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Journeys : April May 2010
Motorists will have noticed new direction al signage at the Mor nington roundabout. Once completed, the upgraded roundabout was almost immediately successful in achieving reductions in peak hour congestion. The R ACT's Souther n Regional Advisory Committee lobbied DIER strongly for explanatory signs at the roundabout when it became clear that the new lane ar rangements were confusing many users. The installation of the new sign s represents an important win for the R ACT's advocacy on behalf of the large numbers of our members who had complained about the difficulties they were experiencing and the associated safety issues. Particularly disturbing were reports from members -- many of them elderly -- who were completely avoiding the new roundabout, considering it too difficult to negotiate. Photo DIER Mornington signage welcomed They were forced to find an alter native route, adding unnecessary time and fuel costs to their journeys. This was simply unacceptable. The new signs make it quite clear that motorists/riders on Cambridge Road approaching the roundabout from Rosny who wish to travel to Hobart, Flagstaff Gully, the airport or Sorell must use the left lane only. Those wishing to go straight through or around and up the hill to How rah must use the right lane only. Members of the Advisory Committee remain concer ned about the potential obstr uction by vegetation of safe sight- lines for road users taking the left-hand slip lane into Cambridge Road from South Arm Highway. Vince Taskunas is the RACT's General Manager, Public Policy and Communications. He can be contacted on 6236 4304 or firstname.lastname@example.org In 1984 Paul Hogan famously invited the world to visit our fantastic country. Now you can do the same. From 15 April to 12 May you can upload why you think There's Nothing Like Australia onto www.nothinglikeaustralia.com, a website created by Tourism Australia for Australians to get involved in the new push to promote our country. Tourism Australia will use the entries to create a map of Australian holiday experiences, told by Australians, which will be at the heart of a new tourism campaign. There will be a TV ad as well as print and online advertising and public relations activities, some of which will use the experiences Australians have suggested online. But as the internet is where people go these days to research and plan their holidays, that's where the campaign will mostly live. We want you to follow in the footsteps of the well-known Australians like Paul Hogan, Greg Norman, Cold Chisel, Geraldine Doogue and Richie Benaud (yes, they've all been part of our campaigns over the years) and do your bit to invite the world to experience Australia for themselves. You'll be helping an industry that directly employs half a million Australians (maybe including you) and provides vital income to thousands of cities and towns around the country. Log on to w w w.nothinglikeaustralia.com before 12 May, share your story of why There's Nothing Like Australia with others around the world -- and tell them why they should visit here for their next holiday. There's nothing like Australia! In our community Speed cameras -- we support the Audit Office's recommendations The R ACT wants the next Tasmanian Gover nment to take heed of -- and take action on -- a special report from the Tasmanian Auditor General's office late last year about speed camera operation s. The Audit Office made ten recommendations, which the R ACT says should be reviewed and implemented as soon as possible. In particular, the report drew attention to the deployment of speed detection devices and found that some were being used in the w rong places. More than 60% of all fatal crashes in Tasmania occur within 100 and 110km/h speed zones. Yet the Audit Office found that a disproportionate percentage of speed camera enforcement was occurring in 40-60km/h zones, despite a higher percentage of fatal and serious crashes occur ring in 100 and 110km /h zones. "When speed detection devices are over- deployed in low speed areas, motorists become cynical about their operation," the RACT's Vince Taskunas says. "We want motorists to regard speed cameras as an aid to safety on the roads -- which they are. But this shift in perception won't occur until they are deployed as part of a clear strategy to combat the road toll." The Auditor General also recommended that more fixed cameras should be used in Tasmania, a measure that we have consistently pushed. "The R ACT's recently-released Roadmap document advocated a strategy of multiple fixed speed camera sites in Tasmania as a cost-effective speed reduction measure," Mr Taskunas says. "At any one time, only a small number of cameras might be mounted at some of the sites and they would be rotated regularly so that passing motorists had to treat every site as 'live'." In addition, the R ACT recommended that a new connection be established between the collection of speeding fines and the investment of that revenue to make local roads safer, by quarantining a percentage of the revenue for this purpose. The R ACT's Roadmap for the Next Tasmanian Government is available at ww w.ract.com.au April / May 10 6
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