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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.

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In line with direction from Transport for New South Wales, CDC NSW will be operating its north-west Sydney metropolitan bus services (Hillsbus) and northern suburbs service (Forest Coach Lines) to a Saturday timetable from Monday 23 August 2021. 

Weekend services will continue to operate on regular Saturday and Sunday timetables.

We thank you for your patience during these ongoing changes and, as always, we value your feedback.

Please stay safe.

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Our drivers are working continuously to provide on-time trips for our customers. 

At present, traffic conditions have changed due to the continuing COVID-19 lockdown. This can result in early running - and customers missing services - if not managed by the driver.

If a driver stops the bus for a continuous period at a bus stop, it is to maintain on-time running and prevent customers from missing their scheduled trip.

We thank you for your understanding.

Please stay safe.

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To improve services for our customers, CDC NSW and Transport for New South Wales have agreed to increase capacity on our north-west Sydney metropolitan bus services for next week.

From Monday 16 August, our north-west Sydney services (Hillsbus) and our northern suburbs service (Forest Coach Lines) will run on a regular school week schedule.

To view trips, please see your preferred transport schedule app.

Once again, we thank you for your patience, understanding and valuable feedback during these challenging circumstances.

If you have any questions regarding your bus service, please contact 131 500.

Stay safe!

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CDC NSW and Transport for New South Wales have agreed to improve capacity on our north-west Sydney metropolitan bus services for next week following the reduction in services which commenced on Monday 19 July. 

From Monday 2 August, our north-west Sydney services (Hillsbus), will run on a ‘school holiday’ schedule, which means regular weekday services excluding school services. 

Our northern suburbs service (Forest Coach Lines) is now running the school holiday schedule and will continue to provide this service.

There are currently no restrictions on our Blue Mountains and Hunter region services.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging circumstances.

If you have any questions regarding your bus service, please contact 131 500.

Thank you and stay safe.