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Journeys : April May 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 Travel is one of the core businesses of the R ACT, and it is currently undergoing rapid expansion, in more ways than one. R ACT Travelworld has acquired a Burnie travel business, North West Travel, as we continue to grow our travel operations around the state. Readers may remember that a few years ago, we acquired North West Travel's Devonport operations. At the same time, after the temporary uncertainty last year due to the global economic situation, Tasmanian s have recovered their strong appetite for travel. Our travel consultants noticed a big increase in enquiries at the start of January, and the pace has picked up continuously since then -- everything from European cr uising to weekend breaks in Melbour ne. Of course, one of the dow nsides is that some of the spectacular offers being made by cr uise lines and other operators during the quiet period last year are now beginning to disappear. But there are still great specials out there -- and our consultants know where to find them. Cruising in particular is becoming a big part of travel these days. Anywhere from the Antarctic to the Baltic, moder n cruise ships are plying the waters of the world. Over 20% of our total travel business now involves cr uise bookings, and we're finding that when a cr uise ship visits Tasmania, we're getting a big response to our program of personally-escorted ship familiarisation tours. ------ Still on travel, I was very pleased that we were recently able to help travellers who had to endure lengthy delays at Hobart Airport because only one security screening area was open. We took up the matter in public after complaints from our travel customers about the situation. We asked the question -- why was only one X-ray security machine in operation, when two are installed? One of our members complained of being stuck in a 150 metre-long queue! Once the media became involved, action was swift, and I'm pleased to say the second screening point was re-opened after being closed -- so we understand -- since midway through last year. The re-opening of the second security checkpoint was a great win for travellers. It was also a win for common sense and an illustration of RACT's commitment to support our members' interests. ------ As I'm sure you know, the R ACT is passionate about the issue of compulsory road safety education in our schools. We've lobbied for it since before the 2006 state election. So I was surprised to lear n that it wasn't just the modern-day custodians of the R ACT who have championed this cause. Our Motor News Jour neys editor recently drew my attention to an article in the November 1961 edition of Motor News: The successful completion of the first course in driver education at Clarence High School can be regarded as another step forward in a long-range plan to improve driving standards in Tasmania. The course was in the nature of a pilot scheme to assess the worth of incorporating driver education as a part of the general education program. Nearly 50 years later, we're still fighting to ensure that every Tasmanian student gets the benefits of road safety education! ------ We've had a strong response from readers wanting to take part in our (admittedly unscientific) trial to determine whether sonic anti-roadkill devices work. The letters we've received have show n that many members are concerned at the roadkill they see and experience. We've heard from: • A mail contractor and school bus driver on King Island who dodges wildlife every day. • A nurse who lives at Opossum B ay, drives into Hobart four nights a week and sees a variety of wildlife each night • A shift worker at Cradle Mountain who drives in a high-impact area for wildlife • A Riverside resident who wrote to us wanting to take part after hitting an animal just that mor ning • A former West Coaster, now living in Hobart, who says she would not drive without one • A reader from Whitfield, Victoria, who has travelled extensively in the Outback, and would like to be part of our trial • A comment from Tasmanian Wilderness Experiences, which uses the devices on two of its vehicles with 'doubtful success' Our thanks to everyone who responded. We originally planned to provide a total of 20 devices, but the response has been so encouraging that we've decided to send a pair of sonic animal scarers to everyone who wrote to us, up to the date of publication of this issue. If your letter reached us too late for this trial, please keep reading Motor News Journeys -- we may repeat the program next year. April / May 10 4
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