Sell-out for BusVic

By: Amie Hickland

All aspects of the industry will be attending the BusVic 70th Anniversary Dinner in Melbourne

Sell-out for BusVic
Delegates gather at the heritage display of buses at the Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo earlier this year

About 500 people are expected to attend the sell-out BusVic 70th Anniversary Dinner in Melbourne this week.

BusVic Executive Director Chris Lowe says 70 years as in association is a massive achievement – particularly in the public transport industry.

"It’s to celebrate 70 years of likeminded small, medium and large businesses coming together and working in a reciprocal manner," he says.

"And a celebration of their actions - that they had the foresight to put the association together 70 years ago."

Lowe says a diverse range of old and new members will be in attendance, as well as descendants of some of the original founding member of the group.

"Given the short-term nature of public transport contracting around the world and the shifts in industry representation globally, 70 years of relevance and unity is a marvellous story," he says.

"Victorian operators have always used the BAV (Bus Association of Victoria) as a forum to exchange ideas, share innovation and just work hand in hand with fellow operators.

"This trust and this reciprocity they’ve developed over the years is inimitable."

Lowe says the event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Pitcher Partners, law firm

Freehills and Westpac – all of which the association has had a relationship for over 40 years.

"An association is what you make of it."

Lowe says the event has been a sell-out for most of the year.

"The level of interest we’ve received has just been overwhelming. We put it out to the market and it just sold out in a heartbeat."

The evening will be held this Saturday from 7pm at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne.

There will also be a display of heritage buses at the entry of the event.

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