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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.

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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 mov­ing­peo­

“... politi­cians see the chal­lenges of fu­ture trans­port and want the bus and coach in­dus­try in­volved at ground level.”

Michael Apps BIC Na­tional Sec­re­tar­iat

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