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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
December 2010 / January 2011 9 In our community A big day for the RACT On a cold, showery day in May last year, the Patron of the R ACT, State Gover nor, His Excellency the Honourable Peter Underwood AC, tur ned the first sod to commence constr uction of the new R ACT headquarters building in Hobart. Just eighteen months later, His Excellency returned to the site to open the new building. A feature of the ground floor is a Tom Samek mural, three floors high, depicting the RACT from its earliest days in 1923 right through until 2010 (the October Motor News Journeys magazine appears in the coat pocket of one of the characters in Tom’s painting.) At the bottom of the mural, visitors can see His Excellency with his sleeves rolled up as he turns the first sod to mark constr uction in May 2009. Also in the foyer is a fully-restored 1927 Harley Davidson road patroller’s motor bike, a reminder of the early years of R ACT road assistance. A large crowd, including members and distinguished guests, attended the opening to hear a short presentation by the outgoing President of the RACT, Roger Locke, and a speech by the Governor, which focused on the role of the RACT in the Tasmanian community over the decades. Among the audience were the Managing Director/CEO of the RACV, the Deputy President of the RACV, the President and Chief Executive of the RAA (South Australia), the President of the RACWA, a senior representative of the NRMA and the Lord Mayor of Hobart. The building now houses some 200 RACT staff plus more than 50 staff of tenants. One of the key functions of the building is to operate as the RACT’s Hobart branch. Members and customers are able to access the full range of RACT services at the branch including insurance, child restraint advice and fitting, travel, finance, membership services, technical services and driver training. The new Hobart Branch at RACT House opened its doors for business recently, and Motor News Journeys was on hand to take a happy snap of our very first customers on Monday 18 October 2010. NRMA members Neil Morrison and Bob Blayden were visiting Tasmania for a motorsport event at Baskerville Raceway on Hobar t’s Eastern Shore and were looking to spend a little more time visiting some places in Tasmania before retur ning. Trish Giffard from the touring section in RACT Hobart provided helpful advice, booking Bob and Neil on the famous West Coast Wilder ness R ailway and providing additional local infor mation. After reaching home safely in Adamstown Heights, Newcastle recently, Neil wrote: “Just a short note to advise that Bob and I arrived home from our trip to Tasmania last Saturday. The train journey that your staff booked for us from Strahan to Queenstown was great and very well conducted. Overall we found everybody that we met was very friendly, particularly the staff at the tourist information centres that Our first customers at RACT House The opening of the new building represents a retur n home for the R ACT, which purchased the site in 1969. The original building dated back to 1966. Its previous owner was Dunlop Australia. The building contains impor tant environmental features and has been constructed to a NABERS rating of 4.5. It includes innovative building management systems, sensor lighting, high ther mal performance glazing and water-saving devices. For instance, water that runs off the roof is collected in tanks in the underground car park for re-use w ithin the building. Throughout this project the RACT used as many Tasmanian services and expertise as possible. It was built by Tasmanian firm Fairbrother, to the design of Tasmanian architect Heffer nan Button Voss. As a Tasmanian entity, the RACT wanted to employ local resources on the project. Remember, the Hobar t branch on the cor ner of Murray and Patrick Streets is now open on Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm. we visited. We certainly look forward to bringing our wives back again in the not too distant future. Many thanks and regards, Neil Morrison and Bob Blayden.” It was our pleasure Neil and Bob; and we’ll be here to help you on your return. Help when you need it most – Trish Giffard gives Bob (left) and Neil some helpful touring advice on their recent visit to Tasmania VinceTaskunas
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011