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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
RACT Community Fund The R ACT, Tasmania's biggest member- based organisation, has a proud tradition of supporting our community. With R ACT In surance, we established the R ACT Community Fund in 2008 to extend this support. The third round of the R ACT Community Fund recently attracted nearly eighty applications from community groups across Tasmania. The fourth round will open in March 2010 with several grants of up to $2000 available to support worthy projects from Tasmanian not-for-profit community groups. Enquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org and further information will be available at w ww.ract.com.au Adelegation from the R ACT met with Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese during the recent Rudd Community Cabinet meeting at New Tow n High School. One of the major topics we discussed with Minister Albanese was the issue of safer roads and roadsides in Tasmania. Five-year statistical averages in Tasmania show that 46% of fatality crashes and just under 50% of serious injury crashes are single-vehicle, 'run-off-road' crashes, on curves or straights. This is an indicator that the roads themselves may be contributing in a higher-than-average context to crash incidence. We believe there needs to be a better understanding of why this is so. The AusR AP methodology argues that the most significant and cost-effective road safety savings can be achieved through treatments such as increasing roadside safety. To be able to properly assess these risks in Tasmania, we need a safety audit of the existing road network infrastr ucture. Safer roads and roadsides in Tasmania can lead to a significant improvement in the road toll. An AusR AP report has been done previously on the national highway roads in Tasmania -- but not on the wider state and local road network. We will be lobbying the Tasmanian Government and the other political parties to fund this kind of risk assessment in Tasmania, as soon as possible. For more details on the road risk assessment program that is supported by all Australia's motoring clubs, visit www.ausrap.org Australian Automobile Association national policy meeting in Hobart The national Public Policy For um of the AAA was hosted by RACT in Hobart during October. Delegates from our sister clubs across Australia and a representative from New Zealand's Automobile Association met to discuss a range of topics including alter native fuels, carbon offsets for motorists, truck safety, a national strategy for older mobility, fuel tax reform and the gover nment's National Road Safety Strategy. The A A A supports and coordinates the activities of the clubs and represents the interests of all motorists at a national and international level. See w w w.aaa.asn.au for more infor mation about these and other motoring issues. RACT lobbies Federal Minister at Hobart Community Cabinet visit There are some new interactive facilities available on the R ACT website. Now, you can apply for a quote and purchase a policy for motor vehicle insurance through R ACT Insurance. You can also join R ACT online -- and if you're already a member, you're now able to update your correct contact details through the website. It's all about making it easier to do business with us. And there's more on the way -- keep watching the website to see more developments in interactive online transactions with your club. You never know what you'll find at ww w.ract.com.au It's all happening online In our community December 09 / January 10 6
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