Fresh students tour Sunshine bus depot
CDC Victoria is proud to be able to invest in the development, education and well-being of our youth, through the Western Bulldog's Fresh Program. As part of this ongoing initiative, CDC Victoria opened its doors to fourteen students from the Fresh Program on the 17th September 2014.
Students were taken on a guided tour through the Sunshine Depot, allowing the kids to gain positive exposure and a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in a bus depot.
The tour was led by Sunshine Service Delivery Manager, Peter Duvcevski and his dedicated team who graciously engaged with students, allowing them to learn outside the classroom and find out about the extensive operational and planning requirements of a Metropolitan bus business.
The group visited the bus workshop where vehicles were being repaired, observed training and maintenance facilities and were excited to ride in a bus through the giant bus wash bay. The highlight of the excursion involved a walk through the Paint shop allowing the group to observe the spray painting of a vehicle.
CDC Victoria has also facilitated industry engagement sessions including resume writing, cover letter writing and speed careering over the last few weeks in order to give students a kick start.
We would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Public Transport Victoria, in particular Stephen Ryan and Graeme Lilley who joined the group on the tour, allowing them to interact with students and gain a better understanding of some of the challenges faced by the students; and experience CDC Victoria's community engagement endeavours.
The Western Bulldog's Fresh Program
The Fresh Program is aimed at educating youth (aged 15-20) who have experienced difficulties with mainstream education. Under the program, young people are offered the opportunity to gain secondary qualifications in a flexible, supportive environment allowing them access to sustainable future options.
About CDC Victoria
CDC Victoria is a key provider of essential transport services to millions of commuters across Melbourne and Regional Victoria, operating from six depots, consisting of a fleet of 440 buses and coaches, and employs 670 FTE staff.
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Deborah Jane Goon, Manager, Corporate Communications. Phone (03) 9392 9900. Email:
Victoria Maori Wardens Inc. initiative extended
10th September 2014
CDC Victoria is delighted to announce a 6 month extension of the Victoria Maori Wardens Inc. (VMWI) initiative after initial success during the trial period.
The extension allows the voluntary wardens to continue travelling on CDC Victoria's Westrans buses until 31 March 2015, in order to counteract anti-social behaviour, encourage fare compliance and provide an enhanced commuter trip for all passengers.
The joint initiative between CDC Victoria and the VMWI is supported by Public Transport Victoria (PTV).
Manager of Community Engagement at CDC, Maxwell Gratton said, " CDC Victoria would like to thank the VMWI for their efforts during the first phase of the initiative and look forward to building on those successes in the times ahead."
Under the scheme, uniformed members of the VMWI patrol key areas on CDC buses providing guidance, interaction and leadership to youth of Pacific Islander or Maori background, who may be displaying, or at risk of partaking in, anti-social behaviour.
"There has been a notable impact on anti-social behaviour in the Wyndham area due to the initiative and CDC is glad that the scheme has been well received by commuters, bus drivers and the general public," said Gratton.
The VMWI will continue travelling on buses within the Werribee, Hoppers Crossing, Tarneit, Wyndham, and surrounding areas.
For more information on the CDC/ VMWI initiative, please contact Maxwell Gratton at (03) 9392 9900