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Journeys : October November 2009
Patron His Excellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania President Roger Locke Vice Presidents Stuart Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Br uce 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: motor 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 advertisements 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 Ser vice 13 27 22 RACT ROADSIDE 13 11 11 RACT Travelworld 1300 368 111 About your club Chiefly My congratulations to everyone involved in the first-ever joint meeting of our three Regional Advisory Committees. Held recently in Launceston over two days, the meeting brought together our Norther n, North Wester n, and Southern Regional Advisory Committees. These three committees are made up of volunteers with a passion and commitment to road safety and road infrastr ucture issues. The committees work at the local level to address concer ns raised by the public, then refer feedback and issues to the R ACT's peak Road and Traffic Committee, which is made up of R ACT Board members. The committees have a long history with the RACT and some great names in Tasm anian public life have been members. The North West Regional Advisory Committee and the Northern Regional Advisory Committee were for med in 1959, while the Souther n Regional Advisory Committee is a relative newcomer -- just a few years old, it was for med because of the success of the two other groups. So it was an historic event to bring all three committees together in Launceston for two days of presentations and deliberations. What we set out to achieve was a framework for future policy that we can take to the next government to ensure that roads and road safety remain a top priority for the party in power after the next election. A special participant was Norther n Committee member Colin Moore. Colin started with the Northern Regional Committee in 1960 and continues to contribute actively today. He's a tremendous ex ample of community service to both the R ACT and the people of norther n Tasmania. During the conference, the committees were particularly keen to hear about developments in road safety and road infrastr ucture and I want to thank the various organisation s that took the time to make presentations to the conference and answer questions from committee members. These included the Department of Infrastr ucture, Energy and Resources, Tasmania Police, Cycling South and the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council. We also had presentations from the Labor Party, the Liberals and the Greens, who kindly gave up their Saturday mor ning to meet us. It's good to see Jim Cox, Minister for Police and Emergency Management, moving to give Tasm ania Police even tougher car confiscation powers to combat dangerous drivers on the State's roads. I'm sure members will welcome this initiative. Readers may remember that the R ACT campaigned strongly for the introduction of 'hooning' laws as far back as 2003, when we conducted a survey in this magazine that indentified strong support for the impoundment of vehicles involved in hooning activity. Under Mr Cox's beefed-up system, police could confiscate cars for 28 days for excessive speeding, reckless or dangerous driving, evading police, hooning and repeat driving while disqualified. The 28-day confiscation period would apply to anyone detected travelling at 45km/h above the posted speed limit. I'm sure all responsible drivers would support the extension of the law as proposed by Mr Cox. ------ It is annual report time again for the R ACT. Given the economic outlook at the start of the financial year, we have weathered the stor m so far in good shape. But beyond our healthy surplus, I must emphasise the important part played in this year's result by our members, customers and staff. As we note in the report, we constantly strive to provide quality products and ser vices. The community rewards this diligence through their loyalty when chilly economic winds blow. This year has seen our membership grow and it has also seen existing members staying with us in record numbers. We certainly don't take the relationship between the R ACT and its members for granted. We will continually strive to be better at what we do, always with the best interests of our members in the forefront of our minds. In reaching this year's result, I'd like to acknowledge our wonderful R ACT staff for a tremendous effort. It is our staff who develop, maintain and offer the ser vices the R ACT provides and it is testimony to their professionalism that so many members see great value in their membership. Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive October / November 09 4
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