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OPEN ROAD 7
Living costs dominate national debate
We’re in a unique
position to help
fuel and toll bills
In the last edition of the Open Road, I wrote about our
continued commitment to keep people moving and the great
potential to expand fast ferry services across the Harbour. At
the NRMA we’re about honouring commitments, so in July we
launched a new purpose-built Fast Ferry into Sydney Harbour,
allowing an additional 70,000 peak period passengers to
commute between Manly and Circular Quay every year.
Ocean Adventurer is the largest in our Fast Ferry fleet of 11
vessels, with the capacity to transport up to 400 passengers
at a time, and has taken the place of a 260-passenger ferry
that now services a quieter route to Darling Harbour.
While Sydney is getting the roads and public transport
infrastructure it desperately needs, at the NRMA we believe
our city’s blue highways can be delivered quickly and cheaply.
We know that a ferry the size of Ocean Adventurer has the
potential to take more than 82,000 cars off the road during
peak periods a year. What’s more, it’s a beautiful 18-minute
journey on the world’s most magnificent harbour, rather than
a choked-up hour or so drive on roads.
Sadly, most of our state beyond the city borders is in the
midst of a devastating drought. But just because it’s beyond
the city borders doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect us all. If we
don’t do what we can to support the local communities who
provide the food we put on our family tables every day, we
face a very real risk of losing the nation’s food bowl.
NRMA mechanics will continue to be deployed to regional
NSW to assist farmers with maintenance and repairs of
farming equipment as part of our Outback Links program.
Now we’re also calling on our 2.4 million Members to show
their support for crucial initiatives such as Rural Aid,
Outback Links or the Foundation for Rural and Regional
Renewal. Please visit their websites to find out how you
can get behind them.
GROWING OUR FAST FERRY FLEET
TIM TRUMPER Chairman and Director
Inner West, North Shore and Eastern Suburbs
IT’S THE SINGLE biggest issue in
headlines across the country and,
with federal and state elections
approaching next year, we expect
to continue hearing about cost-of-
The NRMA regularly surveys our
Members about issues they want
us to address and our own
research mirrors that of countless
national polls. The cost of energy,
transport and groceries continues
to rise without relief.
The quarterly Transport
Affordability Index shows
transport costs over the last
quarter have risen twice the rate
of the CPI. The increase for Sydney
households is alarming – the
average family now spends
$22,520 a year on transport.
Regional households, already
struggling with the crippling five-
year drought, now spend almost
$14,500 on transport costs – a
$600 increase on the previous
year. It goes without saying that
regional Australia can ill-afford
this additional financial burden.
As Australia’s largest mutual,
we’re a collective of 2.4 million
Members. Our capacity to make a
difference to cost-of-living
pressures is two-fold: advocating
for and supporting policies that
help families and communities
save money, and using the NRMA’s
commercial strength to deliver
cost-saving benefits to Members.
Much has been said about the
latter within the pages of this
magazine – Members can now save
hundreds of dollars a year through
NRMA Blue. This comes from simply
using your Membership when you
shop for the things you would have
Unrelenting petrol price
increases, which have reached
three-year highs in the past three
months, have been the primary
factor in rising transport costs.
Savings at the bowser, achieved
using real-time data through our
my nrma app and the Caltex
discount, help our Members
alleviate this cost burden.
Our advocating for sensible
policies to address transport costs
has also delivered positive
outcomes, such as the NSW
Government’s policy of free
registration for motorists who
spend over $25 a week on tolls.
Reduced registration for caravans,
plus cuts and rebates for
compulsory third party insurance,
have also been announced.
As election season nears, there’s
no doubt this crucial issue will
remain front and centre. And so
will we – helping our Members cope
with cost-of-living pressures is now
a strategic priority for the NRMA.
Finally, the Annual General
Meeting will be held on Friday,
November 2 at Novotel Sydney
Olympic Park, commencing at
10am. I hope you can join us and I
look forward to seeing you there.
The NRMA is creating
and supporting ways
to cut transport costs.
22/8/18 4:11 pm
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