ComfortDelGro Corporation Australia (CDC) has completed its previously announced acquisition of the largest bus operator in the Rockhampton region.
Young’s Bus Service is now officially a part of CDC’s expanding regional bus portfolio, complementing its other operations in regional Australia.
The acquisition brings 42 additional buses and two depots under the control of CDC along with the delivery of route, school, and charter bus services in the area. It has also boosted CDC’s Queensland fleet size to 197 buses, while the total number operated in Australia is now close to 2500 buses.
ComfortDelGro Australia CEO Nicholas Yap said the finalised acquisition of Young’s Bus Service is another demonstration of the company’s growing commitment to public transport customers and communities across Australia.
“Young’s Bus Service is well-loved by the communities it serves and we are very pleased to introduce it to the CDC regional portfolio,” Mr Yap said.
“To maintain such vast local knowledge and provide continued quality services for our customers, we have retained the expertise of Young’s senior management team and we have offered all staff ongoing employment with us.
“This acquisition ties in well with other recent commitments to the communities of regional Australia, such as our expansion in Narrabri in New South Wales.
“We’re proud that our increased presence in regional Australia is offering more customers the benefits that come with the resources and experience of one of Australia’s largest bus operators, including advanced on-board technologies, increased safety and a strong focus on customer experience.
“We are also offering employees in regional locations the opportunities for career growth and mobility that come from working with a major global player.
“Throughout our operations, we have continuously displayed our dedication to linking people, places and communities across Australia and this will continue with Young’s,” Mr Yap said.
Son of founder Stan Young, Phil Young, who has been running the 71-year-old business with his brother David and mother Joan, said that CDC ownership would allow it to thrive into the future.
“To go with a bigger company would improve the business out of sight, for vehicles, for financing, for employment,” Mr Young said.
“My brother and I are excited about staying on with CDC for the foreseeable future, assisting in the day-to-day running of Youngs, before we step into our next chapter, retirement.”
CDC currently operates in six States and Territories in Australia – New South Wales, Victoria, the Australia Capital Territory, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.
ComfortDelGro Australia (CDC), Regional Australia Division has been named as a national finalist in the NSCA Foundation/GIO Workers Compensation 28th Annual National Safety Awards of Excellence to be announced in December.
The digital transformation initiated by CDC’s regional Australia arm to increase the effectiveness of safety messages to its workforce has seen the major bus operator recognised as one of five contenders in this year’s ‘Best Communication of a Safety Message’ category in Australia’s longest running and independent awards, which recognise outstanding work health and safety initiatives.
NSCA Foundation, Event Manager, Richard Cornish said the awards, now in their 28th year, continue to celebrate organisations and people that actively promote workplace health and safety as a cornerstone of elite business performance.
“The Category 4, ‘Best Communication of a Safety Message Award’, which is sponsored by Ansell, recognises organisations that have effectively and innovatively communicated a WHS/OHS message to their workforce.
“Finalists must be able to demonstrate their communication methods have led to a sustainable improvement in workplace behaviour, performance and all processes,” Mr Cornish said.
CDC Regional Australia Division Chief Executive Officer, Tony Hopkins, who heads CDC businesses in Northern Territory, Queensland, regional NSW, and ACT, congratulated his team on their recognition and dedication to the organisaton’s digital safety evolution.
“Safety is the number one priority in our business. As one of the country’s largest bus operators, and NT’s largest provider, with more than 4400 vehicles nationally, we carry a significant responsibility in the delivery of public, schools and charter services, not to mention our duty of care to 4000-plus employees nation-wide.
“It is incredibly gratifying to see the commitment and innovation shown by our small team behind the inhouse development of our safety communications program – initially rolled-out across the NT and Queensland – now recognised at this level, and amongst such esteemed company as the other national finalists.
“We’re also honoured to represent the safety message of the bus industry in a broad field of industries at this year’s awards,” Mr Hopkins said.
Judges shortlisted 34 finalists across eight categories, based upon their outstanding demonstration of innovation, commitment to safety as a business priority, proven return on investment, and leading work health and safety standards in their industry.
The other Category 4 finalists for 2021 are Bulla Dairy Foods, CBGJ D&C JV (Brisbane’s Cross River Rail partnership), City of Greater Geelong, and Water NSW.
Finalists will be formally recognised, and winners announced, at the 28th National Safety Awards Gala Luncheon on Wednesday, December 8 in Sydney.
This year’s event will be hosted by television sports presenter, reporter, and commentator Stephanie Brantz, with the Royal Australian Navy’s first female pilot Natalee Johnston delivering the keynote presentation.
All bus services in the Blue Mountains area, including school services, are running as scheduled. The recent service reduction to Hillsbus, Forest Coach Lines and other bus services in the Sydney area do not apply to Blue Mountains Transit services. For trip information please call 131500.
This National Sorry Day, not-for-profit organisation Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) and leading bus company CDC NSW are launching a campaign to build the country’s first truth telling museum and healing centre for Stolen Generations survivors, their families and the community.
KBHAC Chairperson, Uncle James Michael ‘Widdy’ Welsh (Uncle Widdy) is calling on all Australians to support the project and said the proposed museum and healing centre will play a critical part in Australia’s truth telling journey.
“Without truth telling there can be no healing,” said Uncle Widdy.
“Our pain must stop with us; this museum and healing centre will ensure what happened to Stolen Generations survivors will never be repeated. It will contribute to the rebuilding of our family structures and support the journey to lasting intergenerational healing across Australia,” he said.
Led by KBHAC, the campaign’s launch this Sorry Day is receiving essential support from CDC NSW, one of the largest private bus operators in the state.
CDC is showing its ongoing support for KBHAC’s truth telling and healing work by committing to a $750,000 partnership over three years. This will assist the not-for-profit with its rapid growth as one of the leading Stolen Generations Organisations in the country.
KBHAC CEO, Dr Tiffany McComsey said reconciliation takes action and she welcomes CDC’s strong support.
“Our vision is for the museum to be built on a site of great historical significance for Australia – the former Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home property in Kempsey,” said Dr McComsey.
The property was a home run by the NSW Government between 1924 and 1970. In that period it housed between 400 and 600 young Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families and made to assimilate into white Australian society.
KBHAC aims to raise $5 million through donations from businesses, organisations and the Australian public to purchase, repair and conserve the property, and build the envisioned living museum and healing centre.
A conservation management plan for the property has been developed by highly respected heritage specialist Alan Croker, who also developed the Sydney Opera House’s most recent conservation management plan.
Dr McComsey said that the site, historical records and the memories and stories of the home’s survivors – known as the Uncles – would provide tangible evidence of past assimilation policies and practices for the education and understanding of all Australians and to ensure that what happened to the Uncles and other Stolen Generations survivors never happens again.
“The property is a place of deep importance for the Uncles, their families and communities. The site and its associated places hold memories, both painful and otherwise, of their childhood after being kidnapped from their families,” said Dr McComsey.
Commenting on CDC’s long-term commitment to working with KBHAC, Dr McComsey said it was an example of the cross-community collaboration at the heart of reconciliation in action.
“Genuine collaboration and mutual support between people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and non-Indigenous communities is the only way forward. We need to work together towards the common goal of intergenerational healing,” she said.
CDC NSW CEO Edward Thomas said the organisation originally decided to assist KBHAC by maintaining its specially outfitted Mobile Education Centre (MEC), a retired commuter bus transformed for the purpose of raising awareness of the stories of Stolen Generations survivors.
“Since then, we’ve continued to become more involved. Our engineers have participated in designing and creating elements of the MEC and our drivers have driven the vehicle all over Sydney, the Central Coast and northwest NSW, helping get the Uncles out there in their truth telling journey,” Mr Thomas said.
“Working alongside KBHAC has inspired us to commit to a three-year sponsorship program that will provide real benefits to their organisation, helping them to improve the social, emotional, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of the Stolen Generations who survived their time in the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home, as well as their descendants and families,” he said.
In addition to helping launch the campaign to build the truth telling museum, CDC will also be providing extensive careers and skills development opportunities for Indigenous candidates nominated by KBHAC and back-office support for the organisation.
These include apprenticeships and subsequent long-term employment opportunities with CDC, study tours of CDC sites, work experience, mentoring, on-the-job training and opportunities to attend courses relevant to their chosen field.
“At CDC we believe that all Australians will benefit from reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, aided by the promotion of a true account of Australian history and better opportunities to enter into the workforce. It also helps us, on a practical level, to build bridges with Aboriginal communities and help them to find a career path within our organisation,” he said.
“Partnering with KBHAC has been a learning experience for us at CDC. Every day we continue to learn more about Aboriginal culture and past experiences and how we can do our part to help achieve reconciliation,” Mr Thomas said.
For more information or to donate towards making Australia’s first national truth telling museum a reality, head to kinchelaboyshome.org.au.