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Journeys : Jun Jul 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: email@example.com 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: D&D Mailing Services Distribution: Australia Post ISSN 0818-5549 Huon Rd Line markings between South Hobart and Fern Tree on Huon Road are almost non-existent. Pelverata Road Highly trafficked, twisting, rough, potholes and slippery when wet. Cove Hill Road between the Jordan River Bridge and Briggs Road Road breaking apart. Very uneven surface. Patched up pot holes everywhere. Middle Tea Tree Road All the roads in the state need an upgrade, particularly Midland Highway. Gordon Avenue, Mt Stuart Many pot holes. Road breaking down. Needs repairing before winter. Arncliffe Road, Austins Ferry Crash barriers needed. Vehicles could leave the road and crash into houses. Whynvates Street, Oatlands It’s disgusting. How can they take rates off the people who live there? West Tamar Highway around Bradys Lookout Poor and dangerous condition of this section of road. Glen Fern Road near New Norfolk. Logging trucks, lots of curves, lots of pot holes. Federal and Argyle Streets Hobart Line markings long worn out. Many calls to Transport Dept, nothing done. Begonia Street, Lindisfarne Top end unsealed, yet this is the quickest way to airport/East Coast. East Derwent Highway Busy highway. Roadworks between Otago and Old Beach continued up until Dec 2011 and ceased immediately. Arthur Highway crossing Eaglehawk Neck Good approaches then road drops to little more than a vehicle’s width. Tunnack and Levendale gravel roads No comment! Channel Highway, Taroona to Kingston Narrow, winding. Many cyclists at weekends. High -side driveways intrude into road shoulder. Blackwood Creek Road heading from Bracknell towards Blackwood Creek Blind spot for horse riders. Esk Main Road Surface problems, dead limbs overhanging the road. Ansons Bay Road between St Helens and Ansons Bay Gravel road in terrible state of repair. Junction of Mt Hicks Road and the Old Bass Highway at Wynyard Give way sign where a stop sign is needed. Intersection of Meander Valley Highway and East Westbury exit Visibility issues. The junction of John Street and Southern Outlet, Kingston Roundabout that does not have enough sealed bitumen on one side. We live on Bicheno Street in Clifton Beach and this road is pathetic. We have been lobbying the council for a long time but all they ever do is patch the existing potholes. Mud Walls Road is atrocious and is in dire need of an upgrade before any deaths happen! Mud Walls Road has to be the worst road in Tasmania, with bad edges, rough surface and holes everywhere. It has never been properly maintained for the last 30 years. There are road work signs with the absence of any works happening. Just put one sign at each end of the Midland Highway saying ‘Rough surface next 200 kilometres’. The Richmond Road (Mud Walls) connecting the Midland Highway through to Colebrook has been in tatters for multi-digit years. A nd more of the same... Southern Regional Advisory Committee At its latest meeting, the RACT’s Southern Regional Advisor y Committee discussed a wide range of issues including the Mor nington Roundabout on Hobart’s Easter n Shore and licence testing for learner drivers. On behalf of the Committee, the RACT has previously expressed concer n about the impact on road safety of the design of the Mor nington Roundabout and also, more recently, the vegetation grow th at the roundabout. The committee meeting heard that a wet spring had resulted in a back-log of vegetation maintenance by government contractors over the entire Tasmanian road network. Government correspondence advised the Committee that contractors had recently dealt with the foliage growth at the roundabout, improving visibility for motorists using it. The committee also discussed the current learner driver system, with some members expressing concern that testing of novice dr ivers could be inconsistent at times. The impact on young and disadvantaged Tasmanians of failing their driving test – sometimes on several occasions – was also discussed, with committee members noting the costs involved in obtaining a licence, both monetary and in terms of the supervised driving hours required, could be onerous for many Tasmanians. In our community June / July 2012 5
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