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Journeys : August September 2009
RACT Regional Advisory Committee news C onsistent feedback from our members through our advisory committees is that local road safety continues to be compromised in many areas across Tasmania due to poor line markings. Many local roads have faded or misleading line markings. Visibility is worse at night and under adverse weather conditions. The RACT’s Southern Regional Advisory Committee retains a strong interest in increasing the overall standard of road line markings in the region. Recent upgrades to the Brooker Highway near the Elwick precinct had brought the highway at this location to a high standard, says the committee’s chairman, RACT VicePresident Stuart Slade. SRAC member Phillip Jones (left) and RACT vice-president Stuart Slade inspect the Brooker Highway upgrade. “This is a very good example of an appropriate standard of road surface and edge marking for a road that carries significant volumes of vehicle movements,” Mr Slade says. “The RACT hopes that this standard of infrastructure can be reproduced as widely as possible across the state,” he says. Sleeping out for the Salvos in Hobart Vince Taskunas – GM Public Policy and Communications The RACT’s Southern Advisory Committee is also focusing on non-operating traffic signals. We urge RACT members who notice faulty traffic signals to report them by phoning the 24-hour traffic signals fault line on 1300 139 933. devastated communities. You may have also seen Red Shield Appeal banners on our RACT patrol vans during the Appeal period. Recently, Salvation Army Tasmania’s Carmen Jenkinson asked me if our club would be interested in supporting an event to help homeless Tasmanians. I had no idea that for me, it would turn out to be a night of sleeping outside the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart: On the night of Sleeping Out for the Salvos I joined 42 other people from the political world, business sector and the community to experience just a fraction of the hardship that many Tasmanians have to deal with every night. Sponsored by family, friends and workmates, it was a brilliant way to raise funds to assist the Salvation Army in helping the homeless in Tasmania. The RACT’s Vince Taskunas (left) pictured with fellow fundraisers Sue Hickey of Slick Promotions and Stephen Shirley from DIER. Sue topped the individual fundraising table with an amazing $6000+. night. One in every five of these people is a child or young adult. This is confronting stuff for parents and carers, whose thoughts turn to their own children. It’s something that those of us who are fortunate enough to have our own homes take for granted. But for many Tasmanians who are homeless, it’s a question that dominates A round 100,000 Australians are homeless – ‘sleeping rough’ – every much of their day-to-day existence: where am I going to sleep tonight? RACT has developed a partnership with the Salvation Army in Tasmania, which reflects a corporate alignment with the Salvos to help our Tasmanian community. Recently, management and staff at RACT collected nearly $5700 towards the Salvation Army’s Victorian Bushfire Appeal, to assist their work in the To find out more about the event and see who else spent the night on the pavers outside the Grand Chancellor, go to http:// www.salvationarmy.org.au/tasmania Sleeping Out for the Salvos in Hobart was a great success with over $35,000 raised, well above the target. Thank you to all those people who generously supported the cause by sponsoring me: I raised almost $1000. Sleeping Out will be back, bigger and better next year – and RACT will be supporting it once again. August / September 09 7
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