BIC National Conference update

By: Chris Smith

Due to overwhelming demand the Earlybird registrations for the Conference has been extended until October 1. To take advantage of

Due to overwhelming demand the Earlybird registrations for the Conference has been extended until October 1.

To take advantage of the savings under the Earlybird special make sure you get your registration form in before October 1.

The 2008 BIC National Conference Brochure is available on the home page of the Ozebus website to download the brochure go to and follow the links on the website.

This year’s Conference, at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast October 26-29 looks set to be a big one, with sessions and social events geared to give delegates some sharp tools, experience and strong leads to take back to their business.

The theme for this year’s Conference is Moving People – A National Plan, and focuses on BIC's efforts to see a National Moving People Strategy developed for Australia.

"In a post Kevin07 world it’s important for your business to be informed about the national issues, politics and technology affecting the industry and how they will affect your bottom line," says BIC spokesperson Isuru Neelagama.

"The program we are putting together for this year’s Conference features sessions on Emissions Trading, future growth in public transport and a Keynote Address from the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Development and Northern Australia, the Hon Gary Gray OAM."

The Parliamentary Secretary will be representing the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, who will be overseas at the time.

Neelagama says the keynote address will take a focus on Infrastructure Australia and the Building Australia fund and what this means for the role of the Federal Government in public transport.

There may be some real surprises in store so operators from accross the country are encouraged to attend and get informed.

"Unlike any other before it this year’s National Conference will feature a Tour and Charter Bus Afternoon, with sessions dedicated to the Australian tourism experience and the bus industry’s role as tourism transport providers," he says.

The afternoon will be a unique opportunity for the Tour and Charter sector of the industry to join their colleagues in a discussion about national issues affecting the tourism sector and the role the bus industry plays within the sector.

"On top of all the informative sessions, we have an excellent social program with two the Mercedes and Scania Gala Dinners and the Iveco Big Arvo Out and Bus Auction," Neelagama says.

"The location, timing and program for this year’s Conference make it the perfect opportunity to bring the wife and kids and make this a family holiday as well as a working event.

"This year’s child friendly Partners Program is full of activities that cater to the wide range of interests amongst partners and accommodates young kids."

The message is clear, register now, plan your trip, get in early for accommodation and flights and show your support for the industry.

To register for the Conference go to the Ozebus website

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