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We’re now in the fifth year of a once-in-a -generation drought
that shows no sign of breaking. It’s devastating for our land
and livestock, our local communities, and our families.
We know many of you in regional communities are struggling
through this testing time, and we know that across regional
Australia communities are coming together to help each other.
We have also called on our 2.4 million Members to support
farmers and your communities through Rural Aid, Outback
Links and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.
Please visit their websites for more details.
NRMA mechanics have and will continue to be deployed to
regional NSW to assist farmers with farm equipment
maintenance and repairs as part of our Outback Links program.
Shockingly, 100 per cent of NSW is covered by at least
one of the drought categories. We’re at the point where this
is not just charity, this is investment in Australia’s food
bowl. By supporting our regional communities now, we’re
supporting the Australian community as a whole. If we lose
farmers, we lose food.
The NRMA is the custodian of a 99-year legacy built on
keeping people moving and is committed to supporting the
communities where our Members live and work.
While donating is one great way of supporting our local
communities, we’re also asking Members to think about
directly investing in those communities. It’s the small
businesses that provide a social connection; the local stores,
newsagencies and pubs that are also only just hanging in
there and need direct help.
We often talk about the great Australian road trip at the
NRMA and now is a better time than ever for Members – and
indeed all Australians – to pack the family into the car and hit
the open road. Supporting regional communities and growing
domestic tourism are two crucial aspects of our strategy.
HELPING RURAL NSW SURVIVE THE DROUGHT
TIM TRUMPER Chairman
FIONA SIMSON Deputy President & Director
North Western NSW and North Coast (Townsend Region)
Living costs dominate national debate
We’re in a unique
position to help
fuel and toll bills
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,
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 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.
23/8/18 4:34 pm
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