The Road Ahead Sampler : December January 2013
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 Fittings & Advice 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. enquiries 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 ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD DEC 2012/JAN 2013 6 COMMUNITY VIEWPOINT GEOFF LEDDY, RACQ PRESIDENT OUTBACK AND BACK ONE OF THE things I love doing is travelling around our great nation and, in particular, Queensland. I recently took our RACQ theme of 'Bring back the Queensland road trip' to heart and hitched up the van and headed out to the Birdsville Races with some friends. It's a long way -- just over 1600 kilometres from Brisbane -- over a variety of road surfaces and through a variety of landscapes. Before I left, I got all the tourist information I needed from the RACQ Trip Planner and the new online Tourist Information Centre (under Drive Travel on our website, racq. com). Of course, I also ensured my four- wheel-drive and caravan were in good shape and had been serviced with tyres and brakes all checked, lights and reversing camera all working and plenty of drinking water on board. I journeyed out there along the Warrego Highway via Roma and Charleville and then the Diamantina Development Road, via Quilpie and Windorah. Many sections of these highways are in reasonable condition, but there are some challenging areas of warped and narrow seal which reinforced to me again the ongoing need for funding to just maintain our state's road assets, let alone provide new and upgraded carriageways. However, to the credit of our respective governments, it was good to see a considerable amount of road works happening, much of it reconstruction of flood-damaged areas from early 2011 and again in early 2012. The last section of the trip out was over about 280 kilometres of gravel road with some short bitumen sections interspersed. You do need to be properly prepared for this. I thought I was, but I still did some damage to my van from small, sharp rocks being flicked up from the wheels. Diamantina Shire Council had the road in tip-top condition, but it just has a very stony pavement material. The camping areas near town were also a credit to the local council with the facilities they provided and maintained during and after the races. The races and the events in town were lots of fun for the 8000 or so people who turned up for the event. I returned to the south-east corner via Bedourie, Boulia (home of the Min Min light) and Blackall, over a lesser length of gravel road but still plenty of narrow seal. What struck me for the whole journey was the courtesy of the drivers of cars, trucks, road trains, motorhomes, and caravans -- in the outback. There are some good rest areas along the way, but there is certainly scope for more. I wish you all a wonderful Christmas season and ask that, if you can, give generously to a charity Christmas appeal this year, because many families are finding it tough. Some have still not recovered from last year's weather events. Finally, if you are driving these holidays, please do so safely and take a break about every two hours, be even more careful on wet roads, never cross flooded roadways, and obey road closure signs. Happy motoring.
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