Regional Buses is a local, family owned partnership between bus operators M & M Kane Pty Ltd, T/A Bookabus and A.P. Ofak Pty Ltd, T/A Burrum Bus Service.
M & M Kane Pty Ltd is owned by Matt and Mel Kane, who entered the bus industry on 29 April 2013 by purchasing the Mullengandra Public School, Bowna, Wymah school contract. With the closure of Mullengandra Public School in December 2017, the school contract now operates into Table Top Public School. A busy charter business has since been built up with a 21 seater bus and a 24 seater bus.
A.P. Ofak Pty Ltd is owned by Allan and Karen Ofak, and entered the bus industry on 6 March 1995 after purchasing the Burrumbuttock school bus contract from Joan Wood. After a series of route extensions, reflecting where the kids are, this contract now operates from Howlong to Burrumbuttock connecting several students onto Sharp's Albury bus, then onto Burrumbuttock connecting students onto Martin's bus for St. Pauls College, Walla. The bus then does a second service into Burrumbuttock Public School. In the afternoon the two functions of Burrumbuttock Public School and connecting St. Pauls college students are all done on the one trip.
Allan, by that stage married to Karen, purchased the Brocklesby Public School contract from Colin and Betty Schilg on 15/1/07. The reason for the purchase was the birth of our precious daughter,Petrea on 1/12/06. The extra run meant Karen could be a full time mum for Petrea. The Brocklesby school contract also brought the employment of our much valued long time driver,Wilfred Krause. Allan has carefully taught "Mr Wilf" the ins and outs of the bus industry.
With a busy charter business the fleet now stands at three modern 24 seater Fuso Rosa buses. Matt met Allan on a school charter not long after starting and very quickly formed a strong friendship, based on shared family, work and personal values. We co-operate on charter work to make running our businesses easier.
Matt and Allan first caught wind of new “Point to Point" regulations, regarding the operation of 12 seater mini buses two years ago in 2016. This resulted in many conversations where our long experience in operating personalised charter services could result in new services filling currently unmet community needs.
The call for expressions of interest for new On Demand services in Sydney using the new "Point to Point" legislation convinced Matt and Allan that the NSW government would trial services in rural New South Wales. We had our vision mapped out and after a number of meetings, Matt and Allan submitted proposals for three new community services to Transport for NSW in February 2018.
Matt and Allan were delighted to receive news in July 2018 that their proposal for a service connecting Burrumbuttock, Walla, Jindera and Albury was successful. After much work this service was launched on February 11 2019. This service,was embraced by the communities and was successful from day one.
Matt and Allan were even more delighted when TfNSW gave them the news in April 2019 that the proposal for a group of services commencing in Holbrook, but serving communities in the eastern side of Greater Hume Council to Albury and Wagga, were accepted. These services will commence on July 1 2019. We look forward to welcoming you on board our two Regional Buses services!