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Journeys : Dec2011 Jan2012
From the President ç On the cover Mt Rugby looms large across Bathurst Harbour i n this photo fro m the Cele ry Top Islands. Read more on page 14. Seepage48 for moredetails. Win a $10,000 jumpstar t for your nex t holiday! 6686_20x1 80Banner . pdf Page 1 2/ 11/ 11 , 4: 13 PM The recent RACT 88th Annual General Meeting was held at R ACT House on 9 November 2011. It was my first as President and Chairman of the Board. Members were informed of the R ACT’s successful year, which included a group operating surplus of around $3.8 million after tax and a membership base now exceeding 190,000. Prior to preparing for the recent AGM I took a trip down memory lane and reviewed the issues and statistics that were included in the RACT’s annual reports and AGMs, thirty and forty years ago respectively. In 1982, the club reported an after tax operating surplus of $167,037. The 1972 annual report revealed that liquidity at the club increased with the sale of the property at 171 Macquarie Street. This was the same year that the RACT moved into its current location at the corner of Murray and Patrick Streets. It is on part of this same site that the new R ACT House was built and officially opened in November 2010. The remainder of the site has been leased to the Department of Infrastr ucture, Energy and Resources. Thirty years ago, RACT Roadside patrols serviced 38,178 vehicles state-wide – forty years ago, it was 19,503 vehicles. In 2010/2011 our Roadside patrols attended to over 80,000 vehicles. This dramatic increase shows the growth in RACT Roadside membership and motor vehicles now on our Tasmanian roads. It was reported in 1982 that “the R ACT made representation to the State Government to examine pricing and distribution of petroleum products. The club saw the need for this action as Tasmanian motorists were paying considerably more for fuel than most mainland motorists with variations being as much as 10c per litre between prices in Hobart compared to other capital cities.” Thirty years later petrol pricing is still recognised by the RACT as an important motoring issue to advocate on behalf of our members. Along w ith pursuing improved infrastr ucture funding and other road safety initiatives, we have not lost our fundamental mission even forty years later, of providing quality services and products to our loyal Tasmanian members. These include Roadside, insurance and travel, while the introduction of health insurance highlights the importance of the club providing new products for its members. On behalf of the RACT I would like to wish you and your families an enjoyable Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year in 2012. Stuart Slade, President and Chairman of the Board In our community 4 December 2011 / January 2012 New card makes it easy to report Tasmanian devils killed on the road T he Save the Tasmanian Devil Roadkill Project is engaging the public to help understand the impact of roadkill on the devil popul ation. In the most recent issue of Jour neys, we introduced the R ACT’s new bumper sticker campaign to make drivers aware of the need to slow down between dusk and dawn. Now, members of the public can use the new devil roadkill report card to send details of any Tasmanian devil killed on our roads. It’s a reply-paid card so it won’t cost you anything to make your contribution to this practical conser vation effor t. Call into any RACT branch statewide to pick up some cards – keep one handy in the glovebox, at the shack, or take one with you on your next fishing or camping tr ip. If you have further questions about the report card or would like some Slow Down bumper stickers, please contact Donna Sward in R ACT’s Public Policy department on 6236 4308 or at d.sward@ ract.com.au. Find out more about the strategies being deployed in the conservation of the Tasmanian Devil at www.tassiedevil.com.au. The RACT is a proud Corporate Supporter of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
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