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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 7 In our community RACT provides new funding support for Tasmania’s RYDA road safety program The RACT will play its part in support of the Rotary Youth Dr iving Awareness road safety program for school students across Tasmania through a new three-year sponsorship agreement. The partnership between RYDA and RACT will provide up to $10,000 annually over a three-year per iod, based on student participation numbers, to support the cost of deliver ing the popular one-day course. RY DA is a community-based road safety initiative delivered by professional presenters and Rotary Club volunteers in Tasmania. It aims to reduce the over-representation of young people in the serious casualty crash statistics. It focuses on attitudes and awareness and provides a one-day program at a non-school site, featuring sessions including demonstrations of stopping distances, being a crash sur vivor, and vehicle safety. The RACT’s Vince Taskunas says the Club is a firm advocate of road safety education for students and the RYDA program is well- known as an influential course that is strongly supported by students, teachers and parents. “Since 2005, 16, 17 and 18 year-olds have made up 8.3% of total fatalities and 10.6% of total serious injuries according to DIER crash statistics – and yet they are only 4% of Tasmania’s population,” Mr Taskunas says. “ We would like to see ever y 16 or 17 year old school student have the opportunity to exper ience a RYDA course, and this statew ide sponsorship is a practical expression of our commitment to make that happen.” “The Tasmanian Government should also be congratulated for recently agreeing to provide substantial recurrent funding to RYDA in Tasmania – something that the RACT had lobbied for,” he says. Roadkill project helps The Save the Tasmanian Dev il Program was established in 2003 as the official response to the threat posed by the infectious Dev il Facial Tumour Disease, which has severely depleted devil populations around the state. The program’s key strategies are the establishment of an insurance population of healthy Tasmanian devils; laborator y and field-based investigations of the disease; and the management of wild populations. The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program’s Roadkill Project was launched last year w ith the aim of engaging the community in helping to establish the impact of roadkill on Tasmanian devils. The data collected in the Roadkill Project can infor m management strategies for the remaining wild populations and can help monitor the spread of DFTD. RYDA 4 Parents: a Tasmanian pilot To recognise the key role parents play in keeping young dr ivers safe, RYDA Australia, with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Tasmania and MAIB, have launched a Tasmanian pilot program to provide parents with information on how they can support their young drivers to make safer choices. Once the pilot is completed, RYDA 4 Parents will be rolled out nationally. For more information on the RYDA program, go to http://www.r yda.org.au In its first year the project involved the general public and specially-trained Parks and Wildlife Service volunteers. Many people saw the project as an opportunity to get involved at a community level in a practical conser vation effort. Keeping the serious consequences of roadkill at the front of people’s minds had benefits for all wildlife on our roads, as drivers became more aware of the need to slow down between dusk and daw n. With the roadkill project now in its second year, the objective is to w iden the net by engaging trained people from local volunteer organisations and businesses who regularly travel Tasmania’s roads. These trained volunteers would gather similar information to the data collected by the PWS volunteers. Training will be provided by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program along with relevant per mits and resource kits. For more information, visit ww w.tassiedevil.com.au.
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011