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Journeys : Feb March 2012
About your club Patron His Excellency, the Honourable Peter Underwood, AC President Stuart Slade Vice Presidents Peter Joyce, Kathryn Westwood Board Josephine Archer Ted Best AM David Catchpole Bruce Clark Peter Dixon Robin Holmes Chris Langdon Roger Locke Tony Stacey AM Chief Executive Officer Harvey Lennon Head Office 179-191 Murray Street, Hobart Telephone (03) 6232 6300 Facsimile ( 03) 6234 8784 Branches Hobart - 1/110 Collins Street (03) 6222 9222 Launceston, Cnr York & George Sts (03) 6335 5633 Devonport, 119 Rooke St Mall (03) 6421 1933 Ulverstone, 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 Kingston, Shop 60 Channel Court (03) 6242 3200 Editor Chris Viney GPO Box 1292, Hobart 7001 Email: c.viney@ ract.com.au Ph: (03) 6236 4310 Fax: (03) 6234 8784 Advertising Artemis Publishing Consultants Anne Shield and Yvonne Buckley Ph: (03) 6231 6122 Fax: (03) 6231 6322 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Published bi-monthly by The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania Limited ABN 62 009 475 861 Every effort is made to ensure the authenticity of advertisements including product testing where practicable. However, publication of an advertisement does not imply that the product or service carries the recommendations of RACT. No part of Journeys may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2012 RACT Design & production: Digital Ink Printing: Hannanprint Victoria Mailhouse: Direct Mail & Marketing Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 RACT’s Toni-Lee Hills was named as the w inner of the 2011 MEGT Institute Student of the Year Award and as a finalist in the Trainee of the Year category of the 2011 Tasmanian State Training Awards. She was also accepted into the Today’s Skills, Tomorrow’s Leaders program for Group Training Australia – only 21 people were selected for this program, from the total of 40,000 Australian trainees and apprentices. After her final year at Claremont College, Toni-Lee gained employ ment through MEGT Group Training as a business trainee with RACT, where she gained her workplace experience and on-the-job training, while earning a salar y for her work. She successfully achieved Certificate III in Business with MEGT Institute in February 2011 and was offered full-time employment in administration w ith R ACT Roadside and Technical Services. Toni-Lee is a worthy recipient of the 2011 MEGT Institute Student of the Year Award and we are delighted that she has joined the R ACT team. T he R ACT’s second Joint Regional Advisor y Committee meeting was recently held in Hobart, bringing together our North Western, Northern and Southern Regional Advisory Committees. It is only the second time that a Joint Regional Advisory Committee meeting has been held. The first was in Launceston in 2009. Presenters included police and DIER representatives, a representative of the Australian Automobile Association and the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, who talked about socially-responsible attitudes for young drivers. Our volunteer Regional Adv isory Committees bring local expertise on road and safety issues to help formulate R ACT policies and R ACT advocacy positions on a wide range of issues. They have been an integral part of our lobbying efforts on behalf of motorists for many years. As part of the recent meeting, the RACT conducted a workshop to gain input from the committees on what actions could be taken in Tasmania in the next two years in terms of safer roads, safer drivers, and safer cars. Suggestions from committee members included: • Educating drivers to slow down dusk to daw n to reduce roadkill, and how to educate drivers RACT advisory bodies meet about the best way to react if they suddenly encounter an animal on the road • Education about medication and how it might affect driving behaviour • Name and shame dr ink drivers in the media • More alter native transport to reduce volume of vehicles • Install audible tactile devices (rumble str ips) on all sealed roads • Provide drivers with rewards for lack of infr ingements: eg with lower registration fees. • Increase police visibility on the roads • Improve vehicle technology, such as phone disabler on enter ing your car Suggestions like these will feed into the RACT’s deliberations as we prepare plans to meet our commitments to the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020. The UN General Assembly last year set a goal to stabilise and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic fatalities around the world by 2020. All Australian motor ing clubs have committed to the Decade of Action and will be using it as their inspiration to work at federal and state level to focus on the cr ucial issue of safe mobility. Congratulations Toni-Lee In our community February / March 2012 5
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