Those that attended heard speakers from the sector, shared stories amongst each other with an aim to leave them feeling inspired and motivated, and participated in workshops that gave them the opportunity to shape the work to come. We hoped attendees would leave having reinforced great connections and saw them influence projects like the Waikato Regional Council's Community Transport Fund framework.
These symposiums are intended to bring together those who are involved in Community Transport in New Zealand; to provide a voice and articulate a vision for the sector's future. Lending us her expertise and voice this year, Dr Bridget Doran delivered the keynote speech on the topic “Speaking Up: International insights on giving voice and governance to the Community Transport sector in Aotearoa”. Bridget is long-time member of the Waikato Community Transport Forum. She brings her passion and a wealth of expertise as a chartered engineer and researcher with twenty years of experience in transport policy, design, community engagement, and participatory planning.
We have seen unparalleled change to our social landscape since the last symposium. This year's event provided an opportunity to revisit how we intend to keep going and foster increased support for community transport.
This event brought together people working in the Transport, Policy, and Health Sector.