Thredbo 17 Conference Sydney, Australia

Sunday 4 September - Thursday 8 September 2022



The postponed 17th conference of the International Conference Series on Competition and Ownership in Land Passenger Transport (The Thredbo Series) will be held in Sydney, Australia from 4 to 8th September, 2022.

The Thredbo conference series has garnered a formidable reputation for being the premier international forum dedicated to the analysis and debate of competition and ownership issues in land passenger transport. This influential forum attracts high quality participation and delivers a large portfolio of impressive material synthesising developments not only from developed economies but increasingly from developing economies.

The conference series is directed towards a broad audience of industry players (government and public transport operators), policy makers, planners, decision makers on infrastructure and service operators, consultants, researchers, academics and students. The mix at Thredbo 16 was: Industry (16%), government (18%), consultants (7%), and academics (59%).

As with past conferences, Thredbo 17 will feature plenary sessions and a series of intensive workshops based around keynote papers and a series of resource papers providing a range of international perspectives on each issue. There will be two plenary panels of key industry players and regulators. Please refer to the following draft program:

Sunday 4 September 2022
4.00pm Delegate Registration Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
6.00pm Welcome reception Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
8.00pm End
Monday 5 September 2022
8.00am Delegate Registration Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
9.00am Opening of Conference Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
9.15am Keynote Address by the Hon Natalie Ward, Minister for Metropolitan Roads Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
10.00am Morning Break Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
10.30am Clint Feuerherdt sets scene and challenges for ZEB transition
10.50am

Panel Discussion One
Bus Contracts Under a Zero Emission Future

Gunnar Alexandersson (Chair, Stockholm School of Economics)
Neil Smith (Kelsian)
John King (BusNSW)
Matthew Wilson (Pitcher Partners)

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
11.30 am Sampo Hietanen sets MaaS context and challenges
11.50am

Panel Discussion Two
MaaS and its Challenges

David Hensher (Chair)
Sampo Hietanen (MaaS Global Ltd)
Ishra Baksh (Transport and Main Roads Qld)
John Nelson (ITLS)

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
12.15pm Workshop Rules Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
12.30pm Lunch Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
1.30pm Workshop Sessions TBC
3.30pm Afternoon Break Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel
4.00pm Workshop Sessions TBC
6.00pm End Free evening
Tuesday 6 September 2022

9.00am

Workshop Sessions

TBC

10.30am

Morning Break

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

11.00am

Workshop Sessions

TBC

12.30pm

Lunch

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

1.30pm

Workshop Sessions

TBC

3.00pm

Afternoon Break

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

3.30pm

Workshop Sessions

TBC
5.00pm End Free evening
Wednesday 7 September 2022

9.00am

Workshop Sessions

TBC

10.30am

Morning Break

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

11.00am

Workshop Sessions

TBC

12.30pm

Lunch

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

1.30pm

Technical Tour
A visit to a state of the art zero emission bus depot and bus museum, Leichhardt

Details TBC

4.30pm

Return to Grace Hotel

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

6.00pm

Conference Dinner Harbour Cruise

Welcome by Clint Feuerherdt (Kelsian CEO) and Professor Annamarie Jagose (Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor

The Jackson Superyacht
King St Wharf, Darling Harbour
9.00pm End
Thursday 8 September 2022

9.00am

Roundtable: Regulatory Reform in Bus and Rail
John Preston (Chair)
Neil Smith (Kelsian)
Jessica Linsell (Transport for NSW)
Brendan Finn (European Transport and Telematics Systems)

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel

10.00am

Morning Break

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

10.30am

Workshop Reports 1-4

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel

12.30pm

Lunch

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

1.30pm

Workshop Reports 5 -7

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel

3.30pm

Afternoon Break

Level 2 Lobby, Grace Hotel

4.00pm

Michael Beesley Award and Presentation

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel

5.00pm

Closing Remarks

Plenary Room, Level 2, Grace Hotel
5.15pm End

Sydney is the capital of New South Wales, Australia. It is Australia's oldest and largest city with a population of around four million and built around a beautiful harbour with numerous beaches, bays and national parks. The city offers a wide range of tourist attractions including the world famous Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, a variety of museums and galleries and the sandy shores of Bondi Beach. It is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities: an incredible melting pot of cultures and influences with a diverse range of dining and shopping options. The majestic Blue Mountains, the stunning South Coast and the vineyards of the Hunter Valley are all easily accessible. You can find out more about this wonderful city and its surrounds here.

The conference will be held at the heritage listed Grace Hotel, located in the heart of Sydney. Built by the Grace Brothers in the 1920s, the hotel has been beautifully restored to its former glory, making it one of Sydney’s most prominent historical landmarks. It is a fine example of Neo-Gothic architecture with a contrasting Art Deco interior featuring a unique blend of old-world charm with modern comfort.

The conference will be hosted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. Established in 1850, the University is Australia's first and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities.



Local Organising Committee (Thredbo 17)

  • Professor David Hensher (Chair)
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
  • Professor Rico Merkert
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
  • Professor John Nelson
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
  • Professor Graham Currie
    ITS Monash University
  • Professor Emerita Corinne Mulley
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
  • Dr Chinh Ho
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School
  • Julie Gee
    Transport for NSW
  • Matt Threlkleld
    Executive Director of BusNSW
  • Rebecca Connell (Conference Secretariat)
    Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School

Sponsored by

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Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies

Volvo

Kelsian

NSW Government

BusNSW

BusVic

Piper Alderman

Busways