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Journeys : Feb March 2010
In our community Great Wall ute recall to benefit new car buyers Australia's leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, has welcomed the announcement that the Great Wall Motors V240 Twin Cab utility will be recalled, due to a seat belt retracting mechanism failure. ANCAP detected the seat belt failure during crash testing in September this year and reported its concern to the Federal Tran sport Department, which took up the matter with the Great Wall Motors importer, Ateco. The recall of the V240 was announced by the Australian Competition and Consumers Commission on 15 December. ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh said the recall showed the value of the ANCAP testing in real-world situations. "ANCAP testing of new vehicle models and publication of results for comparison is a benefit to new car buyers -- in this case ANCAP detected a serious safety problem with the Great Wall ute that will now be rectified," Mr McIntosh said. "Ateco acknowledged and investigated the problem swiftly and have worked with the department to organise the recall." ANCAP is not just about star ratings -- it is about acting on behalf of Australian consumers, who expect high levels of safety for their families. For a full list of ANCAP's vehicle safety ratings, including more commercial vehicles and other vehicle safety infor mation, go to w w w.ancap.com.au ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, all Australian state gover nments, the New Zealand government, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation. TADPAC Print (Tasmanian Association of Disabled Persons Abilities Centre) is a not-for-profit organisation providing employment opportunitie s for disadvantaged members of our community, primarily people with a disability. R ACT and R ACT Insurance are proud to have supported this very worthwhile community project in the second round of R ACT Community Fund during 2009. TADPAC's grant application sought assistance to progress a project using paper off-cuts to produce beautiful handmade paper. Various products including textured paper, puffy boxes and cards and envelopes are now produced by the employees of TADPAC. The grant was used to purchase paper-making equipment such as an insinkerator to pulp the paper, deckles, moulds and cutting forms for boxes to package card and paper sets. One of the key aims for the recycling/ paper-making project is to provide people with a disability with the opportunity to lear n new skills and participate in a creative and environmentally-friendly project by recycling a previously unused by-product. Such enterprises provide increased confidence and enhance the quality of work and life, through an increased variety of tasks and an improvement in social interaction. TADPAC's Sherilyn Bourne says the R ACT Community Grant has enabled progress to the stage that participants are now producing quality handmade paper and using it to make card and paper sets. "We are currently in production and now have a marketable product that will in the future be a financial boost to TADPAC," Sherilyn says. "This project provides RACT Community Fund supports TADPAC Print people with a disability the opportunity to learn new and creative skills, while demonstrating the environmental benefits of recycling. With the implementation of an appropriate marketing plan we believe the project has the potential to be self- sustainable through the sale of the items produced," she says. More about TADPAC and its activities: www.tadpac.com.au Details about the RACT Community Fund: www.ract.com.au/community_fund TADPAC's General Manager Sherilyn Bourne February / March 10 10 June / July 09
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