The Road Ahead : April May 2008
Forester rates well 6 PACK: SIX BIG THINGS IN QUEENSLAND Caravan, camping show THE Queensland Caravan, Camping and Touring Holiday Show celebrates its 40th anniversary when it rolls into Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds from June 4 to 10. The show will include about 300 exhibitors, catering for the budget camper through to the deluxe motorhome devotee. The Motorhome and Campervan Show will also be running, giving visitors two shows for the one admission price. For more details, visit wwwcaravanqld. com.au or phone 3862 1833. THE 2008 model Forester has maintained Subaru's five-star rating in crash testing results conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The Forester scored well in nearly all facets of the crash test regime. It comes with anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, brake assist and electronic stability control (ESC) as standard on all models. ESC is now an ANCAP requirement for any five- star rating. The Forester also scored well in the pedestrian protection tests, receiving three out of a possible four stars. For a complete list of ANCAP's vehicle safety ratings and other vehicle safety information, go to www.ancap.com.au. 1. Big Gumboot, Tully: Opened in 2003, this 7.9 m high golden boot was built in recognition of the town's claim as the wettest in Australia, a title hotly contested by its neighbours Innisfail and Babinda. The boot's height represents the town's record annual rainfall in 1950. 2. Big Mango, Bowen: A 12 m high homage to the Kensington Pride mango, which grows so well in the area that it's now popularly known as the Bowen Mango. Located at Bowen Visitor Information Centre. 3. Big Pineapple, Woombye: Built in 1971, the 16 m fibreglass construction is Australia's second oldest 'big thing', after the Big Banana at Coffs Harbour and was recognised as a Queensland Icon by the National Trust in 2006. 4. Big Easel, Emerald: Possibly Queensland's most international 'big thing', this 25 m replica of one of Van Gogh's sunflower paintings celebrates the Emerald region's reputation as a major Australian sunflower producer. The Easel is one of three such structures in the world. 5. Big Bulls, Rockhampton: Queensland's Beef Capital has six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area. 6. Big Cow, Nambour: Close neighbour of the big pineapple, the Big Cow was built in 1975 by a local farmer to encourage tourists to stop at his dairy and is now situated outside a furniture and leisure store. Source: Wikipedia. APR/MAY 08 5 Tourism Qld Organ donor change IN QUEENSLAND, you can no longer record on your driver's licence your decision to donate organs and tissues for transplantation. Instead, Queenslanders can document their decision to donate on the Australian Organ Donor Register, which is maintained by Medicare Australia. Queenslanders Donate manager Tina Coco said the registration forms allows people to chose what organs and tissues they'd like to donate, as well as allowing people to record a decision not to donate. "It is also vitally important once you have registered that you tell your family of your decision," Ms Coco said. "Family are central to the donation process and if they know what you want, then it makes it a great deal easier for them." For more information or to register, call the Australian Organ Donor Register on 1800 777 203, go to www.medicareaustralia.gov.au, or pick up a brochure from any Medicare office. Y drive travel RACQ and Tourism Queensland have joined forces to support the growing number of 18-24 year olds taking a driving holiday in Queensland. Tourism Minister Desley Boyle said that research had shown a 69 percent increase in the number of road trippers in this age group, indicating that the youth market could be poised to overtake the 'grey nomad' share of Queensland's $4.4 billion drive tourism market. RACQ and Tourism Queensland will work closely to safely 'drive' tourists to Queensland regions, with the Club expanding its online trip planner services for the youth drive market.
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