The Road Ahead : December 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 6 THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2011/JAN 2012 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ/ RACQI racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.com.au Email firstname.lastname@example.org facebook.com/racqofficial twitter.com/racqofficial ROADSIDE HELP (24 HRS) 13 1111 TTY (impaired hearing) 3248 2074 HELP LINE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Medical, home, accident emergency advice. Motoring legal advice. MEMBERSHIP (24 HRS) 13 1905 Join, pay by phone, enquiries. INSURANCE (24 HRS) 13 1905 Enquiries, sales, alterations & payments RACQ Insurance claims 13 7202 OTHER RACQ SERVICES Child safety restraints Advice/sales 3872 8926 Mail order 1800 816 523 Driver education 3361 2382 (Rec. driving schools) 1800 680 039 RACQ Loans RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Community & Education 3872 8674 Road safety education Travel services Accom. bookings (Aust.) 1800 629 501 Road conditions (recorded) 1300 130 595 (24 hrs, or see website) Travel agency bookings 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 13 1905 P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127 Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in the phone directory or racq.com. RACQ BOARD Club Patron Penelope Wensley, AO, Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Geoff Leddy Vice Pres. & Dep. Chairman Nigel Alexander Directors Fay Barker, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Elizabeth Jameson, Stephen Maitland, Bronwyn Morris, Karl Morris, Richard Pietsch Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie many road trips we took with our children when they were younger. We'd pile in the car and play 'I spy' or the numberplate game while we headed for the tropical north or the southern beaches and theme parks ... bliss! Yes, they were simpler times, but they were fun. More recently, my wife and I have hitched up the van and headed north and south, from Cairns to Cunnamulla and west to Winton. And you know what; those trips have beaten anything we've seen overseas, hands down. So give as generously as you can to the charity Christmas appeals this year, because many families are still doing it tough. And if you are planning a holiday, then holiday at home in what is, after all, the most popular holiday destination for the rest of Australia. Finally, don't forget that if you are driving these holidays, plan ahead, take a break every two hours, and don't under any circumstances cross flooded roadways. And if you need travel or vehicle assistance, remember we are your club and we are here to help. The best of the season to you. COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT GEOFF LEDDY, RACQ PRESIDENT AT THIS TIME of year, most of us are busy compiling the gift list, planning the Christmas Day menu, and counting down the days to a well earned holiday. For most Queenslanders, the holiday can't come soon enough. To say 2011 has been challenging would be the understatement of what is still a young century. Few of us haven't been touched, either directly or indirectly, by Queensland's summer of natural disasters. Because of the state's geographic isolation and weather extremes, Queenslanders have shown their extraordinary strength and resilience under adversity since first settlement. But this year has really put us to the test. While many are back on their feet, thanks to the spirit of the mud army and the help of all those who gave so generously to various appeals, look a little closer and the effects are still being felt. Our tourism industry is doing it tough, having been rocked by the bad weather early in the year and the ongoing impact of the strong Australian dollar, which has made overseas destinations so much more affordable. But nothing really can beat the sun- drenched white sand of a Queensland beach, the lush tropical rainforest of the hinterland, or the rugged expanse of the Outback. I'm reminded of the HERE'S TO BETTER TIMES AHEAD ... (2011) has really put us to the test.
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