SA conference success

By: Amie Hickland

The first South Australian bus conference in three years has been deemed successful by organisers

SA conference success
Shadow minister for transport Corey Wingard, Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) executive director Michael Apps and BusSA (Bus & Coach Association SA) executive director Lauran Huefner at the conference

The first BusSA conference to be held in three years was supported by industry this month, and deemed a success by organisers.

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

The last time an official conference was held was in 2012, and over 70 operators and suppliers attended the most recent event.

BusSA (Bus & Coach Association SA) executive director Lauran Huefner indicated the conference will be held again in 2016 after a successful event.

"When we discussed the idea of bringing back the BusSA conference, we wanted to create an event that would help our industry develop and grow," he says.

 "To build a future, we need to understand where we’ve been, where we are now and where we want to go.

"It’s great to see so many people who are willing to come out for the South Australian bus industry."

The conference saw a mix of South Australian politicians and bureaucrats, as well as sessions run by experts in industrial relations and tourism.

Planning Institute of Australia CEO Kirsty Kelly was keynote speaker at the dinner function.

She says the institute brings many groups together to lobby for good planning around the country.

She encourages operators to take this approach for any common causes which may be of concern to them.

"If you don’t have a cause, all you’re really doing is hanging out," says Kelly.

"Part of being an association is having something to bring you all together.

"The role that you play in moving people around is very important."

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