Saying g'day Tassie-style

The TasBus Conference is not the biggest bus event, but considered by delegates as among the most enjoyable

Saying g'day Tassie-style
Saying g’day Tassie-style

By Sean Muir | June 5, 2012

The annual TasBus Conference kicked-off in high spirits at the Launceston Country Club on the evening of June 3 with a cocktail welcome reception and a football wager.

TasBus Managing Director Geoff Lewis welcomed a lively crowd of about 80 delegates before reception sponsor and GMC Financial Services Director Graeme McDonald took the stage to demand $50 won in a football bet made with Peter O’Driscoll from O’Driscoll Coaches.

"There are a couple of things I want to talk about tonight and one of them is very important and very dear to my heart," McDonald says.

"And it’s not just fact that I’m in Tasmania, but I actually want to announce that for the first time this year, Melbourne (football club) won last night and as a result I’m owed some money. So Peter O’Driscoll, where are you? Where is my money brother?"

After a quick on-stage monetary exchange and a subsequent wager made on Melbourne’s end of season ladder position, McDonald informally welcomed guests to the event.

"On a serious note it is good to be here again, I think it is about 13 years that I have been coming down here," McDonald says.

"There are bigger events and bigger states and things like this, but personally I find this is one of the best ones we go to."

The TasBus Conference, which is run solely by Lewis, his wife and ‘Bubbles’ – TassieLink Transit’s General Manager Shane Dewsbery, officially opened the Monday morning sessions to a crowd of about 112 delegates.

Despite the Green’s MP Tim Morris failing to show as scheduled, Lewis says the conference was a success.

"It’s a family conference," Lewis says.

"At the bigger conferences you don’t get a chance to really see people, whereas here you get a chance to say g’day to everyone – it’s more intimate."

Presentations were given on Workplace Standards Harmonisation, the Personal Properties Securities Act, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, DIER passenger transport regulations, and changes to workers compensation.

The formal conference proceedings wrapped with a panel session followed by a dinner for 128 guests.

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