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On behalf of your NRMA Board, management and staff, let me
begin by saying a very happy New Year to all our Members.
This year has the potential to bring with it some incredibly
important changes that could help shape the future of
mobility and safety for our communities.
In the lead-up to the state election in March, we’ll all be
bombarded with promises and messages, but we want you,
our Members, to help us cut through the noise to campaign
for what really matters to you. That’s why in the coming
weeks you’ll see the NRMA’s election strategy being rolled
out. We’re going to ask what really matters to you when it
comes to mobility.
The last time we asked you about your local roads in 2015’s
Seeing Red on Roads survey, you told us Pennant Hills Road
was a sore point in your daily commute. We fought for the
fast-tracking of effective major road and public transport
projects. Now, the Hills M2 Motorway upgrades have been
opened and NorthConnex is almost complete, which promises
to remove 5000 trucks from Pennant Hills Road every day.
You also told us the New England Highway needed
significant maintenance and improvements to bring it up to
scratch. Since then, significant funding has been allocated
to provide bypasses to Scone and Singleton.
You might think these projects were on the cards anyway,
but it’s thanks to your feedback that we can continue our
submissions to Government and campaign to prioritise the
rollout of these projects.
We also want to ensure the NSW Government and
Opposition continue to do what they can to keep our regions
thriving. You can help by keeping an eye out for our campaign
and making sure you give us your feedback, so we can
continue our commitment to advocate for initiatives and
investments that deliver for you.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOBILITY NEEDS
TIM TRUMPER Chairman
We’re ready for the electric future
The NRMA is taking
steps to smooth
the transition to
AS WE CLOSE IN ON the NRMA’s
centenary year, it’s appropriate
that the cover of this Open Road is
all about the future. Only several
weeks after Hyundai released its
Ioniq on the Australian market, the
new Nissan Leaf has arrived.
Both models bring electric
vehicles closer to the budgets of
many Australian families, and offer
benefits to weekly transport costs
and the environment.
That the future of transport
mobility in Australia is going to be
increasingly electric is now a
given. This is not a bold prediction
by the NRMA, nor is it a directive
of the Australian Government, it’s
merely a reflection on the reality
that car manufacturers are
pivoting fast to electric vehicles.
A number of jurisdictions have
already declared an end to fuel
vehicles in the coming decades,
including the UK, France, China,
Germany, India and a number of
cities in the USA. The USA, once
largely seen as a nation of gas
guzzlers, has broken new ground
with the Tesla Model 3 now the
fourth best-selling car in the USA.
The NRMA was at the forefront
of Australia’s first transport
revolution almost 100 years ago
when the nation progressed
from the horse and cart to the
combustion engine. We now
stand at the precipice of this new
revolution and again the NRMA will
play a leadership role.
Our network of 40 fast-charging
stations, of which six are already
built, will ensure our Members can
access the vast majority of NSW
and the ACT. The impact of this
network on regional tourism alone
will be far-reaching.
By playing our part in getting
Australia ready for electric
vehicles we’re also bringing
forward the inevitable financial
and environmental benefits. At the
latter part of 2018 the average
price of petrol was as high as $1.66
cents per litre. A like-for-like
comparison with electricity is 33
cents per litre. Conservatively
speaking, the average family will
save $1500 a year and this will be
much higher in regional and outer-
suburban areas, where families are
forced to drive longer distances.
It’s forecast that by 2030 one-
third of all car sales in Australia will
be electric. As the revolution
speeds up globally with electric
vehicle technology becoming the
new norm, there’s no doubt
Australia’s transport future will look
very different in around the same
time it took for us to progress from
analogue to smart phones.
Getting Australia ready to benefit
from this transport revolution
is a task for which the NRMA is
supremely qualified – having done it
once before. This is shaping up to
be a very exciting year indeed.
Recharging the new Nissan
Leaf outside the NRMA’s
Olympic Park office.
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Central Coast and Newcastle (Howe Region)
14/12/18 4:49 pm
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