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At the NRMA, we believe communities thrive when everyone
moves together – and that’s why we’re so committed to our
vision for reconciliation. It’s the cornerstone of the NRMA’s
Shared Value ethos.
We’re passionate about creating a culture of respect and
equal opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people. We know our Members and the wider community
benefit when we employ a more diverse workforce.
Our aim is to increase employment opportunities through
our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) initiatives and encourage
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for
CareerTrackers internships at the NRMA. CareerTrackers is a
national non-profit organisation that creates internship
opportunities for Indigenous university students.
The statistics speak for themselves: 96 per cent of those
put forward for an interview through CareerTrackers obtain
an internship; 94 per cent complete a minimum of 12 weeks
and are invited to return to their employer; and a whopping
89 per cent gain graduate employment.
Newcastle-based Brooke Walklate is just one shining
example of the positive impact this program is having. She
grew up in the small country town of Scone in the Upper
Hunter, but family research revealed her great-grandmother
was originally part of the Gunditjmara mob from Lake Condah
in Victoria. Limited knowledge of her family heritage left
Brooke feeling disconnected from her Indigenous culture and
she believes programs like CareerTrackers are essential.
Brooke recently undertook a four-week internship in public
affairs during her winter break from a business degree at
Newcastle University. The 20-year-old made such an impressive
contribution to the NRMA we offered her employment.
The NRMA looks forward to continuing our commitment to
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employment now and
into the future.
DRIVING THE ADVANCEMENT OF INDIGENOUS LIVES
KYLE LOADES Chairman & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
The future of mobility in Australia
energy and how you
can participate in the
DURING THE PAST two months,
the future of transport arrived in
Sydney. The NRMA, along with its
partners, has delivered the first
autonomous vehicles in NSW.
Transport for NSW has also
announced a series of trials of
on-demand buses across the state,
which offer the prospect of more
convenient services while ensuring
larger buses aren’t travelling
The potential convergence
of on-demand and autonomous
technologies will provide the most
significant disruption to personal
transport in the almost 100 years
the NRMA has been operating.
The NRMA is positioning itself
for the next century in harnessing
this changing technology and
exploring alternatives to the car.
As our streets get more crowded,
we must look elsewhere – from our
railways to our waterways. There’s
also a need to examine the role of
walking and cycling in both
promoting healthy lifestyles and
tackling challenges like air quality.
While visiting China recently,
I saw first-hand how transport is
changing. It’s no longer a nation on
the cusp of technological change; it
has gone from imitator to innovator.
China’s size and rate of change
are remarkable. More than 100 of
its cities are bigger than Sydney and
the top four have populations larger
than Australia. But this growth
creates problems: the air quality of
cities like Shanghai and Beijing can
be much worse than Sydney’s .
In fact, pollution and health are
China’s biggest public concerns,
leading to a strong focus on cleaner
energy and fuels. There’s interest
in autonomous vehicles, but
electric cars are the priority, along
with improving public transport
and revitalising the fading national
habit of riding bicycles.
This is my final column before
our Annual General Meeting,
which will be held in Newcastle.
For the first time, the NRMA
will also embrace changing
technology for our AGM. We
will hold a virtual AGM, allowing
Members unable to attend in
person to hear from the Chairman
and CEO and ask questions of the
Board and auditors.
Further details are available at
mynrma.com.au/agm. I encourage
you to take a look and get involved.
Back in Sydney, where
the NRMA is leading
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