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.
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.
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.
Targa has also helped fund various local council backed environmental projects, such as the Macclesfield Bushcare Group in the Adelaide Hills.
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.
Immanuel Lutheran School, Gawler, SA
"Funds raised via the coin drop will be put towards the development of our soon to be completed Reception/Year One Learning Centre, with a particular focus on their outdoor learning space, and our village partnership in Cambodia."
Julian Helbig (Deputy Principal)
Macclesfield Primary School, SA
"The money raised will be used towards the upgrade of new equipment and repainting of old equipment in the school playground."
Mandy Jane Butroff (Parent Club Member)
Targa Tasmania 2017 Course
The 2017 Targa Tasmania course will go down in the events history as the most unique course ever run due to the presence of Anzac Day falling on Day 2, instead of the traditional opening day of the event, as it did in 2006. With the change to a Monday to Saturday format in 2015, that was welcomed by all competitors, the course needs to be configured around this and the obvious need to respect the Tasmanian public on this important day of remembrance, by not closing a myriad of roads normally associated with a full day of Targa Tasmania.
Macleod and Hunter set winning pace at Targa North West
The Launceston team of Trevor Macleod and Scott Hunter have taken the overall win at the inaugural running of the of the Burnie-based Targa North West, which provides a key lead up event to the annual Targa Tasmania.
Vale- Deirdre Flint- OAM
It is with much sadness that we pass on our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Deirdre Flint. Deirdre was a long-time supporter of Targa Tasmania in her role as Mayor of Central Highlands Council, always ensuring that we had access to the Tarraleah and Ellendale stages along with last part of the iconic Mt. Arrowsmith Stage. Deirdre always made it a point to attend the Targa Tasmania dinner each year and enjoyed the many friendships that she made with the Targa family, including considering competing herself in her own Volvo alongside none other than Ronda Matthews.
Deirdre worked tirelessly for the Tasmanian community, in particular the people of the Central Highlands, and she will be sadly missed by us all.
Dedicated volunteer honoured in Burnie
The Targa Tasmania community were humbled to hear that one of our very own volunteers has been honoured at this year’s Burnie Australia Day ceremony. Terrance (or as he is known in the Targa community,) Terry Ferguson was named the 2017 City of Burnie Australia Day Citizen of the year with recognition for being one of the region’s most hard-working and hands-on community members. As most of you know, he has dedicated his time to every single Targa Tasmania since its inception in 1992, being only 1 of 11 people that have completed all 25 years of Targa Tasmania. We would like to join in the congratulations and extend our thanks to Terry for all of his hard work, dedication and support of the event.