Why is the NRMA celebrating its centenary?
A 100th birthday is a pretty big deal, and if you can't celebrate then, when can you? But for us, the celebration is about so much more than just our centenary. It's about celebrating the people who've got us here - our staff and our Members. And we're also using the occasion as an opportunity to shine a light on regional communities in need and to start conversations about how we can build a sustainable future together.
Why is the NRMA holding public events?
The NRMA is a bit different from most organisations. From the very beginning, we've been here to serve our Members, and everything we do is for them and the communities where they live, work and play. So it makes complete sense for us to to get out and share this milestone.
Why are you calling these events ‘Bright Futures’?
Whilst our centenary is a time to reflect on our history, we're also taking the opportunity to look at how we can help shape the bright futures that lay ahead. We're focussing on those in need, giving communities a platform to shine a light on the issues and challenges they face, and looking for ways that we can all help to build a better, brighter tomorrow.
Can someone attend the events if they're not an NRMA Member?
The NRMA has always existed to serve both our Members, and the communities in which they live, work and play. As such, both Members and non-Members are a part of our story and reason for being, so all are welcome and encouraged to join us at these events. These are celebrations meant for everyone in our community to enjoy. So, if you or anyone you know not is not a Member, that's not a problem - we'd still love to see you all there and getting involved.
How is the NRMA giving back to regional communities?
We've been working for the betterment of all our communities since 1920. From improving roads and transport infrastructure right across the state, to road safety, helping our farmers in times of need and driving local tourism - we've always had a focus on helping regional areas. And our Bright Futures tour will aim to inspire more tourism to regional areas, while giving these communities a voice to share their thoughts and ideas on our shared future.
How is the NRMA supporting other communities across regional and rural NSW and the ACT?
We've long looked for ways to help out in the bush. Many of our staff regularly volunteer to help out in drought effected communities, and much of our advocacy and community work has a largely regional focus. Adding to this, our centenary gives us the opportunity to promote the Aussie road trip, while opening up more unique journeys, experiences and destinations for everyone to discover - which in turn provides much needed income and investment to communities in need. We'll also be shining a light on the issues facing regional communities, and promoting discussion on how we can work together towards a brighter, more sustainable future.
Where and when are the events being held?
The basic details for all of our Bright Futures events are as follows. As we draw closer, you can check back to each of the event pages, or better yet register your interest for an event to stay up to date with all the latest details and information.
North Byron Parklands, 126 Tweed Valley Way, Yelgun NSW 2483
- Saturday 29 February and Sunday 1 March 2020
- 9am to 5pm both days
Bicentennial Park, Kable Ave, Tamworth NSW 2340
- Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March 2020
- 9am to 5pm both days
Black Beach Reserve, Shoalhaven St, Kiama NSW 2533
- Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 April 2020
- 9am to 5pm both days
Apex Park, 43 Eastlake Dr, Lake Albert NSW 2650
- Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2020
- 9am to 4pm both days
Showgrounds, Glebe Ave, Queanbeyan NSW 2620
- Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2020
- 9am to 4pm both days
Parramatta Park, Pitt St and Macquarie St, Parramatta NSW 2150
- Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June 2020
- 9am to 5pm both days
How do I get to the event?
Whether you catch a train, a bus, or road trip like us - we're working to make it as easy as possible for you to join us on the day. Check back to the event pages closer to the date as we share updated details.
Why were these locations chosen?
Whilst we would have loved to have hosted an event in every town and city across NSW, the ACT and beyond, we obviously needed to be reasonable. There were a number of factors in choosing each location including geographical range, where our Members are located, proximity to other areas and willingness of local communities and councils to help host the events.
Registration and ticketing
Why do you want me to register?
By registering, you're simply helping us plan and prepare the best event possible for all involved. It will help with a number of things such as how many staff and volunteers we might need, how much food and beverage should be available, how best to manage safety and security and even things like how many toilets we might need.
It's free to register, you're not at all locked in to that date or event, and it also means we can keep you informed of the latest news and information as we get closer to the date of the event.
How do I register?
Simply follow the link to register within an individual event page. You’ll then be redirected to the external site Eventbrite to complete your registration. Please fill in all the relevant details that you can to help give us a clear picture.
Do I have to pay for tickets or an entry fee?
Not at all. Entry to all of our Bright Futures events is completely free. There will, however, be some tasty food and drinks available for purchase at each event.
Will I need a ticket?
No physical tickets will be required in order to attend the event. Technically, you don't even need to register, but you’ll be doing us and everyone else a favour if you do. Registration will help us gauge attendance, and then manage the event safely and ensure the best possible experience for everyone joining us on the day.
On the day
What’s going to be happening on the day?
We've got an action-packed event planned. There will be activities, music, workshops, talks, food trucks, local entertainment, and an opportunity to have your say on issues affecting your community. Plus of course see the amazing artworks commissioned by artist Stephen Mok and be inspired to make your own mark on a community artwork mural.
How do I get to the event/s?
Please stay tuned on our website, as the event draws near we'll be sharing travel and transport options to each of our events.
Is this a family friendly event?
Children of all ages are most certainly allowed to come, along with their responsible adult, of course. There will be loads of activities for all ages to enjoy, so gather the crew and come make a day of it.
Is there a formal start time to each event?
Each event day will begin at 9am with a welcome to country and a formal event opening, however, program times are still being confirmed. Check back to our website closer to the event date for more info or register your interest to attend via the link on the individual event page.
Will there be somewhere to refill my water bottle?
Yes, there'll be water stations available for you on the day, so please help us reduce the impact of this event and bring your own bottle.
Can I bring a picnic blanket?
While there will be some tables and chairs available at each site, these will be limited, so you're welcome to bring a picnic blanket along with you. However, we'd ask you to refrain from bringing bulky, heavy items along with you - aside from the fact that they'll be difficult for you to lug around, anything we deem may become an obstruction for others or a safety hazard, we will not be allowing into the event.
Is there wheelchair access?
Yes there is, however please be mindful that the event is set upon natural terrain and is at times uneven. Wheelchair accessible toilets will also be available on site.
Will there be a cloakroom, pram parking or any other storage services available?
Unfortunately, there won't be any storage services available at these events. Everyone attending is responsible for their own belongings. We recommend only bringing bags and belongings which can be easily carried.
Will smoking be permitted at the events?
As these are family events, each venue will be deemed a non-smoking area. If you wish to smoke or vape, you will need to find areas outside of the venue and away from public buildings.
Can I bring my camera to the event?
Small still cameras and mobile phones are permitted, however come with the usual conditions - images and footage are for personal use only, but sharing and uploading to your social media is fine. Check back closer to the event date for our special event hashtags.
Any professional still cameras, video cameras, sound recording equipment, professional lighting and tripod set ups are not permitted without written permission from the event organisers. Please contact the NRMA media team if you wish to bring these items.
Can I bring my pet?
While we too love animals, we unfortunately can't safely and securely host your pet along with all the other attendees at the event. However, assistance animals are indeed permitted.
Will there be ATMs on site?
There will be no ATM facilities on site at any of the events, however most food vendors will have EFTPOS services. Just to be sure, it might be a good idea to bring some cash.
Will there be somewhere to charge my phone?
Unfortunately, there won't be anywhere to charge your devices on site. We suggest charging your batteries to full before leaving, and bringing a portable charger if you have one.
Will there be a place for lost property or lost people?
The Help Desk will be the place to go for lost property and lost persons. There will be some general signage for 'lost children' there, too. If you're coming with family or in a group, it's a good idea to set the Help Desk as your meeting place in case of separation.
Is there a dress code?
There's no specific dress code for these events - just whatever you (and those around you) will be comfortable with.