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Journeys : June July 2009
In our community Crunching the car-crash numbers K com.au. It’s easy to zoom in and out, turn the pages, search the magazine for key words and click through to hyperlinks that are highlighted in the on-screen text. We’re online again M otor News Journeys is again available in electronic format at www.ract. nowing where crashes are occurring, which road users are most at risk and what factors influence crashes are key aspects to understanding road safety. To help the community to understand the road safety problem, the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources has developed a section on its website that provides an up-to-date overview of Tasmanian crash statistics. This information is updated regularly. The statistics are easy to access and will serve as an educational tool in road safety by examining these areas: • Young road users • Motorcyclists • Seatbelt use • Road users • Crash factors • Gender • Fatal and serious injuries. To gain a better understanding of crash statistics in Tasmania, go online at http:// www.transport.tas.gov.au/safety/crash_ statistics 6 June / July 09 Offset your vehicle’s emissions W e all know that motor vehicle engines emit carbon – but we need to drive. The way to lower our carbon footprint is to reduce where we can – and offset where we can’t. All motorists can get involved in Greening Australia’s carbon-offset program. According to Jonathan Duddles, Tasmanian CEO of Greening Australia, funds raised by purchasing carbon offsets go to restoring ‘at-risk’ landscapes in Tasmania. “If you’ve driven through Ouse and the If you’d like to save resources and not receive the printed version of the magazine, just follow the link to the email form – we’ll remove your name from our mailing list and each two months you can read your copy of Motor News Journeys online. Upper Derwent, you’ll see the condition of the land,” Mr Duddles says. “The drought has hit it really hard, and when you combine that with 200 years of intensive farming and land clearing, you end up in a situation where the land needs serious help. “We will be using the carbon offsets to create healthier landscapes. We will join together remnant parcels of native bush that are sparse and under conservation, linking them together in a mass planting of native species across the landscape” Mr Duddles describes it as a huge environmental infrastructure project, which will help Tasmania’s landscapes cope better with climate change, provide much-needed help to farmers while improving biodiversity and water retention. Already a number of organisations and individuals have offset with Greening Australia. They include Stornoway, a Tasmanian road, quarry and water company; the Hobart Sporting Car Club; Targa Tasmania and dozens of individuals across the state. To find out what’s involved in offsetting your vehicle’s emissions, check the website at www.breatheeasynow.com.au
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