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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
Patron His E xcelle nc y, the Honourable Peter Under wood, AC Preside nt Stuart Slade Vice P re sidents Peter Joyce, K athry n Westwood Board Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Br uce Clark, Peter Di xon, Robin Holme s, Chris L angdon, Roger L ocke, Tony Stacey AM. Chief Executive Office r Har vey Lennon Head Office Cnr Murray & Patrick Streets, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile (03) 6234 8784 Bra nches Hob art - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulvers tone, 38 Reibey Street (03) 6490 8350 Burnie, 24 North Terrace (03) 6434 2933 Rosny Park, Rosny Mall, 2 Bayfield St (03) 6212 6755 Glenorchy, Cnr Main Rd & Terry St (03) 6212 9588 King ston, Shop 49A Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chri s Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Em ail: email@example.com Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 Adver tising Artemi s Publishing Consultants Anne Shield a nd Yvon ne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fa x: (03) 6231 6322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published bi-monthly by The Roy al Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product te sting where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of R ACT. No part of Journeys may be reproduced without perm is sion. Copyright 2011 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: DMM Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 About your club The Board of the RACT recently met in Devonport. It was an opportunity to recognise 20 North West Coasters who have been R ACT members for the last 50 years or more. When congratulating the veteran members, RACT President Stuart Slade noted that they became RACT members at a time when television in Tasmania was in its infancy, Eric Reece was the Premier and Sir Robert Menzies was the Prime Minister. At the time, the revolutionary Bass Strait ferry Princess of Tasmania was not long out of the builder’s yard. RACT meets in Devonport “It is interesting to note that the new ferry, and the ferry terminal that was built here in Devonport, were the impetus for the R ACT to announce in 1959 that it would establish a major branch in this city,” Mr Slade told guests. Recipients of R ACT 50 year membership plaques included Tr ish Rewell (left) and K ay Kidd, a well-know n former businessman and a member of the RACT’s North West Advisory Committee. Mr Kidd was also closely involved in the start-up of the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness program in the North West. The RACT is now a state sponsor of RYDA. The major wash-out of roads in the North East recently was discussed with DIER’s Peter Todd, General Manager Roads and Traffic, who gave his time to br ief the committee, par ticularly on the closure of St Mar ys Pass. The committee was pleased to note that DIER and local firms responded quickly to the closure, and repairs have now seen this key link to St Helens on the East Coast re-opened. Nevertheless, the RACT has backed local calls for an alter native route between St Helens and St Marys to be examined. The current route through St Marys Pass is too prone to disruption, Northern Regional Advisory Committee to the detriment of both the local economy and to Tasmanian tourism. The RACT agrees with local residents that a new route should be ser iously investigated. The alternative Elephant Pass is a challenging road and not particularly safe, especially for tourists who are unused to the conditions on the road. As Journeys went to press, Elephant Pass was due to be closed to repair flood damage. DIER estimates that repairs should be completed by early August. In our community August / September 2011 5
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