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Journeys : August September 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) 6212 6710 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3208 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 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 August / September 09 Y ou will notice in this edition of Motor News Journeys that we have again taken up the issue of compulsory road safety education in schools. We have written to the three main parties seeking their views on the matter as we prepare for another state election. In response to the shocking road toll of 2009, including the black day last month when nine people died in crashes, there is general agreement in the community that there needs to be a cultural shift in attitudes towards road safety. The RACT has argued for some years now that secondary schools are where this new attitude can be nurtured. Before the last state election we sought a commitment from the State Government that it would introduce compulsory road safety education in schools. We were elated when just days before the election the then Education Minister wrote to us, committing to such a scheme. Since then however, our elation has evaporated. The Government later quibbled about whether the wording of its letter amounted to a commitment to compulsory education, and since then we’ve been referred down the line to talk to various government bureaucrats. F8 This just isn’t good enough. RACT will maintain our passion and commitment to what we believe is a move that will save young lives on the roads. We’ll be interested in what the three main political parties have to say to us on this matter. ——— Another State Budget has been handed down and we’re pleased to note that the Government has resisted the urge to cover its deficit by raising charges and taxes on motorists. It’s the RACT’s view that motorists already contribute more than enough to state coffers. The Budget contained little in the way new funding initiatives or infrastructure projects. Some $275.4 million will be spent on roads and rail, including $79 million on the Brighton Transport Hub. There was also $14 million for the Bridgewater Bridge refurbishment and Lyell Highway junction upgrade; and planning for the Bagdad Bypass and Bridgewater Bridge replacement. Other major projects to receive funding – on a co-funded basis with Canberra – include a $10 million upgrade of the Brooker Highway; completion of the $14 million upgrade of the Lyell Highway between Granton and New Norfolk; continued work on the East Tamar Highway upgrade; and a start on the Kingston Bypass. ——— As a statewide organisation, the RACT Board gathers each year in different parts of the state, and our recent Devonport meeting was an opportunity to meet local business and community organisations to discuss road and road safety matters. It was also an occasion to honour 18 special members of the RACT. These are residents of the North West who have been members of the RACT for at least 50 years. That’s a long time – Robert Menzies was our Prime Minister 50 years ago, and Eric Reece was the Premier of Tasmania. Longford was hosting the Australian Grand Prix, and the Princess of Tasmania was a brand new ferry on the Bass Strait run. It gives us tremendous pleasure to be able to recognise the loyalty of members over so many years. It is thanks to such people that the RACT has enjoyed strong growth since its beginnings in 1923. For the record, nearly 34,000 people in the North West are members of the RACT in one category or another. ——— Building work is proceeding well on our new headquarters building in Hobart. For the first time in our history, the premises will bring all our main functions together under one roof. His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AO, Governor of Tasmania and Patron of our Club, recently turned the first sod on the new building that will house RACT group activities, RACT Insurance, and the RACT driving school. In addition, it will provide upgraded facilities for staff, a new Customer Service Centre and Hobart branch. The building will set the foundation for future expansion of RACT products and services. It also signals our confidence in the future of the Tasmanian economy. Because we’re a Tasmanian organisation, we’re also pleased that our architect and builders are Tasmanian. For the historically-minded, the RACT originally purchased the site at the corner of Patrick and Murray Streets in 1969. When we began trading from our new building in 1970, it was Angus Bethune, as Premier, who opened it. At the time, then Senator Peter Rae was chair of the RACT’s Northern Advisory Committee. Don Wing was a member of the committee – he later became Mayor of Launceston and President of the Legislative Council. Colin Moore also served on the Northern Advisory Committee at the time, a service he continues to provide to the RACT and its members 40 years later. Just a reminder for Hobart members that while the new headquarters is being built, our Hobart branch remains temporarily relocated on the premises, at the rear of the Murray and Patrick Street property. Access is from Patrick Street, with customer parking and facilities maintained on the site, together with all the great service you expect from our friendly and helpful staff. Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive Chiefly
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