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Journeys : Feb March 2012
From the CEO T he RACT has decided to develop a ten-year strategy for safer motoring. This will be a substantial research project to identify the actions that are required in Tasmania to reduce road trauma. It will be used extensively in our public advocacy work. Road maintenance will be an important part of our ten-year strategy because it is widely acknowledged within local and state government that Tasmania suffers from a multi-million dollar deficit in maintenance funding. We have already raised this concern directly with the Premier and senior Treasury officials. In this year’s State Budget we’ve asked the Gover nment to ensure there will be no further cuts to maintenance spending and that road maintenance w ill be adequately funded in future. There are four good reasons why road maintenance funding must be maintained at sustainable levels. First is the road toll. Statistics for the first six months of last year saw a predominance of single-vehicle run-off-road serious crash casualties. There were more than 80 such serious crashes in the six months to June 2011, considerably more than for multi-vehicle crashes. It underlines the need for maintenance spending on road blackspot areas and roadside hazards. Also highlighting the need for a sustained and strategic approach to road maintenance is the completion or near completion of a number of major projects in Tasmania – the East Tamar Highway upgrade, the Brighton Bypass and associated hub, and the Kingston Bypass all add to the register of road assets in Tasmania that will require maintenance and the expenditure that goes with the maintenance task. Wet weather has also placed a strain on maintenance budgets. In recent times roads and bridges have been severely damaged and St Peter’s Pass has been closed on at least two occasions because of damage caused by wet weather. A fourth significant factor is the effect of heav y transport on Tasmanian roads. Now that major container shipping operations have moved from Bell Bay to Burnie there is even more freight movement by road, increasing the wear and tear on the network. Irrespective of this, the road transport task will continue to grow and will require a sustainable maintenance program to protect the road infrastructure. That’s why we believe that road maintenance is a serious matter, and to ignore it would be to the detriment of a key Tasmanian asset, the economy and the safety of everyone who uses our roads. We know that many members use smart phones. We’ve launched a Show Your Card and Save app for the iPhone. We are already working on upgrades to the app and an A ndroid version. Our other big project is a mobile website – so as they say, watch this space. In the meantime, try searching RACT in the iTunes app store. If you are still into traditional shopping and in Hobart city, please check out our specialist cruise shop, Cruise Travel Centre at 110 Collins Street. We are open on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm to cater for your travel needs. Harvey Lennon, Chief E xecutive Officer Men’s sheds, marine radio, monkey bars and much more... RACT and RACT Insurance congratulate the following recipients in the seventh round of the RACT Community Fund. Applications were submitted by 28 diverse volunteer and not-for-profit groups throughout the state in October 2011, once again representing the extent of contributions made by various Tasmanian individuals and organisations in the community service areas. Babymum Australia - Babymum Cottage Babymum provides support services to make life better for young mums (up to the age of 21) and their babies. They par tner with Launceston City Mission to provide accommodation, support, education and outreach programs. The Babymum Cottage program gives real help including transporting mums and their babies to and from appointments either in volunteers’ vehicles or the Babymum vehicle. Many of the young mums accessing Babymum’s services face transport disadvantages such as not having a driver’s licence or access to a vehicle. Babymum takes the role modelling of safe vehicle restraints seriously and car seat safety also forms part of their education and advice. R ACT Community Fund will provide help with the provision and installation of child restraints in the vehicle used by Babymum to provide transport for these young mothers and their children. Coast Guard Kettering S ince commencing operations in 1991, the Coast Guard at Kettering has assisted more than 400 vessels and 600 people. A duty crew is maintained by volunteers each weekend and most public holidays at their Kettering base. The volunteer group conducts public training and marine safety information sessions in conjunction w ith MAST and the Bureau of Meteorology and provides all essential training for members. However their cur rent communications equipment is over 10 years old and in need of upgrading. The RACT Community Fund grant will help increase safety through the purchase of VHF marine radios for Coast Guard volunteer crews, a radio for VHF communications in the primar y rescue vessel and a data projector for delivery of important safety training sessions. Men’s Shed – Kingston Community Men’s Sheds are modern-day versions of the backyard shed that is a strong part of our Australian culture. The sheds provide opportunities for men to connect to the community, meet old friends and make new ones, and stay active in body and mind through sharing their experience, knowledge and skills. The Kingston Men’s Shed has an emphasis on encouraging physical and mental health. They will hold an open day early in 2012 promoting the benefits of men’s sheds, with the aim of gaining new members and promoting the benefits of participation to the w ider community. The open day will be shared with other businesses and enterprises in the local community and will include a mini outdoor expo. In our community 6 February / March 2012
Apr May 2012