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Journeys : Oct Nov 2010
October / November 2010 7 In our community RACT Community Fund support for Melwood Young People's Room Calvary Health Care in Launceston submitted an application in March 2009 to the R ACT Community Fund seeking support for their project to create a space for young people in the Melwood Palliative Care Unit. R ACT and R ACT Insurance are proud to have supported this worthwhile community project in the second round of the R ACT Community Fund. The aim was to equip one designated palliative care room in the Melwood Palliative Care Unit on the St Luke's campus to provide an age-appropriate and comfortable space for young people 12-25 years of age who are facing end of life issues. This new facility will directly support young people from the North and North-East of Tasmania who are affected by the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness either for pain and symptom management, respite needs, or for end-of-life care. The Community Fund assistance was allocated to equip the new room with a laptop, wireless keyboard and mouse, and wireless internet con nector. With R ACT's contribution, along with assistance from other sources, the project has now been realised and the official Mel Tatsi (CanTeen representative), Leah Eilander (social work student from the University of Tasmania), Jane Munnings (Clinical Nurse Manager of the Hardy Wilson Ward), Marg Hughes (social worker) and Shell Bosworth (CanTeen representative) The R ACT's Regional Advisory Committees continue to identify local road and traffic issues that require action to make our Tasmanian roads safer. The Northern Committee Safety concerns about sections of proposed bike lanes on Penquite Road had previously been raised at the Committee, especially the section between Norwood Avenue and Dapple Street. The works here have now been deferred and it is the Committee's hope that this is pending sufficient funding to remove power poles so that the road at this point can be widened. A Committee representative also attended a recent public meeting called by the Launceston City Council on the same topic, attended by about two hundred people. The meeting passed a resolution that the Council, with respect to the bike lane proposals, "review, revise and call a meeting for community comment." The Southern Committee The Committee does not support the proposed in stallation of speed humps in Proctors Road; these are seen as unnecessary additional hazards on what is an already dangerous road. Support was given for a right-hand tur n ban from Richardsons Road onto Proctors Road, as well as the extension of a 50km /h speed limit in the uphill part of the road to Mt Nelson. The Committee is in favour of alter native safety measures such as road surface improvements to eliminate pooling of surface water. Local road and traffic issues under the microscope Other local road safety ideas canvassed include speed limit changes painted on road pavements, or a ripple strip running horizontally across the road to further alert drivers. The size of posted speed limit signs should also be larger to help increase compliance. The North Western Committee Robert Sharp, a valued and dedicated committee member, has relinquished his position due to his relocation to the south of the state as a Road Safety Operations Consultant with DIER. His thoughtful contributions and community safety expertise will certainly be missed. The provision of much-needed audible tactile profiled m arkings ('r umble strips') for the Bass Highway between Launceston and Latrobe has moved one step closer, with agreement from the Department and the Infrastr ucture Minister that these are an effective counter measure to combat r un-off road crashes. The Committee will now push for this much-needed investment to be included in the Best Practice Infrastructure stream of the next three-year Action Plan of the Tasmanian Road Safety Strategy which should be deter mined in coming months. The Committee believes the pending works in For mby Road as part of the Devonport Road Network Strategy could create some chaos. Middle Road is likely to become the alternative critical point of entry. The Committee has written to the Devonport City Council suggesting that temporary or per manent traffic signals could be in stalled at the intersection with Bass Highway and Middle Road. Night work should also be considered. opening of the Melwood Young People's Room was held earlier this year. For more about Calvary Health Care go to w w w.c alvarytas.com.au Details about the R ACT Community are at w w w.ract.com.au/community_fund
Aug Sep 2010