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Journeys : Feb March 2010
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) 6236 4310 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 With the state election season well under way, the promises will come thick and fast between now and polling day. Over the course of the last gover nment, the R ACT worked assiduously to promote infrastr ucture and safety issues that best protect our members and indeed all road users. In the promises and policies affecting roads and road safety that different parties take to the next election, we ask that their policies are carefully con sidered and are directed entirely to promoting safer road travel in the immediate future, as well as the decades ahead. We shall, of course, over the period of the next gover nment, keep a watchful eye on their perform ance, both in ter ms of what they promised and what they deliver, as well as whether the sometimes exuberant commitments of political parties during election lead-ups actually enhance or detract from road safety. To assist the next government, the R ACT has developed its own Roadmap of the priorities we want to see pursued over the next four years (see the story opposite). The R ACT Roadmap will be widely disseminated to our political candidates and gover nment agencies. In the meantime, the R ACT is very pleased to note that last year we received agreement from the Greens and the Liberals to our call on the need to introduce compulsory road safety education into secondary schools. Labor, on the other hand, opted for a voluntary scheme, leaving it up to individual schools to decide whether or not they run road safety education programs in their school communities. We hope Labor re-thinks this, because we believe that compulsory road safety education will save young lives. --------- Last year's big wet played havoc with roads all over the state -- and also on the construction schedule for our new headquarters in Hobart. Nevertheless, our builders have been mounting a mighty effort and we're cur rently only two weeks behind schedule. I'm confident that we will be moving into our landmark new building at the cor ner of Patrick and Mur ray Streets at the beginning of October. Given that constr uction only started last May, it will be quite an achievement. I'm sure our staff will be pleased to move into their new home, which will be a four-storey environmentally-advanced building, bringing all our group activities under one roof, as well as R ACT Insurance and the R ACT Driving School. Our headquarters will solve a long-standing accommodation problem for the R ACT and will provide sufficient additional office space that will generate up to $750,000 annually in new income for the Club from rented office space in five years' time. The new building will be an environmental gem. It incorporates a NABERS 4.5 environmental rating and includes innovation s such as a system to capture stormwater and recycle it. I'm receiving a steady stream of messages from members who have seen the building going up and who share our excitement about the statement it makes about the R ACT, about the R ACT's role in Tasmania, and indeed, the confidence the project shows in our state's future. I even received a supportive text late last year from a member who was held up for a short time amongst traffic in Murray Street, while builders closed the road for a few moments to use a huge crane to m anoeuvre a slab of concrete into place on the new building. --------- To national matters, and our Canber ra-based umbrella organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, has had a busy 12 months representing our interests both nationally and inter nationally. The A AA acts as a secretariat to Australia's motoring clubs and we all contribute to its upkeep and the development of policies that it promulgates on our behalf in the national capital. Just a glance at its annual report shows that it has made submissions on behalf of members in the last 12 months on a whole range of issues, from measures to improve the fuel efficiency of Australia's motor vehicles to the Australian Government's review of the Australian automotive industry, where the AAA argued on our behalf for continuing reduced levels of tariffs, in the best interests of Australian motorists. The motoring clubs of Australia have a combined membership of 6.5 million, which gives the A A A considerable leverage when putting motorists' views to the Federal Gover nment. Greg Goodman Group Chief Executive February / March 10 4
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