TARGA OFFICIALS ROLES
Targa Stage Teams are made up of 13 team members who work work together to deliver a stage each day throughout the entirety of the event.
The Targa system still uses officials who are only available for one day in road closure roles.
Supporting the Stage Teams are the Communications Officials.
- Responsible for the running of designated Targa Stages
- Ensures the Stage Management Team and all stage official positions are appropriately filled and trained
- Sets up, operates and dismantles the assigned Targa Stage start control and officials
- Manages the Command Net cellular mobile telephone systems
- Oversees the distribution and collection of all stage equipment
Deputy Stage Director
- Sets up, operates and dismantles the assigned Targa Stage finish and stop point control and officials
- Manages the Command Net cellular mobile telephone system from the stop point
- Reports abnormal incidents to Command, and addresses competitor enquiries
Safety Manager 1
- Activates the stage spectator plan in conjunction with the Stage Director
- Manages Targa stage Safety Officials
- Erects caution boards, direction arrows and any other signage on the stage
- Ensures all stage set-up arrangements, with particular attention to safety taping and tagging, fully comply with the stage plan and schedule, and that stage compliance is confirmed to the Stage Director
Safety Manager 2
- Assists and works in conjunction with Safety Manager 1 on stage set up and final run through
Time Control in Recorder
- Provides competitor support and advice on Rallysafe procedures
- Records the passage of competition vehicles through the Stage
- Monitors the Stage Net radio communications
Line up Official
- Brings competition vehicles up to the 10m line
- Checks for helmets, belts, wristbands, lights, etc.
Start Rallysafe Operator
- Electronically acknowledges the book-in, and activates the actual start time of competitors
Start Line Official
- Calls up and positions cars on the start line
- In the event of a start failure, manually starts competitors
- Records the passage of competition vehicles through the Stop point
Finish Rallysafe Operator
- Monitors the actual finish time of competitors
The Communications Team consists of two groups of officials. Officials on an SOS point record the passage of competition vehicles through the stage. They also provide the means for competition vehicles to stop and report any incidents within the stage. Officials at a relay point set up and operate a repeater, which provides communication between the Start and Stop Point on stages where direct communication is not possible.
Where the closed roads join roads that are still open to the public, Road Closure Officials are positioned to assist the public with information. This may consist of alternate routes or road closure times, rally protocols or general information about the rally (as road closures can become small spectator points for locals). It helps to have good communication skills in this role. Any person over the age of 16 with a trainee officials licence can be a Road Closure Official, if supervised by an official holding a general licence.
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.