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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Richard Skinner Project Officer, Forestry Tasmania Iwas heading out to inspect the boardwalk at the Big Tree Reser ve on the Styx Road when I pulled over to admire the valley view. Just as I did, a log-tr uck came around the cor ner with a full load of sawlogs. Its sudden appearance made me think about how visitors should approach sharing the road with these vehicles. Back at the office I asked our roadworks man Barry Hunt about the protocols of this sort of situation. Barry explained that Forestry Tasmania builds and maintains thousands of kilometres of roads for forestry operation s. "The roads are about a tr uck and a half wide, enough to get an articulated vehicle with a full log load into and out of the forest safely," he said. "Forestry Tasmania recently signed the Tourism Forestry Protocol Agreement and the public is welcome to use these roads. But they need to drive to the conditions and be constantly aware they may encounter a tr uck at any time." New signs reminding drivers that they share the road with heavy transport have been placed on the more popular forest roads in souther n Tasmania, with others due for installation in the north next year. Barry's key advice is to keep to the left around bends and on crests and to slow dow n. "No one can see around corners and this tends to be where the surprises happen -- not just for tourists but for truck drivers as well," he said. Barry also has some words of wisdom about being prepared before you drive on forest roads. "Forest roads can be fairly isolated and a long way from any support should you get into difficulty," he said. "However with a few simple precautions it will be a great experience for everyone. So check your spare tyre, carry forest maps and take a toolkit with you." Forest roads are usually in good condition, but in these places, slower driving is safer Forest driving driving -- so allow extra time. There are wonderful places to visit in state forests -- fishing, camping, horse-riding spots to nameafew--andwewantyoutoget there and back safely. Information about safe driving on forest roads has been placed on Forestry Tasmania's website -- w w w.forestrytas. com.au. The brochure Sharing Our Roads provides additional tips on using state forest roads -- it's available through selected tourism outlets. The eagerly-awaited, adult-themed Christmas pantomime is back for a four-night season of bawdy fun and frivolity from 16-19 December 2009 at Hobart's Theatre Royal. Tasmanian star John Xintavelonis returns to play the evil Baron Drear in the Bawdy Panto's latest ball-tearing, side-splitting, cringe-worthy romp Boobs in the Wood. Based very loosely on the classic fairy tale Babes In The Wood, the story follows the two 'babes' as they frolic through the bar ren lands of Goodwood Forest, narrowly avoiding the deadly clutches of the evil Baron. It's a night of music, comedy and men in drag that you will never forget! Bookings at the Theatre Royal. John X as the Evil Baron Drear kidnaps two of the Bawdy Panto dancers, Cassie Thomas and Laura Keegan Boobs in the Wood Excitement abounds with the news that Launceston Musical Society Inc will be putting on the acclaimed Mel Brooks musical The Producers in July 2010. Following a very successful run of the high- energy rock opera Rent at the Princess Theatre in July this year, Tasmanian audiences will have another opportunity to see strong local talent in a Tasmania to meet The Producers large-scale musical theatre classic, with plenty of singing and dancing. LMS will be auditioning for The Producers in early February 2010, and Motor News Jour neys will be bringing you more on this terrific local production as it unfolds in the New Year. See w w w.launcestonmusic alsociety.org.au for details. WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, hidden in the magazine, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 4 January 2010. (Last issue the Prize Pot was on page 69). WIN A West Coast Pure Tasmania holiday and cruise -- details on page 51. WIN A Trax model of the rare Ford XY Falcon four-wheel drive ute -- details page 27. The Wish List The general Terms and Conditions for all competitions conducted by Motor News Journeys are published at www.ract.com.au. Copies can be obtained by calling 13 27 22. Bruny Island - Sean Purdon, Meander Prize Pot - Geoff Burgess, Orford - Margaret Frost, Norwood - Mr & Mrs G. Christie, Deloraine The Art of Apple Branding - Mr P. Dowd, Rosetta Adventures in Caravanastan - Leanne Russell, Glenorchy Learning to Live, Learning to Die - Kyrany Bartle, Sandy Bay Hurrah for the Next Man - Jennifer Reid, South Hobart Tasmania Wine and Gastronomy Map - Mr & Mrs R. Niven, Scamander Phat Flats - Julie Misson, Ho w rah Ronnie: Tasmanian Songman - Tammy Lawrence, Wynyard In Tasmania today 49 December 09 / January 10
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