Based on the delegate feedback, our second OUTLOOK conference was a huge success. We were well up on both delegate and exhibitor numbers from 2015 and this has certainly given the organising committee something to consider as we commence our planning of PACE 18. The Parking Industry Awards saw a record number of entries and just under $6000 raised in about 5 minutes for our charity of choice SARAH. The delegate sessions proved to be a forum for information sharing with popular topics such as smart cities, car ownership, electric vehicles, and planning for the future of on street parking – being well attended. A shark tank session saw the idea of selling on street parking as a business highly debated between the panel of sharks. The tech talk breakfast provided a fantastic overview of suppliers’ current and future plans.
Events, advocacy and policy are priorities for Parking Australia for the next 18 months with an Online Summit, Overseas Study Tour, APAC Parking Leaders Forum and PACE 2018 headlining our major events. Our media and public affairs efforts continue to grow with weekly media online comments, as well as radio/news sessions such as our recent ABC Perth talkback and Eyewitness News coverage. I also represented Parking Australia at the recent public hearing into NSW commuter car parking and look forward to the outcomes from not only our submission, but from other associations and entities present. For those members who are interested in learning more about the role of a Parking Australia Director, and perhaps nominating for a seat at the Board, I encourage you to click onto the AGM notice article. The AGM will precede the November insight forum featuring the future of parking payments. This facilitated panel will deliver an update on current and future parking payment trends, including cryptocurrency.