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The new year will usher in an era of renewal for the NRMA.
Regional boundaries for the Board will be adapted, in
accordance with changes to the NRMA Constitution that
Members approved at last year’s Annual General Meeting.
For my region, this will mean changes to the communities I
represent. I will continue to represent the northern half of
central and western NSW, and will also assume responsibility
for the North Coast and Northern Rivers. NRMA Director Kate
Lundy will now represent Members in the Central Tablelands
and Murray Outback regions.
For the past two months, the NRMA has been connecting
with Members across NSW and the ACT as part of its Member
Roadshows. The new format, which is more interactive and
informal, has been warmly received. I thoroughly enjoyed
meeting with Members and important community partners
at roadshows in Wagga Wagga and Lismore. Importantly, the
feedback Members provided about what matters most to
them will help the NRMA define its advocacy agenda for
2018 and beyond.
There’s much to be proud of looking back on 2017. The NRMA
had a number of advocacy wins on behalf of Members, including:
a record $11.2 billion investment in NSW roads, such as $1.5
billion to upgrade the Pacific Highway; securing increased Black
Spot and Roads to Recovery funding over the next five years;
and $25 million being committed to advance the introduction of
a new fleet of diesel XPT trains for regional NSW.
As we head into Christmas, I wish our Members a safe and
happy holiday. I encourage those heading away to get their
vehicles checked at an NRMA Car Servicing centre before hitting
the road. To save money over the holiday season, make sure
you use the NRMA app to find the best priced fuel in your area.
Lastly, I want to thank you for your support over 2017 and I
look forward to seeing what the future holds in 2018.
EXCITING CHANGES IN THE YEAR AHEAD
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
Greater Western NSW (Townsend Region)
Going out on a high note
After 12 years of
dedicated service at
the NRMA, Kyle
Loades says farewell
with a proud and
I’M WRITING TO YOU for the last
time as Chairman and President of
the NRMA, as I have reached the
end of the maximum 12-year term
as a Director. I do so with a heavy
heart but also with a sense of
satisfaction at how the NRMA has
thrived over that time.
When I joined the NRMA Board in
2005, the organisation was in
transition after the demutualisation
of NRMA Insurance. I ’m pleased to
note that we not only got back on
track, but we’re now clearing a new
path for the mobility sector.
To achieve this, we needed a very
special CEO to give the NRMA a new
purpose in this new century. Rohan
Lund emerged from a pack of
quality candidates to take the role,
and the change he has driven has
exceeded the Board’s expectations.
In less than two years, he has
significantly transformed the
NRMA and is now implementing a
new strategy based on the concept
of ‘my car, my journey, my
destination and my Membership’.
All these elements can be seen in
the establishment of the NRMA
electric vehicle charging network,
which is a defining piece of
investment in infrastructure that will
forever change the way Australians
move around our country.
The new approach is also
apparent in our leadership of the
rise of automation, connectivity and
sharing in mobility. For instance,
with our partners we have delivered
the first driverless vehicle project in
NSW or the ACT, and have expanded
our tourism footprint to become
one of the largest operators of
regional tourism in the country.
On this happy note, it’s time to
say goodbye. To the Board, Rohan
and the NRMA team, I express my
admiration and appreciation for
what you’ve achieved so far, the
work you do today and the success
that awaits you in the future.
I offer my humblest thanks to the
NRMA frontline team, whether on
the roadside, on a phone or in our
accommodation businesses, for the
great work you do every day and
the fine spirit in which you do it.
And to my fellow NRMA
Members, let me say what a
pleasure it has been to get to know
you and to act as a custodian of this
organisation’s proud legacy. Our
Members are the bedrock of our
mutual. Everything we do is for you.
KYLE LOADES Chairman
Kyle Loades leaves the
NRMA after serving a full
and successful term.
20/10/17 6:10 pm
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