Queensland Bus Industry Council
BIC Media Release
More than a third of Australians would be more likely to vote for a party with policies to address traffic congestion at the next Federal Election, according to polling conducted by Auspoll and released today.
“The polling shows voters want to see policies which address transport and living costs and this will play a role in deciding the voting preference of a significant number of them at the next federal election,” said Michael Apps, Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation.
Apps said an electoral analyses conducted by the BIC using data and maps developed by Griffith University clearly demonstrated that parties who could provide solutions to congestion would receive an electoral boost.
“Our analysis for every capital city showed 33 Federal seats held by a 6% or less and nine seats that changed hands at the 2010 Federal Election are in areas where increasing fuel prices threaten the ability of homeowners to meet their mortgage repayments.
“We are yet to see a fuel price and transport concerns identified as election issues at a federal level, though public transport played a significant part in the Victorian and NSW state elections, but with fuel prices expected to continue rising the next Federal Election might be decided by who has the best policies to reduce congestion and reliance on cars.” said Apps.
82 per cent of respondents to the poll supported an increase in Federal Government funding for public transport and 87 per cent of respondents supported Federal Government investment in public transport to address the issue of traffic congestion in major cities.
Graham Currie, Professor of Public Transport at Monash University said his research demonstrated a strong connection between rising fuel prices and demand for public transport.
“Transport costs and the impact they have on household budgets tend to be felt hardest in areas of our cities and on the fringe of our major cities where public transport services are less available.”
“There needs to be a coordinated planning and investment approach to this problem lead by the Government through its National Urban Policy and agreed on by all Federal parties to ensure good outcomes are achieved regardless of who is in Government,” said Currie.
Michael Apps, Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation, 0418 487 930
Professor Graham Currie, Monash University, 0414 852 699
The full polling report from Auspoll is available on request by calling Isuru Neelagama on 0451 005 661. An FAQ for journalists including maps of seats where voters are most affected by increases in fuel prices is available by calling Isuru Neelagama on 0451 005 661.
The Queensland Bus Industry Council will be visiting Gympie on Saturday the 23rd of July to meet with local Bus and Coach Operators.
The purpose of the visit is to discuss critical issues confronting our Industry, said QBIC Executive Director David Tape.
Our Industry is facing the biggest challenge since the introduction of contracted passenger services in Queensland and we must be prepared, says Tape.
The Bligh Government will be engaging with QBIC in the coming months as part of the Bus Contract Reform Project. This Next Generation process will encompass all Government contracts relating to passenger services, including School transport said Tape.
The door is open for Industry to finally negotiate contracts that are transparent, sustainable and provide a genuine spend of the public purse. This should be a win win for all parties, an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss, Tape said.
Tape stated that this is not sector or member specific, it will involve all of Industry and I invite all Bus and Coach Operators to attend, Members and Non Members.
Further details are available on our website at www.qbic.com.au or by contacting our office on 07 3397 1700.
Media contact: David Tape (07) 3397 1700 or 0407 002 970.
The recent State Budget release and comments by the Minister for Transport, Annastacia Palaszczuk, are of concern to the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC). I struggle with some of the comments made by the Minister in her announcement, says QBIC Executive Director David Tape.
“This budget is about connecting our communities by giving them public transport options to suit their lifestyle.”
“The State Government is committed to improving public transport and this funding will help bolster services, ease congestion, help to tackle climate change and deal with our growing population.”
“We’re getting on with the job of delivering sustainable transport solutions for future generations.”
The Minister talks of connecting communities, giving public transport options, improving public transport, bolstering services, easing congestion, tackling climate change and delivering sustainable transport solutions.
I see a massive investment in rail and bus infrastructure, I do not see any detail of future growth for bus services, increasing the number of buses on the road, providing additional bus feeder services to support rail.
Without investment in the future growth of bus services how can the Bligh Government:
(provide)“...public transport options to suit lifestyle...”
Where is the frequency, where is the connectivity to other transport modes?“
Are we just talking rail? If so, why? How does the public travel to, and take advantage of these bolstered services?
Without balanced investment in all transport modes providing frequency, connectivity and continuation of travel, where is the incentive for people to get out of their cars and onto public transport?
“...tackle climate change…”
Again without balanced investment in all transport modes providing frequency, connectivity and continuation of travel, where is the incentive for people to get out of their cars and onto public transport, reducing the amount of cars on our roads and reducing exhaust emissions?
“...delivering sustainable transport…”
Our public transport system is multi modal, without balanced investment, how can each mode support and compliment the other? How can this be sustainable?
Increased investment in bus infrastructure is welcomed, but the lack of detail or evidence of investment for the future growth of bus services is disappointing. I invite the Minister to alleviate my fears by communicating the Governments plan and commitment regarding the future growth of bus services, not only in SEQ, but also in regional Queensland.
Media contact: David Tape (Executive Director) Queensland Bus Industry Council Inc (07) 3397 1700 or 0407 002 970.
Queensland can look forward to a more reliable, frequent and sustainable transport system following the launch of a blueprint by the Queensland Bus Industry Council (QBIC) to improve infrastructure, ease traffic congestion and change attitudes toward bus travel.
The QBIC Action Plan is the first of its kind in Queensland and calls for a strategic partnership between the industry, Government and community.
QBIC Executive Director David Tape said the plan had already been presented to the Minister for Transport Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke at the recent QBIC annual conference in Townsville and acknowledged the importance and value of a strategic plan for Queensland’s bus industry,” Mr Tape said.
“Queensland’s population explosion has created challenges in meeting growing demand for services and infrastructure.
“As the voice of the State’s bus industry QBIC wanted to take affirmative action to address these issues. “We have worked closely with key stakeholders to develop a solutions driven strategy to build a safer, greener and more efficient bus transport system for Queensland.
“The plan has been formulated to tackle issues such as traffic congestion, climate change, accessibility and social responsibility head on, and we are committed to investing the necessary time and funds to realise its objectives.
“If we want more people to choose to travel by public transport we need to ensure services are clean, reliable, frequent and easily accessible.
“That means ensuring bus stops are located a short stroll from residential estates and offices and rail systems are well linked with buses. Keeping the buses clean and running on schedule will also be key.
“Until this happens many Queenslanders will choose to drive rather than jump onboard our buses and we will continue to struggle with issues such as traffic congestion and high levels of CO2 emissions from private vehicles.
“QBIC looks forward to working closely with all stakeholders to promote and enhance a sustainable public transport system delivering safe, effective and efficient services."
QBIC represents bus and coach operators in Queensland, ensuring its members are kept abreast of the latest industry developments and facilitating training services.
The Action Plan can be downloaded from the QBIC website www.qbic.com.au or by contacting the QBIC Office on 07 3397 1700.
Media contact: Fiona Evans at Sequel Communications - 07 3251 8122 or 0403 090 911