The latest RACT media releases

RACT is an advocate for road and safety issues as well as a regular commentator on regional tourism matters in Tasmania. See all our updates below.

27/06/2017 - Need for proactive fuel pricing initiative

The profit margin of some Tasmanian petrol retailers continues to be too high when considering the current wholesale price, the RACT says.

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26/06/2017 - ‘Black ice’ a deadly factor on Tasmania’s roads in winter

With temperatures starting to dip overnight, motorists are urged to be mindful of black ice and to stay vigilant while driving in wet and frosty conditions.

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26/06/2017 - Cooler weather sparks home fire safety warning

With the chilly winter weather well and truly settling in across the state, Tasmanians are reminded of the risks of house fires and the need to be vigilant when heating their homes during the colder months.

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20/06/2017 - Vehicle Ownership Costs Increase

Higher interest rates and increasing fuel costs have increased the average cost of vehicle ownership by five per cent, the RACT says.

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02/06/2017 - RACT invests in regional tourism with new vessel for iconic Gordon River Cruises

The RACT has made a significant step forward in its commitment to growing regional tourism in Tasmania with the commissioning of a new vessel to cruise the iconic Gordon River.

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25/05/2017 - Road infrastructure funding welcome - further detail required

The RACT has welcomed the inclusion of a number of commitments for Tasmanian roads in this year’s state budget.

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18/05/2017 - Higher petrol costs for consumers

A proposal by the Federal Government to phase out regular unleaded petrol would result in a substantial price increase for consumers, the RACT says.

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08/05/2017 - RACT and Kidsafe Tasmania urges proper fitting of child restraints

Nearly 85 per cent of child restraints checked by the RACT – in partnership with Kidsafe Tasmania - since the end of 2015 have needed to be adjusted to be made safe.

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02/05/2017 - Call to maintain funding for Keys2Drive

The RACT is calling for federal funding to be maintained for a highly successful learner driver program in the 9 May federal budget.

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20/04/2017 - RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize celebrates 10 years of supporting young Tasmanian artists

RACT Insurance (RACTI) is marking 10 years of supporting young Tasmanian creative talent with the launch of the annual Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP), Tasmania’s premier portraiture competition.

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13/04/2017 - Enjoy Tasmania this Easter – but do it safely

The RACT has one simple message for Tasmanians and visitors to the state this Easter: "Get out and enjoy Tasmania, but please drive in a way that does not put you, your family or other road users at risk."

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04/04/2017 - Fuel pricing app to benefit Tasmanian motorists from today

The RACT and GasBuddy have officially launched an app in Tasmania that provides real time fuel prices via a mobile device.

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24/03/2017 - 30 cent / litre petrol retail profit unprecedented

The profit margin some Tasmanian petrol retailers have made over the past weeks – and are continuing to make today – is unprecedented, RACT general manager Member Assist Darren Moody says.

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07/03/2017 - Research shows younger drivers are more likely to be distracted by mobile phones than any other age group

With students returning to university this past week, RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers has reminded younger drivers to switch their phones off while driving and stay alert on the roads.

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05/03/2017 - 2017 start date for Perth upgrade

The RACT has welcomed an announcement by the Tasmanian and Federal Governments that the biggest stage of the Midland Highway upgrade – the Perth Link Roads project – would begin two years earlier than scheduled.

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04/03/2017 - Proactive fuel pricing initiatives will benefit Tasmanian motorists

The RACT has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s steps to help consumers get timely and transparent petrol price information, describing the initiatives as a win for the Tasmanian motoring public.

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26/02/2017 - RACT bookings strong on the West Coast

Hotel room bookings at Strahan Village increased by nearly 20 per cent in January this year compared to January 2016.

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24/02/2017 - Hobart CBD traffic congestion requires urgent attention

The RACT has called on the Tasmanian Government to urgently implement all short-term recommendations in the Hobart Congestion Traffic Analysis prepared last year by the Department of State Growth.

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21/02/2017 - Australia's best cars for 2016/17 announced

The RACT has announced the winners of this year’s Australia’s Best Cars awards, with the winner of the Best Medium Car under $50,000, the Mazda6 Touring, also recognised as the Judges’ Choice for 2016.

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03/02/2017 - Busy roads when schools return next week

The RACT has reminded motorists that a return to school next week by students across the state will mean more traffic on the road during peak periods and 40 km/h speed restrictions operating in school zones.

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25/01/2017 - Federal Budget submission identifies road spending priorities

The RACT has sought more than $1.4 billion in infrastructure spending for Tasmanian road improvements in a budget submission to the Federal Government.

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22/12/2016 - High risk of car crashes over holiday period

With the holiday season already underway for many Tasmanians and visitors to the state, RACT chief executive officer Harvey Lennon has urged all road users to take extra care on the roads in the coming weeks.

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16/12/2016 - Freycinet Lodge development application

The RACT has submitted a Development Application to the Glamorgan-Spring Bay Council for its proposed development concept at Freycinet Lodge.

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12/12/2016 - Never leave children alone in a hot car

The RACT and the RSPCA has urged parents not to leave children or pets in locked cars this summer. Between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016 the RACT rescued 60 children – and 37 pets – locked in parked car in hot weather.

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02/12/2016 - Support for ride sharing

Consumers should have access to a range of public transport options, providing all measures are undertaken to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users, the RACT says.

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24/11/2016 - Slow down for road workers campaign

The RACT has welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s latest campaign that focuses attention on the safety of roadside workers.

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18/11/2016 - Election road an traffic priorities

The RACT has reminded recently elected MHRs and Senators of their election promises and the organisation’s current priority issues.

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11/11/2016 - Children's expo to deliver child safety messages

The RACT, Kidsafe and Lady Gowrie want Tasmanian children and their families to have a safe and fun summer.

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26/10/2016 - Child restraint installation safety checks

The RACT is reminding motorists of the importance of correctly fitting child restraints in motor vehicles after finding too many potentially life-threatening fitting errors at checks conducted over the past four months.

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21/10/2016 - Sustainable electric tour of Tasmania

The RACT is road testing the range electric vehicles can travel on Tasmania’s unique roads and topography to determine if they will be a viable alternative transport mode for Tasmanians in the future.

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18/10/2016 - Top priorities identified for black spot funding​

The RACT has recommended six traffic sites be considered for black spot funding as part of its commitment to improve road safety and reduce crashes and trauma on the state's roads.  ​

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10/10/2016 - Average commute time in Tasmania is 43 minutes

Following a spate of road incidents on Tasmanian roads today (10 October), the RACT has released the findings of a national survey of motorists that reveals the average commute time in Tasmania is an unacceptably high 43 minutes.

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​​05/09/2016 - Tasmanian Devils and other wildlife paying the price for a lack of driver awareness

Less than half of all Tasmanians say they would not know what to do if they hit an animal on the road, and the number is even lower in younger age groups.

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01/09/2016 - Funding required for Bass Highway concepts

Concept plans developed by the Waratah Wynyard Council to improve a number of intersections on the Bass Highway near Wynyard have been welcomed by the RACT.

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15/08/2016 - Research conducted by RACT Insurance has shown 68% of Tasmanians say hooning is an issue on our road

Tasmanian’s have serious concerns over hooning on our streets, new RACT Insurance data has revealed.

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12/08/2016 - Important road safety message for young drivers

Sixteen-year-old Alex Peroni may drive single seater racecars in Europe at speeds reaching 250 km/h, but he has recently discovered that he still has a lot to learn when it comes to driving on Tasmanian roads.

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11/08/2016 - Petrol retail profit again at unacceptably high levels

Less than a month after an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report on the Launceston petrol market found the gap between interstate and Tasmanian prices had closed in the first six months of the year, retail margins in Tasmania have again increased to unacceptably high levels.

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04/08/2016 - Scholarship win for RACT Destinations' Will Barbour

The RACT’s Will Barbour has been announced as the successful recipient of a professional exchange scholarship that will see him travel to the Fujian province on China’s south-east coast for a two-week period.

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01/08/2016 - Increased number of house fires a serious concern

RACT Insurance are urging all Tasmanians to take the necessary measures to protect their homes and loved ones from a potential house fire after recent RACT Insurance claims data revealed the number of major house fires across Tasmania have increases by 36.2 per cent over the past four years, compared to the four years previous.

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28/07/2016 - Great Eastern Wine Weekend

East Coast tourism operators have once again joined forces with Freycinet Lodge to showcase the region’s finest food and signature drops as part of the Great Eastern Wine Weekend.

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27/07/2016 - West Coast to benefit from development fund

Applications can now be officially lodged to receive funding under a $500,000 joint RACT-Tasmanian Government West Coast Experience Loan Fund.

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18/07/2016 - Tasmanian travel agency group again recognised as Australia's best

Tasmanian travel agency group RACT Travel has shown why it’s considered one of the best in the travel industry taking out an award for the third year running at The National Tourism Industry Awards (NTIA) in Sydney.

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18/07/2016 - RACT welcomes petrol price report, hopes for change

The RACT hopes that an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) report on the Launceston petrol market – and its arrangement with United Petroleum to offer an 8c per litre and then 6c per litre discount – will lead to cheaper petrol prices for Tasmanians.

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15/07/2016 - Fuel pricing transparency in Tasmania

The RACT has called on the Tasmanian Government to bring fuel pricing standards into the digital age through legislation that would force retailers to publish prices in real time.

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12/07/2016 - Federal Election promises must be kept

The RACT has welcomed comments in the Tasmanian media this week attributed to Liberal Senator Eric Abetz assuring Tasmanians that all election promises would be kept now that the Coalition has claimed victory.

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01/07/2016 - Freycinet update

The RACT has revised its proposed development concept for Freycinet Lodge on the east coast.

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23/06/2016 - SUV ownership comes at a price

Australian’s love affair with Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) comes at a price, the RACT’s annual Vehicle Operating Cost survey has found.

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23/06/2016 - Major parties must do more in the lead up to the Federal Election for Tasmanian motorists

The major political parties must do much more to address problems with key road infrastructure in the lead up to the 2016 Federal Election.

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17/06/2016 - New online tool to highlight the personal cost of commuting in Tasmania

A new online tool – Australia’s Worst Commute – will help Tasmanians compare with other states just how bad their daily trip to and from work really is, find out what else they could be doing with wasted time and tell politicians they want it fixed through investment in better transport infrastructure.

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09/06/2016 - Flood damage bill approaching $1.5m as RACTI Mobile Service Centre is deployed in Latrobe

As floodwaters subside and the full extent of the catastrophic floods become clearer, RACT Insurance CEO Trent Sayers said he expects to see claim numbers double as residents are able to return to their homes.

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26/05/2016 - RACT welcomes Budget initiatives, but more needed for road infrastructure

The RACT has welcomed the $1 million allocated to alleviate traffic congestion in Greater Hobart in the 2016/17 State Budget delivered today.

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18/05/2016 - Long-term plan for Hobart CBD congestion a must for Federal Government

Any incoming Federal Government needs to support the development and implementation of a long-term plan to combat increasing congestion in Hobart’s CBD, the RACT says in a submission entitled 2016-2017 Federal Election.

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13/05/2016 - Funding announcement welcomed

The RACT has welcomed Tasmania Jobs and Investment Fund monies to assist with the development of its proposed development near Freycinet Lodge on the east coast.

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04/05/2016 - Young motorists given a crash course in distraction and inattention

Students from Launceston College have been shown how texting while driving can result in a serious crash.

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02/05/2016 - Practical help to protect the lives of youngsters in cars

Parents and caregivers have a key role to play in educating their children about road safety, Goodstart Early Learning state manager Chris Symons said.

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29/04/2016 - Standard fuel price boards a must for Tasmania 

Inconsistent fuel price boards at petrol stations across Tasmania are making it difficult for motorists to accurately compare prices or, worse than that, know what they will pay for their fuel.

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19/04/2016 - New Bridgewater Bridge

The RACT has endorsed a Tasmanian Government decision to seek funding from the Federal Government for a new four-lane Bridgewater Bridge.

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19/04/2016 - Entrants encouraged to be hold and brave ahead of 2016 RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize

2016 marks the ninth year of Tasmania’s premier portraiture competition, the RACT Insurance Tasmanian Portraiture Prize (TPP).

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24/03/2016 - Zero is a perfect score says RACT Insurance

RACT Insurance has issued a challenge to all Tasmanians this Easter break; zero fatalities on Tasmanian roads, zero drink driving infringements and zero speeding tickets.

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23/03/2016 - Enjoy Tasmania this Easter ... but please do it safely

The RACT wants Tasmanians to "get out" and experience Tasmania this Easter break, but with safety top of mind, driving with great care and attention at all times.

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22/03/2016 -  RACT scam warning

The RACT has warned its customers about a "cold call" scam targeting its roadside assistance and insurance customers.

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21/03/2016 -  Cradle Mountain Master Plan endorsed by the RACT

The RACT supports and endorses the recently released Cradle Mountain Master Plan’s focus on infrastructure development.

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18/03/2016 -  Mobile phone use education for pedestrians a must

A public education campaign to warn pedestrians about the dangers of crossing the road while using a mobile phone should be considered following the recent publication of pedestrian safety research by Austroads.

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07/03/2016 -  Driver Distraction / Inattention can be fatal

The friends of young Tasmanian motorists will be asked to distract their friend while driving (a simulator) this week to demonstrate just how dangerous the practice can be.

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25/02/2016 -  Properly fitted Child Restraints still a concern for RACT 

More than 70 per cent of child restraints checked at free inspections on the north west coast this week by the RACT needed adjustment.

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23/02/2016 -  RACT - United partnership to combat high fuel prices

The RACT has established a partnership with United Petroleum, Australia’s largest independent fuel network, to combat Tasmania’s high fuel prices.

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16/02/2016 -  Free Child Restraint checks on North West

The RACT will be offering free child restraint checks on the north west coast next week after organised inspections in Smithton last year found about 80 per cent of child restraints were installed incorrectly.

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16/02/2016 -  Tourist road strategy calls

The RACT has called for the development of a tourist road strategy in its 2016/17 State Budget submission.

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19/01/2016 - RACT and Par Avion combine for west coast tourism experience

The RACT and Par Avion have joined together to offer a unique "fly-cruise" package into Tasmania’s iconic west coast wilderness.

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09/12/2015 -  RACT welcomes Brooker Highway work announcement

The RACT has welcomed the appointment of Hazell Bros Group by the Tasmanian Government to undertake important junction upgrade works on the Brooker Highway near Elwick Racecourse.

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07/12/2015 - RACT showcases Australia's best accommodation

The RACT has released details of the inaugural Star Ratings Gold List of Australian accommodation.

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19/11/2015 – Never leave children alone in a hot car: RACT

The RACT has urged parents not to leave children in locked cars this summer.

Between 1 October 2014 and 30 September 2015 the RACT rescued 84 children.

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11/11/2015 - Tasmanian child restraint DVD timely reminder

About 80 per cent of vehicle child restraints are fitted incorrectly, the RACT says.

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05/10/2015 - Delve into Tasmania's convict past on board the NV Sophia

The award-winning Gordon River Cruises has launched its newest cruises on board the NV Sophia, offering travellers a unique experience delving into Tasmania’s dramatic convict and pioneer past.

30/09/2015 - Unsafe child restraints highlight need for increased education and advice in state’s north west​

The RACT is reminding parents of the importance of child car restraints after free inspections in Smithton found that up to 80 per cent of child seats checked either needed adjustment or were not safe.​

25/09/2015 - $10 million upgrade for RACT/RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel

The Hobart Apartment Hotel, jointly owned by RACT and RACV, will undergo a $10 million upgrade starting next month (October).​ 

15/09/2015 - Free child car restraint checking days on North West Coast 

The RACT will be conducting free child restraint checks and activities for older drivers in Smithton on 24 and 25 September as part of its commitment to road safety awareness.

07/09/2015 - Call for permanent speed camera signage

The RACT has called on the Tasmanian Government to erect appropriate permanent advisory signs near the eight new fixed speed camera locations across the state as soon as they are operational.

07/09/2015 - RACT zeroes in on Tasmania’s most dangerous roads

The RACT has recommended seven traffic sites be considered for black spot funding as part of its commitment to improve safety on Tasmanian roads.

​01/09/2015 - Boundary rider service goes from strength to strength

13,441 people used the popular Boundary Rider Service to and from North Melbourne football games in Hobart in the 2015 season, up from 9,097 in 2014.

28/08/2015 – The Great Eastern Wine Weekend

East Coast tourism operators have joined forces with Freycinet Lodge to showcase the region’s finest food and signature drops as part of the Great Eastern Wine Weekend.

14/08/2015 - Young Tasmanians challenged to take the pledge – don’t text and drive

Young Tasmanians have been urged to follow “The Rule of Thumb” in a new campaign to reduce distracted driving. 

12/08/2015 - RACT travel gears up for cruise sale day

RACT Travel is once again bringing together more than 30 major cruise suppliers at the weekend as it hosts its annual Cruise Sale Day. 

3/07/2015 - $500,000 fund to benefit West Coast

Applications are now open for funding under the $500,000 joint RACT-Tasmanian Government West Coast Experience Trust Fund.

​​23/06/2015 - Vehicle operating costs


A decision to install eight new fixed speed cameras throughout the state has been endorsed by the RACT.

15/06/2015 - Fixed speed cameras welcomed with conditions

A decision to install eight new fixed speed cameras throughout the state has been endorsed by the RACT.

12/06/2015 - Illawarra Main Road National Network Recognition

The decision to add Illawarra Main Road at Perth to the National Land Transport Network has been applauded by the RACT.
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​03/06/2015 - Strong response to Dark Mofo in North-West wilderness

More than 1000 people entered a ballot for the 57 rooms and 138 places available for the north-west coast’s Dark Mofo event in the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in mid-June (Wild at Heart, 15 – 17 June).
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29/05/2015 - RACT naming rights partner of Wildside MTB

The RACT is the new naming rights sponsor of Wildside MTB.
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28/05/2015 - Budget good news for motorists and tourists

The RACT has welcomed the Budget commitment to spend $207.4 million for road infrastructure projects in 2015/16.
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26/05/2015 - Resources needed for road infrastructure requirements

Given the current focus on the Midland Highway upgrade, the RACT hopes this month’s State Budget will provide sufficient resources to assess, prioritise and plan road infrastructure requirements on other roads and highways across the state.
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20/06/2015 - Midland Highway commitment the right one for motorists

The $500 million investment by the Federal and Tasmanian Governments to make the Midland Highway safer now is the right decision that will ultimately benefit the state’s motorists.
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8/05/2015 - RACT welcomes ACCC Launceston petrol price investigation

The RACT has welcomed the announcement by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that it will conduct a petrol price monitoring investigation in Launceston.
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6/05/2015 - RACT warns teenagers about dangers of mobile phone use while driving

Students at Rokeby High School have learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of texting while driving in an activity run today as part of National Road Safety Week. 
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4/05/2015 - Joint Operation Uncovers Unsafe Child Restraints

A free safety inspection of child restraints in southern Tasmania has found more than two-thirds either needed adjustment or were not safe.
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29/04/2015 - Carers ​Tasmania - ​ RACT's Community Act of Royalty Campaign supports Tasmania’s Carers​

Carers Tasmania is thrilled to have been selected by RACT as one of three organisations in the running to receive a donation as part of its “Community Act of Royalty” program. ​

10/04/2015 - ​Dark Mofo in “Dark Heart” Of Tasmanian Wilderness

The Museum of Old and New Art’s midwinter festival, Dark Mofo, will spread some art and culture beyond Hobart this June and into the north-west coast of Tasmania and the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, with a new and unique two-night sleepover event, ‘Wild at Heart’(15 – 17 June).
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10/04/2015 - RACT Travel becomes a helloworld associate

RACT Travel has joined forces with another strong Australian business launching a new retail brand aimed at providing customers with a unique in-store experience that combines the latest technology with expert advice. 
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2/04/2015 - Enjoy Tasmania this Easter, but do it safely

​While the RACT is encouraging Tasmanians to experience regional Tasmania this Easter break, at the same time its advice is to “drive with great care and attention”.​

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26/03/2015 - Focus on conference, meeting and event market to further increase visitor numbers 

​The Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania (RACT) is planning to build on increases in visitor numbers (Tasmanian Visitor Survey figures year ending December 2014) in the regions in which it operates through the conference, meeting and events market.

​16/03/2015 - Star ratings system for RACT properties

The Star Ratings scheme, managed by Star Ratings Australia on behalf of RACT and its sister Auto Clubs has been relaunched across Australia.

​12/03/2015 - Refurbishments mean increased visitor numbers for regions

The decision to refurbish the Spirit of Tasmania vessels in time for the peak tourist season at the end of this calendar year is a sensible one that should benefit the RACT’s regional tourist properties.
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