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Boy have I got the shits! I can’t believe the power of the NRMA Board Directors. It turns out they’re the most powerful transport lobby group in NSW because of OUR money, and they’ve now come out against cycleways … not to mention cancelling the vehicle inspection service, cancelling free membership to those who’ve been loyal to the NRMA for 50 years, making over $300,000 of political donations and paying themselves around $60,000 each a year with a recent 60% pay rise to sit on the Board of an organisation which has just lost $13.5 million after tax. I’ve got steam coming out of my ears – how dare they do this with OUR money!!!!
Click here to read how the president Alan Evans called for the Government not to “bump motorists for bikes” – using spurious figures because obviously few people will use a cycleway if it’s a road to nowhere! …. and check out the fees they’re getting here.
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For crying out loud – it’s not safe to send our children (or ourselves!) onto the road on bikes, the price of fuel is rising again and Australia’s transport sector is one of the fastest growing emissions sectors in the country. I don’t have Sydney figures yet but, even though its population is about half the size, each year Melbourne produces 2.5 million tonnes more greenhouse gas emissions than London.
AND, DESPITE THIS, THE NRMA TRIES TO SHIFT SUPPORT FROM CYCLEWAYS TO WIDEN THE ROADS FOR CARS AND TRUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s it – time to get seriously political again! The NRMA election starts on the 26th September and it’s the biggest non-government election in NSW but only around 10% of people vote. Our world and the services we’d come to take for granted are literally being eroded away under our noses and if we don’t act immediately we’ll wake up one day and curse ourselves bitterly …. I can’t even bear to think how much our children will curse us for not acting when we could. So, back to my daily political action – I’ve agreed to stand for Hoddle, the region which runs from Rockdale through to Kiama, but the bottom line is that all members need to recognise the crucial significance of their vote to VOTE THE EXISTING BOARD OUT in whichever region they live in (they’re the ones who’ve put an asterisk next to their name)!
As Churchill once said,
“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”