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
Street-smart Opinion We asked: Do warning signs about wildlife on the road make you more aware, or are they just a distraction? Photos and interviews: Margie Law I reckon they make you more aware but I remember a sign that says to drive at 50 kilometres between dusk and dawn – I think that is a bit unrealistic. Trevor Sullivan, Mt Nelson Well, I think they make you more aware because some people just drive through and don’t think about the wildlife. I find a lot of dead animals, especially in the wet weather, which is such a shame. Nellie Hunn, Sorell I actually think they’re more of a distraction to be honest, especially in areas like the mountain where you’ve got dangerous roads – but I’m not sure how else to let people know. Ollie Geale, Sandy Bay I think they make people more aware because when there are lots of tourists and they see the sign they probably will slow down and look out a bit more. Clovis Chartrain, South Hobart T hey definitely make you more aware. The signs down here are quite funny though, there’s one that look s like the kangaroo is lifting the car. There’s heaps more wildlife here and there was quite a lot of roadkill along the way too. My husband loves animals and it was quite upsetting. Amanda Rush, Ballarat T here are quite a few signs around, they’re everywhere. I’m always aware of it but I think it is good to remind people. Karmen Newton, Kings Meadows T he University of Tasmania has recently launched its sustainable transport strategy. As one of the largest employers in the state, UTAS recognises that its activities influence transport patterns throughout Tasmania. The sustainable transport strategy is therefore a significant element in fulfilling the University’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. The transport strategy builds on previous sustainable travel initiatives by the University, such as the inter-campus bus ser vice between Hobart and Launceston, shuttle bus ser vices from UTAS accommodation precincts, improved facilities and service provision for Metro bus users, and the ongoing roll-out of bicycle- friendly infrastructure. Supporting the long-term sustainability of UTAS, improving the travel experience for students, staff and visitors, reducing the impact of travel on the environment and supporting local and regional travel strategies are some of the aims of the strategy. There are also significant health benefits from active transport options. A range of factors contr ibuted to the need for this strategy, including: • A need for good and equitable levels of access to University services and facilities • Growing interest and potential of the UTAS community to access campuses and facilities by active modes such as cycling and walking • An increase in staff being located in and around the Hobart CBD • An obligation to report on greenhouse gas emissions • A need to manage risks and costs associated with the introduction of an economy-wide price on carbon and price hikes related to global oil-based transport fuel scarcity (e.g. peak oil) • A need to transition the University’s vehicle fleet (including motor and m arine vehicles) away from oil-based transport fuels Corey Peterson Sustainability Manager, Commercial Services & Development, UTAS In our community 10 April / May 2012
Feb March 2012
Jun Jul 2012