Hot topics fill BIC's conference agenda


There’s still time to register and have your say at the bus and coach industry’s peak annual event in Sydney this October, with no shortage of hot issues on offer

Hot topics fill BIC's conference agenda
Hot topics fill BIC’s conference agenda

By David Goeldner | October 12, 2010

The opportunity to engage and discuss the ‘big issues’ affecting public transport delivery across Australia is less than two weeks away as the Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) prepares for it’s annual National Conference at Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel.

BIC Chairman Scott Grenda says the conference will focus on the role of the bus industry in addressing the challenges of a growing population and the impact these challenges will have on bus and coach businesses.

"Our industry has an important role to play in providing sustainable travel choices for Australians," Grenda says.

He adds the National Conference, themed ‘Moving People – Solutions for a Growing Australia’ is a key event for the industry and a policy forum for bus and coach operators, suppliers and regulators.

"This is a truly national event bringing our far-flung industry together for a learning and social forum," Grenda says.

"Together we have an opportunity to discuss the big issues that are impacting on our business, the economy and society."

The Conference program has a strong focus on key national issues which Grenda sees as crucial to the bus and coach industry’s future.

Topics scheduled for the conference include the latest on the GFC, facts on fuel relative to Australia’s energy security, transformational change in public transport, and moves towards creating seamless intermodal travel – among many others.

The state and national perspectives on public transport from departmental directors will provide an opportunity to engage with those responsible for delivering public transport across various jurisdictions.

Grenda is calling on delegates to provide input into the conference which will help focus BIC’s lobbying efforts so as to influence key decision makers to better understand the solutions offered by the industry.

"Your part in this industry effort can be as simple as attending the National Conference and contributing to the discussions at workshops and plenary sessions."

This year’s conference at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, starts on Sunday 24 October running till Wednesday 27 October.

BIC Executive Director Michael Apps is encouraging anyone with an interest in bus and coach to attend the conference by registering at www.ozebus.com.au.

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