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When it rains it pours, and when
there’s drought it feels like it will
never end. The best of humanity
always shines when communities
across regional Australia are
confronted with natural disasters
– and the severe flooding in recent
weeks was no exception.
Families and communities did
what they always do. They came
together and helped each other out until the water levels
dissipated and the clean-up was finished. The damage the rains
have done to crops is an entirely different matter and an all too
familiar struggle that our regional Members face.
The floods also caused extensive damage to regional
highways and roads – all of which, quite frankly, could have done
without further damage, especially as we head in to the busy
Christmas holiday period and harvest season. Fixing these roads
after the floods will only add to the financial pressure many
regional councils face, so ensuring Canberra and Macquarie
Street step up and provide them with support will be a key
priority for the NRMA.
We don’t want what has been a challenging few weeks with
weather made worse by a Christmas road toll. It has been an
appalling year on our roads. At the time of writing, 311 people
have died on our state’s roads – that’s a harrowing 38 more than
the same time last year, which was already horrendous.
Drop in to your local NRMA car service centre and get the car
checked before heading away and, if you’re looking to save some
money at the bowser, look no further than the new NRMA
smartphone app at the App Store. The free download 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.
FLOOD-DAMAGED ROADS SHOULDN’T RUIN YOUR CHRISTMAS
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
Greater Western NSW (Townsend Region)
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
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17/10/2016 4:30 pm
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 11:08 am
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