Conference hands on

By: Amie Hickland

BusVic’s Maintenance Conference will involve a strong focus on maintenance and technical matters

Conference hands on
One of the heritage vehicles which may be on display

About 600 people are expected to turn out to BusVic’s 60th annual Maintenance Conference later this year in what organisers hope will be a hands-on experience.

Development and Industry Marketing Manager Craig Spurr says there is a strong maintenance and technical theme to this year’s conference at Moonee Valley Racecourse, Victoria.

"We’re putting together a conference program which really suits the fleet manager and the workshop manager as well as the owner.

"It’s really a hands-on experience where people can really take some good value away from that conference."

Part of this includes the daily tours to Kangan Institute Automotive Centre of Excellence in the Docklands, which includes a shuttle bus back to Moonee Valley.

Delegates will be able to see world-class vehicle and engine testing facilities, new workshop spaces for all engine components, a purpose-built auto electrical lab and a body and panel workshop.

Spurr says there is also a strong focus on management throughout the seminar program.

In previous years, BusVic conferences have also included a trade show.

"We’re not having that his year because of the major show which is happening in Queensland later this year," says Spurr.

Instead, a display of 20 heritage vehicles will take up the allocated space – with models ranging from the 1900s to the 1980s.

Spurr says there is also a great line-up of guest speakers and comedians.

"It’s not only an opportunity for learning and education, it’s an opportunity for networking in a different environment as well."

The keynote speaker of the event in John Konrads – an Olympic swimming champion and senior businessman, with positions such as Chief Executive of l’Oreal and Board Member of the Black Dog Institute.

He will speak about his life and the role depression played in it.

About 600 delegates are expected to attend the July 9 and 10 event, according to Spurr.

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