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Last month, the federal government announced a $6.7 billion
investment in the nation’s transport infrastructure and I was
pleased to see almost $1 billion allocated to building the
much-needed Coffs Harbour bypass.
The north coast community, many of whom are NRMA
Members, has been calling for this crucial piece of
infrastructure for many years, with the RMS first exploring
the route some 17 years ago. The $971 million in funding is
an important step for Coffs Harbour locals and visitors, as well
as businesses delivering goods and services along the coast.
The announcement shows that progress is only possible with
the support of strong local communities and the ongoing
advocacy of organisations like the NRMA and local councils.
The government collected an extra $460 million in tax from
motorists through the fuel excise, yet spending on roads fell
by $1.1 billion. At a time when the road toll is increasing, it’s
essential we reverse this trend and key to this are safer roads.
As one of Australia’s largest tourism and transport
providers, the NRMA is focused on campaigning for initiatives
that keep people moving, boost local economies and unlock
our area’s great destinations. The federal government has
also allocated $45 million in funding for regional tourism
infrastructure projects, to encourage more Australians to
enjoy our amazing country while supporting regional
economies. As I have spoken about previously, the NRMA has
invested heavily in Australia’s domestic tourism through our
planned acquisition of Australian Tourist Park Management.
From this growth, the NRMA has become Australia’s
second-largest owner and operator of holiday parks. I’m
proud to say regional tourism will be the big winner from our
strategic commitment. It’s important our nation supports
tourism, especially to the regional communities that offer
unique and truly Australian experiences for visitors.
BIG INVESTMENT IN COFFS BYPASS
TIM TRUMPER Chairman
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
North Western NSW and North Coast (Townsend Region)
Working towards a cleaner future
Reducing our carbon
benefit our health
and hip pocket
THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY,
the NRMA has always been a
problem solver. Today, the
challenge is addressing the
effects of urbanisation, where
more and more people are living
and working in our cities.
Australians are urban dwellers
by nature, with 90 per cent of our
population squeezed into coastal
cities covering just 0.22 per cent
of the country’s land area. In fact,
Australia has the highest rate of
urbanisation in the world. This
creates congestion, affordability
and pollution problems and
starves regional communities of
people, investment and access to
affordable transport solutions.
We’re tackling urbanisation from
multiple fronts. Driving people and
investment to our regions through
tourism and infrastructure,
while tackling congestion and
affordability in our cities with a
focus on leveraging our waterways,
advocating for cheaper fuel, and
launching NRMA Blue to help our
Members save money every day.
The smoky haze across the
horizon is not only bad for the
environment but it impacts our
health. I was genuinely shocked to
read that diseases relating to
vehicle emissions and the cost of
emissions-related deaths in
Australia is $11 billion.
It’s a national problem and
something I feel the NRMA needs
to help solve. Reducing individual
vehicles on our roads is a start.
Mass transit options (like ferries)
reduce car numbers and are often
far more affordable, especially
once you add in the weekly running
costs of driving to work.
Of course, Australia is a country
built around the automobile, and
for inland regions a car is often the
only viable option. This is where
electric cars can lower our carbon
footprint. We’re building one of
Australia’s largest electric vehicle
fast-charging networks with a focus
on enabling regional journeys.
We know the lack of public fast-
charging stations is a key barrier to
buying an electric vehicle or using
one to travel to regional areas.
Crucially, almost two-thirds (65 per
cent) of our Members say they
would consider buying an electric
vehicle once our network of
charging stations has been built.
Our research indicates that, if
Australia had the same rate of
electric vehicle adoption as
Norway, the emissions benefits
would be equivalent to taking 8
million petrol vehicles off the road.
Not only would we all be
breathing easier, but electric
vehicle owners could save up to
$1400 a year on car ownership
costs – recharging a vehicle’s
battery is just 3 cents per kilometre,
compared to 10 cents for fuel.
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