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BusNSW conference heads for the Gong

BusNSW has announced that its annual 2023 Member Conference is set to be held in beautiful Wollongong

Preparations are well underway for the 2023 BusNSW Member Conference to be held at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach on Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 of October, 2023.

BusNSW Executive Director Matt Threlkeld says the conference will focus on creating certainty for success across all sectors of the industry.

“Given the industry is undergoing significant changes, the provision of sustainable and safe passenger transport requires service contracts and a fleet procurement model that provides certainty for operators, suppliers and government.” Threlkeld says.

“We will be inviting ministers from the newly elected NSW government and members of the Transport for NSW executive team to address delegates at the conference.

“Members will have an opportunity to hear firsthand how the new NSW government will invest in public transport and provide communities with access to affordable, reliable and sustainable transport.

“With the transition of the bus fleet to zero emissions, staffing challenges and the upcoming renewal of rural and regional service contracts, it’s a crucial time to share ideas and plan for the future.”

Threlkeld says there will be a number of panel sessions and plenty of opportunities to interact on a wide range of topics that impact the operation of bus and coach services on the ground at the conference in October.

President John King is excited that BusNSW will be hosting a face-to-face conference on the South Coast of NSW after a COVID imposed three-year hiatus.

“The conference is deliberately scheduled during the school holidays to give our large proportion of members involved with the operation of school bus and charter services an opportunity to attend,” King says.

“The challenges associated with the pandemic emphasised the importance of BusNSW as a member-based organisation that supports operators and provides connections with suppliers and government.

“Our member conference is a highlight of our events calendar, and on the back of a successful Expo in 2022, I know many are looking forward to reconnecting over the two days. I encourage members to book their accommodation early to avoid disappointment.”

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The conference includes a half day Conference and Welcome Function on Wednesday October 4 and a full day Conference and Conference Dinner on Thursday October 5, 2023.

Conference Program Highlights include a minister’s address and keynote speaker, Transport for NSW projects and operations, a zero-emissions bus transition focus, rural and regional contract renewal discussions, staff recruitment and IR reform sessions and an emphasis on bus safety and regulation, with a full conference program to be made available closer to the event.

The conference will be held at the Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, located at 2-14 Cliff Road, North Wollongong.

With its excellent beachside location, the hotel offers access to Wollongong’s many attractions, including Wollongong Botanic Gardens, WIN Stadium, Wollongong City Centre Heritage Trail, Wollongong City Gallery, the Illawarra Brewery and Nan Tien Temple.

The industry should attend the conference as it’s being held at a time of significant change, it provides the chance to learn from industry and government subject matter experts and allows attendees to take home the latest information to share with teams.

It also allows the industry to be inspired to create innovative solutions for businesses while providing a forum to network with peers and discuss ideas to optimise performance.

Online conference registration will open closer to the event. For conference and accommodation details and updates, please visit the Events page at busnsw.com.au and select 2023 BusNSW Conference, or contact BusNSW on 02 8839 9500.  

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