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COMMUNITY

While Targa Tasmania is committed to providing a fantastic experience for its competitors, it is also committed to benefiting the broader community.

The Local Region

Targa events bring millions of dollars into Tasmania and Victoria each year. The events are deliberately designed to benefit small towns and regional areas, with planned rest stops where crews spend on accommodation, fuel and food. Interstate and capital city spectators are also drawn into these regions, providing a boost to local tourism. Event organisers work closely with government departments, municipal councils, service clubs, transport groups, local businesses and residents along the stage routes to ensure their perspectives are well understood and considered in all stages of planning. The Targa events are reliant on local community support and, recognising this, organisers place high value on supporting community priorities in return.

Schools

In the interests of improving driver education and road safety, Targa has developed programs for primary and secondary school students. Drivers bring their cars and rally apparel to the school, showing students through the extensive safety systems involved. The aim is to give students an understanding of how race safety is managed, and highlight that the average road vehicle is not suited to driving at high speeds or under difficult conditions. Police management processes are also outlined to illustrate the differences between safe competition practices and unsafe general road use.

Older students may be given a basic introduction to vehicle components and the opportunity to partake in a professionally instructed, low speed driving task. This is presented as part of the CAMS Ignition program and emphasises that good, safe driving is a complex skill. There are also various ways schools can benefit financially from Targa. Fundraising opportunities exist for schools and other community groups to cater for crew lunches. Profits from these lunch sales have enabled some schools to erect new buildings, improve facilities and buy updated equipment. Targa has also made donations and conducted coin drops to support local schools with similar initiatives.

The Environment

While there's no denying that motorsport generally does have some environmental impact, Targa is committed to making the overall impact a positive one. At every event, participants pay an environmental levy – an initiative that is setting an example for the rest of the motorsport world.

Greening Australia is Targa's official environmental partner and each year Targa supports initiatives to restore and protect native vegetation and ecosystems around the country, for example, a hundred hectares of Tasmania's Upper Derwent Valley has been replanted to connect existing conservation reserves. More information on Greening Australia can be found here.

The Spectators

One of the most rewarding aspects of Targa, for both organisers and participants, is seeing the enjoyment the event brings to the thousands of spectators who line the roadsides each year. Spectators travel from interstate and even overseas to watch the rally, with many bringing eskies, BBQs and even couches to make the outing a real party. Fans are encouraged to use the spectator viewing areas set up on each stage of the course, as these areas are identified as offering the best possible views from the safest locations. Targa organisers also work closely with local councils and community groups to develop street parties, night stages and other side activities which provide interaction with drivers and their vehicles and maximise the Targa fan's overall experience.

 

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Taking part in Targa Great Barrier Reef is more than just a race for Cairns mechanic Shane Buchanan. 

It’s a labour of love. He has spent the past four months rebuilding his 1983 Mitsubishi Starion from the ground up especially for the event.


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