Update for members

About 90 people turned out to the annual BusVic Bendigo branch meeting this year

Update for members
BusVic executive director Chris Lowe

Bus Association Victoria (BusVic) members were updated on the association’s movements at the latest branch meeting.

The association holds about ten branch meetings a year to update members on the associations work and any area-specific issues.

About 90 people turned out to the latest Bendigo and Inverloch branch meeting this month.

BusVic executive director Chris Lowe updated members on the progress of the association’s five strategic values.

The values include scope to work with the State Government on the long-term transport planning, particularly with the Victorian Government’s plan to remove removing level crossings.

Lowe also updated members on the association’s plans to help operators look after employee’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Major suppliers were also present at the meeting.

"BusVic appreciates the ongoing help of partner suppliers – they all attend as well," says Lowe.

"The suppliers raised some issues associated with technical standards and the possibility of increasing the mass limit for 3-axle buses."

Lowe is pleased with the continuing turn out of members to the individual branch meetings, with most averaging about 60 people.

"I’m delighted with the response we’ve received from the members to all of the branch meetings," he says.

President Geoff Vickers used the meeting to remind operators to attend the upcoming 2015 Maintenance Conference and Bus Expo, as well as to reiterate the success of the BusVic 70th Anniversary Dinner held in December.

Vickers also paid tribute to the recent passing of industry stalwart George Sita, of Sita Buslines in Footscray.

"He was a devoted industry character and he will be missed by everyone, and the industry has expressed its condolences to the family," says Lowe.

"The industry will miss him."

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