BusNSW success

By: Amie Hickland

The BusNSW 2015 Member Conference in Sydney was a groovy affair for all involved

The BusNSW 2015 Member Conference saw a focus on rural and regional contracts with the association expected to reach some sort of agreement with state government soon.

About 200 delegates attended the conference sessions which included speakers such as Transport for New South Wales deputy director general customer experience Tony Braxton-Smith and Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies public transport chair Corrine Mulley.

Operators kicked off the conference with a rural and regional KPI workshop as the New South Wales contracts are due to come for re-negotiation.

The workshop was attended by New South Wales Government officials although outcomes of the workshop are still to be released to media.

BusNSW president Frank D'Apuzzo welcomed delegates to the conference.

"The conference theme ‘Together towards tomorrow’ reflects the need for the development of partnerships," he says.

"Today’s conference it particularly important because during the last few years there have been significant changes to the industry."

The 2015 Achiever Awards was also presented to Tony Howard, of Howard’s Bus & Charter.

Howard became director of the company in 1995 and has continued to work with BusNSW in a number of positions.

"With a proud family history in the bus industry and a commitment to industry matters he is a fitting winner," says BusNSW executive director Darryl Mellish.

The conference closed with a 1960s themed dinner in which delegates donned their best ‘hippie’ outfits.

The conference was held at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee Beach, in Sydney from April 15.

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