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MAS­SIVE DE­MAND for the highly an­tic­i­pated, in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Travel to Learn and School Bus Sum­mit – on Wed­nes­day, June 27, 2018, in Can­berra - means reg­is­tra­tions are now open and del­e­gates are en­cour­aged to act fast, ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try in­sid­ers.

To be held at the Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, the theme of the Sum­mit is ‘Mov­ing Stu­dents - Build­ing a Pub­lic and Ac­tive Trans­port Cul­ture’.

Its pur­pose? To dis­cuss travel choices to most ef­fec­tively get stu­dents (no mat­ter their age) to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, TAFES and Univer­si­ties - in fact, all forms of ed­u­ca­tion.

It’s about look­ing be­yond the pol­icy out­come of pro­vid­ing trans­port ser­vices to de­liver ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and broaden the pol­icy ba­sis upon which gov­ern­ments fund these ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to Bus In­dus­try Con­fed­er­a­tion or­gan­is­ers.

“It’s to iden­tify what other eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­ci­etal ben­e­fits there are if we get ‘travel to learn’ trans­port ser­vices right,” BIC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Michael Apps said. “With the re­al­i­ties and chal­lenges of mas­sive ur­ban­i­sa­tion and rising pop­u­la­tion in Aus­tralia’s cities and grow­ing re­gions, and ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion in ru­ral and re­mote Aus­tralia upon us, do we need to re­think and re-de­sign the fun­da­men­tal ap­proach to pro­vi­sion of free or sub­sidised school ser­vices and con­ces­sional stu­dent travel? Do we need to look to the longer term and make ‘travel to learn’ a pol­icy that is about build­ing a pub­lic and ac­tive trans­port cul­ture for Aus­tralia,” he ex­plained.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.oze­bus.com.au, or by email­ing en­quiries@bic.asn.au.

Fi­nal reg­is­tra­tions will be ac­cepted up to Fri­day 22nd June, 2018, de­pend­ing on venue ca­pac­ity.

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