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Sydney has been spared the
torrential rains that have flooded
much of regional NSW in recent
weeks. The damage has been
extensive to local communities,
farmland and roads, and the timing
– in the middle of harvesting season
– c ouldn’t have been worse.
Across our region of Harbour,
blessed with some of the best
beaches in the world, the Christmas holiday period is a time of
mass migration, with thousands of visitors making their way to the
Sydney coastline. This year, I want to encourage families to think of
Western NSW as a Christmas destination. There are some amazing
gems west of the Great Diving Range and, after the floods, local
communities could do with the support.
Please take care regardless of where you’re heading for your
family holidays. At the time of going to print, the road toll this year
has reached 311, which is 38 higher than the same time last year.
These figures are heart-breaking.
If you’re going to be driving long distances, plan your trip and
stop regularly. It’s also important to be patient. Many of the major
highways that lead out of Sydney will have the usual holiday
congestion and some are being upgraded – so there will be delays.
Getting your car ready for the journey is just as important as
making sure you take all the necessary precautions behind the
wheel. For many of us, this is the only time of the year we drive
such a long distance, so please go to your local NRMA car service
centre and get the family vehicle checked before heading away.
If you’re looking to save some money at the bowser, look no
further than the new NRMA smartphone app, which can be found at
the App Store. It has proven hugely popular with our Members
because it has made it so easy to find the cheapest petrol and save.
Finally, I wish all our Members a Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year, and thank you for your support throughout 2016.
CONSIDER WESTERN NSW FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
TIM TRUMPER Director
Manly, North Shore, Inner West
& Eastern Suburbs (Harbour Region)
Strong platform for busy year ahead
The NRMA’s Annual
General Meeting is
upon us and we’re
making the most of
NOVEMBER IS AGM SEASON for
corporate Australia. It’s not
uncommon for two or three major
meetings to occur in Sydney on the
same day and the NRMA’s meeting –
held this year on November 4 at the
Australian Technology Park – often
clashes with that of other companies.
This year marks my 11th AGM as an
NRMA Director and fourth as
President. The fact that many of the
Members I meet choose to come to
our AGM and forgo others, even in
cases where they might own shares,
says a lot about the loyalty and
passion of our Membership.
My address at this year’s meeting
outlines what has been another
strong year for the NRMA. On the key
fundamentals – Membership levels,
revenue and profit – the business has
performed very well. On the crucial
advocacy front, the NRMA has had
another busy and productive year.
The arrival of more highway patrols
(see page 15) is a positive step
towards reducing the road toll. That
they were funded through the
Community Road Safety Fund from
speeding fine revenue is also relevant,
as this was an NRMA initiative.
The true effects of having real-
time petrol prices in the palm of your
hand continue to be realised
by thousands of Members
every day. This has forever
changed the petrol landscape
in NSW and its impact is
being felt with lower profit
margins and shorter price
cycles now working in favour
of the motorist.
Much is changing in our
industry and technology is
driving most of this change.
It’s within this new paradigm
that a proposal was put to
Members to change the
constitution. Key among the
changes is allowing up to three
directors to be appointed.
Having the right skillset on
our Board is critical to ensure
we’re positioned to meet increased
competition, evolving consumer
expectations and a fast-changing
mobility environment. The potential
this delivers to the business is best
outlined in our first appointment,
Rachel Botsman, who joined the
NRMA Board in September.
Rachel Botsman is an
internationally acclaimed business
leader, academic and author.
Importantly, she’s also a respected
expert on the sharing economy –
a growth area that presents
enormous opportunity for NSW
and our 2.4 million Members.
November is always a busy month
for us and, as we position the NRMA
to make the most of the opportunities
ahead, things will only get busier.
KYLE LOADES President
Supporting more highway patrols
with Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay.
21/10/2016 11:07 am
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