BusNSW conference soon

The annual BusNSW conference is expected to draw 200 delegates including top state executives

BusNSW conference soon
Coogee Beach, New South Wales

About 200 delegates are expected to attend this year’s BusNSW conference in Coogee Beach which will involve some focus on regional and rural contracts.

The BusNSW 2015 Member Conference to be held at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, New South Wales on April 15 and 16.

The conference will officially commence with the Volvo Welcome Party at the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach on Wednesday April 15 from 6pm.

BusNSW executive director Darryl Mellish is expecting 200 delegates to attend the full day of conference sessions on Thursday April 16, which will focus on improving industry partnerships.

The conference theme "Together towards Tomorrow" reflects the need for the development of partnerships involving operators, suppliers, BusNSW, Transport for NSW, Road and Maritime Services and other stakeholders which focus on customers and result in mutual benefits.

"Operator payments under new rural and regional contracts are also likely to feature with operators looking for certainty around reforms to the two long standing funding models that have determined how much operators are paid," says Mellish.

"The industry is looking to support the NSW Government by investing in new buses with seat belts but the lack of information on rates used to establish a contract price offer for each of the 688 contracts has created uncertainty for many operators.

"We are hoping that post the election the Minister for Transport will remain committed to providing the proposed rates for the industry to road test before offers are made."

A rural and regional reporting and KPI workshop will also be held to prepare operators for the new contracts, with Transport for NSW executives expected to participate.

"In addition to rural and regional contracts there are a number of key accreditation, technical, IR and bus procurement matters currently impacting on operators and suppliers which make this an important event for the entire industry," says Mellish.

"I will provide an industry report including the metropolitan and outer-metropolitan contract experiences and we have invited the Transport Minister to address the industry post the NSW State Election."

Other topics to be presented at the conference include accreditation reforms and technical matters, workplace health and wellbeing and developing partnerships for the common good.

Before lunch delegates will hear from Damien Thomlinson, ex-commando, author, and aspiring paralympian.

The evening conference dinner sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and Custom will have a 1960’s theme providing delegates with an ideal opportunity to relax and network.

There are limited spaces for the conference and accommodation.

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