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I hate to think what
could have happened
to that poor wallaby
THANKS FOR THE TOW
I would like to thank the NRMA and its
new vans that are able tow stranded
vehicles. My 24-year-old Toyota Celica
wouldn’t start and I needed a tow to my
local repair garage. No problem – the
new NRMA vans (featured in the Mar/
Apr edition of Open Road) are equipped
with a towing winch and accessories. It
definitely pays to belong!
Gary Corbett, Vaucluse
BETTER WITH ELECTRIC
Congratulations to the NRMA for
taking the initiative to roll out electric
car chargers with benefits for NRMA
Members. Having been a Member for
46 years, I really appreciate this and
it has helped influence me to buy a
Tesla X electric car.
Please include Wollongong in your
roll-out of chargers. It’s often left out
because it’s close to Sydney but isn’t
considered to be a part of it.
Joe Woodward, via email
Your support for electric cars is
admirable. However, to be realistic,
you must also support renewable
energy. Electric cars help not at all
if the electricity they use is coming
from fossil fuels.
Lindsey Smith, Wollongong
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THE NRMA HAS BEEN HELPING stranded motorists
for nearly 100 years, and now it can add another string to
its bow – saving cast away wildlife.
On the evening of February 1, a wallaby was spotted
swimming about 50 metres offshore from the Manly
ferry wharf in North Harbour and appeared unable to
find its way back to dry land. It’s believed a dog chased
the wallaby, which fled into the water at nearby Dobroyd
Head to evade its pursuer.
Compassionate staff aboard a Manly Fast Ferry
service, now under NRMA ownership, stopped to rescue
the exhausted and traumatised marsupial, skillfully
snaring it with a rope and hauling it aboard.
The wallaby was then wrapped in a blanket and taken
back to shore, where it was entrusted to the care of
Sydney Wildlife volunteer, Jodi Lewis.
A few nights of much-needed rest and nutritious food
thankfully ensured the wallaby recovered from its ordeal.
Ms Lewis had intended to name the macropod after one
of its rescuers, Manly Fast Ferry deckhand Christopher
Thomas, but when the little ‘guy’ proved to be female,
she settled on Christine. The wallaby was later released
into a northern beaches national park.
Wallaby rescue makes a splash
Fast-thinking Manly Fast Ferry crew wins PETA
award for saving a soggy marsupial
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12/2/18 4:59 pm
The rescue of a drowning wallaby in
Sydney Harbour by NRMA’s new ferry
service, Manly Fast Ferry, touched the
hearts of many readers in the last issue...
Congratulations on the wallaby rescue. It
was a great effort and all involved deserve
thanks. This wallaby surely would have
passed away if it hadn’t been saved.
There are hundreds of wildlife groups
all over Australia taking phone calls,
rescuing and caring for our unique
wildlife. I know that these groups of
people volunteer their time and they
often try to do as much as possible for
their entire lives.
I hope the NRMA will now consider
wildlife groups within their funding of
Sharron Hillman-Dwyer, via email
What a fantastic rescue effort. I would
hate to think what could have happened
to that poor wallaby. People and animals
share our roads, so I’m so pleased to see
other people helping them. This makes
me happy to be an NRMA customer. Keep
up the good work.
Jill M, via email
WIDER SHOE DILEMMAS
I was interested to read the letters
concerning road rules and wide footwear
in your last edition, but I have a question
about driving without any footwear. I ’ve
been told by some drivers who have
never worn footwear while driving that
it’s safer to be able to feel the pedals.
driving offence but haven’t been able
to – am I mistaken in believing it’s an
offence under the road rules to drive
C. Readford, Morisset Park
It’s not an offence to drive in bare feet
and some experts say it’s preferable to
driving in high heels.
I would like to reinforce what B. Ridley
had to say about driving in wide shoes
in the last issue. The same thing has
happened to me. Wearing wide-soled
sandals while driving proved to be
dangerous. The width of my sandal
when on the brake also covered the
accelerator, and I came very close to
hitting the rear of my garage before
I realised the problem. Fortunately,
this happened in the garage and not
out on the open road.
I agree this could be a problem for
elderly people because of the shoes they
sometimes wear, and the issue should be
publicised. It happened to me and I’m not
even elderly – yet!
J. Kearney, via email
The new Mercedes-Benz
NRMA vans can also
give motorists a tow.
Your shoe choice
could affect your
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