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Journeys : Aug Sep 2010
Cremorne Play Group Our grant will assist with the purchase of soft-fall r ubber tiles and gates for added security and comfort in the courtyard play area. Delta Therapy -- Dogs Australia's Pet Partner Program (above, lower left) This program uses visits by a 'dog team' to reduce the social isolation often experienced by individuals living in care facilities. The grant provides funding for a portable all-weather shelter for volunteer teams. ParaQuad Tasmania -- Arrive Alive program Tasmanian students are developing resource material to educate their peers about the dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs with driving, and how risk-taking behaviour can lead to long-term tragedy. Our funding support will provide prize vouchers for the best material. PCYC -- Inclusive Trampoline Sports (above, right) This program focuses on the involvement, integration and inclusion of people with a disability and young people at-risk. The R ACT Community Fund will help the PCYC to purchase and upgrade equipment. Play Group Tasmania -- Play Spots (above, top left) Play Spots are mobile community events to introduce families to the ser vices of play groups. Participants enjoy activities like climbing, balancing, painting, craft, sensory activities, reading and w riting. Our grant will provide funding for a marquee for the North West groups, providing access to rural and isolated families in a large region. If your application was not successful, please consider applying again in Round 5, which will open in September 2010. Check www.ract.com.au for Community Fund updates. RACT Community Fund The RACT Community Fund is a joint initiative of RACT and RACT Insurance. We congratulate these organisations who received grants in the fourth round: Australian Automobile Association's federal election strategy It is possible that the 2010 federal election campaign may well be under way as this edition of Motor News Journeys goes out to mailboxes across Tasmania. With the surprising move by the Australian Labor Party to remove Kevin Rudd and replace him with Australia's first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, many commentators shifted their predictions away from an October or November election and gave an earlier poll good odds. The Australian Automobile Association, of which the R ACT is a constituent club member, is lobbying the Australian Government with an election strategy that is affordable, safe and sustainable. A summary of the principles is: • More of what motorists pay should be re-invested into the road network • Motorists should not pay more in taxes than they do now • Not enough of what motorists pay is reinvested into the network • Adopt a zero death and injury road safety target as the prim ary objective for the next National Road Safety Strategy • Adopt a strategy to identify and eliminate all un safe roads • Fund programs that ensure that Australia has the safest vehicles and drivers in the world • Ensure that all sectors play a part in reducing emissions commensurate with their contribution to current emissions • Support eco-driving programs to reduce our current levels of fuel consumption • Fund programs that ensure that Australia has the cleanest vehicles and fuels in the world The strategy document is available in full from the AAA's website w w w.aaa.asn.au Forty years of service Congratulations to Bob Edwards, a member of our Launceston Roadside patrol team, who has achieved the remarkable achievement of 40 years with the R ACT. He is only the second R ACT employee to reach this milestone, after our previous Chief Executive Denis Nation. Over the years Bob would have attended around 100,000 road service calls. When he started work, new cars were likely to be XY Falcons and HG Holdens. Toyota was a fledgling company that sold a few Corollas and Coronas. What you could fix in those days with a handful of tools, a roll of tape, a piece of wire and some ingenuity! Now you nearly need a laptop and an electronics degree to diagnose a problem. Bob's ability to adapt to the changing face of automotive technology over this time is incredible. Thank you Bob, for providing 'Help when you need it most' to R ACT members over the last 40 years. In our community 5 August / September 2010
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