Fashion, food and fun

By: Amie Hickland

The annual Queensland Bus Industry Council Race Day was once again a hit with local operators

Fashion, food and fun
Delegates enjoy lunch at the Race Day

The annual Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) Race Day was once again a success with all the fashion, food and fun expected by regular attendees.

The Race Day has become an annual fixture in the calendar of many Queensland operators and annual suppliers with each year besting the last.

The event is usually held at Ipswich Turf Club but was moved to Doomben Race Course to allow for a weekend date.

The move means the event was to be held on a Saturday, which means more operators – particularly in the school sector – were be able to attend.

QBIC Executive Director David Tape previously told ABC magazine the association has listened to members in the change of date.

"Ipswich could only offer us a race day on Friday," he explains.

"Some of our operators had expressed concerns they couldn’t the event.

"Hopefully that will eliminate and issues for our school sector and hopefully they can come along and join in."

The change in day and venue drew 134 people to the event which saw some members traveling from as far away as Mackay and Darwin.

QBIC Member Services Officer Sarah Muirhead says the day was thoroughly enjoyed by all those in attendance.

"The event saw an increase in numbers attending from previous years," says Muirhead.

As per usual, a lunch was followed by some races and a prize giving for Fashions on the Field.

Best Dressed was won by Adam Pulitano, of Bus QLD, and Laura-Kate Robertson, of Caboolture Bus Lines.

Runners-up were Leonard Munn, of Transfab, and Andrea Burgess, of Kangaroo Bus Lines.

Muirhead says the race day is an important fixture for Queensland operators.

"The event is important as it brings our industry together at the end of each year."

She says all the feedback received from operators was positive: "excellent event, loved it, look forward to next year".

Overall, Muirhead says the day was "very well received and enjoyable to attend".

Major sponsors for the event include Arthur J. Gallagher, Iveco, King Long, Shelley Dale OHS Services and Volvo Bus Australia.

The QBIC Race Day Christmas was held at Doomben Race Course on Saturday, December 6 from noon.

The association is planning to continue with the tradition of the QBIC Race Day Christmas event in 2015 with a date to be confirmed.

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