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JUNE 2011



The official newsletter of the Boating Industry Association of NSW Ltd

28 July - 1 August


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June 2011


The official newsletter of the Boating Industry Association of NSW Ltd PO Box 1204 CrOWS NEST NSW 1585 Australia 53 Hume Street CrOWS NEST NSW 2065 Australia


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Telephone: (02) 9438 2077 Facsimile: (02) 9439 3983 Email: General Manager Roy Privett Marketing & Events Manager Domenic Genua Financial Controller Simon Hazelbrook Manager BIA Divisions Alan Barrett Event Operations Manager Belinda Close Secretary Linda English Member Support & Development Aaron McKenna Education & Training Coordinator Corrina McMillan Marketing & Events Coordinator Natalie Walker Logbook gratefully acknowledges all that have contributed to this edition. In particular; Roy Privett Editorial


New President Vaux Do Boat Shows sell boats?

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Over the Top to fight men’s cancer


Keep Australia Fishing


New fuel dock for Sydney Harbour


Diesel fuel – be careful what you add




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Board of Directors President Darren Vaux Vice-President Simon Cook Treasurer Alan Blake Board Bill Breakspear, Ken Bullen, Paul Burgess, Matt Hundleby, Jon Hunt, Michael Jarvin, Doug Olding, Alan Steber, Terry Wise

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Front cover: Sydney International Boat Show 28 July - 1 August 2011.


General Manager’s Catch-Up


elcome to our pre Sydney International Boat Show edition of Logbook. Wow! Here we go again. BIA Directors and staff have again put in the hard yards to ensure a smooth organisation and promotion of this crucial event for the recreational boating industry. Six exhibition halls and Promenade have been sold. The Cockle Bay Marina is on track to display approximately 180 vessels which is on a par with last year. BIA Marketing team have again prepared a terrific program with sponsors and promotional partners again giving great support, media strategy is in place with a new agency and in-house promotions for the show are being finalised. It will again be a great event and we certainly look forward to the opportunity of meeting up with members, exhibitors and industry colleagues. In this edition we report on Darren Vaux being elected as President of BIA NSW at our recent AGM and members appreciation to retiring President Doug Olding and Director Richard Pym who between them have in excess of 40 years service on the BIA Board of Directors. Both have made a sincere and valuable contribution to our great industry and have certainly achieved their objective of putting something back into the industry. President Darren Vaux at the AGM and subsequently at a Directors meeting of the Boating Industry Alliance of Australia gained unanimous support to take affirmative action to address significant challenges facing the industry. These challenges include restrictive Government Policy making boating harder, economic uncertainty and a high Australian Dollar, competition for interest from children (participation and careers) and retaining existing boaters. He said “there are three pillars to our success: 1. Strategies to grow participation in recreational boating that will nurture and develop an interest in boating, connect with our existing customers, provide experience pathways for new customers, expand and enhance the public image of boating and the boating lifestyle as a preferred leisure choice. 2. Government Advocacy and Member Support. This set of strategies will focus on access to waterways, investment in infrastructure, promotion of a safe boating industry and experience and most importantly the promotion of environmentally sustainable practices. 3. Career Pathways and Professional Development. This set of strategies will focus on enhancing our reputation and a professional and successful industry to attract the best young minds and an ongoing desire for improvement from our industry professionals”. Darren advocated member support was crucial to mobilise key actions and programmes to drive our industry forward. There is no doubt this set of strategies announced by Darren will present tremendous challenges to resource and roll out around Australia but hold opportunities for the growth and prosperity of recreational boating and associated industries and activities. In this edition we have introduced a new section to highlight Industry NEWS & ISSUES which is in addition to BIA Division News section. This will include a regular BIA Board of Directors Update and in the future will feature activity reports and development of industry policies from our new peak body The Boating Industries Alliance of Australia (BIAA). You will also find a commentary on a detailed report that recommended a national campaign to challenge the many threats facing Australia’s most popular recreational fishing. Titled “Keep Australia Fishing” this independent report

commissioned by the Boating Fishing Council of Australia gives us a valuable assessment and a road map of the issues to be tackled and advocated. It is particularly relevant that in recognising that “responsible recreational anglers are the tr ue guardians of the marine and aquatic environment and conser vationists should be working with them to protect and enhance our fisheries”. As American Tom Sadler said in his review of the report that “good habitat leads to recreational fishing opportunity, which leads to economic activity”. All of this also leads to social, lifestyle and health benefits for our community. Forget about the lockouts and 30% non take extreme Green claims we need to review the science and utilise the appropriate fishing tools for the appropriate areas. On the training front we announce that BIANSW has been successful in obtaining a WorkCover Assist Grant to provide free seminars for the industry to prepare for new national harmonisation of work, health and safety legislation. On behalf of our new President Darren Vaux, new Board of Directors and staff, we trust members and exhibitors have a successful Sydney International Boat Show. Our BIA Office will be located in Hall 5 and we invite you to visit and discuss any issues with our staff during the show or just have a coffee and a chat. Roy Privett, General Manager


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Boating Industry Association of NSW elects new President


he Annual General Meeting of the Boating Industry Association of NSW Ltd was held on Tuesday 10th May 2011 with fifty six members and staff attending and followed by a general meeting of members and presentation on plans for the 2011 Sydney International Boat Show. Members unanimously elected Darren Vaux as the new President of the Boating Industry Association of NSW. Darren who is the owner and operator of Empire Marina Bobbin Head, has already served on the Board of Directors for the last six years, a former Chairman of the Marina Association of NSW and also holds the position of Vice President of the Marina Industries Association of Australia, Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance ( the peak body for the Boating Industry in Australia), Member (on behalf of the BIAA) of the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia, Chairman of the Maritime Ministerial Advisory Council of NSW (the peak advisory body advising the Minister for Ports and Waterways in NSW). “I am very excited about taking on this challenge and see a bright future for our industry,” Darren said at the AGM. “Our association has had tremendous success over recent years under its retiring President Doug Olding and I plan to build on the board and BIA teams achievements under his control. “It is evident that the three core strategies we need to focus on are the growth participation in recreational boating, government advocacy and support for our members, and finally professional development and career pathways. Each of these objectives will lead to numerous strategic activities and programs that will allow our industry to move into its next stage of development,” he said. Darren is also well-known for his commitment and chairmanship of the new Boating Industries Alliance of Australia, that has brought all BIAs around Australia together to tackle national issues. Members acknowledged with applause contributions of Doug Olding and Richard Pym. Doug said he was standing down after five years as President and fifteen years as Treasurer. He thanked his fellow directors, members and excellent support of the BIA Staff. He said


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many objectives had been accomplished and the BIA had maintained a solid performance and service to members. He congratulated BIA’s General Manager Roy Privett. “It is essential I highlight the extraordinar y contribution made to the BIA by our General Manager,” Doug Darren Vaux – new President of the Boating O l d i n g s a i d . Industry Association of NSW. “The reason our association runs as well as it does and is financially secure, is due to the guiding hand, clear thinking and work ethic Roy has bought to his role over the last 20-plus years. Personally I must thank Roy for his counsel, his understanding of issues and guiding of me through political minefields.” Doug will remain on the Board of Directors as Immediate Past President for a further 12 months to assist in a smooth transition. Also leaving the board after 21 years of service to the industry will be Richard Pym. Richard has been a director since late 1990 and during this time served as Vice President for nine years, handing over the position to Simon Cook in 2010. Richard had made a great contribution to the success of the industry association and in particular the Sydney International Boat Show. Richard was always a key advocate for exhibitors and valuable input into planning and delivery of BIA events. The membership congratulated Richard’s valuable contribution with applause. Roy Privett, the Associations General Manager said, “We welcome Darren as President and look forward to his vision and guidance. Over the years our board has been stable and provided tremendous support to our team.” The new board in its entirety consists of, Darren Vaux – President; Simon Cook – Vice President; Doug Olding – Immediate Past President; Alan Blake – Treasurer; and Directors Jon Hunt from general membership and representing BIA divisions, Alan Steber – Boat Manufacturers Association of NSW; Matt Hundleby – Marina Association of NSW; Michael Jarvin – Marine Brokers Association of NSW; Bill Breakspear – Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association; Terry Wise – Sailing Industry Association; Paul Burgess – Shipwrights & Boatbuilders Association; and a new member to the board is Ken Bullen representing Trailer Boat Retailers Association. Under the constitution of the association, to allow for a fair representation of the industry, each of the division’s chairmen holds a seat on the board. The Boating Industry Association of NSW was incorporated in 1970 and has almost 600 corporate members and 250 associate trade members. h

Do Boat Shows Sell Boats? by Bob Wonders


guess that’s a question many boat retailers and their customers often ask themselves. It’s certainly a question that comes up often, particularly during boat shows. During my recent visit to the Miami International Boat Show, I came across what I felt were some valuable comments on the matter from two men well-placed to offer an opinion on the subject. They were Ron Hein, Executive Vice President of Michiganbased Foresight Research and Mike Mraz, recognised as a trade show strategist and educator. Both men made some highly interesting points; Hein believes there is one answer to the question and declares it is a “resounding yes.” Mraz comes on even stronger; “There’s nothing like a boat show to help sell boats,” he says. As Ron Hein points out, every year millions of power boaters, sailors and anglers, together with their friends and families flock to boat shows around the world. “These people are not just out for a good time,” he says, “their fun is mixed with a serious and generous helping of shopping to find the boat that is right for them. “They usually mean business and that means business for boat, motor and accessory manufacturers and their dealers,” he adds. As Hein says, manufacturers and dealers invest considerable time, effort and money into producing their boat show displays, manning their exhibits, giving demonstrations, conducting seminars and the like. “Back at company headquarters, the skeptics may well be asking, “Do boat shows really help sell boats?” Hein says. “I believe boat shows remain one of the best marketing investments available. “I’ve been researching buyer behaviour for nearly 25-years and when I was brand manager for a large automobile company, I pored over data focused on the intentions of new buyers, advertising reach and frequency, product exposure and Internet traffic. “I discovered a problem in that each communication form had different metrics. “So, next time around we went directly to the source, new buyers who had just completed the shopping and purchase process and we used the same scale to measure the influence of each form of communication,” he explained. One source Hein called on was the 2010 US Boating Industry Marketing Communications Influence Study, the result of a survey of 3295 new boat buyers. These buyers purchased their vessels over an 18-month period that ended in August, 2010. The survey revealed some interesting numbers. It showed that 50 percent of boat show visitors actually boarded a boat during their visit and that 60 percent of repeat buyers and 40 percent of first-time buyers made their purchase at the show. The survey also revealed that 57 percent of all those who purchased a boat had attended at least one boat show in the 12 months leading to their acquisition of their boat.

Other survey results showed that 61 percent of boat buyers made up their mind about which boat to buy while attending a show and that an astonishing 95 percent visited the display of the brand they ultimately purchased. Ron Hein said 14 different means of communication were measured, including three that are not necessarily marketing channels, but are influential, in prior brand experience, word of mouth recommendation and seen-on-the-water. “Recent buyers easily recalled in great detail what they did, whom they spoke to, what websites they visited and what made a given communication channel highly influential to them,” he said. “Here are some of those findings; • For people who attended, boat shows had the most influence on their decision to buy a boat (57%) versus their experience at a dealership (54%) and the Internet (47%). • Boat shows are the only marketing channel allowing prospective buyers to compare prices, brand and models side by side and to board the boats, two of the most important influences on boat buyers.

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• Buyers said boat shows had the most influence during the consideration phase of the purchase process, when they often discovered brands they may not previously have known of. • Among buyers who attended a boat show, 70 percent purchased their boat within three months of their visit. • Nearly six of every 10 new boat buyers attended at least one boat show in the 12 months prior to their actual purchase. • Nearly 20 percent of new boat buyers first met their eventual dealer at a boat show. The independent study was funded by a group of industry organisations, led by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, Michigan Boating Industries Association, Southern California Marine Association, Boating Trades Association of Houston, Southwest Florida Marine Industry Association and Show Management, Inc. “For those exhibitors looking for more than just a good hunch, the study offers rock solid evidence that investing in boat shows provides a powerful return on that investment,” Ron Hein added. Comments from Mike Mraz solidly backed Ron Hein’s belief. Mraz actually pointed out what he called ‘the true cost of not exhibiting’. “Admittedly, exhibiting at boat shows can take a fairly big bite out of an exhibitors cash flow and the temptation to cancel the commitment and not exhibit can be strong,” he says. “However, here are a few things to think about as you ponder your marketing budget.

“Buyers do go to boat shows and I’m living proof as I recently made a boat-buying decision as a result of meeting a representative at a boat show. “Think about it, it’s winter, when boat shows are usually held, I’m in a centre surrounded by the toys of summer, I forget it’s cold outside and know that summer will eventually arrive. “If you’re in the business of selling boats and related products, where else would you want to be but in the midst of hundreds of people with a passion for what you sell? “Sure, the competition will be there, but if you had chosen to pull your marketing head into your shell, there’s no guarantee the competition will follow suit. “If I was your competitor and found out you weren’t going to exhibit, I’d pump up the volume on my own presence. “Face it, as far as the market is concerned, if you’re not at a boat show, you don’t exist,” Mike declared. As he explained, a manufacturer or dealer knows what it costs to attract someone into their showroom. “Take that cost and multiply it by the number of prospects you could meet at a boat show and you’ll have a pretty goo idea of what it will cost to replace boat show connections with showroom activity,” he said. “Of course, the next logical step is to move those boat show connections into your place of business, right? “Well, it’s kind of hard to meet me if you’re not even there! “Just remember, there’s nothing like a boat show,” he said. For further information, contact Ron Hein at RonH@ and Mike Mraz at

Australian first – going ‘over the top’ fighting men’s cancer


wo brothers will attempt an Australian-first by travelling around Australia’s harsh coastline in a ‘rubber ducky’ for more than 9500km to go ‘over the top’ to raise funds and awareness to fight the growing incidence of prostate cancer. Beginning in New South Wales (1 August 2011) at the Sydney International Boat Show and finishing nearly two months later in Perth, the Honda Over The Top Expedition involves prostate cancer survivor Peter Jenkins and his brother Phillip. Powered by twin Honda BF225 outboard engines, the custom 8.6m rigid inflatable boat (RIB) will be home for the brothers for eight weeks. Honda Australia general manager Vikram Pawah said supporting the expedition was an important decision for Honda, after learning close to 3000 men in Australia die each year from prostate cancer. “Men’s health, particularly prostate cancer, is something rarely spoken about, which is quite strange considering every man could face it at some stage in his life,” Mr Pawah said. “The fact the majority of Honda customers – right across its cars, motorcycles, power equipment and marine divisions – are males, the expedition is a perfect fit with Honda’s

The Jenkins brothers – go ‘over the top’ for men’s cancer.

global view on social responsibility. “The Honda Over The Top Expedition celebrates the Aussie adventurous spirit and outdoor culture, at the same time spreading an important message about one of the most common cancers in men in Australia, second only to skin cancer.” With a family history of prostate cancer and having been diagnosed himself in 2008, skipper Peter Jenkins is passionate about sharing his story with other Australian men. The custom 8.6m RIB powered by twin Honda BF225 outboard engines.

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“I have always been active and healthy, so to hear that I had cancer at 61 was shocking,” Mr Jenkins said. “I was lucky, I detected prostate cancer early and was able to receive treatment by the least invasive method, Brachytherapy. “As a typical bloke who doesn’t like visiting the GP, like most Australian men, I want this expedition to encourage men to book a check-up with their GP.” The Honda Over The Top Expedition has attracted significant support from the boating and marine community including Honda Australia, Toll Energy Logistics, Bailey Marine Fuels, Jet Torque Marine, Furuno Australia, BLA, The Hub Marketing Communications and Sandman PR. The Expedition aims to raise $200,000 for Cancer Council Australia for research into effective prostate cancer detection and treatment.

Nik Parker appointed new GM of BIAA


he Chairman and Board of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia are delighted to announce that the next step in developing the Alliance as the national voice for the recreational marine industry has been taken with the appointment of Nik Parker to the new role of General Manager. Nik joins BIAA with a wealth of industr y support, knowledge and experience gained during seven years as Technical Director of the British Marine Federation in UK and more recently with Government of South Australia commercial marine team. Nik brings a strong focus on national and international issues, having represented the industry in UK and Europe on a range of issues related to technical regulation and standards, and has a healthy exposure to working with industry and government agencies to develop policy on some of the key issues affecting the Australian industry today, including parallel imports, marine parks and reserves and industry development and promotion.

BIAA Chairman Darren Vaux said of the news, “Nik brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the BIAA that will drive the organisation forward in achieving our core objectives of growing participation in recreational boating nationally, increasing economic impact in the tourism and leisure sectors, representing our members in federal government advocacy, promoting safe and environmentally sound boating and supporting our members in delivering world class products and services to the boating industry.” Nik Parker responded by saying “I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with BIAA and the Board to help grow the boating industry in Australia. “It’s a strong industry, one of the leading players in the global market, but just as we enter a period of more stable economic conditions and people looking again to their leisure time water-based pursuits, the industry is faced with an expanding range of issues that have the potential to seriously impact the viability of a great many of our members. “I’m looking forward to working with the BIAA membership to provide a clear direction for the industry through the maze of issues being faced and taking on the challenge of influencing and shaping future policy at all levels within Australia and beyond.”

The BIAA is the national peak body for the recreational and light commercial marine industry and via its members, the network of state-based boating industry associations, represents over 90% of the industry in Australia. The core aim of the BIAA is to protect, promote and advance the interests of the boating industry in relation to national issues through advocacy to the State and Federal Governments, coupled with the promotion and expansion of the recreational boating industry in Australia through the promotion of the boating lifestyle. BIAA can be contacted via General Manager Nik Parker at or on 08 8212 6207.

I&I NSW is seeking sponsors for monthly and major prizes for the

2012 recreational fishing calendar photo competition The calendar presents a unique opportunity to sponsor a specially designed and targeted product to a recreational fishing audience.

appeal to all fishers. Over 1200 entries were submitted in the 2009 and 2010 competitions.

I&I NSW is running a recreational fishing photo competition in 2011. Twelve finalists will have their photos published in the calendar in 2012.

This is the third year the calendar has been run with the first two years being a great success.

The calendar provides a tool for the promotion of key rules and regulations relating to recreational fishing. The photo competition is open to the community across NSW and has broad

Calendars are distributed free of charge to the community through an online request form, around 900 recreational fishing clubs, Fishcare Volunteers and I&I NSW offices.

Sponsorship Benefits: ➊ Sponsors will receive advertising space on the calendar produced in 2012. ➋ Sponsors will receive advertising exposure to the recreational fishing community. ➌ This includes exposure of logos on up to 10,000 calendars during 2012.

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Keep Australia Fishing The Boating Fishing Council Australia has releasesd its commissioned report by Martin Salter.


he report begins with a description of the brief agreed jointly by the Australian Fishing Trade Association and RecFish Australia working with the Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BFCA), who commissioned and funded this work. It then sets out some of the things necessary for the effective organisation and creation of a sustainable recreational fishing sector and the aquatic resources on which it depends. The Boating and Fishing Council of Australia (BFCA) includes the following organisations; Australian Fishing Trades Association, RecFish Australia, Boating Industries Alliance of Australia (peak body for the State BIAs), Australian Marine Engine Council and Outboard Engine Distributors Association. The BFCA unites industry bodies and RecFish Australia to develop and present policy position on activities in Commonwealth Waters and the bio-regional planning process taking place around Australia’s coastline. The report prepared by Martin Salter looks at where we are now and some of the key issues we face. Martin Salter served as Parliamentary Spokesman for Angling in the British Government and is a fishing journalist.

The Report calls for a national campaign to protect recreational fishing and to challenge the many threats facing Australia’s most popular recreational pursuit. Titled ‘Keep Australia Fishing’ the 54-page report “drew on best practice from other countries around the world where recreational fishing was properly respected and valued as a significant economic contributor”. “Australia’s recreational fishing industry has been under threat for many years, from fish kills on major rivers, habitat degradation, urban pollution and unjustified marine park lock-outs,” Mr Salter said. “While Australia still boasts some of the best recreational fishing in the world, pressure is mounting from poor land use practices and extreme Green movements that regard anglers as part of the problem rather than the solution. “Responsible recreational anglers are the true guardians of the aquatic environment and sensible conservationists should be working with them to protect and enhance our fisheries.”

Some of the report’s key recommendations include: • The Keep Australia Fishing Campaign – an independent body led by the tackle and boating industries to lobby on behalf of recreational fishing, to promote the sport among young people and to effectively challenge actions and practices that are harmful to fishing and fisheries; • A new mass membership national peak body – recreational fishing licence (RFL) holders to be members of a new peak advocacy body with full voting rights as in Holland and New Zealand; • Independent Recreational Fishery Trust Funds – funded through state RFL revenues and controlled by anglers, free from political patronage; • Tougher rules on pollution and habitat degradation – a complete overhaul of allowable chemical discharges into watercourses and possible civil action against polluters; • Ending unwarranted lock-outs of recreational anglers from marine parks – building community support for proper science-based conservation measures; • Regular surveys on economic benefit – there is an estimated three million recreational anglers in Australia and potential economic benefit of up to $10 billion annually, although accurate figures are needed; • Policy development through an Australian Charter for Angling – the emergence of minority parties representing anglers only highlights the failure of too many politicians to take anglers concerns seriously.

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Other key points from the report: • Closing inshore reefs and waters in metropolitan areas to commercial fishing so these popular and pressured areas get to become recreational-only fisheries; • Recreational only status for marlin and other designated sport fish species; • Restrictions on beach netting and targeting of spawning aggregations; • Statutory duty on public bodies to promote recreational fishing; • Opening up of water supply dams to anglers; • Updated fisheries and environmental legislation. The recommendations on economic benefit, marine parks and the environment, funding and organisational structures and a specific recreational fishing policy prospectus have all been informed by an examination of the current situation, by discussion and consultation and by drawing on experiences from elsewhere. Healthy fisheries managed sustainably, pristine water quality, abundant habitat to aid successful fish recruitment and a population overwhelmingly committed to both enjoying and protecting the resource are some of the most important factors in ensuring a strong future for recreational fishing. Clear policies and vision with strong public and political support is what is now required to support strong professional advocacy. Russell Conway, Chair of RecFish Australia said, “Martin has produced an extremely timely and valuable assessment of the current situation of the Australian recreational fishing environment and has provided us with a blueprint for the future development of recreational fishing in this country. “This report raises a number of significant issues that stakeholders and decision makers must address to ensure future generations of young Australians will be able to experience not only the excitement of catching a fish, but also the associated social, lifestyle and health benefits of recreational fishing.” Doug Joyner, Executive Officer of the Australian Fishing Trade Association (AFTA) “commends the Keep Australia Fishing Report” as a pathway for recreational fishing to be maintained and developed. Government and those who are serving the Australian community should take stock of the report and incorporate the recommendations applicable, so that a balanced recreational fishing activity is maintained”. From a US perspective Tom Sadler from the American Fly Fishing Trade Association said the concept of creating Keep Australia Fishing is spot on. “When I visited last year, I was taken by the fact that Australian recreational fishers were in much the same place US recreational fishers were 20 years ago. “What you have done is created a foundational document that provides a clear and compelling road map for moving Australia’s recreational fishing community forward. “Your document shows why good habitat leads to recreational fishing opportunity, which leads to economic activity. “More importantly you show how that concept can keep fishing in Australia a proud tradition for years to come.” Following on from the report Martin Salter has been further commissioned by AFTA to advise on specific policies and develop a process forward. You can download the full report and executive summary at BIA’s website from the Bulletin Board in the Members Section. h


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Major fuel facility for recreational and commercial boating opens on Sydney Harbour


aileys Marine, Australia’s leading independent supplier of fuel services for the marine industry, opened their brand new state of the art fuel facility at White Bay 6 on Sydney Harbour on Thursday 7th of April. With limited infrastructure development within the harbour over recent years, recreational boat owners have been limited to using old and in many instances sub-standard fuelling facilities. This is about to change. Featuring a total of 440,000 litres of capacity, delivered through high flow fuel lines, the $7 million facility will ensure consistent supply for any and all types of vessels. Recreational boat owners have been catered for with deep water access to three high flow fuel pumps at the eastern end of the facility, also offering sullage and oily water disposal services. “When we were first presented with the opportunity to be involved at White Bay 6 we undertook extensive local consultation to understand the challenges facing local recreational and commercial boat owners, so that our facility would deliver to their needs,” said Guy Bailey, White Bay 6 Managing Director. “It become very clear that the harbour needed a facility that could offer consistent fuel supply, at competitive prices, and always with the preservation of the harbour as the priority. I’m delighted to say that White Bay 6 delivers that, and in future will become a central marine fuel and service location.” Baileys Marine have developed a reputation for investing in and building state of the art marine fuel service facilities around the country, to cater to the needs of commercial and recreational boat operators. It is with this experience that they embarked on the White Bay 6 project working in conjunction with the BIA, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and local residents to ensure the highest ecological standards were adhered to. Baileys Marine went one step further and actually designed and operate the facility under international standard ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) to ensure the protection of the harbour and surrounds. Baileys Marine, due to their national buying power, has a reputation for offering the highest quality fuel at very

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White Bay 6 recreational fuel wharf. Below, Guy Bailey.

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SW Ports Minister Duncan Gay has welcomed the addition of two new sewage pump-out units, part of the new integrated marine fuel, service and supply facility at White Bay, Balmain. Mr Gay said the project had its beginnings in March 2010 when NSW Maritime awarded full funding of $337,000 to Bailey’s Marine Fuels Australia for the pump-out units. “The NSW Maritime Better Boating Program (BBP) under the Sharing Sydney Harbour Access Program provided $84,250 of the funding, with the balance of $252,750 from a NSW Maritime special grant,” Mr Gay said. “The two pump outs are now fully operational. “One pump-out is for commercial boating use and is located on the main wharf, while the unit for recreational boaters is located on a new pontoon facility which provides access for smaller vessels. “This White Bay facility aims to provide modern, environmentally acceptable marine fuelling and waste removal services to both commercial/charter and recreational vessels. “It is pleasing to see this valuable project reach completion stage and deliver ongoing benefits to the boating community.” Mr Gay said this was part of NSW Maritime’s commitment to provide ongoing services and support to the boating community. It is an offence to pollute State waters. Vessels fitted with holding tanks can discharge at pump-out stations such as this new facility at White Bay. For more details on environmental issues relating to vessel waste and locations of pump-out facilities, go to http://www. Ph: 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry log onto on ‘Employment ... Jobs Vacant/Jobs Wanted’ 10and -clickJune 2011 BIA of NSW LOGBOOK For boating weather log onto Boating Industry Association

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Diesel fuel – be careful what you add by Anton le Rutte


note from a BOA member draws attention for the need to be careful what additives are added to a tank of diesel fuel. In his particular case it concerned the addition of different brands of fuel conditioner which, when mixed together in the fuel, resulted in an adverse reaction. Diesel produced in Australia has to comply to a national fuel quality standard, which is designed to deal with not only the environment (emissions) but also operability (efficient operation of diesel engines). In that regard, the diesel that is produced by Australia’s major oil refineries is of the very highest standard. Under ideal conditions and provided it hasn’t been blended with biodiesel, the fuel will last for many years and, indeed, does so at many of Australia’s stand-by generator installations found in high-rise buildings, hospitals, defence establishments etc.

… he asked “do you use a diesel fuel conditioner?” I answered “Yes.” “Have you changed brands of your diesel fuel conditioner lately?” I again answered “Yes.” … “that’s your problem, son, the mix of biocide chemicals in any particular brand of diesel fuel conditioner is always different in some way to other brands.” But unlike fuel contained in tanks buried deep underground at stand-by generator installations, fuel carried in the tanks of recreational boats is exposed to a much more hostile environment – moisture and higher ambient temperatures. Moisture in the air produces water that, when combined with the diesel, supports the growth of fungus and bacteria that not only block filters but also create organic acids that cause corrosion and destabilise the fuel. Higher ambient temperatures,

on the other hand, accelerate the oxidation of the fuel, which produces gums, and sediment that does not burn in the combustion process and results in sooting of injectors and other combustion surfaces. So what to do? In addition to keeping tanks clean and full (to reduce condensation) Not suitable for recreational boating. and making very sure the fuel you fill up with does not contain biodiesel, additives can be purchased that assist in maintaining fuel quality – fungicides/ biocides to eliminate fungus and bacteria and antioxidants to stop the oxidation process. But this is where it is important to be careful and in this regard there are a number of things of which to take note: 1. Properly research what fuel conditioner you need and in what quantity. 2. Avoid any fuel conditioner that talks about water emulsifying – absorbing the water into the fuel. That is exactly what should not be encouraged because it will mean that instead of the water being trapped in the fuel filter/water separator unit (Racor, CAV etc) it could end up causing fuel pump and injector damage. 3. Avoid using different brands of conditioners. The chemical makeup of one could adversely affect the other – in some instances creating contaminants that could jam fuel pumps. One company that comes highly recommended by all the major oil companies operating in Australia is Fuel Treat. Their website address is and they are more than happy to advise boaters. BP Australia guarantees its diesel but makes it conditional that only additives that it has approved are used - examples include Rox Diesel (cold flow improver) and Fuel Treat BC250 (biocide). h Reproduced from the Boat Owners Association Newsletter, with the kind permission of the BOA.

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Two First Aid Emergencies for Marine Rescue Cottage Point


hile patrolling their local areas, Marine Rescue vessels are often the first responders to incidents and accidents on the waterways. This is particularly the case in areas where road access is poor as in the popular, National Park fringed waters of Broken Bay. On Saturday 7 May Marine Rescue Cottage Point was kept busy with two serious medical emergencies. The first incident involved a man who had suffered a deep (3cm) slice in his ear while climbing from his dinghy on to his cruiser. Water Police alerted the Marine Rescue team and CP 20 raced to the scene where the badly bleeding man was transferred to their vessel. His wound was bandaged and he was taken to a waiting ambulance at Cottage Point. The second, more serious incident involved a young man who had been injured in an accident on a local houseboat. Initial response to the scene was hampered by the confusing messages from the houseboat radio and the desperate caller’s lack of any clear idea where their houseboat was located. The Cottage Point radio operator was finally able to calm the caller and obtain sufficient clues to identify their location and CP 30 was despatched at speed to attend. On arrival, the team found a 27-year-old man named Matt on deck with a deep wound to his forehead and obvious face and jaw injuries. He was barely conscious and in considerable pain. His friends advised that Matt had misjudged a dive from

the top deck of the houseboat and struck his head heavily on the vessel outboard engine cover and fibreglass propeller guard. They had pulled their semi-conscious friend from the water, but had little first aid training or experience. The Cottage Point team assessed that the patient had suffered obvious deep head and facial wounds with a probable broken jaw and broken ribs from the accident. Given the force of the impact, there was also a possibility of other internal injuries and lung damage. A neck brace was fitted before the crew carefully moved the patient to their Stokes Litter and transferred him onboard CP 30 where he was placed on oxygen therapy. This was done with great care to help ensure that any neck or back injuries were not exacerbated and to minimise the patient’s pain.

Top 10 Check List for Boating Safety from Marine Rescue NSW Marine Rescue NSW has prepared a Top 10 Check List for Boating Safety. 1. Tell your local Marine Rescue radio base when you go out and when you’ll be back. Log On with your marine radio so Marine Rescue knows you’re out there and when you’re due back; 2. Wear your lifejackets. Lifejackets save lives – but only when you wear them. NSW regulations require you to wear lifejackets at certain times. Marine Rescue NSW recommends you wear them at all times when boating; 3. Travel at a safe speed and keep a good look out. A safe speed is one where you can stop fast in an emergency. A good look out means the skipper is always aware of conditions around the boat; 4. Check your mechanicals and electricals before you go. More breakdowns are caused by mechanical and electric faults than any other cause. And when you break down at sea you can’t just pull over safely to the side of the road. See for the Boating Industry Association safety check; 5. Check your safety equipment before you go. Lifejackets; marine radio; anchor and chain or line (attached to the boat!); emergency flares; EPIRB if going out two nautical miles or more; bailing bucket; fire bucket; fire extinguisher; navigation lights, orange V-sheet; waterproof

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torch. These are all mandatory and smart skippers will also have First Aid and Tool Kits on board; 6. Make sure your fuel is fresh. Old fuel causes serious problems that can leave you stranded at sea. This is a common problem with fuel tanks for outboards. The Boat Owners Association says bio fuels are also causing some concern. See article on ; 7. Call your local Marine Rescue radio base for a radio check. The Marine Rescue operator will tell you if your radio signal is strong and clear – or if it’s not, so you can fix it before you need it; 8. Check the weather forecast before you go. Go to first. Then listen for weather updates on your marine radio or call your local Marine Rescue base for the latest information; 9. Know your position. If you break down out there or any other emergency strikes, we need to know where you are to come and help. If you don’t know where you are, it’s harder for help to reach you. 10. Take extreme care crossing bars. If you’ve never crossed the bar you want to cross, do not attempt it without getting local advice. Then prepare and plan your crossing. If in doubt, don’t go out. Safer boating with Marine Rescue NSW. Contact your local Marine Rescue unit. For a full list of all volunteer marine rescue units in NSW, go to

Quick passage was then made to nearby Parsley Bay where Marine Rescue Hawkesbury had arranged for an ambulance to meet CP 30. Given the seriousness of his injuries, the ambulance officers treated the patient onboard CP 30 for some time before transferring him to their ambulance. They confirmed the likely injuries and praised the Cottage Point team’s careful and skilful patient management. Unit Commander David White was also full of praise for his crew – John Bensley, Paul Millar, Luke Andrews and Luke Hogarth, who performed with great professionalism on the day ensuring that the injured man was properly cared for. The patient care and empathy from John Bensley was particularly noteworthy in keeping the injured patient calm and comforted throughout. The following day we received an update from both patients. The man with the lacerated ear was released from hospital early on Sunday morning, and returned to his vessel to enjoy the day on the water with his friends. The more seriously injured Matt remained in North Shore Hospital with a badly broken jaw, missing teeth, broken ribs, punctured lung and concussion. Despite the seriousness of his fall, he suffered no neck or spinal injuries. Incidents such as this show how easily a day on the water can turn into a tragedy and that great care needs to be shown by vessel skippers in ensuring the safety of their passengers. It also demonstrates the importance of having well trained and equipped Marine Rescue crews and vessels available for emergencies on the waterways. h David White, Unit Commander Marine Rescue Cottage Point.

NSW Police recognition for Marine Rescue NSW Radio Operator


n Friday, 25 February 2011 Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Radio Operator Ian Murdoch was awarded the Region Commander’s Certificate of Appreciation from NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay. Marine Radio Operator Murdoch, together with four members of Broken Bay Water Police, received awards for their part in the rescue of six people on board the stricken yacht Encore which foundered in gale force conditions off Broken Bay on the afternoon of 23 October, 2008. On that day MRO Murdoch was the sole radio operator on duty at the Marine Rescue Sydney radio base in Terrey Hills. Although alone, he was able to manage a non-stop, 75 minutes of intense pressures in a Mayday call for help. He relayed the distressed vessel’s position to other vessels in the area, informed Water Police, co-ordinated a veritable fleet of responding vessels – the police launch, a passenger ferry, a bulk carrier and a training yacht – and maintained contact with the vessel until Water Police were able to take the six off the sinking vessel. Ian’s adherence to procedures and his calm, level-headed approach ensured that despite the atrocious conditions, Water Police were able to quickly locate the vessel and rescue all on board. The entire operation took just 75 minutes from the

Assistant Commissioner Ken McKay (left) Commander of the NSW Police Special Services Group presents Marine Rescue Radio Operator Ian Murdoch with his award.

first Mayday call at 1445 to the successful recovery of the six passengers at 1600. When asked about his role in the rescue, MRO Murdoch replied, “While I am thrilled to receive this honour, I am sure that any marine rescue volunteer would have acted in the same way.” Ron Woosey, Unit Commander at the base said, “Ian Murdoch is one of a team of dedicated volunteers who operate the 24/7 service at Marine Rescue Sydney, located in the Emergency Services complex at Terrey Hills and it’s very gratifying to all of us when one of our team is recognised for their work. “We have almost 80 members who have been trained as marine radio operators and we always welcome anyone who would like to join us,” continued Commander Woosey. “I often say that while we can’t promise you a Mayday, we will train you how to handle one. Ian’s experience is a perfect example of how our training enabled one of our members to deal with a Mayday and make a lifesaving difference to six people on that day in 2008.” For inquiries about becoming a marine radio operator on the 24/7 Marine Rescue Sydney service at Terrey Hills, call the base at 02 9450 2468.

CHECK THE WEATHER Always check the weather before and during boating. Weather reports are readily available. Log onto or call NSW Maritime on 13 12 56 for up-to-date reports.


A marine band radio helps you keep in touch with weather updates. Out on the water monitor the weather reports regularly, especially if changes are predicted.

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Education, Training & Development Marine Sales Professional Development & Seminar


egistrations are now open for the always popular Marine Sales Professional Development course (MSPD). Previously known as ‘Marine Brokers Accreditation’, this targeted two day course features subject matter experts from an array of business disciplines, providing a high level of expertise, knowledge and a wide range of experience, and has been developed in consultation with the industry’s most experienced Marine Sales Professionals.

Day one focuses on business and people management, marketing, legal compliance considerations and environment, health and safety. Day two is ‘all about the customer’ with an interactive Customer Care workshop, featuring planning, relationships, and works through the sales process. Throughout the two days there will be work-shopping, plenty of open discussion, exchanging of ideas and experiences, and the opportunity to work on a personal action plan which will help you to implement key learning points in your business. For those of you who have already attended this course in the past, you have the opportunity to attend the newly developed ‘Business workshop’,

designed to help assess and identify initiatives you can implement in areas of the business that require review; for instance the business plan, sales & promotion, brand, risk, accounting and tax, wealth & lifestyle; and to support your continuing professional development. The seminar at the end of day two, as always, brings together past and present participants of the Marine Brokers Accreditation and Marine Sales

BIA training calendar for June-September 2011

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8:30am – 5:30pm 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Marine Sales Professional Development Marine Card

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Port Macquarie Port Stephens Sydney

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8am – 12pm 8am – 12pm 8am – 5pm


8:30am – 4:30pm 12pm – 4pm

Training Calendar For more information about any of the courses the BIA offer, please call 9438 2077.

Computer courses available – discounts for BIA members Want to brush up your skills on Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint and MYOB? Wizard Corporate Training based in Sydney is offering 20% discount for BIA corporate members. There are various dates available – to find out more call 9438 2077 or email

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• Use the booking form in the back of this edition and fax to 9439 3983 or scan and email to • Download a registration form from and fax or email as above • Email with your chosen course and date • Call 9438 2077 and asked to be registered. To keep up to date with the latest training calendar, visit au/training. For more information about any of these articles for Education, Training or Development, please call 9438 2077 or email

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Professional Development courses. There will be the return of the popular panel debate – this year’s topic Grey Imports – good or Bad? along with an update on business news and views. The two days will culminate in a social evening with drinks and nibbles - a prime opportunity to catch up on the latest and make valuable business contacts. For the full content of the course or to register your interest, please call 9438 2077 or email

Work Health & Safety Legislation – get ready for January 2012


he BIA is pleased to announce its success in securing a WorkCover Assist Grant, to help the boating industry prepare for the new national harmonisation of work health and safety legislation. Past Logbook articles have already highlighted how NSW is working towards national work health & safety laws which will take effect from 1 January 2012, and how the new legislation will introduce changes to the way work health and safety is currently administered in the workplace. These changes will impact you and your business, and the cry of “I didn’t know that!” is no defense if things go wrong … in this case, ignorance is not bliss. To help you to understand what’s changed and what it means to you, the BIA will be running information sessions about changes to the Act and Regulations, which will be free to attend for all those working in the industry. Developed by the National Safety Council of Australia in consultation with the BIA, the sessions will be held up

and down NSW to ensure everyone has a chance to attend. Tentative dates and locations for the Act have been scheduled for spring 2011, so you can get ready for January 2012. Further sessions focusing on changes to the Regulations will follow, and dates will be confirmed shortly. Check for your nearest location: • Tuesday 30 August Crows Nest • Wednesday 31 August Port Hacking • Thursday 1 September Rose Bay • Tuesday 6 September Newport • Wednesday 7 September Penrith • Thursday 8 September Lavender Bay • Wednesday 14 September Nowra • Tuesday 20 September Newcastle • Wednesday 21 September Port Macquarie • Thursday 22 September Coffs Harbour To register call 9438 2077 or email

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Guess who puts the Super into V8 Supercars?

MTAA Super workplace presentations


TAA Super is the Official Superannuation partner of the V8 Supercar Championship Series. As the super industry fund for the motor trades, it’s probably not surprising that MTAA Super follows the series just as closely as many of our members do. Just as important is being bi-partisan ... MTAA Super sponsors both the Ford Performance Racing (FPR) team and Holden Racing Team (HRT). With our support of the V8s comes an opportunity for our members to get up close and personal with their favourite racing team and drivers.

2011 Workshop Apprentice Showdown is now open Engaging with young people in the motor trades and encouraging them to plan for a financially secure future is one of the main reasons MTAA Super is involved with the V8 Supercars. Thanks to our sponsorship, we are able to offer senior apprentices the incredible opportunity to work alongside their favourite racing team. As part of the 2011 Workshop Apprentice Showdown, two lucky winners will spend a week in Melbourne that will hold life-long memories for them. Both HRT and FPR, in conjunction with MTAA Super, are offering an apprentice the chance to tour and work in their workshop facilities and experience the thrill of being involved with either team at the L&H 500 Phillip Island race weekend.

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It’s easy to arrange a presentation in your own workplace, and each presentation is tailored specifically to your staff. Just tell your Business Development Manager (BDM) the subjects you would like to see covered, and they will put together a special presentation for you. It might include for example, insurance, making extra contributions and consolidating super—there are a range of topics that can be discussed, so talk to your Business Development Manager about what your employees are interested in. Call us on 1300 362 415 to be put in touch with your local BDM. Apprentices are simply required to tell us, in 25 words or less, why they would like to win this experience. The most compelling and deserving answers will be awarded the prize. Entries are now open and will be accepted up until 5 August 2011. If you know a motor trades apprentice who is 18 years of age or older, studying Automotive Technology (Certificate III or above and in at least their third year), please encourage them to enter this exciting competition. Further details can be found at the MTAA Super website:

Last year, Paul and Scott lived out their Race Team Dream 2011 is the third year MTAA Super has offered senior apprentices the chance to win this once-in-a-lifetime race team experience. Paul David from NSW and Scott Hanns from SA came up trumps to be joint winners in 2010. Paul chose to spend the week with Ford Performance Racing (FPR) and for Scott, it was the Holden Racing Team (HRT). Their submissions were chosen from entries that came in from all over Australia.

Support the super that supports the Supercars If you love the V8s – whether you work in the trade or not – get behind the superannuation fund for the motor trades and join MTAA Super.

More information and help

To learn more about MTAA Super’s sponsorship of the V8 Supercars, or to find how you can switch to MTAA Super, please visit Alternatively, email us at au or call our Customer Service Centre on 1300 362 415. This document is issued by the Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Limited (ABN 14 008 650 628, AFSL 238 718) of Level 3, 39 Brisbane Avenue Barton ACT 2600, Trustee of the MTAA Superannuation Fund (ABN 74 559 365 913, SPIN MTA0100AU). Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Fund Pty Limited has ownership interests in Industry Super Holdings Pty Ltd, ME Bank Pty Ltd and Superpartners Pty Ltd. The information provided is of a general nature and does not take into account your specific financial needs or personal situation. You should assess your financial position and personal objectives before making any decision based on this information. We also recommend that you seek advice from a licensed financial adviser. The MTAA Super Product Disclosure Statement (PDS), an important document containing all the information you need to make a decision about MTAA Super, can be obtained by calling MTAA Super on 1300 362 415. You should consider the PDS in making a decision.

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Get set for the V8 supercars experience of a lifetime If you’re a Senior Apprentice* studying Automotive Technology and a member of MTAA Super, this could be the most rewarding competition you ever enter! One winner will be selected for each of Ford Performance Racing and the Holden Racing Team, with the chance to attend team headquarters in Melbourne and be part of the L&H 500 Phillip Island race weekend! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes place from 12 – 18 September 2011. To enter, please visit

Entries close at 11.59pm 5 August 2011. *Only open to Australian residents who are: (a) aged 18+; (b) a MTAA Super member as at 11:59pm AEST 5/8/11; (c) currently undertaking a Certificate III or higher in Automotive Technology (in conjunction with a TAFE institution or qualified Registered Training Organisation) and at least in the 3rd year of your apprenticeship; and (d) can travel from 12/9/11 to 18/9/11. Limit 1 entry per person per competition. Entries close 11.59pm AEST 5/8/11. See for full terms and conditions.

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news & issues

BIA President meets with Minister for Roads and Ports BIA President Darren Vaux and General Manager Roy Privett had an opportunity to meet the new Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay after the Coalition was elected to Government. This meeting presented an opportunity to represent BIAs key policy advocacies which were presented as four policy categories and objectives: 1. Access to waterways & associated infrastructure covering promotion of access, investment in infrastructure, management of harbours/dredging programs, moratorium on marine parks and lift restrictions on PWC on Sydney Harbour. 2. Promote investment in the Boating Industry to correct the undersupply of on water boat storage, review of Sydney Harbour rents procedure, consistency and transparency in commercial maritime leasing across the state, new planning procedure for infrastructure now Part 3A has been abolished, fresh planning and release strategies for private moorings and pontoons 3. Safety Training and Education growing participation in recreational boating. A range of initiatives to increase levels of participation and reinforcement of educational messages – Your the Skipper Your Responsible, 50 Point Safety Check etc. 4. Overview of National Issues confronting the industry including Grey and Parallel Imports, Emissions restrictions, Marine reserves and bio-regional planning in Commonwealth Waters, harmonisation of national OH&S Legislation and Fair Trading Legislation.

BIA Board of Directors Update At the May BIA Board meeting Directors reviewed and approved a forward strategy developed by Darren Vaux to be incorporated in the BIA Business Plan. Reviewed the State election outcome, re-established the BIA Accreditation Council to be co-chaired by Simon Cook and Mike Jarvin, and supported the printing and distribution of the national consumer awareness brochure on Grey and Parallel Imports. In relation to training initiatives Directors approved a proposal to continue the roll out of the 2012 BIA Cadetship Program, development of a basic fire safety training course for Marine Card holders and the further development of a Fire Safety Management Program for Marina Operators. It was agreed to assist in sponsoring Marine Teachers to man a display in the Marine Precinct at the Sydney International Boat Show. Directors also renewed the BIAs support for the I.C. Frith Boat Care Extended Warranty Program available from BIA dealers. Reports were reviewed on the corporate and administrative setup of the Boating Industry Alliance of Australia and appointment of Nik Parker as General Manager, Boating and Fishing Council of Australia activities including a solid report prepared by Martin Salter – Keep Australia Fishing; BoatsOnSale monthly activity report, Marine Access and Infrastructure Council inspection of Pittwater with the General Manager of Pittwater Council assessing needs and constraints especially for on water storage. The Board extensively reviewed a presentation by Domenic Genua on the ongoing preparations for the Sydney International Boat Show 2011. The Board also agreed to support and give members an opportunity to participate in a new Sydney 4WD and Adventure Show at Eastern Creek and a new concept show for Newcastle – Hooked on Expo. The Expo, aimed at 4WD/Fishing/Boating and leisure activities, will give Newcastle and the Hunter members an opportunity to participate in a show in the centre of Newcastle.

Boat Smart 2010 A Menai High School Marine Education Initiative. The “Boat Smart” program conducted in 2010 extended over 15 days at the Royal Motor Yacht Club – Port Hacking in which 197 students participated in the course drawn from surrounding schools. The 4.7m Quintrex vessel and 60hp Yamaha motor provided and serviced by Hunts Marine logged 50 hours on the water. Associated costs and resources totalled $3,092. Replacement staff to release marine teachers for each Boat Staff day are extra expenses. These additional costs were met by partner sponsors, NSW Maritime and the Boating Industry Association of NSW. This is another invaluable initiative of increasing participation in boating activities.

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O’Farrell Government acting on Marine Park Restrictions The new State Government has acted to transfer Marine Parks staff from Department of Environment to Fisheries. Evidence has emerged that pre-election promises to wind back some hastily introduced closures and ordering a scientific review into the environmental benefits of closing off areas to fishing. The Botany Bay and offshore artificial reefs are underway. The new Government will also be responding within six months to the recommendations arising from last year’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Recreational Fishing.

National Coastal Radio Network (NCRN) – HF –Kordia In NSW, the HF component of the National Coastal Radio Network has previously been provided by Sydney Ports Corporation and the VHF component has been shared by Newcastle, Sydney and Port Kembla Port Corporations in respect to their off shore areas. From 9th May 2011 Sydney Ports will no longer be providing the HF component. This service is being transferred to Kordia a specialist’s Communications Company. The HF service that will be transferred from Sydney Ports to Kordia includes monitoring of HF DISTRESS AND EMERGENCY FREQUENCIES and NAVIGATION WARNINGS. The VHF COMPONENT OF THE NCRN will continue to be provided by the three Port Corporations from Sydney, Port Kembla and Newcastle. The key difference for NSW boaters currently using the HF component of the NCRN is that the radio call sign for distress and emergency calls in NSW waters will be “Charleville Radio” instead of “Coast Radio Sydney”. Due to the superior equipment used by Kordia and better positioned HF equipment in Charleville Queensland far away from radio interference that normally occurs along the coast and in cities, it is anticipated users of the service will experience improved HF coverage in NSW waters.

BIA joins Marine Rescue NSW Consultative Committee BIA’s General Manager Roy Privett has been approved by BIA Board to join the Marine Rescue NSW Consultative Committee. The new committee will assist “appropriate authorities including the NSW Maritime, NSW State Rescue Board, AMSA and the National SAR Council to develop and maintain an effective, efficient and an integrated state marine search and rescue system that meets national legislative capabilities and state requirements”.

New Consumer Awareness Brochure Grey and Parallel Imports In addition to representations to the Commonwealth Government regarding the damaging effects of Grey and Parallel imports the Boating Industries Alliance of Australia has developed a consumer awareness brochure to warn of deficiencies, inconvenience, extra cost and possible safety aspects of purchasing marine products outside authorised distributor and dealer networks.

Grey or parallel imports may seem cheap on the surface. However, like most things that seem too good to be true, imported products may be far from cheap when compliance issues have to be addressed. Consumers are being warned of key compliance, safety, electrical systems compliance, Australian Standards issues, warranty difficulties and product

liability issues for the consumer. There is a clear warning that “much of the product currently being imported direct by consumers is NOT compliant with Australian Regulations and Standards”. The new brochure Thinking of Importing your Next Boat? will be made available for members to distribute and will be available via magazines and at the Sydney International Boat Show.

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Thermography, Thermal Cameras and the Misinterpretation of Data by Malbar Thermal Imaging


ith the increased availability and affordability of Thermal Imagers (or Thermal ‘Cameras’ as they are also known), there is an ever increasing incidence of data being incorrectly collected and /or interpreted. This misinterpretation of data can be compared with when Digital Multimeters (DMM) became more common in Industry. The range settings on most DMM’s are automatic. Fully automatic Thermal Camera’s are not yet available! Images 1 and 2 below show exactly the same ‘target’ but with different emissivity* settings. Note the difference in temperature within the Ar1 (area) circle in both of the images.

As Thermal Imaging is a requirement in many Industries and Professions for diagnostic assessment, accurate data collection is a top priority. A decision made on flawed or inaccurate data has the ability to negatively affect a businesses reputation or livelihood. Images 3 and 4 below were shown in a ‘Professional Report’. The digital image has no relevance to the Thermal Image. This situation makes it difficult (if not impossible) for the lay person to gain any benefit from the imaging.

Image 3

Ar1 = 26.9°C Emissivity = 0.95

Image 4

Ar1 = 33.7°C Emissivity = 0.1

(*NB - Emissivity is one of the adjustable settings within the Thermal Camera.)


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Minister congratulates Boating Community on record safe season


SW Ports Minister Duncan Gay has congratulated the state’s boating community after the safest boating season on record. Mr Gay said the record safe season was highlighted by a fatality-free Easter weekend in NSW. Mr Gay has congratulated all boating industry stakeholders and NSW Maritime’s many partners in safety. Boating fatalities and serious injuries were well down on the previous year-to-date figures, with an 86 per cent drop in fatalities and 55 per cent drop in serious injuries. “It is the best result for boating safety on record. With only three fatalities recorded in the period, it is 50 per cent lower than the previous record low achieved in the 2003-04 season,” Mr Gay said. “But I think we all agree that one fatality is one too many, which is why we will work to further improve safety for all boat users. Compared with the previous period up to the end of Easter Monday there were: • Three incidents involving fatalities, down 86 per cent from 21; • 26 serious injuries, down 55 per cent from 58; • 169 recreational vessel incidents, down 33 per cent from 254; • 34 commercial vessel incidents, down 37 per cent from 54; and • 31 incidents involving recreational and commercial vessel incident, down 11% from 35. New lifejacket laws require lifejackets to be worn more frequently and on more vessels, including by children under 12. This was highlighted in early April when an 11-year-old boy and a 43-year-old man survived the swamping of their 4.3m boat when fishing an offshore reef at Crowdy Head. Both were wearing inflatable lifejackets and were rescued unharmed.


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ercury Marine is very proud to announce that Nowra Marine, on the south coast of NSW, has been named Australia and New Zealand Dealer of the Year for 2010. “Without a doubt, Nowra Marine has been one of Australia’s best dealerships for some time, so I’m very pleased they have now claimed Mercury Marine’s foremost award of excellence,” said John Temple, Mercury Marine’s General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific (ANZP). “Nowra Marine was Mercury’s NSW Dealer of the Year in 2009, so they have now gone one better and they deserve all credit,” John said. “The dedication the staff at Nowra show to their customers is second-to-none and they do everything they can to support their local boating community.” The Dealer of the Year awards are based on much more than just sales results. “It’s an exacting process,” said Will Sangster, Mercury’s Sales Director ANZP. “We look at growth year on year, the way dealers support Mercury products and programs, their other promotions and customer events, customer service, and the general presentation of the dealership. “Nowra had an outstanding 2010 but they were pushed by a number of other dealers which took out a range of other awards. Congratulations to all of them.”

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inister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, announced in May that the NSW Government will begin construction of its first offshore artificial reef to be located off the coast of Sydney. Construction of the purpose-built offshore artificial reef is expected to begin later this year and follows many years of consultation and planning. “For local fishermen this is an exciting project. I am sure the area will be a popular destination once the reef is deployed and the fish move in,” Katrina Hodgkinson said. “This is the first of the three offshore artificial reefs planned for NSW over the next five years and is expected to greatly improve recreational fishing opportunities off the coast of Sydney. “The tender process for the construction and deployment of the artificial reef units is currently underway. “The $900,000 reef will be located approximately 1.2 kilometres off The Gap at Vaucluse and 1.9 kilometres off South Head. “The reef structures have been specially designed to withstand the NSW coastal conditions whilst minimising ecological impacts. “Each artificial reef unit is made of steel, stands 12 metres high and weighs approximately 42 tonnes and is designed to provide a highly complex habitat for a range of marine species. “The reef will be deployed at a water depth of 38 metres and will create a high quality reef for recreational fishing, while providing habitat for a wide range of bottom-dwelling and oceanic fish species such as snapper and yellowtail kingfish. “Scientists from NSW Department of Primary Industries will monitor the Sydney reef for three years using diver surveys and advanced underwater video technology to assess the impacts and effectiveness of the reefs. “Funds from the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust will be used to construct the offshore artificial reefs, and are a great example of recreational licence fees being put back into the fishing community.” For more information on the offshore artificial reefs visit

SW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn announced Sydney Marina Contracting Pty Ltd as the winning tenderer for the construction of the new $450,000 Yeend Street Wharf. Mr Dunn said detailed design work on the wharf – at the end of Yeend Street, Birchgrove, and next to the recently opened Ballast Point Park – began in March, with work on site in April. “The new wharf is scheduled for completion in July,” Mr Dunn said. “The structure will be a U-shaped pontoon, to cater for up to three vessels up to 15 metres in length. “It will provide boat owners with drop off and pick up access to Ballast Point Park, a launching point for kayaks and canoes, as well as a water-taxi landing. “Day trippers will be able to travel across the Harbour and tie up to the Yeend Street Wharf to visit Ballast Point Park.” Mr Dunn said the need for a day-berth facility was identified in the Ballast Point Park Master Plan. Boat Owners’ Association (NSW) President Michael Chapman applauded news of construction of the new wharf. “There just aren’t enough public access points for boat owners on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. Structures like this are desperately needed,” Mr Chapman said. The previous wharf at the same location was closed to the public by Leichhardt Council in 1991 due to its unsafe condition. For more information on the wharf program, go to www.

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Trailer Boat Central 2011 Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament by Tony Poole


hoever coined the phrase that variety is the spice of life may well have been thinking about the range of boats that enter the Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament. Attracting visitors from all over NSW and interstate, in early April over 440 boats ranging from humble tinnies with a couple of Juniors onboard through hi-tech Kayaks to some magnificent twin engine 7m boats made the trek to Nelson Bay for the annual event. 2011 is unique because this is the very first year that any angler has managed to amass a total of 18 points. If you are starting to realise that this is a very easy tournament to compete in and enjoy but incredibly hard to win you are on the right track. Points are allocated as 5 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd place, with only the top 3 fish in each species counting for points. Therefore a winning angler usually needs to be on the board with a number of species. With 14 eligible species there are a total of 96 prizes for species winners and champions. Being able to out-fish and finish at the top of over 1100 anglers with 14 species to choose from makes these people very talented anglers indeed and part of a small select group. The weighting is fairly even between inshore & offshore species to make it fair for large and small boats. All of this makes Mark Hill’s winning of the 2011 Champion Angler crown a pretty special achievement by a very talented angler. He won with first place cobia (13.885kg), kingfish (14.774kg), a magnificent snapper (9.353kg), and 2nd place in tuna (21.276kg). The Runner-up was local angler Paul Lennon on 11 points. Seventy eight Junior Anglers had a wonderful weekend fishing with family and friends. The competition in this division

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was no less keenly contested than the Seniors. Winning with 12 points was Jacob Shields who was closely followed by Kane Bennett on 10 points. Notable Junior captures include Jacobs 3.747kg flathead, Jaymee Walmsleys .468kg flounder, Blake Barrells 0.885kg luderick, Josh Kattaus 1.45kg tailor, and Hudson Jovonovics 3.66kg tuna. Senior and Junior species winners won 3M Boat Care Packs, fishing tackle from Shimano, Alvey Australia, and Mustad; slimy tubes and gaffs from Alistain; inflatable life jackets from the BIA of NSW; Costa Del Mar sunglasses from Black Pete Marine; Hire Boat usage from BOAB Boat Hire and of course Club Marine insurance packs. This tournament is specifically structured to attract trailer boat anglers of all ages and skill levels. Recognising that not all anglers will be lucky enough to catch winning fish, there was a plethora of lucky draw prizes including two guided fishing trips from Kloster Nissan; a mothership live-aboard charter holiday with Port Stephens Fishing Charters plus holiday packages from Port Stephens Holiday Parks, Winning Holidays, Shoal Bay Resort and Spa, and The Retreat. Mark Hill – 2011 Champion Angler with his 9.353kg snapper.

Many lucky anglers took home the latest Lowrance sounders, GPS plotters and stereo systems; Flying Fisherman sunglasses; Para Anchors parachute anchors and a fridge full of Coca Cola products that were all won just for entering and being present at the lucky draws. This year’s major lucky draw prize was a magnificent Evinrude E-Tec powered Edgewater 145cc centre console boat insured by Club Marine and fitted with a Lowrance HDS5 sounder plotter supplied by Bay Boat Sales and valued at over $30,000. The lucky winner was Chris Hilton from North Rothbury. Tournament Base at d’Albora Marinas took on a festival atmosphere over the weekend with a number of sponsors putting on displays and spending quality time with competitors. Evinrude, Edgewater Boats, Lowrance, Shimano, Kloster Nissan, Club Marine, Costa Del Mar, and Flying Fisherman all had a number of staff available to assist anglers over the weekend. Around 80% of tournament competitors are visitors to the area making this event a major tourism event for the Port Stephens area. Because the rules are very simple it also attracts many first time tournament regulars with over 50% of competitors being new to the event each year. Despite the large numbers of anglers competing, organisers weigh in less than 200 fish

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over the three days, with many of these being released into the Shimano Big Tank and released back into the wild after the tournament. Despite being virtually under siege by a number of Government Departments all out to assist the competitors, this tournament is a raging success each year. This is not to denigrate the employees of these Government instrumentalities, most of whom do a very good job. However, there must be a point at which visitors to an area put having to fight their way through all the different enforcement officers in all their different vessels with all their different requirements as being too hard and decide to stay away. There were Water Police doing RBTs, Maritime Officers doing safety checks, Fisheries Inspectors doing license and bag-limit checks, and of course the latest in politically created authorities, the exuberant Marine Parks Rangers who compliment the fine work done by the zealous onshore council parking rangers. One wit was heard to quip that there were probably more law enforcement officers in Port Stephens over the weekend making sure Mr & Mrs Jones and their children did not step out of line while enjoying a day’s fishing than chasing real criminals in NSW. Sadly, it is probably closer to the truth than we would hope and reflects the sad state of the recently departed NSW government, its politics, and its desperation to garner preference votes from all and sundry lunatic fringes. It is disappointing to see the amount of wasted resources with duplicate staffing, duplicate offices, duplicate boats and all the other infrastructure requirement duplications devoted to walloping a few tourists for even daring to look like they may be fishing in a marine park. More so when it is widely recognised that most marine parks have been created to achieve a political end in the first place, with precious little real scientific basis or regard for the environment or fish used in their creation. What sort of society are we when the fine for fishing (or looking like fishing) in a marine park is probably a higher penalty than one would get for stealing a car or breaking into a house. Let us hope Mr O’Farrell appreciates that we do not need all these law enforcers, helpers, and marine parks, and returns a few of our freedoms. See you in 2012 on 30, 31 March and 1st April. Don’t forget to tell your friends. We will have some exciting new sponsors and prizes. h

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… DIVISION NEWS … NEWS … NEWS … DIVISION NEWS … Marinas step up Fire Safety Management


s many will appreciate, the idyllic water front setting of marinas and boatyards can present many operational challenges. Difficult access and sometimes isolation, exposure to the vagaries of weather and sea, the complexities of environmental and health & safety management – all these make the boating industry workplaces a little unusual, and all of these can have a serious impact when things go pear-shaped. Following significant marina emergencies in past years, the Marina Association of NSW (MANSW) has taken a concerted look at fire management in marinas & boatyards, seeking to understand the obligations and responsibilities of employers and operators, as well as options for improved “first-response” management, and more streamlined and effective engagement with emergency authorities. As a result, a proposal to develop fire safety management training & resources for marina operators has received the endorsement of the BIA Board of Directors, and work on this project is now in train. Offering support in emergency management planning, first response skills and awareness, and structured liaison with emergency authorities, the program will be developed with substantial input and guidance from marina operators, NSW Fire Brigade, and expert consultants. We expect a pilot of the program to run in the late Spring of this year, and the full offering to be available from Autumn 2011. For further information on this initiative, please contact Alan Barrett at BIA on 9438 2077.

BMA – March meeting with a twist


he AGM of the Boat Manufacturers Association (BMA) was held in March at the BIA’s Crows Nest base. Drawing BIA members from across the manufacturing spectrum and associated supply chain, this group meets twice yearly with a big focus on networking, and the sharing of knowledge and experience. The common format of BMA gatherings includes an inspection of a host-member’s facility, followed by a lunch, and time-efficient meeting in a relaxed and comfortable setting. The March edition differed slightly in that, in place of a manufacturing site, the group visited the Sydney Harbour Control Tower at Dawes Point on the invitation of Harbour Master Richard Lorraine. This view of Sydney was a knock-out, but especially so as we learned on the day that the ‘old tower’ is soon to be decommissioned, and harbour control operations moved to

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Botany with a reliance on high-tech cameras for the monitoring of key waterways. The next meeting of the Manufacturers group is scheduled for 27th October at an interesting Central Coast venue to be confirmed – watch your in-box! If you would like more info on the BMA or to be included on the groups’ mailing, please contact Alan Barrett at BIA on 9438 2077.

MIMRA lands licensing for trailer repairers


n response to members’ concerns regarding legal exposures attached to inspection and repair of boat trailers, recent efforts of the Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association (MIMRA) have begun to bear fruit. Having established that members who work on boat trailers do so outside the letter of the law (the Mechanical Repairers Act to be precise), MIMRA sought to establish a means by which boating industry workshops and technicians could provide this important customer service legally. The law requires that paid/ professional work on trailers (classified as motor-vehicles under the Act) is carried out by a Certified Tradesperson within a Licensed Workshop. With our marine mechanical repair sector seeing an increasing number of marine-specialty technicians with no prior automotive trade qualification, and marine-specialty workshops becoming the norm, the law posed a problem, and a substantial risk to businesses and technicians alike. Our meetings and correspondence with the Department of Fair Trading on this matter have been positive, and we are please to advise that the first Workshop Licenses have been issued to Marine-specialty businesses, and the first Tradeseman’s Certificates have been issued to qualified Marine Mechanics with no prior automotive certification. The first Marine Technician to receive his Certification was Tim Pettit of Endeavour Marine, who explained the process and outcomes:

… DIVISION NEWS … NEWS … NEWS … DIVISION NEWS … “I filled in the application for a Tradespersons Certificate, and included a copy of my TAFE Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency, and TAFE transcripts. I sent these in with a letter explaining that the applicant is a marine mechanic and that I was applying for an Automotive Repairers License, restricted to work on trailers,” Tim Pettit said. “This being the first application of its kind, there was some correspondence back and forth, but it was all sorted out within a few weeks. “If future applicants include all the above they shouldn’t have a problem, and as the system gets used to seeing applications from Marine Mechanics the turnaround time should speed up.” MIMRA reminds all members that boat trailer inspection, adjustment, and repair is covered under the Mechanical Repairers Act which requires that the Workshop be licensed, and the repairer suitably certified. These legal requirements have not changed, and are not affected in any way by the recent advocacy by MIMRA, apart from the recognition of Marine Workshops and Technicians by Department of Fair Trading with regard to the requirements of the Mechanical Repairs Act. Members should be aware that there are significant fines for non-compliance with the Motor Vehicle Repairs Act, and we recommend that members consult their insurer if your business does not hold the required licenses & trade certificates. For further information on the licensing and certification regime visit Launchpad_MVRIA.htm or contact Jim Jarron, Coordinator Business Licensing, Department of Fair Trading on 13 32 20.

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s has become the norm, the Sydney Boat Show will again be the setting for a series of member events. The Marina Association of NSW will hold its annual social “do” on the evening of Friday 29th July. Returning to the fireside lounge at Jordans overlooking Cockle Bay, this casual gathering event has been known to flow onto exhibitor parties on the adjacent boat-show marina. Shipwrights & Boatbuilders Association members are invited to join with the warriors from the annual boat-building competition for a harbour cruise on Saturday 30th July. The action on Cockle Bay from midday onwards is well worth a watch so why not make a day (and night!) of it. Each year, the Marine Industry Mechanical Repairers Association holds the graduation ceremony for TAFE’s Marine Mechanical class on the Better Boating Stage at the Boat Show. This important event will be followed by an informal gathering of graduates and families, MIMRA members, and industry guests at the Glasgow Arms Hotel on Sunday 31st July. We’ll send you more info on these member events well in advance, but plan ahead and save these dates! We hope to see you there.

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he Australian National Maritime Museum’s (ANMM) HM Bark Endeavour Replica had been as warm with specialist tradesmen for many months by the time members of the Shipwrights & Boatbuilders Association visited the ship at the Garden Island Dock in early March. Commencing on the apron of the Cruiser Wharf where the ships main and fore masts – along with myriad spars, blocks and paraphernalia – had undergone a full overhaul, ANMM Fleet Manager Phil McKendrick then provided a detailed explanation of the total re-rigging of the ship whilst the group looked over the miles of new-made stuff, the result of thousands of laborious hours over a year-long process that began when the cordage was first inspected by head rigger Anthony Longhurst prior to shipping from the south of England. SBA members Warwick Thomson & Brad Lovegrove (ANMM Fleet Surveyor & Dockmaster at Garden Island respectively) led a crew to the deck of the floating dock where members enjoyed the rare opportunity to inspect the full-figured bottom, while Skipper Ross Mattson toured the party through the ships interior – a fascinating insight with reflections, facts, and anecdotes in abundance. Having been comprehensively “put to rights”, the Endeavour Replica has since departed Sydney for her inaugural circumnavigation of Australia, an 18 months voyage with stops too numerous to mention, and a final crew list expected to be in excess of 1,000. Fair winds and a following sea to the Endeavour, with a bum like that she’s going to need them! Our thanks to the Garden Island Dock and the ANMM and Endeavour crew who put on a great event for the SBA members. Our congratulations also to all concerned with the refit and re-rig of the Endeavour – a huge job which has combined the best of traditional skills, problem-solving, resolve and determination – a superb result if the opinions of 30-odd keen eyed and critical shipwrights are anything to go by! Well done all. h Alan Barrett

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Strike a pose for the 2012 25 Year Contribution to Recreational Fishing Recreational Fishing Calendar Recognised ecreational fishers have the chance to show off their


Bruce Schumacher talking to the fishing clinic audience at the Sydney International Boat Show.


SW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Deputy Director General, George Davey, has congratulated Bruce Schumacher, the inaugural recipient of an award for outstanding contribution to recreational fishing in NSW, following a presentation dinner in Sydney on 17th May. “Bruce is a most deserving recipient of this inaugural award having served 25 years as chairperson of the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing (ACORF),” Mr Davey said. “Recreational fishing is one of the most popular past times in NSW and it is important that it is managed with input from expert members of the fishing community, such as Bruce. “Since becoming chair in 1986, Bruce has played a key role in the implementation of major fishing initiatives and policies including gaining community support for the introduction of the NSW recreational fishing licence in 2001, which has resulted in the funding of more than $90 million worth of projects to benefit recreational fishers across NSW. “He was also instrumental in the creation of 30 recreational fishing havens in 2002 and the major review of our recreational fishing rules in 2000 and 2007. “I thank Bruce for his ongoing dedication to recreational fishing and congratulate him on his award.” Mr Davey said that Bruce and the other members of the Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing played an important role in overseeing the future management of our precious fisheries resources. “It is estimated that recreational fishing contributes more than $550 million to the NSW economy each year and provides many social and economic benefits to regional communities across the State,” Mr Davey said. “It is fundamental that the fishing community has the opportunity through the Advisory Council to provide input into any changes to recreational fisheries that may affect local communities.”

catch by entering their favourite fishing photo’s to feature in the 2012 Recreational Fishing Calendar. Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) fisheries manager, Sarah Boyd, said the twelve best fishing photos will be selected to feature in the calendar and everyone who enters has the chance to win some great prizes. “The recreational fishing calendar is an extremely popular resource for thousands of fishers around the state, and is a must for the avid angler,” Ms Boyd said. “The current calendar provides information on freshwater fish species and lists important dates for fishers such as inland fishing events and fishing season dates for species such as Murray crayfish and Murray cod. “Twelve lucky winners will feature in this year’s calendar, and everyone will have the chance to win some great prizes, including fishing tackle and fishing magazine subscriptions donated by our generous sponsors.” Ms Boyd said that over 350 entries were received for last year’s calendar and that she hopes that even more will be received for 2012. “This calendar is a great way for people to offer their best photographs for others to enjoy and to showcase why recreational fishing is enjoyed by more than one million people each year throughout NSW,” Ms Boyd said. “I encourage all fishers to take the camera out next time they hit the water – and take a photo of their favourite fishing experience. “Judges will be looking for photos that can’t be easily recreated, and that ‘special shot’ capturing the moment. “The competition is open to anyone who uses a camera and takes a picture that illustrates their interest in recreational fishing.” Funds from the NSW Freshwater Recreational Fishing Trust and I&I NSW are used to produce the recreational fishing calendar each year. Every entry in the competition receives a free copy of the calendar. Photos can be entered online, or through the post, but entries must be received by July 31, 2011. For examples of past winners or more information visit www.

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This course will give you an understanding of your obligations under the OHS Act 2000, and the tools and skills needed to keep you on the right side of the law. It will guide you through how to document and demonstrate your EH&S protocols, and provide practical advice on how to implement ‘best practice’ and achieve compliance




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MARINE SALES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & SEMINAR This 2 day course is designed specifically for Marine Brokers and Retailers, and covers an understanding of the relevant legislation and how to comply, the importance of building strong business plans and business operating structures, business and people management, and Environment Health and Safety policies. The seminar is a great opportunity to network with other marine sales professionals

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General, Business and Motor Insurance – All BIA members are eligible for favourable insurance packages through BIA Marine Insurance. Travel Insurance – All BIA members are eligible for free travel insurance through BIA Marine Insurance.

Education and Training – Access to educational programs (e.g. Better Business Seminars, Marine Card, Managing EH & S, First Aid and Marine Fire Management) aimed at marine businesses, at discounted rates or at no cost to members.

Boat Shows – Exhibitor discounts for the Sydney International Boat show, the largest boat show in the Southern Hemisphere and other industry specific Australia-wide BIA boat shows.

Online Advertising – The only online sales portal exclusive to BIA members providing competitive fees and unlimited listings.

Seminars – Members only access with free entry to Better Business and Technical seminars.

Business Advice – Direct access to NSW Business Chamber (Phone: 13 26 96) for advice on workplace, regulatory or business related matters.

Improved Financial Management – Access to preferred merchant fees, EFTPOS and credit card facilities only available to BIA members (terms and conditions apply).

Hertz Car Rental - As a member of the Boating Industry Association of NSW, you can save on car rental when you use Hertz. Simply quote your Customer Discount Program (CDP) number when you make a booking and you'll receive a special rate & benefits.

Volkswagon Corporate Discount – Members can receive up to 10% discount across the full VW range of vehicles and access heavily reduced dealer delivery charges.

50 Point Safety Check - Generate additional business by participating in BIA run and promoted programs - exclusive to members.

Accommodation Deals – Special “BIA member’s only” accommodation rates through the Accor Hospitality Group.

NSW Marine Directory – Additional member listings free. BIA website – Provides access to current, industry-specific information, Members listings (with links where provided), a free Jobs Wanted and Vacant free listings.

Magazines – Receive free regular editions of BIA “Logbook” and a complimentary subscription to “Marine Business”. Information and Advice - Access to professional and practical advice and information from the dedicated BIA team. Stationery – The BIA has a range of industryspecific stationery available for sale to members only. BIA Divisions – Within the BIA there are seven in -house divisions which concentrate on issues and concerns specific to each industry group. Your business may be eligible for membership of one of the following groups;

Promoting the best in the business The BIA promotes directly to the boating public the advantages of doing business with a BIA member. A symbol of integrity all members are entitled to use the BIA logo to identify their company is a BIA member. Advertising The BIA actively promotes the boating lifestyle and its members through sponsorship of the “Sydney Weekender” television program, newspaper, radio and magazine advertising and may be able to offer its members favorable advertising rates in selected publications. BIAofof NSW LOGBOOK 38members Industry Representation The BIA has close links with Government and will represent the industry to all levels government on marine issues.June Code of2011 Ethics All- BIA participate in a voluntary Code of Ethics. This assures the public that your company has a high degree of integrity.

BIA Marine Insurance

IC Frith & Associates James Finucane

t: 02 8853 9107 m: 0407 954 105

Logbook - June 2011  

Full of interesting and current boating information.

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