitan Hobart area. Traffic lights should be regularly inspected and maintained by the relevant authorities, who should not have to rely on members of the public recording and notifying instances of malfunctioning equipment. At the very least one would think that Tasmania Police has a responsibility to bring to attention unsafe road conditions that could cause concern to emergency personnel in fire and ambulance operations. Why has the pedestrian overpass at Goodwood not had safety impact barriers installed around its pylons? It remains in this condition yet two years have elapsed since all others were given this protection. I have also contacted DIER with my concern about the lack of safety barriers on overpasses and bridges to prevent objects being easily dropped upon vehicles or into water. The department dismissed my enquiry as not relevant in Tasmania – I only hope we do not have to pay a terrible price such as the recent tragedy on the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne. In my view, Hobart motorists and the general public are being short-changed when it comes to infrastructure maintenance. Indeed, if some action is not undertaken to address these glaring problems, one can imagine departmental authorities making future court appearances, if lack of prudent maintenance is held responsible for road crashes. We have a manual Subaru Forester, which I feel incredibly safe driving. I love the all-wheel drive. But with two growing boys, it’s getting a bit small and we’re thinking about something bigger. Do you have any stickers on your car? Apart from the registration and our National Parks Pass, we have only one other sticker, which advertises Kingston Child Care Centre – it’s a wonderful centre. What is your biggest motoring gripe? Can I have two? People who don’t know the zipper rule for merging and people who don’t know how to use roundabouts. After the family photos what is your most precious material possession? I love to cook – so it’s my new saucepans and heavy-duty non- stick frypan. What is your most memorable holiday moment? Watching the sun set from the cliffs of Santorini in Greece with Adam. It was one of those magic moments that seem to last forever. What about your most exotic holiday destination? I think Fiji and Indonesia would be the most ‘exotic’, but my favourite place on Earth continues to be the East Coast of Tasmania, especially Freycinet. We spent a lot of time camping up and down the coast when I was growing up. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? There’s a few thoughts floating around, possibly Adelaide to visit my husband’s family and some friends who’ve recently moved there. Photo and interview by Kelly Madden October April / May 09 / November 08 13
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