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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
In our community How you can help • Slow dow n on the road between dusk and dawn • Repor t sightings of Tasmanian devils killed on the road – complete an online form at ww w.tassiedevil.com.au or pick up a reply-paid Roadkill Project form from Service Tasmania shops, visitor infor mation centres, Parks & Wildlife visitor centres and wildlife parks And remember, safety first: • Never put yourself in danger • Never handle Tasmanian devils To find out more about the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program’s Roadkill Project, please visit our website www.tassiedevil.com.au Joey the survivor visits RACT To mark Threatened Species Day on 7 September, the R ACT hosted a special visitor at our Hobart headquar ters – a Forester kangaroo joey that was orphaned when its mother died on the road near Lake Leake. The four-month old joey is now being nursed back to health by wildlife carers who are part of Bonorong Wildlife Park ’s Fr iends of Carers program. As part of Threatened Species Week, RACT has produced a bumper sticker to underscore the message that reducing speed between dusk and dawn can reduce the risk to wildlife on our roads, particularly the gravely-threatened Tasmanian devil. “The RACT has held a strong concern for some years about the impact of roadkill on threatened species,” R ACT General Manager Public Policy and Communications, Vince Taskunas says. “In response, we convened the R ACT Roadkill Forum, a working group of scientists, environmentalists, animal carers and the RACT, with the aim of reducing the number of native wildlife killed and injured on Tasmanian roads.” We should be so lucky! Some Australian drivers are being rewarded by hav ing their licence fees halved if they have a clean driving record with no loss of demerit points for five years. Sounds like a good idea? Yes, but only if you hold a New South Wales driving licence. NRM A President Wendy Machin says that rewarding drivers with a clean record was the fair thing to do. “Anything that gives something back to motorists is good because the majority of drivers try to do the right thing and many of them feel like their good driv ing record goes unnoticed,” Ms Machin says. The NSW scheme is likely to benefit around two million drivers. A similar scheme operates in Victoria, where drivers receive a 25 per cent discount for three years without demerit points. We ask – why not in Tasmania? Host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast to cure breast cancer Weall know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And here’s a great reason why. October is breast cancer awareness month and you can help by hosting a Pink Ribbon Breakfast. A fundraising initiative of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pink Ribbon Breakfasts raised over two million dollars in October 2010 for breast cancer research and aim to exceed this amount in 2011. NBCF does not receive any gover nment funding – they rely on your support to fund Australian-based research projects across every state and territory, to improve the health and wellbeing of those affected by breast cancer. Rhonda Burchmore, this year’s Pink Ribbon Breakfast ambassador, encourages everyone to register online to host their friends, family and work colleagues in breakfasts all around Australia. “Whether you breakfast like a rock star, on the run, or stay in your pyjamas and breakfast in bed, Pink Ribbon Breakfasts are a fabulous way to get together with friends, family and colleagues to raise much-needed funds for breast cancer research,” Rhonda says. So host a breakfast with benefits and help raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Register today at w w w.pinkr ibbonbreakfast.org.au or call 1300 803 551. Pouch-young like these bandicoots are often rescued from mothers killed on the road October / November 2011 7
MNJ Aug Sep 2011