Members of the Convention and Hospitality Committees arranged a meeting with Public Transport Victoria (PTV) late in 2018. Representatives from Yarra Trams, Skybus, Metro Trains Melbourne, Southern Cross Operations Management and V/Line attended with the meeting chaired by the PTV Special Events Planner.
Most of the representatives remembered the Melbourne International Convention in 2014, in particular the peak capacity of the network on Friday evening and some of the issues that resulted. The PTV Special Event Planner felt that they were unprepared for the number of delegates who used the network at Southern Cross Station despite the Convention Committee providing helpful survey information.
As a result, he made the comment, “we intend on being far more prepared for this year.” All the representatives present at the meeting suggested ways in which they could assist. They appreciated the fact that surveys would be made through the congregations attending the convention, which will provide vital information for their service planning.
This information will assist them in introducing additional services, providing more staff and cooperation with our volunteers.
Our committee members were very impressed with the level of cooperation and the desire to assist. We have seen evidence of this to date with a special Skybus booking page with delegate discounts and the provision of a Delegate transport validation pass. This pass is pre-purchased on behalf of the International Delegates and enables them to travel anywhere on the PTV network during a 24 hour period for only $3. We have also seen a real willingness from PTV to work with our volunteers who will be assisting delegates utilising the network. In fact we have just recently met with Southern Cross Operations manager to commence our detailed department planning at the facility.
We came away from the meeting with a feeling that PTV will work hard to assist with the overall success of our convention. In fact all these small experiences leave no doubt in our minds that Jehovah is blessing all the efforts of those involved in the planning of our International Convention.