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ANOTHER ROADSIDE RESCUE
Earlier this month my partner and I returned to Tasmania on a
day-crossing on the Spirit of Tasmania, arriving into Devonport
at around 7.45pm. We then set out to drive home to Hobart.
Near Deloraine our LandCruiser started making a strange noise. It
was a few kilometres before it was safe to pull over and when we did,
we discovered that two wheel nuts and the two bolts had completely
sheared off the passenger rear wheel and it was evident the same
was about to happen to the remaining three.
My partner jacked up the vehicle and tightened up the three wheel
nuts the best he could, but we found that we could only drive a
few hundred metres before having to tighten them up again. We
eventually limped into Deloraine.
The accommodation establishments in Deloraine are all shut after
9.30pm on a Sunday night, but after knocking on a few doors and
making a few phone calls, we eventually got ourselves a motel room
for the night. My partner said that in the morning he would try to
find a mechanic in Deloraine who could fix the problem and he told
me to find out what time the bus to Hobart departed, so I could get
As I was heading to the shower next morning I suggested to him
that because he was an RACT Ultimate member, he should call and
see what they could do for us. His reply was something like ‘Yeah,
but just imagine how long that would take!’ Any way, when I was
returning from the bathroom he told me that he had phoned RACT
and was told they would get back to him in about ten minutes.
He looked doubtful.
As it turned out, an RACT truck arrived within minutes.
The driver took a look at the problem and then told us that he would
put the vehicle on the back of the truck and take it – and us – to
Hobart as soon as we were ready. We were gobsmacked!
By the time we finished packing our bags and getting our things
together, our vehicle was on the truck and we all set off for Hobart.
We were at our mechanic’s workshop in Hobart before noon.
Amazing! We are so grateful to Jim, our tow truck driver, who was
so obliging and helpful and a very professional operator.
A big thank you, RACT. What an excellent service you provided.
We will definitely stay members of RACT Ultimate.
Sally and Dion Dillon, Hobart
George Burrows (Journeys, Aug/Sep) in his opinion piece about
the Bridgewater Bridge, is right to stress the need for it, as
well as the need to get on with it.
I was also associated with an earlier stage in the 1990s, on the
matter of foundations and design. The curl of the design enables
preservation of the heritage-listed components of the causeway but
the twist to the south now proposed puts construction costs and
problems right up front.
George nowhere mentions cost estimates and who will pay –
matters that also affect the ‘when’.
The design illustration also worries me. How does one get to the
Lyell Highway easily, if driving from Hobart?
D E Leaman
Ialmost choked on my lunch when I read George Burrows’
justification for an immediate start to the bridge, because the old
one was a terrorist target! Bizarrely, that might be the only way to
get it built.
Remember how the Liberals had massive billboards promising a dual
carriageway from Hobart to Launceston for decades? Megabucks
over many political cycles just doesn’t happen. Have a word with
Walshey at MONA, he is the only person in Tassie with ideas and
cash at the same time. The ‘David Walsh Bridge’ sounds good to me.
HEY MATE, I SAID
My old high school mate Big Ali bought himself a 1983 pop-top
camper van after many years on a push bike. ‘Hey mate’ I said,
‘Please join RACT Roadside, especially if you’re off travelling the
state. I’ll do my best to maintain your van at home, but if things go
bad on the road, I probably won’t be able to come and save you.’
A few months later Ali turned up for visit. ‘Hey mate,’ he said, ‘Just
back from the East Coast. Van running well, headed off from St
Helens for a spot of fishing, middle of nowhere the old girl stopped.
Called RACT, along came the truck, bloke lifted the bonnet, diesel
stop solenoid’s failed. Onto the tow-truck and off to Derby Caravan
Park. RACT bloke rang Lonnie, ordered a new solenoid. Next day
he came along and fitted it. All fixed for under $200 and I got on
with the trip – best of all Jules, I didn’t have to ring you!’
Jules McGarry, RACT Roadside patrolman
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