BusSA conference

South Australian operators are being encouraged to attend the state conference later this year

The South Australia bus community will gather together for the first time in three years at the 2015 State Conference.

The conference will be held on May 23 at Crowne Plaza, Adelaide with program details to be finalised.

The last time an official conference was held was in 2012.

BusSA (Bus & Coach Association SA) executive director Lauran Huefner says the association’s first conference represents a unity within the bus community after the two state bus associations folded into a re-focussed and subsequently re-badged BCA (SA) around 18 months ago.

The conference program is to centre around three key points – government relationships, business efficiency and policy discussion.

"I want to get as many operators in the region as we can and provide at least one helpful piece of information for that operator."

Huefner is hoping the association will take the bus industry will lead the way to operators and government working together more – starting with the conference.

"We’ve got to change the approach of government over time – we can help solve things," he says.

"We need to help operators to understand different ways of doing things and we’ve got to convince the suppliers we’re on the right track.

"I’m not saying that none of that’s happening, but it’s a process.

"There are many, many good operators out there but there are always things to be learned."

The association currently has about 35 members.

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