The Road Ahead : April May 2012
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 6 THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2012 RACQ HELP VISIT US ON THE WEB RACQ/ RACQI racq.com free2go free2go.com.au The Road Ahead roadahead.com.au Email email@example.com 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, AC, 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 COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT GEOFF LEDDY, RACQ PRESIDENT THIS YEAR'S RECENTLY-COMPLETED State Election has been a breakthrough for the RACQ with our largest campaign on behalf of our membership and motorists across the state. Focused on obtaining funding to improve our major roads and highways, along with 10 key policies designed to make driving cheaper, greener and safer, the campaign proved to be a great success on behalf of our membership. The RACQ highlighted its advocacy credentials and its independence with a campaign based on 11 billboards, from Cairns to the Gold Coast and Toowoomba, driving home road funding and safety messages. Messages such as 'We suffer road rage too. Let's demand safer roads', 'The Bruce Highway won't give you a second chance' and 'Politicians talking in circles -- we're demanding action' took the issues to the roadside and ensured we played a strong role in driving debate and policy announcements from the major political parties in the campaign. The billboards were supported by the Motoring Matters policy document, which was sent to all political candidates, the major political parties and media outlets throughout the state, as well as being placed on our RACQ website. RACQ launched the campaign with seven simultaneous media conferences on Wednesday, February 29, from Cairns and Townsville in the north to RACQ FIGHTS FOR MOTORISTS IN STATE ELECTION Rockhampton in Central Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Brisbane in the south and west. We also held a special launch in King George Square on March 14 with 269 crosses signifying the number of deaths on Queensland roads in 2011. In just two days (February 29 and March 1), the campaign was mentioned in 90 media items, reaching an audience of more than one million Queenslanders. The campaign also generated substantial conversation in social media and helped RACQ official's Facebook page attract 3500 new followers in just seven days. Most importantly, the campaign achieved its primary goal of gaining commitments from the major parties on key policies and funding priorities. From $1 billion in additional funding for the Bruce Highway to a freeze on passenger car registration fee rises, and a boost for the proposed second range crossing at Toowoomba, we were able to obtain genuine results for our members. I urge you all to view our Motoring Matters document (racq.com/ motoringmatters) and support our ongoing campaigns for safer roads, safer cars and safer drivers.
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