City of Gold Coast awards Transit Australia Group city's first bike-share partnership

The Surfers Paradise foreshore was the perfect backdrop to announce that Transit Australia Group (TAG) would become the City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partner. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Transit Australia Group awarded City of Gold Coast's first bike-share partnership at a media conference this morning. 

Partnering with international bike-share platform Mobike and social enterprise Good Cycles, TAG chief executive Michael McGee says the Gold Coast’s model will change the perception around bike-sharing in Australia.

“While bike sharing is in its infancy in Australia, we are excited to showcase how our unique approach can enhance mobility with digital disruption while supporting positive social outcomes for the community through a social enterprise model," he said. 

Read the full story here.  

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

City of Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate trials bike-share, with (L-R) Mobike's Chris Martin, TAG's Michael McGee and Good Cycles Jaison Hoernel

Power to the future of electric bus transit


LEADING transit authorities from across the globe will soon have their eyes on Adelaide as Australia’s first electric urban buses begin trial on the city’s transport network.

They appear similar to a traditional bus, but the passenger experience aboard the 100 per cent battery-powered buses is unrivalled with quieter operation, smoother acceleration and zero environmental impact.

The wholly Australian designed and built operational electric urban buses are the innovative by-product of Transit Australia Group’s award-winning advanced bus manufacturing arm Bustech and Adelaide manufacturer Precision Components Australia.

Under their joint venture Precision Buses, the companies last year attracted a $2 million South Australian Government grant to locally develop and build two e-buses as well as Australia’s first two Euro 6 low emission diesel buses. The buses were launched today by South Australia’s Premier and will soon take to Adelaide’s streets for trial.   

While the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure examines how the buses integrate into its future transport solution, eyeballs the world over will also hone in on how the battery-powered buses stack up against Australia’s harsh operating climate.

The electric buses have a top speed of 80km/h and use regenerative braking to extend battery range. They utilise world-leading Toshiba batteries which can be charged up to 80 per cent within just 10 minutes on a network with correct infrastructure.  

The ZDi and XDi Euro 6 buses also feature the hallmarks of Bustech’s unique monocoque chassis that are designed, engineered and manufactured in-house.

“We are showing Australia and the rest of the world how domestically produced electric and low emission buses which comply with Australian design standards, heavy vehicle regulations and state transit authority specifications can integrate into an urban network,” says Transit Australia Group CEO Michael McGee.

He said e-mobility transport held enormous potential for Australian manufacturers with the electric bus market in Asia-Pacific alone projected to exceed around $15 billion by 2020.

“The South Australian Government has been the first in Australia to demonstrate leadership on how governments and transport authorities can engage industry leaders to innovate and deliver market-leading transport vehicles of the future,” Mr McGee says.

“Electric buses are becoming an attractive alternative for urban transport networks across the world as more trials are conducted and vehicle design, battery and charging technology is continually enhanced.

“Bustech is not only generating jobs and supply chain opportunities as Australia adopts e-mobility technologies, but we also see strong export potential. As the global market grows, we are well poised to benefit with manufacturing facilities in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.”

Precision Components Australia director Mat Fitch said the government grant had encouraged a resurgence of advanced manufacturing in Northern Adelaide with the impending closure of Holden.

“Our alliance with Bustech has focused our skills and expertise away from automotive manufacturing and into an exciting growth industry that has already created 29 jobs and is supporting local materials and suppliers,” Mr Fitch says.

“Within six months Precision Buses has built wholly-Australian designed, engineered and manufactured electric buses and Euro 6 buses and they are rolling straight off the production line and onto Adelaide’s public transport network.

“We have also already signed agreements to build an additional 50 low carbon emission buses to supply inter-state demand for Bustech products.”

ABC Brisbane previews the Cootha Classic

A 100 cars descended on Brisbane's Mount Coot-tha ahead of Saturday's much anticipated Cootha Classic motorsport festival, ABC Brisban's resident rev-head Lachlan Mackintosh caught up with event director James Payne and driver Ian Bone to get the run down on what the event was all about. Have a listen. 

Bigfish creative studio hosts Japanese game show for charity

Sheldon Lieberman says the reputation of his creative studio Bigfish could “reach the point of nori-turn” when it broadcasts a Japanese game show online this Friday to raise money for its chosen charity at this year’s Bridge to Brisbane.

The agency’s eccentric founder and game show master will play host as teams ‘Venom’ and ‘Nightriders’ create unsightly scenes involving J-pop karaoke, wasabi roulette and treadmills, leaving dignity aside to captivate online viewers all in the name of charity.

It will be the fifth year Bigfish has entered the Bridge to Brisbane as ‘Run Bigfish Run’, which Lieberman says has generated more than $50,000 for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Australia.

“I lost my daughter Michi,” he explains, “so it’s very personal. SMA desperately need awareness and funds – it’s the biggest killer of babies aged under two and has zero government funding.”

“With the proceeds from last year’s event we were able to fund a machine that helps children with the disease to breathe.”

“Each year we try to create a new way to raise money. Usually we run on a treadmill for an entire week, but this time we’ll have two, and it’s going to be a day of chaos.”

Bigfish are again looking to finish in the top 5 teams at the Bridge to Brisbane, and to take out the annual Brisbane Advertising and Design Club (BADC) Charity Challenge in which top Brisbane advertising and design agencies look to flex their creative muscle for a good cause

Check out the story in the Courier-Mail

Proud to support this campaign which raised almost $15,000.