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initiatives across the world, which
will put a spotlight on the massive
contribution these make to social
and economic development in
RAC Group CEO Terry Agnew
said it planned to continue to
use its status as a mutual to
differentiate itself as part of
its International Year of the
"Co-operatives are very different
from publicly listed companies.
While they return their profits to
their shareholders we exist for
the benefit of our members and
for the community in Western
Australia," Mr Agnew said.
"Some of the ways we do this
is through our advocacy work in
road safety, tackling congestion
and fighting for fairer fuel prices
for motorists. Championing these
causes on behalf of our members
is core to our purpose."
The RAC has joined with
organisations in Western
Australia and Commerce Minister
Simon O'Brien to celebrate the
International Year of the
Co-operative in 2012.
Mr O'Brien said the top
20 co-operatives, mutuals and
credit unions in WA had a
combined annual turnover of $5.8
billion and employed almost 5000
people, making them an integral
part of the State's business
"The fact that four of the
top five of these enterprises
in Australia are based in WA is
proof that this business model
is highly successful here and our
enterprising talent has ensured
their success," he said.
"Next year will see
international recognition of
co-operatives through IYC 2012
RAC JOINS IN
OF STRENGTH FOR 2012
Guest speaker Police
O'Callaghan with RAC
President Tim Shanahan.
REGIONAL ROAD SAFETY LUNCH
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Country drivers in Western
Australia have developed their
own driving culture that may
be making them resistant to road
safety messages, according to WA
Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan.
As part of its commitment to the
UN Decade of Action on Road Safety,
the RAC hosted a Mobility Series
event in Bunbury that focused on
regional road safety.
The event attracted more than 100
civic and community leaders, policy
makers and parliamentarians from
the south-west region.
Commissioner O'Callaghan told
the audience that country drivers
may not make the connection
between their driving behaviour
and road safety advertisements
featuring city-based footage.
The Commissioner also warned
that the reluctance of some
country drivers to wear seatbelts
was resulting in increasing loss
of life and serious injuries when
occupants were thrown from
vehicles in crashes.
RAC President Tim Shanahan
said the south west's poor
road safety record could get
worse as the region's population
and economy continued to
The RAC is reminding all
drivers to slow down
in school zones, with
students returning for Term One
from the beginning of February.
RAC Head of Member
Advocacy Matt Brown said all
drivers had a responsibility to
drive safely, especially when
"School zones are there to
protect students on their way
to and from school and
motorists need to remember
to slow down," he said.
"Young students often don't
have a great sense of road
safety and it's up to motorists
to be aware of this and drive
"Everybody needs to be extra
cautious when driving near a
school. Parents should also be
reminding their children to take
extra care when near a road."
He said it's important for
parents to educate their
children about road safety
and ensure they wear a helmet
if riding to and from school
on a bike. Even with the
lower speed zones around
schools, children still risk
serious head injury if knocked
off their bike when not wearing
School zones are in place
outside primary and high schools
across the State between 7.30 and
9.00 in the morning and 2.30 and
4.00 in the afternoon on all school
days. For all other times the
regular speed limit applies.
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