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The festive season is such a
wonderful time of year, when many
of us can share well-deserved
holidays with loved ones and enjoy
some time off. It’s also a time when
traffic congestion spikes and the
family budget can be stretched.
We have been overwhelmed with
positive feedback from Members
who have put our smartphone app
to good use, giving users real-time petrol pricing for service
stations across NSW. But what the app has also highlighted is the
lack of availability of fuel outlets. It’s no secret Castle Hill is a
thriving suburb, with more than 30,000 residents and 18,900
registered vehicles. However, as recent local media reports
highlight, there has only been one service station in the area.
Thanks to the app, Members now have access to live data that
shows all service stations in surrounding suburbs, which offers
more competition. We conservatively estimate that families
prepared to do a little research using our app can save between
$500 and $1000 from their expenses each year. For families
on a budget, these savings can make a substantial difference.
After groceries, petrol is most likely to be the largest constant
cost for a household.
If you’re hitting the road these holidays, I urge you to
consider booking your vehicle into one of our NRMA car service
centres for a comprehensive safety check before leaving.
This will give you peace of mind that your car will transport
you and your loved ones safely.
Also don’t forget to visit the NRMA website for all your holiday
safety tips, as well as advice for keeping the family entertained
and safe on long journeys.
Finally, I wish all our Members a Merry Christmas and Happy
New Year, and thank you for your continued support of the
NRMA throughout 2016.
LET’S AIM FOR SAFE ROADS THIS CHRISTMAS
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Sydney North and North-West (Howe Region)
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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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