Never leave children alone in a hot car: RACT

The RACT and the RSPCA has urged parents not to leave children or pets in locked cars this summer. Between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 the RACT rescued 60 children – and 37 pets – locked in parked car in hot weather. Executive General Manager Membership & Community Stacey Pennicott said the temperature inside a parked car on a typical summer’s day could be 30 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius hotter than outside the car. “On a day like today when the forecast temperature in Hobart is 23 degrees Celsius, it means that the temperature inside a car parked in the sun could be as high as 65 degrees Celsius,” she said. “As the temperature inside a car increases, any child locked in that vehicle can begin to develop heat stress and start to dehydrate. “In addition, young children are more sensitive to heat than older children or adults, meaning they can be at greater risk of heat stroke and other health risks. “It is a pretty simple message – if you have to leave the car, even for a short time, take the children with you.” RSPCA Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Peter West said that a dog left in a hot car, even with windows ajar, could die within six minutes or at least suffer long-lasting effects. “While it is not illegal to leave an animal in a car or on the back of ute, it is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to leave it in conditions that aren’t appropriate – such as a hot car,” he said. “RSPCA Tasmania is keen to...

Spirit of Tasmania sailings update

Spirit of Tasmania will operate double sailings on Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June to clear the backlog of passengers in Victoria and Tasmania subject to the Port of Devonport being reopened. The decision was taken after TT-Line cancelled sailings out of Devonport and Melbourne tonight (9 June) after receiving advice from TasPorts that the Port of Devonport would remain closed until at least tomorrow (10 June). TT-Line chief executive officer Bernard Dwyer said TasPorts had advised the company that results of a survey of the Mersey River to establish the depth of water available for commercial vessels would be known tomorrow morning. “While we obviously need to wait for the survey results, TT-Line and TasPorts continue to work collaboratively to enable access for critical shipping movements,” he said. Mr Dwyer said passengers had been advised of the changes. “A decision about Friday night’s scheduled sailings will be made as soon as possible tomorrow,” he said. Mr Dwyer said the Ports of Burnie and Bell Bay had been ruled out after extensive investigations concluded that both ports did not sufficiently allow for the Spirit of Tasmania vessels to use the facilities in a timely manner. Mr Dwyer encouraged passengers to check the Spirit of Tasmania website for updates as follows: https://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au/sailing-fares/travel-updates A statement from TasPorts about the port’s closure is available at:...

Triabunna wins national Tidy Towns award

Keep Australia Beautiful has announced the Tasmanian finalist Triabunna as the winner of the 2016 Australian Tidy Towns Awards, at an event held in Toodyay in Western Australia on 18 March. The Australian Tidy Towns program sets out to recognise the hard work undertaken by individuals and groups in rural communities and share these best practices and ideas to continue to improve our vibrant rural towns. Running since 1990, the national awards are sponsored by the Australian Packaging Covenant and the Department of the Environment. Triabunna also won Environmental Sustainability and were highly commended in a number of awards: Community Action and Wellbeing; Young Legends and Environmental Education. Australian Tidy Towns judge Jill Grant said, “The combination of vision and guidance provided by the Spring Bay Glamorgan Council and the dedicated and consistent efforts of community organisations and volunteers have greatly magnified the impact of a range of initiatives that preserve and enhance environmental quality and celebrate and showcase the long history of the area.” “The town has several key focal points and groups that unite the community and bring together environmental and social projects that address the key interests of the community,” Ms Grant said. Philip Robinson, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful said, “The focus on youth in Triabunna is led by the impressive programs at the local school and is complemented by The Village hub that provides a range of enrichment activities and support for health, wellbeing and creativity.” “It’s pleasing to see another year of high calibre National finalists from every corner of our amazing country,” Mr Robinson said. The two-day event included a tour of...