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Journeys : Oct Nov 2012
RACT Annual Report 2011/12 2 “Good governance has never been as important as now, with many organisations facing challenging times due to the continuing aftershocks from the global financial crisis in 2008.” While the RACT faced some challenges this year given the propensity of consumers everywhere to reduce spending, along with the generally difficult business environment, it finished the year in a healthier financial position than last year. I wish to note that the Board includes four standing committees and all worked diligently and carefully through the course of this challenging year. • Audit and Risk Management Committee, chaired by Robin Holmes • Investment Commit tee, chaired by Kathryn Westwood, Vice President • Road and Tra f fic Commi ttee, chaired by Peter Joyc e, Vice President • Governance and Remuneration Commi t tee, chaired by myself The Board took part in several strategic planning sessions during the year as the organisation discussed and developed a new five-year strategic plan. There was also a performance review of the Board to confirm that we have the right balance of skills to ensure good corporate governance of the RACT. Our Road and Traffic Committee commenced a comprehensive review during the year of the club’s public policies to ensure they are up to date. Infrastructure and road safety are fast-evolving areas in terms of technology, funding mechanisms, taxes and charges, and social attitudes; and it is important that our policies are relevant to the motoring realities of the 21st century. During the year, the Board met in the three regions of the state. The club is a state-wide organisation with branches located in each region, and a full suite of services is provided in each region. At Board level, all regions of the state are represented. This provides clarit y of purpose in the decisions taken by the Board. During the year our three Regional Advisory Committees met regularly as separate entities and, for the second time in the RACT’s history, came together for a joint meeting to share ideas and experiences, and to receive briefings from key agencies involved in infrastructure and road safety, including DIER and Tasmania Police. These regional committees provide advice to the RACT on local road safety issues, and take up members’ complaints with councils and government agencies. The advisory committees consist of volunteers with an interest in promoting road safety and better road infrastructure, and they take to their role with a great deal of commitment and enthusiasm. During the year, the North Western Regional Advisory Committee travelled to Strahan on the initiative of its chairman, West Coast Police Senior Sergeant Dale Prosser. The RACT’s Chief Executive Harvey Lennon joined the group for a tour to examine local roads issues and for meetings with concerned West Coast groups. At a national level, I wish to note the continuing evolution of the various motoring clubs into a more consultative and collaborative body. This co-operation is being facilitated through the Australian Automobile Association. Both the Chief Executive and I sit on the Board of the AAA, and during the year I attended three AAA meetings. One of these meetings was at Parliament House in Canberra and this was an important opportunity for the motoring clubs to highlight to federal parliamentarians the major issues facing motorists in 2012. Given the finely-balanced nature of the federal parliament I was pleased that we were able to network with both major sides of politics, including the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese and Leader of the National Party and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Warren Truss. Meetings such as this are very advantageous to our c ause. The federal parliamentarians I met in Canberra recognised that the clubs represent a very large group of motorists and they were keen to maintain their dialogue with us. Members of the RACT’s North West Regional Advisory Committee together with a DIER representative were briefed in Strahan by West Coast Mayor Darryl Gerrity on road safety and infrastructure issues in the region. Here Mayor Gerrity (right) discusses issues with (from left) committee members Rodney Medwin and Leon Peck. Chairman’s Report 78 October / November 2012
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