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Journeys : Feb March 2012
We’re on stage with the Theatre Royal In 2012, the 175th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, RACT is proud to announce that it will be the principal partner for Theatre Royal’s 2012 season. Both RACT and the Theatre Royal have long and proud histor ies, ser ving Tasmanians for generations. “This significant partnership will enable the Theatre Royal to bring an extraordinary range of performances to Tasmania and to offer Tasmanians some ver y special nights at the Theatre in 2012,” says Tim Munro, Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal (pictured with RACT CEO Harvey Lennon). RACT and the Theatre Royal invite you to join the 175th anniversar y celebrations as you enjoy exhilarating drama, hilar ious comedy, emotive dance, touching and beautiful children’s shows, thrilling circus and riotous burlesque. RACT Board election results Weare pleased to announce the results of the 2011 election of four members to the R ACT Board. The four retiring Directors (Bruce Clark, Peter Joyce, Chris L angdon and Tony Stacey AM) were re-elected. They join Josephine Archer, Ted Best AM, David Catchpole, Peter Dixon, Robin Holmes, Roger Locke, Stuart Slade and Kathryn Westwood. Officer appointments (also all re-elected) for 2011/12 are Stuart Slade (President), Peter Joyce and Kathryn Westwood (Vice Presidents). Does the car you want to buy have a dark secret? F rom early 2012 the Commonwealth Gover nment w ill introduce Person Properties Security Register (PPSR) to replace all the individual states secur ity registers. This w ill particularly apply to motor vehicles that have a security interest encumbered against them. You will be able to search the register to see if a prospective vehicle is encumbered with a security interest. The register will also search National Exchange of Vehicle and Driver Information System – NEVDIS. Depending on the information NEVDIS holds, this may include written-off and stolen status information, in addition to make, model, colour and other information. We understand that there w ill be a cost associated with searching this database, but fur ther details were unavailable at the time of writing. For more information visit w w w.pprs.gov.au. New speed limit technology for Tasman Highway Variable speed limits will be used to help reduce the number of crashes on the Tasman Highway near Hobart. Infrastr ucture Minister David O’Byrne said the $3 million project is funded by the Road Safety Lev y, to help save lives and improve traffic flow. “ While it’s new to Tasmania, this is proven technology,” he said. “ Variable speed limits are used in peak traffic times to smooth out speed limit changes, and reduce the speed of vehicles approaching congestion. “CCT V feeds and in-road detectors will also help DIER monitor road and weather conditions, and adjust speed limits if necessar y. “For example, if there’s ice on a busy road, or gale-force winds affecting the Tasman Bridge, authorities will be better-placed to respond and help protect drivers. “Research indicates the technology has reduced crash rates by 20 to 30 per cent in some parts of Europe,” the Minister said. The nine kilometre stretch between Liverpool Street and the Cambridge Road interchange at Mornington (including the Tasman Bridge) has a higher than average crash rate – and will be the first site for testing the new system. As well as the CCTV cameras, about 40 electronic speed limit signs will also be installed, but will stay blank until the system is turned on. Until then, drivers should obey the current speed limit signs, as usual. The preparation work will take about three months, and will happen at non-peak times to avoid interr upting traffic. After comprehensive testing, the system is due to be operating by about May this year. In our community February / March 2012 9
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