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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 5 In our community Safety Advisory Council. The RACT has a heritage of robust advocacy in the interests of its members in promoting safer drivers, in safer cars, on safer roads. Sometimes we agree with the Gover nment, and sometimes we don’t. But the policy positions we take are always designed to ensure that our members’ needs are safely met. A topic of significant discussion in this area is the Br ighton Bypass project. The northern approaches to Hobar t have been a road safety and infrastructure concern to the RACT for many years now. The fact that, at Br ighton, some of the highest traffic volumes on the Midland Highway are required to pass through an extensive zone of reduced speed limits and a substantial industrial zone with a multitude of accesses, has cried out for an engineering solution for at least the last decade. The R ACT fully appreciates the sensitivities of the or iginal ow ners of the land, following the archaeological finds at the construction site. We have closely monitored developments and we believe the amended project plan achieves a sensible balance between conser ving the substantial heritage value of the locality and providing a safe transport solution. One lesson out of all this is the need for Gover nment to review its pre-design processes for major infrastructure projects to ensure that it gets all the elements r ight before proceeding. On a personal note, I would like to thank Greg Goodman for his mentor ing of myself and other staff during his period as CEO, and I am sure that all staff join me in wishing Greg and his family a future filled w ith health, happiness and prosperous business affairs. Finally, on behalf of ever yone at the RACT, I wish our members a safe festive period. We’re heading into a great time of the year, but sadly, it can also be a time of tragedy on our roads. Drive safely and enjoy the holiday per iod ahead. Harvey Lennon RACT Roadside consultant Alison Parish told Motor News Journeys about an unusual call for assistance that she received last month. It came from a member who had recently completed Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuar y’s FOC course (Friends of Carers, Friends of Critters and Free of Charge!) on how to assist injured wildlife. When she observed a dazed echidna on the side of the Lake Highway near Bothwell, she put her training into action. With thick gloves that she keeps for tyre changes, our member carefully transferred the semi-conscious animal to the car, then drove off, intending to take the echidna to her local vet’s surger y. But approaching Br ighton, there was a sudden movement in the back seat. The echidna regained consciousness and began a frantic exploration of its strange new surroundings. Our member pulled over and called R ACT Roadside. Alison took the call and explained that although she couldn’t send a patrol out for a puzzled echidna, she’d do her best to arrange the right kind of assistance. After trying Parks & Wildlife and the RSPCA without success, Alison contacted Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. A spiky rescue “Their response was great – they sent someone r ight away,” Alison said. Our member reported that the echidna, which was trying to dig its way out from under the driver’s seat, was ‘a bit feisty – and the car was a mess!’ But Chelsea Barnes, Bonorong’s volunteer wildlife rescuer, told us that the echidna was fine, after some re-hydration and a rest. “ He hadn’t been hit by a vehicle, but he may have been stunned by the noise of a truck – or perhaps a car had run over the top of him, fortunately without making contact. That can easily be enough to shock an animal into a da zed condition,” Chelsea said. We’re pleased that w ith help from our RACT Roadside call centre and the experts from Bonorong, this spiky rescue had a happy ending. For more information on Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuar y and their free and practical FOC program on helping injured wildlife, check the website at ww w.bonorong.com.au Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Manager Karl Mathieson and volunteer Chelsea Barnes monitoring the rescued echidna before its release back into the wild
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011