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OPEN ROAD 7
March and April are beautiful months in our region. The
temperature is mild and the days are still long enough to
enjoy our sparkling coastline and warm countryside.
The visitor economy plays a very important role in keeping
the Hunter and Central Coast thriving. In the Hunter alone,
tourism contributes almost $2 billion a year, or more than 12
per cent of the value of the NSW visitor economy.
At the NRMA, we’re here to help keep Members moving and
that includes when you’re on holidays. Our state leads the
Aussie caravan and camping market with 13 per cent growth
in the last financial year, showing that driving holidays are
fiercely regaining popularity.
If you want to help support our local economy, I urge you to
consider jumping in the car and exploring what our beautiful
backyard has to offer. Easter Long Weekend at Hunter Valley
Gardens is always a deliciously fun event; the Sail Port
Stephens regatta will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year;
and the Newcastle Regional Show helps showcase local
industry while providing a fun day out for the whole family.
If you’re looking for a local getaway, the NRMA Ocean
Beach Holiday Park at Umina is a stunning family destination
that offers everything from spa villas to unpowered tent sites,
and to help get you there our Thrifty car rental company has
some great Member discounts.
While you’re touring our stunning region this Easter or
ANZAC Day long weekend, I urge you to remember to be safe
on the roads. Before embarking on a long road trip with my
family I always leave it to the experts to make sure the family
car is in safe order, and our NRMA Car Servicing centres are
there to help for this very reason.
Research tells us a high number of accidents on rural and
regional roads occur ‘off-road’. If you’re hitting dirt or gravel
for the first time in a while then take it especially easy.
Wherever you go, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable journey.
HOLIDAY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
KYLE LOADES Chairman & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
Leadership changes won’t alter our goals
The NRMA will
continue to advocate
for Members and
work with new
leaders in the
says Kyle Loades
SINCE THE LAST EDITION of
Open Road, the NSW Government
has undergone some significant
changes to its leadership. Premier
Mike Baird resigned after three
years in the role. His leadership
has been key to the largest
investment in transport
infrastructure in the state’s
history. For this alone he should
be proud and I want to thank Mr
Baird for all he has done for the
people of NSW.
We welcome Premier Gladys
Berejiklian to her role and look
forward to continuing the positive
working relationship the NRMA
has built with her over the years.
The cabinet reshuffle also saw
the resignation of Duncan Gay,
the state’s longest-serving roads
minister. Under his watch, NSW
saw the commencement of
WestConnex and NorthConnex –
two of the most vital infrastructure
projects to be built in Sydney
since the Harbour Bridge. His
stewardship of record levels of
investment has been key to
tackling Sydney’s congestion
challenges and improving roads
across the state, and we wish him
well in his retirement.
The NRMA welcomes Melinda
Pavey to this crucial portfolio and
looks forward to working with her
on further improving the state’s
roads. We also recognise the
special role of Stuart Ayres, who
is now responsible for western
Sydney and its most critical project
Mr Ayres previously played a key
role in turning the spotlight to
tourism in western Sydney. Adam
Marshall now holds the tourism
portfolio and we look forward to
working with him on raising the
profile of regional NSW.
We also thank
Rob Stokes for his
work in Planning
and Paul Toole for
his work in Local
Upton to these
planning for the future growth
of a city isn’t the same as planning
for the growth of a smart city.
Getting NSW ready to reach its
potential will rely heavily on how
we plan for both and the NRMA
will work with the Berejiklian
Government to make sure NSW is
ready to benefit.
Join me this September on an
unforgettable tour of Alaska and
the Rockies with exclusive benefits
for Members. Contact NRMA
Tr ave l at nrmatravel.com.au or
1300 292 803 to lock this once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity away. I look
forward to seeing you there!
Mike Baird and Premier
13/02/2017 3:40 pm
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