QBIC conference

By: Amie Hickland

The importance of the Queensland bus industry was reiterated at this years’ annual conference

QBIC conference
Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe addresses delegates at the conference

The Queensland bus industry turned out in force to continue to highlight the importance of public transport within the community at the annual conference this month.

The Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) Annual Conference 2016 was held April 1 and 2 at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast.

The theme of this years’ conference was ‘partnerships build public transport.’

About 165 delegates attended the conference session while up to 200 people were present at the Gala Dinner and Industry Awards presentations.

Queensland Minister for Transport and the Commonwealth Games Stirling Hinchliffe opened the event and welcomed delegates to the conference.

The minister was appointed his current portfolios in late 2015 which meant this was an ideal opportunity to address the Queensland bus industry as a whole.

Hinchliffe says the theme was ideal given the strategic planning involved in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 2018 on the Gold Coast.

"It’s a great conference to be able to have the opportunity to address on your theme," he says.

"Partnership between government, community and industry is absolutely vital in the task of moving people."

The Industry Awards were also presented during the Gala Dinner with many delegates recognised for their contribution to industry and long service.

QBIC executive director David Tape thanked delegates for their attendance at the event and reiterated to the minister the importance of the bus industry in the community.

"You do not stay in this business for this long if you are not delivering a good service, running an efficient and cost effective business and delivering value for money to the government and tax payers of Queensland," he says.

Long Service Awards were given to Polleys Coaches (60 years), Haidley’s Panoramic Coaches & Motors (50 years), Murrays Australia (50 years), Neville & David Baldock (50 years), Logan City Bus Service (40 years), Thompson Bus Services (35 years), Southern Cross Transit (35 years), Campbell’s Coaches (35 years) and Cross Country Tours (35 years).

Achiever of the Year was Kerry Leach, of Brisbane Transport.

Other speakers at the event included Transport and Main Roads and Translink Division director-general – general transport and main roads Neil Scales, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator chief executive officer Sal Petroccitto and Bus Industry Confederation (BIC) executive director Michael Apps.

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