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As part of our commitment to keep people moving, we’re
preparing Australians for the electric future of mobility with a
network of fast-charging stations across NSW and the ACT. We
recently installed one at Wallsend in Newcastle, opening up the
lower Hunter region and northern NSW to electric vehicles.
NRMA research tells us range anxiety (fear of running out of
charge) is the main impediment to purchasing electric vehicles.
That’s why we’re building a network of charging stations to
ensure about 95 per cent of NSW and ACT journeys are within
150km of one of our chargers. The stations will charge vehicles
within about half an hour and all be located near amenities so
you can recharge yourself along with your car.
We know the electric vehicle market is in its infancy in
Australia but that’s changing very quickly. We no longer
manufacture cars locally and global manufacturers have
shifted their focus to electric and hybrid technology. There’s
no denying the future will look very different, very soon.
As we go to print, Hyundai, Nissan and Kia are preparing to
release lower-priced electric vehicles around the $30,000 -
$50,000 mark to the local market, and many other
manufacturers will soon follow suit. The average Australian
commute is about 30km, which means we need to have
access to charging stations at home, at work, and in public
places like roadside rest areas, shopping centres, commuter
hubs and hospitals.
Devastatingly, 100 per cent of NSW is covered by one of
the drought categories. This drought doesn’t just affect the
farmers, it affects their entire communities and indeed our
entire nation by putting Australia’s food bowl at risk.
We’re calling on our 2.4 million Members to give support in
this dire situation through Rural Aid, Outback Links or the
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal. Please visit their
websites to find out how.
EV CHARGERS ELECTRIFY THE HUNTER
TIM TRUMPER Chairman
Living costs dominate national debate
We’re in a unique
position to help
fuel and toll bills
IT’S THE SINGLE biggest issue in
headlines across the country and,
with federal and state elections
approaching next year, we expect
to continue hearing about cost-of-
The NRMA regularly surveys our
Members about issues they want
us to address and our own
research mirrors that of countless
national polls. The cost of energy,
transport and groceries continues
to rise without relief.
The quarterly Transport
Affordability Index shows
transport costs over the last
quarter have risen twice the rate
of the CPI. The increase for Sydney
households is alarming – the
average family now spends
$22,520 a year on transport.
Regional households, already
struggling with the crippling five-
year drought, now spend almost
$14,500 on transport costs – a
$600 increase on the previous
year. It goes without saying that
regional Australia can ill-afford
this additional financial burden.
As Australia’s largest mutual,
our capacity to make a difference
to cost-of-living pressures is two-
fold: advocating for and supporting
policies that help families and
communities save money, and
using the NRMA’s commercial
strength to deliver cost-saving
benefits to Members.
Much has been said about the
latter within the pages of this
magazine – Members can now save
hundreds of dollars a year through
NRMA Blue. This comes from simply
using your Membership when you
shop for the things you would have
Unrelenting petrol price
increases have been the primary
factor in rising transport costs.
Savings at the bowser, achieved
using real-time data through our
my nrma app and the Caltex
discount, help our Members
alleviate this cost burden.
Our advocating for sensible
policies to address transport
costs has also delivered positive
outcomes, such as the NSW
Government’s policy of free
registration for motorists who
spend over $25 a week on tolls.
Reduced registration for caravans,
plus cuts and rebates for
compulsory third party insurance,
have also been announced.
As election season nears, there’s
no doubt this crucial issue will
remain front and centre. And so
will we – helping our Members cope
with cost-of-living pressures is now
a strategic priority for the NRMA.
Finally, the Annual General
Meeting will be held on Friday,
November 2 at Novotel Sydney
Olympic Park, commencing at
10am. I hope you can join us and I
look forward to seeing you there.
The NRMA is creating
and supporting ways
to cut transport costs.
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Central Coast and Newcastle (Howe Region)
23/8/18 4:33 pm
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