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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
October / November 2010 5 In our community Readers of Motor News Journeys will know how hard the RACT has fought for compulsor y road safety education in every Tasmanian high school. We haven’t yet achieved that goal, but we’re pleased to report that from the beginning of the school year in 2011, the State Government w ill make available a Tasmanian Qualifications Authority-accredited road safety course for Year 10 students in all government high schools and will strongly recommend that it is offered in all non- gover nment secondar y schools. During 2009, two road safety education courses were developed by the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources, e xtending DIER’s earlier Road Risk Reduction prog ram. Earlier this year, both courses were approved by the TQA, which means that students are able to use them to meet the requirements of achieving their Tasmanian Certificate of Education. The format and implementation of the new road safety courses will be decided by indiv idual schools. Some schools may choose to run TQA Road Safety Education as an elective, as part of personal or career development or integrated into the Health and Wellbeing curriculum. Alysse Gavlik, the Road Safety Consultant appointed by DIER to manage the promotion, marketing and implementation of the road safety education courses to all secondary schools, says that around 65% of all secondar y schools are currently using the Road Risk Reduction program. The R ACT expects that this fig ure should increase as the new courses are offered, and we will continue to monitor their take-up, in the hope that eventually, 100% of Tasmanian high school students will be exposed to this important lear ning opportunity. A step in the right direction Hobart branch comes home We’re open on Saturdays too We’re coming home! The 25 staff of the Hobart branch of the RACT are moving into the new RACT House in October. Situated on the corner of Murray and Patrick Streets, the site has been under transformation for the last 18 months into the new four-storey R ACT headquarters. Hobart branch has occupied temporar y premises immediately behind the new building while the development proceeded. When the branch begins operating from the corner site from 18 October it will be re-establishing a link with the site that goes back nearly 40 years to when the RACT originally purchased what was then the Dunlop headquarters in Hobart. However, there will some major differences between the old and new. The new headquarters building, with the Hobart branch on the ground floor, is constructed to exacting environmental guidelines. It’s light, spacious and desig ned to be ver y user-friendly. As well as being open every weekday, the Hobart branch will also be open on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm. It means convenient ser vice for ever ything from insurance to organising your next holiday. There are standing and seated counters, as well as meeting rooms for longer consultations, whether it be an insurance matter or travel planning. There’s also a café, an elevator r ide upstairs, where visitors can browse through our travel maga zines or ponder which cruise to choose. For those with travel on their minds there’s a new purpose-built area for arranging passport photos. Free parking is provided beneath the branch, w ith elevator access to the ground floor, or there is parking to the side of the building off Murray Street. So for all your RACT requirements, from finance to insurance and travel, visit us soon at the new RACT House. Fill ’er up, Tom! At our 50-year membership function in Hobart recently, Enid Conley (whose husband Bill joined the R ACT in 1960) gave us this old photo of her father, Thomas Leo Kingsley, astride his R ACT patrol motorcycle and sidecar. “He was northern Tasmania’s first R ACT patrol officer,” Enid says. “ He worked at Heathorn’s Garage in Launceston and he used to ride down to Beauty Point to meet the ferry that carried cars from the mainland. The cars were all drained of petrol before loading in Melbour ne and Dad would fill them up when they arrived in Tasmania.” We’re grateful to Enid for the photo and her memories from the 1930s, when she was a ver y young girl.
Aug Sep 2010