October 11th, 2011

DEVELOPMENT of safe, secure, sustainable and efficient transport networks was the subject of interest at the 34th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Brisbane in June.

The five day APEC Transportation Working Group conference at the Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel was attended by 260 delegates from 19 of the 21 member economies where progress was reviewed of the Group’s activities and new initiatives in response to directives by APEC Leaders, Ministers and Transportation Ministers.

“The meeting in particular further developed a robust platform on scope and major transport-related issues for the seventh APEC Transportation Ministers’ Meeting to be held in San Francisco on September 13 and also for the Joint Trans-

portation and Energy Ministerial Conference to be held the day earlier,” said Event Project Manager Joyce Webb.

“In addition to the serious side of the meeting, delegates were given the opportunity to appreciate Australia’s cultural activities during the week.

“Australia’s iconic Akubra hats were given to Heads of Delegation of APEC member economies.”

Delegates enjoyed a cultural tour to the Australia Zoo, of the late Steve Irwin fame, who was well known to most APEC delegates.

“Akubra worked closely with Event Project Manager Joyce Webb to supply hats for Heads of Delegations plus retail facilities through our long-term events retailer OzHatz, ensuring a successful outcome for all,” said Dugal McIntyre – Akubra’s Corporate Direct manager.

Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport delegates Tina Rose, Yantra Scott and Emma Smith in their Akubras. Photo courtesy Australian Department of Infrastructure and Transport.