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The NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday
Park at Umina has taken out silver
in the annual Mother & Baby
magazine awards for best Family
Holiday Destination. This is just the
latest addition to the ever-growing
NRMA Holiday Park trophy cabinet
and a credit to the NRMA team,
which does such a great job
managing our parks.
If you haven’t stayed at one of our holiday parks, these school
holidays are a great time to check them out. All are located on
Australia’s pristine east coast and they’re a fantastic way to have
an affordable beachside break.
Please drive safely if you’re planning a getaway. The road toll in
2016 has been terrible and we certainly don’t want it to get worse
over the school holidays. At the time of writing, 311 people had
lost their lives on NSW roads – that’s 38 more than the same time
last year. It’s important our Members take extra care on the
roads these Christmas holidays.
If you’re heading west, heavy flooding in recent weeks has
caused havoc on the major highways and many regional roads will
be looking worse for wear with rain damage. For those heading
north or south to the beach, there will be the usual heavy holiday
traffic coupled with congestion caused by upgrades on the Pacific
and Princes highways. And if you’re heading to Sydney, well,
there’s barely a day when traffic isn’t heavy, so make sure you
give yourself plenty of time.
If you’re looking to save some money at the bowser, look no
further than the new NRMA smartphone app, which can be found
at the App Store. The free app has proven hugely popular with our
Members, making it easy to find the cheapest petrol and save.
Finally, thank you for your continued support of the NRMA
throughout the year and have a wonderful Christmas and New
Year with your family.
STAY AT AN AWARD-WINNING NRMA HOLIDAY PARK
KYLE LOADES President & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
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Strong platform for busy year ahead
The NRMA’s Annual
General Meeting is
upon us and we’re
making the most of
says Kyle Loades...
NOVEMBER IS AGM SEASON
for corporate Australia. It’s not
uncommon for two or three major
corporate 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
The announcement of more
highway patrols (see page 15) is a
positive step towards reducing the
road toll. That these patrols were
funded through the Community
Road Safety Fund from revenue
collected through speeding fines
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
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 Board-selected specialist
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 the NRMA and, as we position the
organisation to make the most of the
opportunities that lie ahead, things
will only get busier.
Supporting more highway patrols
with Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay.
19/10/2016 4:19 pm
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