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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
4 October / November 2010 Patron His E xcellency, The Honourable P G Underwood AC, Governor of Tasmania President Roger L ocke Vice P re sidents Stuar t Slade, Peter Joyce Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, Dav id Catchpole, Bruce Clark, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Chris L a ngdon, Tony Stacey AM, Kathryn Westwood Group Chief Exe cutive Greg Goodman Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Bra nche s Hoba rt - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonpor t, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulvers tone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Bur nie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 Kingston, Shop 49A Channel Cour t (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Em ail: motornews @ract.com.au Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fa x: (03) 6231 9294 Advertising Artemi s P ublishing Consultants Anne Shield a nd Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fa x: (03) 6231 6322 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 R ACT. No par t of Motor News Jour neys m ay be reproduced without perm is sion. Copyright 2010 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: Datasend Australia Pty Ltd Dist ribution: Australia Post Member of the Circul ation s Audit Board ISSN 0818-5549 About your club Chiefly Iwill be stepping down as Group Chief Executive of the RACT within the next few months, and I am delighted that one of my ver y accomplished senior managers, Har vey Lennon, has been appointed by the RACT Board to replace me, after a national search for a new CEO. You can read about Harvey’s appointment on Page 6 of this edition. As I look back over more than a decade, I’m tremendously pleased that a grow ing RACT has seen a commensurate growth in our various community support programs. As a mutual organisation, I see our priorities in these terms. First, we must ensure a financially- successful R ACT. Everything else is somewhat academic if we’re not financially secure. Second, our financial security should return real benefits to our members in ter ms of new and better ser vices and products. Finally, we should support the community in which we operate and to which we belong, and on this score, our organisation is perfor ming well. Support and sponsorship at the RACT is not driven from the top down. RACT Insurance under takes its own initiatives, and together w ith the Club, funds our Community Fund. At another level, local R ACT branches assist worthwhile activities and undertakings in their local areas. So the last financial year has seen the RACT supporting activities ranging from the arts to statewide sports and down to very local initiatives. In fact, we have suppor ted some 70 events, activities or worthwhile causes in just the last 12 months. Here’s a ver y small sample: Smithton Bowls Club, the Cancer Council, Project U Turn, Old Scotch Collegians Football Club, Headway Rebuilding Lives, Clarence United Football Club, Sorell and Beltana bowls clubs, Tasmanian Conservation Trust, Taste of Tasmania, three local primary schools in the Devonport area, Glenorchy Seniors’ Week and the Glenorchy Fun Run, Launceston Cycling Classic and the Bur nie City Eisteddfod. A list such as this tells me something about our small and wonderful state of Tasmania. It’s a vibrant place, with a lot going on, and the RACT is pleased to be in a position to contr ibute. Our staff get inspired and even exhilarated by our involvement and I should not overlook the programs that they undertake in community suppor t. For instance, Roadside technicians each year mount free winter car checks around the State; and in the public affairs area, we’ve been forging links with individuals and groups concer ned about roadkill. In another initiative, RACT Insurance is into the third year of its own Tasmanian Youth Portraiture Prize. This was a RACTI creation, with the aim of supporting budding young Tasmanian artists, and at the same time, celebrating people in our community who inspired the artists enough to make them the subject of their portrait. So as I prepare to journey to a new phase of my working life, I am pleased that the RACT is an organisation closely engaged w ith the Tasmanian population in both a business and a community sense. —— —— When the Henry Tax Review was handed down before the Federal Election, the motor ing clubs’ representative in Canber ra, the Australian Automobile Association, called on the Federal Gover nment to fast-track the debate on a road-user charge, which ensures that those who use the road most – and cause the greatest wear and tear – should pay their fair share. The Henry Tax Review represents a strong endorsement of a fairer system of road charging and taxation. It makes clear that private motorists are more than paying their way to use the Australian road network. So it’s time that the Federal Government got on with looking at a fairer system of road-user charging. —— —— Finally, this edition of Motor News Journeys contains the RACT’s Annual Report for 2009- 2010. I believe the Annual Report ref lects a confident and secure organisation that is reaching out to more and more Tasmanians with its services and products. We achieved a number of new firsts in our performance last financial year, and the RACT is well-poised for any challenges that lie ahead. Greg Goodman Group Chief E xecutive
Aug Sep 2010