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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Street-smart We asked: This month we asked a group of 'grey nomads' what they thought about Tasmania's roads. Photos and interviews Kelly Madden who they are because they carry the scars on the inside. Our goal and wish is to focus on changing people's attitudes to driving, through bringing this out into the open as much as possible, promoting education and awareness, and supporting those who want to speak freely about their experiences. If we can save just one life, or make one person think twice, we have achieved our goal. Our Facebook page has created a huge amount of awareness -- the photos can be confronting, but we intend it to be in a positive way. The faces plead for safety on the road -- the community memorials, for which we've been seeking government funding, will do the same. We'll revisit this once the new gover nment has settled. Since beginning this mission, the project team has designed a draft memorial that involves three human-shaped figures, covered in 1500 mir rors, so you can see your reflection and realise 'It could be me'. There'll also be an option to leave notes in holes of the str ucture to send a message to the faces who can no longer speak. We are confident the memorials will receive attention and appreciation from all parts of our community, just as the Facebook group page has done. To support what we've done, please join the page and add your comments, tributes and photos. You'll find it here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=243383099066 Thank you to all of the cur rent members and external organisations who have offered their support and ideas. We look for ward to our project developing and bringing positive results for our state. Drive for your life! The Midland Highway is fine and Burnie to Devonport is brilliant. The West Coast was a shock with all the bends, a real eye-opener. We are Kiwis and find your roads similar. We coped because of our background. It would be good if people had some sort of training before they go on the road with big campervans. Sue Barr Brisbane I've got to get a new gearbox and a new set of brakes! It is very different from the mainland. I've enjoyed it though, there's lots to see. Don Martin Gympie, Queen sland You just have to drive to the conditions and take extra time. What would take you an hour on the mainland takes you two hours here. The people are some of the friendliest in the country. Bill van Riet Larges Bay, South Australia They are not really passable, it depends on what you are driving. The cor ners are very sharp and that can be dangerous. I went in the car to a lot of places that I'm not game to take the motorhome because of the steepness, bends and the condition of the roads. They are very narrow compared to the mainland. Leonie Hayne Brisbane We find them very winding and fairly narrow compared to the mainland. You drive to the conditions of the road and you've got no problem. Rex Watkins Grafton, New South Wales Like Rex said, they are windy and narrow and you've just got to ride to the conditions. The surfaces are pretty good though. Bill Gray Sydney In our community 13 June /July 2010
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