Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition Comes to a Close
Today marks the close of the Parking Australia Convention and Exhibition (PACE) 2016, which saw over 300 industry professionals attend the two-day event at Crown Perth. This year marked the 15th biennial convention and exhibition and coincided with Parking Australia’s 30th anniversary.
The parking industry continues to face rapid change on a number of fronts, from technological advances, policy changes, developments in the transport environment and economic realities. In keeping with the theme of ‘Raising the Bar’, this year’s conference provided an opportunity for attendees to learn about the current trends and developments taking place in the industry.
“PACE 2016 was bigger and better than ever before,” said Lorraine Duffy, Chief Executive at Parking Australia. “The landmark event saw a number of thought leaders discuss some of the biggest trends impacting the parking industry. I would like to thank all our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors for raising the standards of the parking industry in Australia.”
“I would also like to thank the Hon. Michael Sutherland MLA, Member for Mt Lawley and Speaker for the Legislative Assembly, for opening PACE 2016, as well as Christina Morrissy, Channel 9 and 6PR presenter, who was an excellent MC for the event,” she continued.
This year saw some high profile international and national keynote speakers present at PACE. Vanessa Solesbee, Practice Builder with Kimley-Horn and Associates, held a keynote session on Wednesday 9th November discussing how to facilitate a meaningful community dialogue about parking, whilst Kieran Fitsall, Head of Service Improvement and Transformation at Westminster City Council, opened the final day on Thursday 10th November with a case study on Westminster Council in the UK.
The third keynote speaker, Rachel Smith, Urban Transport Planner and Author, discussed technology, disruptors, robots, fear and our Aussie sense of entitlement during her keynote session.
Key highlights during the convention were also the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative’s electric powered driverless POD, as well as the site visit to Perth Airport, the announcement of the Accredited Operator Scheme and Parking Australia’s 30th Birthday Party.