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OPEN ROAD 7
The NRMA was established almost a century ago to keep people
moving. But the services we offer our Members have evolved
and no longer are we only associated with the roadside. The
NRMA of today encompasses that and much more.
As outlined in this edition of Open Road, the NRMA last
month released the Blue Highways Report, identifying the
increasing role ferries should play in getting people around
Sydney and beyond. Fast ferry services record 97 per cent
customer satisfaction levels, which is higher than buses,
trains and light rail. The satisfaction levels from customers of
our own My Fast Ferry services mirror these results.
With pristine coastlines and a number of navigable
waterways, areas like Newcastle and the Central Coast are a
natural fit with ferries. Services throughout the region would
support the growing tourism sector and provide local residents
with improved access to the waterways.
By complementing existing and future transport options,
ferry services in and out of the Newcastle CDB would also
support the growing population, which is forecast to increase
from 540,000 to 700,000 by 2036. Fast ferries offer a
quicker, more enjoyable and efficient alternative to
commuters longing for a better way to travel. Ensuring future
transport solutions deliver less of an impact on the
environment is also important.
This commitment to a cleaner transport future is equally
relevant when looking at electric vehicles. The NRMA now
plays a leadership role nationally as we roll out our fast-
charging network, starting with our first site at Wallsend in
the Newcastle area. The Wallsend fast-charger will enable
journeys between the Sydney and Hunter region and is a
crucial step to unlocking northern NSW for motorists.
The benefits to our hip pocket, the environment and our
health are too substantial to ignore.
FAST FERRIES KEY TO UNLOCKING SYDNEY AND BEYOND
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Central Coast and Newcastle (Howe Region)
Working towards a cleaner future
TIM TRUMPER Chairman
Reducing our carbon
benefit our health
and hip pocket
THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY,
the NRMA has always been a
problem solver. Today, the
challenge is addressing the
effects of urbanisation, where
more and more people are living
and working in our cities.
Australians are urban dwellers
by nature, with 90 per cent of our
population squeezed into coastal
cities covering just 0.22 per cent
of the country’s land area. In fact,
Australia has the highest rate of
urbanisation in the world. This
creates congestion, affordability
and pollution problems and
starves regional communities of
people, investment and access to
affordable transport solutions.
We’re tackling urbanisation from
multiple fronts. Driving people and
investment to our regions through
tourism and infrastructure,
while tackling congestion and
affordability in our cities with a
focus on leveraging our waterways,
advocating for cheaper fuel, and
launching NRMA Blue to help our
Members save money every day.
The smoky haze across the
horizon is not only bad for the
environment but it impacts our
health. I was genuinely shocked to
read that diseases relating to
vehicle emissions and the cost of
emissions-related deaths in
Australia is $11 billion.
It’s a national problem and
something I feel the NRMA needs
to help solve. Reducing individual
vehicles on our roads is a start.
Mass transit options (like ferries)
reduce car numbers and are often
far more affordable, especially
once you add in the weekly running
costs of driving to work.
Of course, Australia is a country
built around the automobile, and
for inland regions a car is often the
only viable option. This is where
electric cars can lower our carbon
footprint. We’re building one of
Australia’s largest electric vehicle
fast-charging networks with a focus
on enabling regional journeys.
We know the lack of public fast-
charging stations is a key barrier to
buying an electric vehicle or using
one to travel to regional areas.
Crucially, almost two-thirds (65 per
cent) of our Members say they
would consider buying an electric
vehicle once our network of
charging stations has been built.
Our research indicates that, if
Australia had the same rate of
electric vehicle adoption as
Norway, the emissions benefits
would be equivalent to taking 8
million petrol vehicles off the road.
Not only would we all be
breathing easier, but electric
vehicle owners could save up to
$1400 a year on car ownership
costs – recharging a vehicle’s
battery is just 3 cents per kilometre,
compared to 10 cents for fuel.
network will focus on
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