by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Journeys : Apr May 2012
From the CEO Get social and save with RACT’s new iPhone and Android app R ACT is pleased to offer members our new and updated Show Your Card & Save app for iPhone and Android. Download it free from the iTunes app store or the Android Market – just search for RACT. This app allows you to discover the hundreds of discounts available to RACT members across Tasmania. Features include: • Search by category and retailer • Search by location using iPhone GPS • Maps for nearest retailer • Hot offers and promotions updated regularly Your R ACT membership card is your key to opening a whole world of discounts and benefits. The Show Your Card & Save symbol featured on your card automatically entitles R ACT members to immediate sav ings at thousands of partner locations. This new app makes it easier for you to find those savings, especially when you’re out shopping! Discover more information about Show Your Card & Save discounts and benefits at ww w.ract.com.au We hope you enjoy the app – and the savings! Get social – RACT on Facebook and Twitter Social media is not just a kids’ thing any more! In 2010, technology analyst Gartner Inc predicted that “...by 2013, mobile phones w ill overtake PCs as the most common web access device worldwide.” A substantial amount of smartphone use is accessing the various social media channels that are becoming more and more popular to stay up-to-date with breaking news or to follow things like sports, world events, or inter national film award shows – or simply as basic forms of communication. In our community 6 April / May 2012 I recently met with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission over the vexed issue of petrol prices in Tasmania. It was quite a positive meeting and I was pleased to hear the ACCC representatives tell me that they could understand the frustration of Tasmanian motorists over this matter. Members may remember that I wrote to the ACCC in December last year to bring to their attention the continuing high and stagnant nature of petrol prices in this state. Between October last year and February this year, the price of unleaded petrol in Tasmania remained almost completely unchanged at about $1.50 per litre. This delivered us one of the highest prices for petrol in the country, and because the price stayed the same for so long it left the R ACT wondering whatever happened to the notion of free market competition. In other towns and cities across Australia between October and February the situation facing motorists couldn’t have been more different. Petrol prices were generally much lower than Tasmania, and much more dynamic as they reacted regularly to market forces. When I wrote to the ACCC in December I also pointed out that unexplained high fuel costs simply exacerbate cost-of-living pressures on Tasmanians, adversely affecting the unemployed, working families, businesses and tour ism. The ACCC sent three senior officers to Hobart and I was pleased to hear them tell me that the situation in Tasmania is of some concern to them, and they will be looking at prices in this state. —— —— In my last column I expressed concern about the need for the Tasmanian Government to maintain road maintenance funding at robust levels, despite the Gover nment’s ow n fiscal challenges. Since then the Australian Road Assessment Program – AusRAP – has delivered a report that places some question marks over the safety performance of the Tasman, Brooker, and East Tamar highways (See story this edition). With Easter so close, the R ACT is asking our members to note the condition of the roads they travel during the break, and provide us with feedback through our blog. Last year I was in India, and while most of the main roads were pretty good, the condition of some rural roads was abysmal. As a great emerging economy, I expect the next ten years will see a transformation of Indian roads, but in the meantime some stretches of their road system provide us with a glimpse of what could happen here if vital road maintenance funding is not maintained. If the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety (and the Australian launch last year was accorded the status of a major event at Federal Parliament) is to be more than a feel-good exercise by governments, road maintenance funding is a prerequisite for lower ing our road toll. Harvey Lennon Chief Executive Officer
Feb March 2012
Jun Jul 2012