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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
From the CEO Welcome to our annual report edition of Journeys, in which we lay out the performance of the RACT over the last financial year. You will notice in these pages that it has been a year of attainment for the Club, despite some economic uncertainty. One area where we’re ver y proud is our investment in the community. Through our group activities, our branches and our Community Fund, the R ACT is one of the most active supporters of events, activities and community undertakings around the state. We always need to be assured that any support we provide will make a difference to those we’re supporting and that there is also some benefit accruing to the RACT and its brand. We therefore carefully assess where our community investments occur. Recently we took out some sponsorship in support of the Bur nie 10 foot race. We hosted the Southern Cross Television promotions of the event because these promotions encourage healthy activity and exercise. You may remember that we recently promoted men’s health in this magazine, in conjunction w ith the AMA. We have also taken out advertising at the superb Aurora Stadium in Launceston as a way in which to support the operations of the ground, and we’ve provided sponsorship support to North Melbourne Football Club, as a continuation of our long standing involvement in football in Tasmania. For a number of years RACT Insurance has sponsored the Tasmanian Statewide League because it is fundamentally a community undertaking – in one way or another, the league involves almost every community in Tasmania, in terms of players, club administrators, umpires, coaches, ground staff and football followers. We’ve also been long-ter m supporters of the Old Scotch Collegians Football Club and before that, the South Launceston Football Club. So it was a natural progression for the RACT to consider involvement in the national AFL when we learned that North Melbourne would be playing games in Tasmania. We received a convincing argument that when the AFL comes to the state, beneficial economic activity flows. We believe our arrangement with North Melbourne will be good for the community – it allows Tasmanians more access to more top level games, it will be good for the future of AFL in the state and it will be good for the economy. As part of our arrangement, North Melbourne will be conducting football clinics for young Tasmanians, while R ACT Travelworld will be organising travel packages for North Melbourne fans coming to Tasmania. Harvey Lennon Chief Executive Officer Weall travel on Tasmanian roads – so we can all help save the Tasmanian devil. The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program’s Roadkill Project was launched in 2009 to determine the effect of roadkill on devil populations, particularly in areas decimated by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), and to educate the driving public about simple measures to reduce the likelihood of roadkill. This year, the Roadkill Project aims to continue to monitor the extent and geographic patter ns of devil roadkill deaths, and also to gather information on the spread of DFTD. Most important, the project hopes to reduce the number of Tasmanian devils dying on our roads. Devils are the most difficult animals to see on the road at night because of their dark colour ing. A recent study suggested that to be able to see a devil and stop in time, a driver would need to be doing no more than 40km/h. Most people travel about twice that speed on our country roads, so it’s important to slow down on Tasmanian roads between dusk and dawn. November to March is the worst time on the roads for Tasmanian devils because this is when the juveniles leave home to find a den of their ow n. The mobile devil population swells considerably and this means more devils are on the roads during the Tasmanian holiday season. At all other times of the year, females are either carr ying pouch young or have dependent young in the den. If a female devil is killed on the road during this per iod, it could potentially mean the loss of her young as well. Do your bit to save our devils IainDWilliamsAnaspidesPhotography In our community 6 October / November 2011
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