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The NRMA-owned Thrifty Car Rental is
helping to drive the 2018 Gold Coast
Commonwealth Games, becoming its
official Car Rental Supplier. About 1400
Thrifty vehicles will be used throughout
the Games to help transport officials
and dignitaries to events.
Thrifty Gold Coast Franchisee Keith
Alexander says the company is proud to
have been chosen as a partner of the
Commonwealth Games, which will run
from April 4-15, 2018. “ We’ve been on the
Gold Coast for more than twenty years
and have seen so many exciting events
during that time, but none quite as
thrilling as GC2018,” Mr Alexander says.
“ We employ one-hundred and thirty
people in our twenty-eight locations
throughout southeast Queensland and
NSW and every one of those employees
is really excited to be directly
involved with the Games
through our sponsorship.”
Thrifty CEO Tom Mooney
highlights that Thrifty is all
about keeping people moving
and helping to create
memorable journeys. “ We’re
thrilled to be a part of one of
the biggest sporting events
that the Gold Coast, if not
Australia, will see in the next
decade, and to be able to play a part in
helping to make those memorable
journeys a reality,” Mr Mooney says.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth
Games Corporation Chairman, Peter
Beattie AC, believes the Games to be so
much more than just a sports
competition because of the economic
benefits it will deliver across the Gold
Coast in a range of different areas.
“As an example, Thrifty will
reinvigorate their rental stock, support
the Coast’s tourism market through the
provision of newer and safer vehicles
and the benefits will flow further down
their supply chain,” Mr Beatie says.
Driving instructor George
Bullivant (right) and
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Donations keep remote towns moving
LAST MONTH, THE NRMA presented Birrang Enterprise
Development driver training expert, Brett Naden, with a
$16,500 cheque to fund the centre’s crucial work in helping
Indigenous Australians in regional and rural NSW get their
driver’s licence. NRMA staff raised the funds, which the
motoring organisation then matched dollar-for-dollar.
As the NRMA embarks on its new strategy to keep people
moving, a key pillar is to create meaningful connections across
regional communities and encourage Australians to travel
domestically for their holidays. The privilege of driving is
critical to enjoying Australia if you want to take a road trip.
However, for the clients of Birrang, a licence means more
than a holiday – it’s a life-changing tool that helps break the
shackles of unemployment, social isolation and disadvantage.
Of the 400 people who took part in the program in the last
financial year, ages varied from high school students who
needed their licence to drive long distances to get to school, to
grandparents who needed a licence for the first time to help
take grandchildren to medical services.
A number of the clients who access Birrang’s services live
with literacy and numeracy skills so the program has been
tailored to cater to their needs. This includes providing clients
with access to three special touchscreen computers in
Birrang’s Orange office in NSW, complete with voice prompts
to help people understand the questions. The organisation is
currently in negotiation with the Roads and Maritime Services
to get a fourth.
Brett Naden says the NRMA staff donation will enable Birrang
to run a driver training program in Bathurst. “Giving Indigenous
Australians in remote parts of NSW access to a drivers licence
can be life-changing in ways that would seem almost surreal to
others in the community. Their first licence could mean access
to their first job and that simple piece of paper can deliver a
generational change to a family,” Mr Nadan says.
Birrang Enterprise Development Company Ltd receives no
government funding so it relies on community donations to
fund its programs. To support Birrang’s great work, please
Tom Mooney (right)
and Keith Alexander.
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