NRMA has posted a record profit of more than $100 million for the 2016/17 financial year, members and shareholders were told at the motoring body’s annual general meeting on Friday.
The AGM, which was held in Newcastle for the first time in a decade, was the last hurrah for outgoing Hunter-based chairman Kyle Loades.
Mr Loades will step down on December 3 after 12 years on the NRMA board – three as chairman.
His successor, Sydney-based Tim Trumper, was announced at the meeting.
“Tim is an outstanding individual,” Mr Loades told the AGM. “He has great vision of where this organisation is going.”
The meeting heard about the organisation’s focus on the future and its efforts to embrace electric vehicles and driverless cars.
Mr Loades said the key piece of feedback from members was the need for improved public transport.
“In Newcastle, we know you can complete every road but you still need public transport,” he said.
“The light rail will be outstanding here in the Hunter.
“In terms of the future, NRMA will continue to lobby for improvements to that light rail.
“We’d like to see it extended to many other suburbs, so you’ll be able to hop onto the light rail out in the suburbs, head into the city and not have to deal with any form of congestion or looking around for a park.
“It’s important that the NRMA isn’t just Sydney-centric, that we get around to regions.”
Mr Trumper’s background is in analytics, technology, the internet, financial services and media.
“I firmly believe the NRMA has a rare opportunity to deliver services to meet the individual needs of our members and customers around transport and tourism, and to continue to expand our legendary service beyond simply roadside assistance,” he said.
“Great change is coming in mobility over the next few years.
“I believe the NRMA must play a leadership role in bringing the community with us on the journey and ensuring they benefit from these changes.”