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Journeys : June July 2009
In our community they are woeful by mainland standards. In the Tamar Valley alone, the Dilston Bypass plans and West Tamar repairs were hopelessly inadequate. In 1980 – almost 30 years ago – the New South Wales Department of Main Roads developed and published a Road Condition Manual, which allows for visual rating of the condition of any road, according to drainage, pavement, shoulder and edge conditions, signage, guard rails and so on, using a scale of 1 to 5 to describe what might be called excellent (1) to abysmal (5). Should anyone apply this rating to our Tasmanian roads, too many of them would be at best class 4 and getting worse by the year, due to uncontrolled overloading. Does DIER have any competent highway engineers (it’s a subject I taught at the University of New South Wales for ten years) or is all the design and maintenance done here by financial engineers? The views expressed in this section of Motor News Journeys are those of the writer and may not necessarily reflect the opinion or policy of the RACT. Member in focus K Why did you join the RACT? J. Barry Lawrence Studio After being members of RACQ when we lived in Queensland, we joined shortly after we came to Tasmania. We found it’s always very handy to phone the RACT, if our car battery went flat, or keys were locked inside or even just to change a tyre as I don’t know how to change one. What’s the most memorable time you’ve been helped by being part of the RACT? The most memorable time was when my battery went flat last year, I phoned them up and said I had to be away from the car for an hour and a half and asked if they could come after that. They did arrive at the time stipulated and it turned out that the battery wasn’t only flat but needed to be replaced altogether. Fortunately, I had my credit card with me and they changed the battery on the spot. It was so convenient having that service. Tell me about your current car. My car is a Mazda 121 automatic. I bought it in 2001 and I really like it because it has got marvellous visibility compared to my previous car. I don’t seem to have as many accidents in it. It is really good and economical, I like that it is automatic and it has enough space to accommodate the grandchildren too. Do you have any stickers on your car? Yes, I have one that says Save Ralphs Bay and I also have the sticker showing that we are members of the National Parks. I do have an RACT sticker recognising thirty years’ membership. RACTI Youth Portraiture Prize closes this month W e’ve already received a number of entries for the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize. Do you know a budding young artist? Now’s the time to encourage them to visit the website at www.typp.com.au and get started on their portrait. They’ll have to work fast – entries close on 30 June and the winners will be announced on 4 September. October / November 08 June / July 09 13 What is your biggest motoring gripe? I suppose I do have a gripe about drivers who tailgate you even though you are sticking to the speed limit – it is irritating when it says 50 kilometres per hour and they are tailgating you. After the family photos what is your most precious material possession? It might be my USB stick because I have just completed writing the first draft of my memoirs. After all of that work, I’d hate to have to start again. What is your most memorable holiday moment? My most memorable holiday moment would be in Italy in 2002. I was with a painting group and we were all sitting together at dinner celebrating a couple’s 42nd wedding anniversary at this lovely local restaurant in the village – that was beautiful. What about your most exotic holiday destination? I think it might have been going to Thailand in 1978. It was where our son really learned to swim. The water was delightfully warm after Tasmania. Before, he would stand there freezing because it was so cold. It was just so wonderful to see him relaxing and playing in the water there. aren Wilson is a retired librarian who lives in South Hobart with her husband George. Karen has been a member of the RACT since 1979. Where do you plan to spend your next holiday? I hope it’s New Zealand because I was born in Wellington and I would like to go back and see the house I was born in, if it is still standing. I only recently found out the address through some family research. I would love to walk around that area of the city. I would also like to catch up with relatives and some friends I had met from a previous trip in 1963.
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