By: Fabian Cotter

NSW SOUTH COAST operator Premier Transport Group’s Compliance, Workplace Safety and Contract manager Greg Abel is the 2019 BusNSW Achiever Award winner, as announced recently.

Abel led the successful delivery of industry-leading innovation projects, including an on-demand transport pilot.

At this year’s BusNSW annual Conference, held 18-19 July at the Fairmont Resort in Leura, in the NSW Blue Mountains, Abel – who has more than 20 years’ experience in the bus and coach industry – received the award in front of a packed audience that helped celebrate his win.

Taking on a compliance role with Nowra Coaches - part of the Premier Transport Group, which has seen considerable growth in its diverse operations – Abel’s senior management position sees him responsible for ‘all things’ compliance related and the operations for a large fleet.

Abel has also been instrumental in the success of the company’s recent trial of a Yutong E12 electric bus.

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Speaking exclusively to ABC magazine after then event, Abel said: "Receiving the Achiever of the Year Award was humbling and an honour considering the calibre or people in our industry."

"It is nice to receive recognition for my work in the bus and coach industry and, particularly, for the recent initiatives involving on-demand and electric bus trials. 

"I must thank management at Premier Transport for acknowledging and embracing the future direction of transport in NSW, and for accommodating the time and resources required to implement and maintain these specific trials.

"I also need to thank all those staff members who have provided assistance and support - not just in recent times, but for the past 25 years," he said.



The award – sponsored by Supra Australia Bus and Coach – comes at a time when the industry has seen much greater emphasis on compliance through bus service contracts, the Bus Operator Accreditation Scheme, Workplace Health and Safety legislation and Chain of Responsibility laws, it explains.


In addition to responsibilities for compliance and operations, Abel led the successful delivery of industry-leading innovation projects, including an on-demand transport pilot and the above-mentioned Yutong electric bus trial, which highlighted both Abel’s talent and passion, it adds.

Known for "getting into the detail" and been willing to provide feedback to BusNSW on a range of topics over many years, Abel also holds a Certificate of Transport Management, several Workplace Health and Safety accreditations, along with various training and assessment qualifications.

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