The Road Ahead : April May 2007
...Club news, ser vices, offers MEMBER'S CORNER Long-ser ving RACQ staff member Pat Doher ty was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) on Australia Day. Mr Doher ty received the award in recognition of his ser vice to the community during nearly four decades as an RACQ patrol. Since completing his mechanic's apprenticeship with RACQ in 1969, Mr Doher ty has been an integral member of the Road Ser vice patrol team and has helped more than 150,000 members. Also receiving an OAM this year was RACQ director Dennis Howe. Mr Howe has been on the RACQ Board since 2001, as director of Far Nor th Zone. He received his OAM for ser vice to the community of Cairns, par ticularly as a suppor ter of transpor t, commerce and educational organisations. Meanwhile, Brad Heath has been appointed chief executive officer of RACQ Insurance. Mr Heath has worked in a number of roles during more than 20 years at RACQI. Bypass plan announced RACQ achievers The RACQ has welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government's Ipswich Motor way plan to inject $2.3 billion of Commonwealth funding into the Goodna bypass, but believes it is by no means a complete solution. RACQ external relations general manager Gar y Fites said the plan would go some way towards reducing traffic congestion in the south-west, but congestion problems on the motor way would be effectively tackled only with a complementar y package of other road works. "Without completion of upgrades at the eastern end of the Ipswich Motor way, a western ring-road and other works, the nor thern bypass will not address the overall capacity problems the motor way will inevitably face," Mr Fites said. Mr Fites said that the Club would be looking for fur ther commitments of federal funding, including the upgrading of the Darra-Rocklea section of the Ipswich Motor way and an investigation of a western bypass, jointly funded with the Queensland Government. In addition, the State Government needed to star t planning and funding extra traffic capacity for the Centenar y Highway, Western Freeway and Ipswich Road, Mr Fites said. Call RACQ on 13 1905 Visit us on the Web RACQ (Club, travel & insurance) racq.com free2go free2go.com.au Email email@example.com Roadside assistance (24 hours) 13 1111 TTY (members with impaired hearing) 3248 2074 RACQ Help Line (24 hours) 13 1905 Medical, home, motor accident emergency advice. Legal advice on motoring matters Membership (24 hours) 13 1905 To join, pay by phone, enquiries, alterations, Plus Care, Ultra Care Alterations by fax (fax) 3361 2140 Insurance (24 hours) 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 3872 8911 (incl. RACQ recommended driving schools) RACQ Finance RACQ credit cards 1300 361 615 RACQ car & personal loans 1300 361 316 RACQ Security Services 1300 661 966 Technical advice 3666 9148 Members in country areas 1800 623 456 Traffic & Safety 3872 8925 Advice and investigations Travel services Accommodation bookings in Australia (24 hours) 1800 629 501 Road conditions 1300 130 595 (24 hours, recorded, or see website) Road travel information (24 hours, or see website) 3361 2406 Travel bookings (Australia & overseas: airline, cruises, car hire, tours etc) 1300 888 449 Vehicle storage 3272 5982 Vehicle inspections 13 1905 OFFICES Head Office 3361 2444 (P.O. Box 4, Springwood, Qld 4127) Branch/retail offices See 'RACQ' in your local phone directory RACQ Board Club Patron Quentin Bryce, AC Governor of Queensland President & Chairman Julie-Anne Schafer Vice Pres. & Deputy Chairman Richard Pietsch Directors Nigel Alexander, Fay Barker, John Buckby, Tony Gambling, Dennis Howe, Geoff Leddy, Peter Long, Jan Taylor Chief Executive Officer Ian Gillespie 24 APR/MAY 07 Go wild in Sydney Heading to Sydney? RACQ now offers you the oppor tunity to pre-purchase member discount tickets for Sydney Wildlife World -- a new and authentic Australian wildlife experience in the hear t of the Darling Harbour precinct. Sydney Wildlife World features a large variety of native Australian plants and animals in the one location. For tickets, visit your local RACQ branch or phone 1800 629 501.
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