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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
For safety’s sake, watch out for wildlife In a new educational campaign supported by the R ACT Community Fund and the Tasmanian Conser vation Tr ust, Metro buses are reminding drivers to watch out for wildlife. A high-visibility bus-back panel encourages drivers to slow down between dusk and dawn. Scientific research on Tasmanian wildlife has shown that the best chance of WATCH OUT for Wildlife - It could save your Life SLOW DOWN, DUSK to DAWN roadkilltas.com tct.org.au tasmanian conservation trust inc For the best chance of avoiding animals on country roads, drive at 60 (low beam) or 80 (high beam). avoiding collisions with animals on country roads is by driving more slowly – 60 km/h when you are driving with your headlights on low beam, and 80 km/h on high beam. Wildlife collision on the road is a significant risk for drivers – around one driver death and seven ser ious injuries per year in Tasmania are attributed to wildlife on the road. RACT figures show that hitting native animals causes more than $5 million in damage to vehicles each year. Of course, w ildlife collision also has a big impact on Tasmanian wildlife, particularly endangered Tasmanian devils. There are approximately 293,000 animal deaths each year – an average of one per driver per year – including around 3000 devils. A typical Metro bus in Tasmania travels 1000 kilometres a week and is seen in different locations and at different times. Tasmania’s geography means that most town drivers also frequent country roads, where there is a higher wildlife risk. The bus-back is part of a campaign by roadkilltas.com to reduce the number of wildlife collisions in Tasmania. You can find out more about how to reduce your risk of hitting wildlife, and what to do if you find an injured animal, at w w w.roadkilltas.com or at w w w.facebook. com /roadkilltas. The organisers would love to know if you’ve seen the bus, and you can join the competition to come up with a catchy slogan encouraging drivers to slow dow n for w ildlife. Chloe Lucas and Jennifer Rowallan T wo independent, family-owned Tasmanian businesses, Hill Street Grocer and Bennett’s Petroleum, are bringing competition to the fuel docket market, giving customers generous savings on their petrol. When you spend $50 or more in one transaction at any Hill Street store (including online), you will receive 10c per litre (up to a maximum of 60 litres) off your petrol bill at nine Bennett’s Caltex locations** in and around Hobart, as well as at Hill Street Lauderdale. This means a saving of $6 off every purchase of 60L, a potential saving of around $300 a year if you fill up the family car each week. While the major super markets sometimes offer higher discounts for short periods during special promotions, Nick Nikitaras, co-owner of Hill Street Grocer, emphasises that his 10 cents off deal will apply every day. “Ten cents off a litre is our regular, everyday discount,” Mr Nikitaras says. “It’s simple, it runs continuously, there are no complicated qualifying conditions, and it will help with the family budget.” Sharing an ethos of great customer ser vice and forward thinking attitudes, Hill Street and Bennett’s are a match made for the Tasmanian community. “I’m really pleased to be working with Hill Street Grocer on this fuel offer,” Bennett’s Petroleum General Manager Troy Bennett says. “We are both working hard to be competitive in this market and bring value to our customers.” RACT General Manager Communications Vince Taskunas says the new offer would be good for competition in the overall retail fuel market. “ We know from our analysis of prices that Tasmanians are regularly pay ing an average of up to 10 cents a litre more for their petrol than in some mainland capital cities. The ACCC has told RACT that to see this unfair differential change, we need to see more competitive pricing activity in our market, so this discount push is very welcome,” Mr Taskunas says. Fuelling competition Hill Street Grocer and Bennett’s Petroleum ** For full terms and conditions, and applicable Be nnett’s l ocatio ns, see www.hillstreetgrocer.com and www.bennettspetrol.com.au October / November 2012 9 In our community
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