Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Women Take to Wheel; Buslink Program Encourages Female Drivers to Get Onboard the Fleet

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Women Take to Wheel; Buslink Program Encourages Female Drivers to Get Onboard the Fleet

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SARAH

DIONYSIUS

sarah.dionysius@scnews.com.au

AN INITIATIVE encouraging women to get behind the wheel is aiming to bring balance to a profession traditionally dominated by men.

Buslink CEO Bertram Birk said the initiative was open to all women in the region who were interested in doing something a bit different.

"At the moment in the industry generally there is about 16 per cent women and we have 10 to 12 per cent so it's quite low," he said.

"I think it is healthy to have balance in the workplace and I think it's brings a sense of decorum.

"The mechanics do tell us that generally females are a bit gentler on the equipment than some of the blokes too."

As a school bus operator, Buslink drivers work within school hours and provide a working roster of a minimum of 20 hours per a week

"The kids give a far amount of respect to the female drivers," Mr Birk said.

"For mothers that might want to come in to the industry not on full-time capacity this would be a good option for them. …

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