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Tasracing’s $43 million infrastructure commitment to 2020

Tasracing will spend up to $43 million on Tasmanian racing industry infrastructure over the next five years. Detailed in its recently published Infrastructure Plan, the proposed works will deliver necessary upgrades to racing and training venues. Initial major projects identified include a dedicated facility for the Greyhound Adoption Program (construction is expected to commence late this year and be finished in 2017) and redevelopment of the turf tracks at Elwick. Chairman Dean Cooper said Tasracing would now commence a project to investigate the redevelopment of the Elwick tracks “This will involve the formation of a working group that will include representatives from Tasracing, the Tasmanian Racing Club and the Thoroughbred Advisory Network,” he said. “Once established, the first objective will be to explore redevelopment options available and to understand the associated costs, timelines and effect on racing activities. “Communication with industry stakeholders will be a priority to ensure they are kept up to date on project progress.” Other projects to be undertaken over the next five years include: Construction of a greyhound straight track at Ulverstone. A program of works to upgrade and construct new stable facilities at Longford and Spreyton. Replace luminaires on the harness lighting system at Elwick. Improve drainage on all tracks at Brighton. Replace grandstand air conditioning at Mowbray. Construct larger female jockey facilities and improve male facilities at Spreyton. Enhance owner/trainer facilities for race days at Elwick / Mowbray / Spreyton and Devonport Showgrounds. Mr Cooper said Tasracing had consulted extensively with industry stakeholders about infrastructure priorities, and would continue to work with interested parties on the implementation of the plan. “Tasracing will work... read more

Child restraint installation safety checks

The RACT is reminding motorists of the importance of correctly fitting child restraints in motor vehicles after finding too many potentially life-threatening fitting errors at checks conducted over the past four months. RACT Community Manager Will Oakley said the reminder was timely given this week was Children’s Week and followed the launch of Tasmania Police’s Seat Belt Saves Lives campaign. “Road trauma accounts for 40 per cent of childhood deaths in Australia, and a major cause of this is children not being appropriately restrained,” he said. “Our free community safety checks highlight the fact that the safety messages around properly fitting child restraints was not getting through. “Since 1 July we have conducted more than 200 free safety checks and had to adjust 80 per cent of the restraints we checked. “While it is often not through negligence, regardless we have seen some very concerning restraints and installations. “The results seem to be particularly bad in remote communities as they are further from professional advice.” Mr Oakley said common mistakes included using a restraint that was more than 10-years-old, not following the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the child’s age and height or fastening it somewhere other than the designated anchor point. “Unfortunately, we sometimes see a combination of all three of these mistakes,” he said. Some particularly bad examples Mr Oakley has witnessed include four untethered restraints in one vehicle, seats being used that were manufactured in the early 1990s and a five-year-old travelling in the front seat without a restraint at all. Nick Tabor, of Snug, looks back on his car crash on 21 April this year, and says... read more


TT-Line Company Pty Ltd recorded an after tax profit of $18.8 million for the year ended 30 June 2016, the company’s annual report tabled in State Parliament today. Chairman Michael Grainger said it was the company’s second highest profit figure after tax, and the 10th year in succession that it had achieved an underlying profit ($18.6 million) “Revenue increased to $220.9 million, thanks to increased sailings and higher passenger numbers due to on average lower fares,” he said. “TT-Line’s underlying EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) was $33.9 million, compared to $31.2 million last financial year. “The valuation (65 million Euros) for each of the Spirit of Tasmania vessels increased by three million euros a vessel, which reflected the cost of the refurbishment, an improved ferry resale market and reduced short-term build capacity.” The number of sailings operated in 2015/16 increased by six per cent to 814 (2014/15: 767). This included an additional 45 day sailings following the refurbishment of the vessels. Passenger numbers increased in 2015/16 by nine per cent to 418,831 (2014/15: 384,501). This was the highest number of passengers carried by the company since 2004 and was achieved despite a number of adverse weather-related events. Mr Grainger said the increase in passenger numbers was thanks to a number of factors. These included the efforts of a hard working crew and staff, refreshed media and marketing campaigns targeting more cost-effective communication channels, additional day sailings following the refurbishment of Spirit of Tasmania I and Spirit of Tasmania II and a 13 per cent decrease in passenger fares in real terms. Freight volumes fell compared to... read more


The Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board invested $1.83 million in training for industry participants in 2015/16, its annual report tabled in State Parliament today. TBCITB chairperson Tracy Matthews said the Board facilitated 1,760 courses for 7,814 people in the reporting period. “Importantly, the Board has forward commitments of more than $1 million for apprenticeship training programs to June 2020,” she said. “While 2015/16 has seen a boost in work in the south, in recent years we have seen apprenticeships decline and non-completions increase. “However, the numbers in training have started to improve in the past two years. “While this is a natural result of the low levels of demand and activity generally in the industry, the Board continued to offer carefully target incentive programs to encourage apprenticeships, particularly to respond to predicted growth of activity over the next few years.” In her annual report message, Ms Matthews confirmed that the Tasmanian building and construction industry was continuing to experience a challenging environment, but activity levels were expected to improve in the next two years from $2.38 billion to $2.45 billion. “The industry’s capacity to train is directly linked to the availability of building and construction work,” she said. “The industry employed 1,195 apprentices in 2014/15. Numbers in traditional apprenticeships, as well as other building and construction apprenticeships, have also improved.” The Board continued to support youth focused programs including the Building and Construction Pathways Program, and to offer programs designed to assist with specific industry need. “For example, a heritage skills transfer program provides assistance for the delivery of training to transfer knowledge and skills from experts... read more

Sustainable electric tour of Tasmania

The RACT is road testing the range electric vehicles can travel on Tasmania’s unique roads and topography to determine if they will be a viable alternative transport mode for Tasmanians in the future. Further, it will also identify if these vehicles could open up a potential new opportunity for the tourism industry for electric vehicle owners keen to visit and travel the state in their own electric car. RACT general manager Member Assist Darren Moody said electric vehicles were no longer constrained to major population centres. “There are an increasing number of electric vehicle charge stations around Tasmania, including one each at RACT properties on the west coast at Strahan, the east coast at Freycinet and at Cradle Mountain,” he said “In ideal circumstances, the Tesla vehicle I will be driving over the week has a range of about 500 kilometres. “But Tasmania’s topography might challenge that, and I am keen to test it. “I will be looking to do 300 kilometre trips on some of the most challenging sections of roads in the state, including Strahan to Hobart and Freycinet to Cradle Mountain, to provide a real test of the vehicle’s capacity.” Passenger and passenger vehicle operator TT-Line Company Pty Ltd, operators of the Spirit of Tasmania vessels, has supported the RACT test. Chief Executive Bernard Dwyer said the company had an obvious vested interest in opening up new markets for the state that featured passenger vehicles. “There is no better way to explore Tasmania than in your own car,” he said. “If the RACT is able to definitively demonstrate that electric vehicles can easily and safely travel... read more

Top priorities identified for black spot funding: RACT

The RACT has recommended six traffic sites be considered for black spot funding as part of its commitment to improve road safety and reduce crashes and trauma on the state’s roads. The six locations identified for funding under the 2016/17 Australian Black Spot Program are: Channel Highway between Howden Road and bridge at North West Bay River. Intersection of King Street and Sandy Bay Road, Sandy Bay. Intersection at Hobart Road and Relbia Road, Relbia. Hagley Station Lane, Hagley. Bass Highway intersections at Wynyard. Bass Highway at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Elizabeth Town. RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said Tasmanians would benefit from a safer local road network through the improvement of the black spot locations, recommended by the RACT’s three Regional Advisory Committees. “Residents will recognise the history of these high crash locations based on their own observations and experiences,” she said. “Some of these roads have no line markings or signage to provide clear indication to motorists of turning protocols, creating confusion and a crash risk. “There are also major problems where the road contains unexpected sharp turns and concealed intersections that result in a poor line of sight.” Mrs Pennicott said it was vital that Tasmania’s regional and rural areas received their fair share of funding for road safety upgrades. “By funding initiatives such as roundabouts, improving dangerous intersections and installing speed warnings and traffic lights, the Black Spot Program reduces the risk of crashes and related trauma,” she said “These programs are very effective in saving lives and preventing serious injuries and accidents, which take a huge toll on families, our... read more

Metro Launceston network review

Metro is calling on Launceston residents to provide feedback to Metro’s first network review of the city’s general routes and school services since 2007. Metro Chief Executive Officer Stuart Wiggins said the overall aim was to encourage a patronage increase by making public transport in Launceston faster, smarter and easier. “Metro recognises that our network is a complex one that may no longer reflect the travel patterns or needs of Launceston residents,” he said. “We already know, thanks to independent research, that Metro customers in Launceston want services that are easier to understand, run more frequently and get people to their destination quicker. “With this in mind, Metro has designed a network that aims to achieves these outcomes.” Mr Wiggins said the ultimate success of the Launceston network review depended on feedback received from the Launceston community. “We encourage everyone to have a say as feedback will be carefully considered before any final planning of routes and timetables is undertaken,” he said. Key features of the proposed network include: A simplified network (37 routes and variations reduced to 21). Buses from more areas servicing Launceston General Hospital (LGH) including a new high frequency Turn Up and GO corridor. A new cross-city route linking the University of Tasmania with Kings Meadows shops, Mowbray shops, Invermay, Inveresk, City, LGH and Six Ways. More consistent departure times that will be easier to remember. Routes will be scheduled, where possible, to minimise waiting times. “We want to reassure the public this is not a cost reduction exercise but rather about making sure Metro maximises its available resources in order to attract increased patronage,”... read more

Average commute time in Tasmania is 43 minutes

Following a spate of road incidents on Tasmanian roads today (10 October), the RACT has released the findings of a national survey of motorists that reveals the average commute time in Tasmania is an unacceptably high 43 minutes. The information was uncovered through an RACT and Australian Automobile Association web site survey – http://australiasworstcommute.com.au/ – that asked motorists from around the country to input their daily commute times. The web site was developed to raise awareness about the time being wasted in cars and on public transport on a daily basis. The survey revealed that the commute to Hobart via the Southern Outlet and the trip along the Tasman Highway from Sorell and Dodges Ferry were the two major problem areas for respondents. RACT executive general manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said congestion was a problem facing many Tasmanians and it was likely to get worse as today’s experiences in Hobart showed with students returning to school and wet weather. “We want the Tasmanian community at large to be talking about this issue, and have armed them with a tool to identify just how much time they are spending in their car or on public transport,” she said. “It is concerning to think that we may be spending between 10 and 15 days a year travelling to and from work.” Mrs Pennicott said the RACT was on the record in May this year calling for a long-term plan for Hobart CBD congestion. “The RACT called on the incoming Federal Government to support the development and implementation of a long-term plan to combat the increasing congestion in the CBD... read more


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