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The BIC Conference from Oct 7-10 in Cairns will be joined by our bus and coach counterparts from across the ditch to discuss the future of our industries.
Executive director Michael Apps gave a good insight into future cities last month. Now he provides a taste of the 2018 Australasia Bus Conference to be held with our Kiwi counterparts in October.
The fact we are even holding a joint event highlights the common issues that the bus industry here in Oz, ‘across the ditch’ and the world face when it comes to future public transport, future services, future smart technology, contract types, business models, vehicle propulsion, driver or vehicle attendant to name a few.
Highlights of the programme for 2018 will be the involvement of the NZ Minister for Transport Phil Twyford, Queensland Minister for Transport Mark Bailey, Federal Shadow Minister for Transport Cities and Tourism Anthony Albanese and, in principle, agreement from the Deputy PM and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Michael McCormack.
It is clear our politicians see the challenges of future transport and want the bus and coach industry involved at ground level. It is important we show them we are keen to take a leadership
role in the future of our cities and regions when it comes to transport and our own destiny. I mentioned the Future Cities – Planning for our
Growing Population report from Infrastructure Australia (IA) in my last column. Phil Davies, the CEO of IA, has agreed to attend the conference and give the IA perspective of future infrastructure investment; one, in my view, that can only see bus rapid transit and bus priority as the cornerstone of future PT infrastructure investment by government of all persuasions if we are going to be serious about future autonomous vehicles. Sure they are a way off, but we need to plan the future infrastructure NOW.
‘Moving People - Century 21’ is the theme of the Conference and I am glad once again to say that Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS), has agreed to attend and present on ‘ Mobility as a Service’ and the Future of Public Transport, reflecting on the findings of a research survey currently being undertaken by the Institute of Choice at the University of South Australia.
Professor Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport at Monash University – one of the star performers of last year’s Conference, who presented a very different view of the future Mobility as a Service world – will once again be involved and bring his entertaining take on where we are heading and challenge the so- called ‘technology driven consensus’.
The delivery of future services, technology and autonomous vehicles is just one part of our Century 21 future. Another area where industry needs to be ahead of the game is in industrial relations, workplace and employment impacts. This will be a core part of the programme, taking up the whole of Tuesday morning. Also on the agenda: Industrial Relations – what will it look like in 2021 and beyond; the industrial and social implications of autonomous vehicles; and planning for future skill and labour requirements.
This joint BIC and BCANZ (Bus and Coach Association New Zealand) Australasia Bus Conference is all about leading the discussion with industry, governments and the public. The Conference is a part of ensuring the bus and coach industry is taking a leadership role as a whole and a leadership role as individual businesses – operator and supplier – to work with governments and ‘thought leaders’ to understand our role in future mobility. That is why your involvement is important, so visit the dedicated Century 21 event website at movingpeople.com.au
“... politicians see the challenges of future transport and want the bus and coach industry involved at ground level.”