BusSA conference finalised

The BusSA State Conference in May will include a line—up of top government bureaucrat speakers

Operators are being encouraged to register for the first bus conference in South Australia in three years as the program has been finalised.

The BusSA State Conference – with the theme of theme is ‘Moving People: Developing the Future of Passenger Transport in SA’ - will be held on May 23 at Crowne Plaza, Adelaide.

BusSA (Bus & Coach Association SA) executive director Lauran Huefner says discussion around the future of where public transport is heading in South Australia is important.

He says the conference will be an opportunity for operators to communicate with government and to come away with some vital information to improve their businesses.

Paul Gelston of the Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure and Ross Treadwell of the Department for Education & Child Development are some of the guest speakers at the event.

"I think the government’s involvement is good. We’ve got two fairly senior bureaucrats from education and transport respectively," he says.

Ward Tilbrook, of South Australian Tourism Industry Council, will also speak.

Huefner says this will be an important component of the program as a good number of operators are reliant on tourism.

Planning Institute of Australia CEO Kirsty Kelly will deliver the keynote address at the dinner function.

She will focus on the relationship between industry bodies and government.

"It’s a win-win model," says Huefner.

The last time an official conference was held was in 2012, and Huefner is impressed with the amount of suppliers that have pledged their support to the event.

"The support from suppliers has exceeded what we had hoped so now it’s time for the operators to recognise that by turning up in small droves."

There is also an opportunity to visit the new Volvo showroom in Adelaide on May 24 if enough people are interested.

Over 40 people have indicated interest so far and conference registrations close on May 10.

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