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Journeys : June July 2009
In our community lonely or in pain. This is where Clown Doctors get involved. They treat children in hospital with medicine of a different kind – big doses of fun and laughter! Humour as therapy I Clown Doctors address the psycho-social needs of children in hospital in a unique way. RACT has entered into a partnership with The Humour Foundation to assist the Clown Doctors in Tasmania, part of which is to help support the running of their Hillman Minx Clown Car (pictured, with Dr Very Much, Dr B. Loony and Dr Do Little aboard on their recent visit to the Hobart RACT branch during the Miles for Smiles fundraising walk.) In the Hillman Minx Clown Car See www.humourfoundation.com.au for more on the Clown Doctors and their special brand of funny medicine. Innovative transport solutions in State of the State address P remier David Bartlett delivered a wide-ranging speech to State Parliament earlier this year, outlining a number of new measures, including a section titled Low Emissions Intelligent Transport. The Premier stated that the government’s ten-year vision for commuter/passenger transport is to provide a mixture of road, rail, cycleways and walkways – options that keep Tasmanians moving while lowering our emissions. He also said that modern, efficient, innovative transport solutions are the way of the future for Tasmania. The Premier’s address included commitments to: • Deliver previous Budget promises for regional cycleways infrastructure • Invest in public transport ‘in a modern way’ – such as hybridpowered buses and a new smart-ticketing system Mike Dixon and Bill Enkelaar Regional Advisory Committees – giving members a voice W e rely on the support and advice provided to us by members through our Regional Advisory Committee network. Our three very active committees meet regularly and are made up of locally-resident financial RACT members, who serve on a voluntary basis. The Regional Advisory Committee Charter states, in part, that a Committee’s role is to: “…consider road design and traffic management issues within the region and to liaise with and make recommendations to the relevant local authorities to improve road design, road safety and traffic management [and] …to consider and make recommendations to the RACT Board regarding road safety, public education and enforcement policy issues.” Pictured are Committee Secretary Mike Dixon (left) and Chair Bill Enkelaar of the North-West committee at a recent meeting in Ulverstone. A key priority for the NWRAC is for audible edge line marking (or ripple strip) to be extended as far as possible on the Bass Highway. • Develop bus priority measures on the Brooker Highway and Hobart’s Southern Outlet • Create park and ride facilities in Glenorchy and Kingston in 2009 • Establish a Tasmanian Community Transport Trust to fund local transport options. “It is time to move into a new era of public transport – a smarter era that sees all Tasmanians as potential customers,” Mr Bartlett said. This admission reflects the view of many RACT members that, for them, public transport in its present form is simply not an option. Seniors Cards at Service Tasmania O lder Tasmanians are now able to apply for a Seniors Card over the counter at any of Tasmania’s 27 Service Tasmania shops. The card is available for Tasmanians aged 60 years and over and not working more than 20 hours in paid employment per week. An applicant needs to provide three pieces of identification, one showing proof of date of birth. The new system at Service Tasmania will mean people will walk away with a temporary card in the pocket, so they can use it straight away. The Seniors Card gives older Tasmanians access to discounts and benefits in over 650 participating businesses across the State. For further information just call into Service Tasmania or phone 1300 135 513. June / July 09 9 magine being a child in hospital, away from the comfort of your home and all that is familiar, and feeling sad, anxious, frightened,
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