CDC Geelong

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Volgren bodied Mercedes-Benz O405 in September 2010
Parent CDC Victoria
Service area Geelong
Service type Bus operator
Routes 10
Fleet 85 (November 2015)

CDC Geelong, formerly known as Benders Busways, is an Australian bus company in Geelong operating routes under the Geelong Transit System umbrella, as well as charter work. It is a subsidiary of ComfortDelGro Cabcharge.


Volgren-bodied Volvo B10BLE in Benders livery: February 2007

Benders Busways was formed by Ernest and Aimee Bender in 1926. The first route ran from Geelong to Chilwell, and in 1931 a second route commenced from the Geelong Post Office to the corner of Minerva Road and Aberdeen Street in Geelong West.

The closure of the Geelong tram system in 1956 saw Benders win the contract to serve the former tram routes with buses. Eighteen new buses were purchased to run the increased number of services.

In 1987 Benders purchased IJ Cook & Son. In June 2000 the Bender family sold Benders Busways to the Kefford Corporation.[1] In February 2009 the Kefford Corporation was sold to ComfortDelGro Cabcharge, with the sale including Benders Busways.[2] On the 14 July 2014, CDC announced that Benders Busways would be re-branded as CDC Geelong.[3]


Volgren bodied Scania K230UB in October 2010
CDC Geelong Volvo B12R PMCA "Apollo" seen at Marshall Station in March 2016.

When the Geelong Transit System (GTS) was first introduced in 1983,[4] buses operated by Benders on route services were painted in the blue stripe and white GTS livery. However the contract with the state government requiring Benders to use the GTS livery on its urban route buses expired in 2000, and under the subsequent contract the company's buses all reverted to Benders' former white and green livery.

In August 2014, CDC Victoria announced that it had started to use the recently introduced Public Transport Victoria livery on its buses, replacing the former Benders livery,[5] and CDC Geelong buses providing public transport services were progressively repainted.


Route Route Details
1 Deakin University to North Shore Railway Station
10 Lara South to Lara Railway Station
11 Lara East to Lara Railway Station
12 Lara West to Lara Railway Station
20 Geelong Railway Station to Corio via the Old Melbourne Road
22 Geelong Railway Station to North Shore Railway Station via Ballarat Road and Anakie Road
23 Corio to North Shore Railway Station
24 Geelong Railway to North Geelong Railway Station via West Fyans St, Minerva Road, Vines Road and Seperation St
25 Geelong Railway Station to Bell Post Hill via Autumn Street and Ballarat Road
43 Geelong Railway Station to Deakin University via Highton


As at November 2015 the CDC Geelong fleet consisted of 85 buses and coaches.[6]


  1. ^ "Geelong Info - Benders Busways". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Updates & News". Kefford Corporation. Archived from the original on 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  3. ^ "A brand new look for CDC Victoria". CDC Victoria. Archived from the original on 2014-08-04. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  4. ^ "PTUA press release: Bring Back the Booklet". Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  5. ^ "CDC Geelong launches PTV livery on new buses". CDC Victoria. Retrieved 2014-09-28. 
  6. ^ "CDC Group - Benders, Geelong". Australian Bus Fleet Lists. Bus Australia. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 

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