Schools focus for QBIC summit
Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) will host its annual conference at the Toowoomba City Golf Club on Saturday, April 1
QBIC executive director David Tape says the event will take a slightly different format from previous years with a strong school sector-focus and confirmed at that the customary golf day will be held the day before.
"Our school sector will be going through some change as the School Transport Assistance Scheme (STAS) transformation project gathers momentum," he says.
"I believe that it is vital that we not only engage with the state, but to also engage with and include our school operator members in the journey ahead.
"As an association we have included the STAS transformation team in our regional visits throughout 2016. The attendance and interaction between our members and the STAS team has been excellent, proving this initiative to be worth while and well received."
The Queensland School Bus Upgrade Scheme, which provides funding to eligible school bus operators to assist with the purchase of new buses or buses that are less than five years old will also be discussed. The objective of the scheme is to help accelerate the introduction of rollover-compliant buses into the state school bus fleet. In 2017 and 2018 school bus funding is available to replace eligible buses being used on kilometric and fare-based routes for which the operator holds a Prescribed School Service Contract.
Tape has been impressed with efforts the STAS team has made to liaise with school bus operators.
"The STAS team is genuine about engaging with industry, listening to your concerns, issues and suggestions going forward," Tape explains.
"This is an opportunity for us as an industry to engage with them, to be part of the journey and to influence the out comes of the project. I invite you to be part of your destiny, to contribute and have influence on your future as a school operator, this is a genuine opportunity and I hope to see you there."
The school sector summit on Saturday will be followed by a members-only Annual General Meeting and gala dinner and industry awards night.
2017 will be a big year for QBIC, as it also prepares to host the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo on the Gold Coast in September. "This will be an event not to be missed as the next Bus & Coach Expo to be held in Australia will not be until 2019," Tape reveals.
Entry to the Australasia Bus & Coach Expo will be free, but registration will still be required by all attending.
- Those interested in attending the QBIC conference on April 1 must register via the QBIC website by Friday, March 10.