Christmas come early

Christmas came early for operators this year with confirmation of the preferred contract model

The Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) had much to celebrate at this years’ annual Christmas function with a major step forward with the State Government.

The annual QBIC Raceday Christmas Party was held at Doomben Racecourse on December 5, with over 100 people in attendance.

The event is held to thank operators and suppliers for the hard work in Queensland throughout the year and to bring them together for the last time before the break.

QBIC executive director David Tape says there was extra cause for celebration this year with confirmation from government operators will be returning to a negotiated contract model rather than open market tender.

Minister for transport Jackie Trad addresses these concerns at the Annual QBIC Conference in April 2015, when the Labor Party first came into power.

This gives operators the gift of contract certainty for some time.

"It now gives our operators, our members, some business security and employment security for their employees," says Tape.

"It’s been a good year for the bus industry in Queensland."

He says the event was enjoyable for all involved with the weather holding up perfectly.

Tape also wishes all a very merry holiday season and encourages people to think about how they will travel safely.

"Please do not drink and drive. Remember, bus is best."

Prizes were also awarded for Best Dressed Man and Woman.

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