Conference to cover contract challenges


BusNSW is gearing up for its regional conference as controversial topics gather momentum

Conference to cover contract challenges
Conference to cover contract challenges

August 10, 2012

The wheels are already in motion for BusNSW’s regional conference, with
controversial topics, such as the tendering of contracts, locked in for discussion.

BusNSW Executive Director Darryl Mellish (pictured) says the conference, to be held at the Parklands Resort in Mudgee on October 5-6, will focus on current concerns

most noteably,
rural and regional bus service contracts and the government’s decision to tender eight metropolitan contract regions.

"BusNSW will concentrate on providing guidance on potential changes and challenges to the rural and regional sector of the industry, based on both metropolitan, and rural and regional experiences,"
Mellish says.

Mellish says the conference theme will be Securing Community Investments to reflect the need for operators to secure contracts and allow investments that benefit the community.

He
says the conference will commence with a welcome function at a local venue on the evening of October 5.

"On Saturday the 6th October, the conference program will start with my industry report covering a number of current reforms, as well as operator compliance and best practice needed to support contract renewal," Mellish says.

Mellish says Lismore State Member Thomas George has agreed to deliver the government address.

"Mr George has a good understanding of the important role regional and rural bus operators play in their local community," he says.

Warrnambool Bus Managing Director Stephen Lucas will present on Improving Personal Mobility Opportunities in Regional Areas, based on a detailed case study of Warrnambool in regional Victoria.

Other topics will include contract reporting, the School Student Transport Scheme, staff training, and heavy vehicle inspections and compliance.

Mellish says before lunch delegates will be entertained by popular sporting television personality Ken Sutcliffe (to be confirmed), who hails from Mudgee and has recently covered the London Olympics for Channel 9.

The conference will conclude with an interactive industry forum featuring representatives from BusNSW, Transport for NSW and RMS.

Mellish says current bus reform and operational issues will be discussed and delegates will have an opportunity to question panel members from the floor.

"The Conference allows delegates to gain a better understanding of recent government reforms and issues impacting on the bus and coach industry," Mellish says.

"The social functions provide an opportunity for networking and in keeping with the regional setting the Saturday night conference dinner at Parklands Resort will have a country-and-western theme," Mellish says.

Mellish says delegates are encouraged to bring partners, who will have an opportunity to go on the accompanying person’s tour, which will include lunch and explore a number of local attractions on October 6.

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