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NEWSLETTER

The official newsletter of the Boating Industry Association of NSW & SA

September 2013

LOGBOOK

SIBS – Sunshine all the way Page 8

Anchoring ban overturned Page 42

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LogBook NewsLetter

September 2013

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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ABN: 61 000 618 468

Telephone: (02) 9438 2077 Facsimile: (02) 9439 3983 Email: info@bia.org.au Boating Industry Association of SA Inc. PO Box 10262 Adelaide Business Centre SA 5000 300 Morphett Street ADELAIDE SA 5000 ABN: 62 826 936 075

Telephone: (08) 8212 6000 Facsimile: (08) 8410 0688 Email: info@boatingsa.com.au

www.bia.org.au www.boatingsa.com.au MyBoatingLife.com.au

www.sydneyboatshow.com.au www.boatforlife.com.au www.50pointcheck.com.au www.shipwrights.com.au www.boatshows.com.au www.fishboatvote.com.au NSW 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 Support Megan Robson Sa General Manager Glen Jones administration & Finance Manager Joy How Logbook gratefully acknowledges all that have contributed to this edition. In particular: Roy Privett Editorial Bob Wonders Media Service (07) 5562 2867 Glen Jones Editorial Trevor Gill The Lighthouse Public Relations 0418 821 948 Robin Copeland SPINS 0414 266 768

Board of Directors NSW

Please send editorial contributions to President Alan Blake Domenic Genua at genua@bia.org.au Vice-President Simon Cook For advertising Treasurer rates contact theTurner BIA (02) 9438 2077 Lyndon Immediate Past President Darren Vaux Board: Bill Breakspear, Paul Burgess, Matt Hundleby, Jon Hunt, Michael Jarvin, Ken Bullen, Alan Steber, Shannon Stocks, Terry Wise

SIBS – 25 Remarkable Years at Darling Harbour

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Industry veterans gather for inaugural luncheon

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Hall of Fame welcomes a yachting legend

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SIBS – What they said … by Bob Wonders

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Yorke Peninsula – An Angler’s Paradise

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Dean Brown – Special Advisor on the Drought

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World’s oldest clipper bound for South Australia

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WHS Guidance for the Boating Industry

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The Ultimate Retirement Question

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Education, Training & Development

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Small Business – Too Big to Ignore

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North Harbour saved from lock-outs

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Front cover: The Marina at Darling Harbour.

Board of Directors SA President Andrew Hayes Vice-President Rob Cuming Hon.Treasurer Peter Tucker CoMMITTEE: David Binks, George Bolton, Craig Evans, Peter Heinrich, John Milham, Terry Reilly, Mark Flanagan, Neville Wilkinson

Please send editorial contributions to Domenic Genua at genua@bia.org.au For advertising rates contact the BIA (02) 9438 2077 © Copyright 2013 BIA of NSW. The opinions, advice and information contained herein have not been sought by any member or any other person but are offered as an information service and should not be relied upon as a substitute for detailed advice or as a basis for formulating business decisions. BIA intends by this statement to exclude any liability for any such opinions, advice or information within this publication.


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General Manager’s Catch-Up

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elcome to another edition of Logbook produced for BIA NSW and BIA SA members. Special news items for both States and a roundup of activities from our national association the Boating Industry Alliance of Australia. From a NSW perspective this edition highlights the success of the Sydney International Boat Show. It was a positive event from start to finish for our industry and special congratulations and a big thank you to all our members and exhibitors. The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has been our home for 25 Years and what a great 25 Years it was. 25 Remarkable Years 25 Inspirational Years 25 Exceptional Years 25 Amazing Years It has been a terrific journey and 25 years of achievement for Sydney International Boat Show. I have travelled this journey as BIA’s GM and seen the show develop and be recognised internationally as a leading event at one of the most ideal venues to present a boat show. It is also time to dismantle every aspect of the Show and plan for next year in presenting our land based exhibitors at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island and our Marina at Cockle Bay Darling Harbour. For the BIA Team it will be business as usual at two great locations. Members and exhibitors will be surveyed and consulted on proposed changes. It is interesting that while the Sydney Show is building up, operational BIAs advocacy often peaks with meetings with Government Ministers and representatives of agencies and the media. It really presents great opportunities to advocate the industries policies and recreational boating credentials to the general community. It was terrific news when Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay announced a huge funding boost for NSW boaters with a further $20m for safety, access and infrastructure programs across the State. This pledge is covered in this edition of Logbook, together with Yachting legend Hugh Treharne OAM inducted into BIAs Hall of Fame and our Industry veterans gathering to swap stories of the establishment of BIA and the industries development. Catch our story on North Harbour Saved from Lock-outs and provision being made for boaters to continue to have access with new seagrass friendly courtesy moorings. BIA thanks its members, the Boat Owners Association and Government Agencies for their support in delivering such a sensible outcome. During the Federal Election BIANSW has been active in supporting eight Australian Chambers of Commerce in their campaign Small Business – Too Big to Ignore with four policy positions for the next Australian Government, namely: Cut down red tape. Simplify the Tax System. Make it easier to employ people. Build better infrastructure. In a similar approach our national association the

Boating Industries Alliance Australia launched iFish iBoat and iVote. This web based campaign to all politicians has four critical Policy Pillars, namely: Boating Safety and Education. Access and Infrastructure. Regulatory Reform. Industry and Boater Community Support. These Policy Pillars will not age as they are the foundation of a better recreational boating industry and boating lifestyle. iFish iBoat and iVote is our new vehicle to ensure our voice is heard so visit the website for details and sign up for a better boating and fishing future. For the coming months see our 2013 BIA Spring activities and come along and participate and network with your fellow BIA members. Logbook is also available in an electronic version. You can elect to receive an electronic version in lieu of the traditional print format by notifying our BIA Office. We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Logbook and would welcome your comments for publication/discussion or for direct feedback to BIANSW and BIASA on any boating issue. Have your say. Roy Privett, General Manager, BIANSW.

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BIASA General Manager’s Report

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he BIASA Board considered a wide range of issues at its August 2013 meeting at Marine House in Adelaide. Among them were strategies directed at delivering valuable dividends to the recreational boating industry.

2013 Adelaide Boat Show

Exhibitors were positive in their review of our premier public event that was presented at the Adelaide Showground, Wayville from 20 to 23 June. Restrained consumer confidence and retail spending continue to be challenging issues for all sectors in the marketplace. However, the show held its ground in visitor numbers in comparison to the two preceding years at the showground and previously for three years at the Adelaide Convention Centre. BIASA considers the level of visitation at this year’s show is acceptable in the current economic environment. Consumer shows of all types around the world are experiencing lower attendance levels compared with the 1980s and 1990s. Our results are not a proper measure of the efforts of BIASA, the substantial expenditures of exhibitors, nor the marketing and advertising initiatives employed. The exhibitors deserve great praise for the professionalism of their displays and level of engagement with visitors. BIASA, along with all the BIAs of Australia and Marine Queensland, share strategies to maximise visitor numbers at our boat shows. We will continue to work nationally and internationally through our industry connections to develop initiatives aimed at building attendances.

Marine Parks, Coastal South Australia – The Last Chance

As reported in the June 2013 edition of Logbook, public consultation on the introduction of marine parks in South Australia was finalised at the end of October 2012. BIASA has continued negotiations on this issue with a number of State Government Ministers and other parliamentarians of all persuasions, along with various departments and agencies. Thirty three Local Government areas embracing communities in nearly 100 towns and regional centres will be negatively impacted by the introduction of the 19 proposed parks.

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check the weather

Always check the weather before and during boating. Weather reports are readily available. Log onto www.bom.gov.au or call Maritime on 13 12 56 for up-to-date reports. A marine band radio helps you keep in touch with weather reports regularly, especially if changes are predicted. www.bia.org.au p. 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry log onto the BIA website and click on “Employment & Training” For boating weather go to www.bom.gov.au/marine Be part of the boating community

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It has been a long and at times controversial process. While BIASA believes that satisfactory compromises have been reached, there are more concessions to be gained. The last opportunity to achieve a fairer deal will be delivered when BIASA presents its final arguments to a Select Committee of the SA Legislative Council in late September.

State Taxes

BIASA will present itself before another South Australian Parliamentary Committee in mid September – this one established with representation from both Houses of Parliament to consider negative impacts on businesses by South Australian taxes and statutory charges. BIASA’s focus will be on burdens levied by the South Australian Government, some of which are layered upon Australian Government taxes and charges. Issues to be addressed include: • Council rates applying to marina berths and dry stand allotments. (This is further discussed below); • land and property taxes; • stamp duties; • power, water and sewage charges; • payroll tax; • Workcover Fees; • taxes on fuels for boats; • Recreational Boating Levy Fund; • registration fees imposed for craft, trailers and motor vehicles; and • mandatory insurance arrangements. BIASA is striving to find concessions in all of these areas. In addition, it seeks to introduce Recreational Fishing Licences to deliver, via a hypothecated fund, a range of improvements for the State’s recreational fishing community.

Inequity in Council rates levied on wet and dry berths along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline

As reported in the March 2013 edition of Logbook, South Australian boaties who store their craft in wet or dry berthing arrangements within the metropolitan area of Adelaide face an extraordinarily expensive annual fee through Council rates. BIASA has been deeply committed to ongoing discussion on this issue with the SA Local Government Association and the majority of State politicians. It is clear that the Councils involved perceive the owners of craft stored in marinas to be “silver tails” and, therefore, without any services supplied, target them to supplement revenue budgets. BIASA is delighted to confirm that the Hon. John Darley MLC (who replaced Senator Nick Xenophon in the SA Parliament) will introduce a number of proposed amendments to the Local Government Act relating to this issue. Blind Freddie can see the injustice of hitting a marina


berth “owner” with the same level of rates that are applied to a modern home in the same Council area. In the worst case scenario, a hardstand berth owner that has paid $2,000 for a licence to occupy a 9m x 3m patch of gravel without power or water is subjected to the same Council rates as the home owner. There have been cases of people walking away from their hardstand berths and from boating due to this ridiculous impost. We are hopeful of finding some integrity in the Parliament’s decisions regarding this matter.

– which acted as the proponent of a proposal to extend breakwater systems to benefit all those who operate from the basin area. The North Haven facility boasts the largest man-made marina basin in Australia, and the busiest boat ramp in the State. The ramp is privately owned and operated by the CYCSA and made available to the public at a small daily launch fee. SABFAC assessed a joint facility funding application for the breakwater extension from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and the CYCSA, and recommended to the Minister that he approve the application. During negotiations between the parties, it was agreed that the CYCSA would ensure the boat ramp operation would remain in place until the year 2023. The position was a win for all involved. However, the Minister for Transport, on receipt of ill-informed advice from roadway engineers in the Department of Transport, rejected that agreement and demanded a period of ongoing boat ramp operation to the year 2070 – 57 years from today! The CYCSA would never agree to such a requirement. It will proceed with the extension of the breakwater at North Haven with or without facility funding. However, the future of the North Haven boat ramp operation is at high risk while the CYCSA, a not-for-profit club, considers all the options available for financing the breakwater extension project. The CYCSA, in concert with BIASA, is pursuing resolution through a number of channels, including the possibility of closing the ramp to enable the introduction of necessary revenue raising developments. Glen Jones, General Manager, BIASA.

River Murray Infrastructure Project

This initiative to inject significant funding from all three levels of Government is discussed elsewhere in this edition of Logbook. It was also briefly outlined in the December 2012 edition of Logbook. Prime Minister Rudd’s announcement of the 7 September election date put the Government in caretaker mode, so we have been left with baited breath about the outcome of this funding bid.

Recreational Boating Infrastructure

The South Australian Minister for Transport has announced draconian conditions on the thousands of recreational boaties who use the North Haven ramp for the launch and retrieval of their craft, and also on the owners of more than 1,000 vessels that are moored in the North Haven marinas complex. In doing so, the Minister effectively rejected an initiative that had been unanimously recommended by “his” (Ministerial) SA Boating Facilities Advisory Committee (SABFAC). The decision will be a significant detriment to the Cruising Yacht Club of SA (CYCSA) – a long-term member of BIASA

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BIAA General Manager’s Report

A new Government and new optimism for the future …

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he longest-running Federal Election campaign is now finally over, and with the Coalition forming a strong, majority Government, we can hope for a return to stability in policy making for the next few years. This stability will boost confidence and deliver a new sense of optimism to the domestic consumer, which, after the last several years of uncertainty, has to be good news for the boating industry. During the election campaign, BIAA partnered with the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation to run a profileraising campaign under the tagline ‘I fish, I boat and I vote’. With a launch at the Sydney International Boat Show Industry Breakfast, fishboatvote set out to direct attention to the fact that over five million Australians fish and boat. One in five of the population. With a range of supporting collateral to drive the campaign, including bumper stickers, handbills, posters and online/social media presence, the campaign aimed to reach not only a good percentage of the boating and fishing community, but also politicians in Canberra, reminding all of the influence of five million voters. The key messages of the campaign are contained in the BIAA Policy I Boat and I Vote and the ARFF Recreational Fishing Charter. These documents outlive even the longest running election campaigns and are a platform for government support for the boating and fishing community. There are no extravagant demands, there are no political threats, there are only solutions: solutions on how to partner with the boating and fishing sector by investing in education programs, infrastructure, waterways access and the ability of the Australian industry to compete in a global market place. The new Government has already scored a win with the recreational fishing and boating sector by committing to the suspension of Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas, pending a review of the science that would underpin the development of management plans to support MPA. Additionally, the Coalition published a six-point manifesto policy on recreational fishing which addresses many of the policies BIAA and ARFF put forward under fishboatvote. An excellent outcome for the campaign and we will work with the new Government to ensure supporting measures are delivered in a timely fashion.

National projects for a national industry

The boating industry in Australia is well represented in every state. It’s true that much of the industry and boating community activity happens in and around the major population centres, but the role of the BIAA is to ensure the national membership, wherever they may be based, are supported with national projects, in addition to advocacy and advice. BIANSW is of course a leading partner in the national Alliance and

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much of the knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to tackle national projects originates in Crows Nest, all of which is well received. To u p d a t e o n a few national projects currently underway … The Australian Boater Sur vey was launched at Marine13 at the end of April. Since then recruitment of the panel of boaters who will take part in the regular, monthly online survey has been the focus of the project. With complications regarding state government budget freezes – and an unfortunate low level of engagement in others – the promotion of the ABS has been slow, and subsequently panelist numbers are not yet sufficient to conduct a reliable, national survey. It is hoped that a freeing up of budgets during the latter part of August and early September will produce an influx of registrations with a target of starting the survey proper by end September still on the cards. Members wishing to promote the ABS should contact BIAA at info@biaa.com.au or on 08 8212 6207 for supplies of point-of-sale flyers and further information. Your support for the ABS is important – it will provide vital data on the economic impact of boating, further strengthening the numbers we use to represent the sector, over and above the count of five million Australians boating each year. Myboatinglife continues to be the principal national program for promotion of boating – to both new and existing boaters. The myboatinglife.com.au website was launched just over a year ago and has now grown to an audience of over 3500 connected boaters. This may seem a small number and indeed with five million boaters out there we plan to engage with many more, but it is very much in line with the experience of other boating industry associations around the world. It seems there are a lot of other activities, events and lifestyles to catch people’s attention and we need to work harder to draw them into boating. At the recent ICOMIA Congress at end June, which saw 27 countries join to discuss a wide range of industry issues, there was agreement that the boating industry globally needs to be collectively promoting the lifestyle. A number of programs in the US, NZ, UK and Sweden are underway and all have committed to providing material to other ICOMIA members to develop and enhance their own promotional programs. This level of cooperative working is welcomed and will be important to the success of myboatinglife. But of more immediate importance is the promotion and support of the myboatinglife.com.au portal by industry. BIAA has confirmed the project will be funded into the future, but to ensure it reaches an expanded audience and is kept fresh and up to date, industry needs to be involved. We need you to


provide content, to review existing material, suggest updates, new information and correct us where we are not quite on the right tack. Please visit www.myboatinglife.com.au, make sure you’re registered and have a look. See what’s missing about your location, your favourite boating spots, news and events and drop a line to info@biaa.com.au Vocational Education and Training has surfaced as a national project with recent meetings of general managers of all state BIAs confirming the need to review provision of industry-specific training in all states. Major changes to federal and state education and training programs, particularly in way of apprenticeships, has focused attention on the viability of several qualifications, including those associated with the boating industry. Low take-up/completion rates and escalating costs of provision of the more ‘technical’ apprenticeships has led to several institutions closing enrollments and indeed in some states there are no TAFE-provided apprenticeships covering the boating industry at all. Work is underway to engage the sector skills councils to ensure ‘our’ qualifications are up to date and relevant; to seek ways of better reflecting the career pathway of a modern apprentice; and to ensure we are able to deliver sufficient demand into the system that government funding and other support will be available to the sector. As ever, a real understanding of the data associated with the topic of VET will help define industry’s needs into the future. BIAA will be commissioning a VET survey of national members early in Spring and will use data returned to influence discussions with training providers and funding agencies. Not an easy topic to explain in two short paragraphs, but a vitally important one: the outcome of reducing or no provision of VET for the industry is not good news … Marine15 is now in the initial stages of planning with a location and date to be confirmed in early Spring. Front runners for location at the time of Logbook going to press are Gold Coast and Brisbane with strong interest also shown in Perth. A date in late April early May 2015 is proposed, to steer clear of other industry events, particularly boat shows. Following the success of Marine13 in Sydney, Marine15 is looking to attract up to 600 participants for the three-day conference and business exhibition, scheduled to run over a weekend and conclude early afternoon on the Tuesday. This is based on delegate feedback from Marine13 that showed while the event was considered excellent, accommodating businesses who are unable to take several days out of the office/ yard during the week would be a great boost to attendance. Similar feedback on the topics covered at Marine13, particularly on the boating business stream, has also helped shape the event for 2015, with the stream likely to split into two to focus on retail and manufacturing separately. There will of course be plenty of cross-industry discussion and indeed we will continue to look outside the sector for inspiration, knowing that we can always learn something new, or, as the boating industry does well, adapt and shape to our own needs. As with all in this report, members’ engagement with Marine15 is important to the event itself and the longer term success of the sector. Your ideas and wishes on subjects that should be covered at Marine15 are welcomed and while this will be the subject of forthcoming BIA member meetings, any input you may have will be well received at info@biaa.com.au Finally, Spring is either around the corner or, perhaps as you read this, well and truly sailed into port. I hope the season is good for business and that whatever the future planned by the new people running the show in Canberra, the future of boating is always bright. Nik Parker, General Manager, BIAA

Five million Aussies Fish, Boat & Vote

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he Sydney International Boat Show Industry Breakfast was the host for the launch of the recreational boating and fishing sectors’ combined campaign I Fish, I Boat and I Vote. Focused on raising awareness of the impact and importance of the boating and fishing industries and community, the campaign came just weeks ahead of the much-anticipated Australian Federal election. Launching the campaign incorporating the boating industry’s new policy platform, Boating Industries Alliance Australia Chairman Darren Vaux said, “There are over five million Australians who fish and boat every year. “Fishing and boating is Australia’s favourite recreational pastime, it’s part of our way of life. “We must ensure that our politicians really understand the important economic, social and environmental benefits that fishing and boating brings to Australia.” Speaking after the launch, Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation Managing Director Allan Hansard said, “All Australians and all of Australia benefit from a successful fishing and boating sector. I Fish, I Boat and I Vote sets out a policy platform which will provide for a secure future for us all. “We’re talking to politicians in Canberra and in every electorate around the country, encouraging them to consider what support and commitment they can provide to the five million Australians who take to the water each year”. Representing the interests of the 2,500 boating industry businesses and wider boating community, the Boating Industries Alliance Australia policy platform I Boat and I Vote sets out four core pillars of boating safety and education; access and infrastructure; regulatory reform; and industry and community support. Vaux went on to say, “The policy was welcomed and endorsed at the recent International Council of Marine Industry Associations Congress in London, at which commitment of the global industry to join the campaign was secured”. In closing, Vaux called on all fishers and boaters to join the campaign. “Now is your opportunity to make your powerful collective voice heard in Canberra. Join the campaign, have your say and secure your future. I Fish, I Boat and I Vote. Do you?” he said. Further information about the campaign can be found at www.fishboatvote.com.au

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Sunshine all the way for SIBS

by Bob Wonders

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he 2013 Sydney International Boat Show (August 1-5) has closed after enjoying an uninterrupted spell of the finest spring-like weather the harbour city can deliver in winter. Furthermore, extensive feedback from exhibitor and visitor alike has failed to reveal any negativity regarding the exhibition. Although attendance was down, it’s worth pointing out that this has applied worldwide, not only to boat shows, but with home shows, car shows, computer shows and similar all showing a drop in visitor turnout. Importantly, in my experience, this is a show to remember simply because every exhibitor I spoke with had only positive comment and all the feedback received by show organiser/ owner, the Boating Industry Association (BIA) of NSW was similarly of a positive nature. As for the 2013 attendance figures, official ‘gate count’ from the Darling Harbour management showed that this year’s attendance fell by just 7.8 percent against 2012. That represented a drop of 4,986 visitors, fairly minimal all things considered. Perhaps the biggest surprise was that Sunday, traditionally the busiest show day, recorded the largest drop in crowd numbers, down 10.8 percent or 2115 visitors compared to the same day in 2012. BIA Marketing and Event Manager, Domenic Genua, said the show produced many positive indicators despite decreasing boat registrations. “I feel the talk heard across the exhibition floors suggested the lower visitor attendance was not an indicator of the level of product sales, with many visitors choosing to reward themselves having kept their hands in their pockets for some time,” he said. “The BIA firmly believes the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show has laid the foundation for a positive summer period.” Roy Privett, General Manager for the BIA, said that while visitor numbers did appear to be a performance indicator, it is really a more qualified audience that organisers seek to attract. “The reality is that under tough economic conditions, exhibitions marketing what may be termed ‘luxury goods’ must rely on that qualified audience,” he explained. “Show attendance will improve as the economy improves,

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but for now it is important that we continue to fulfil the needs of boating enthusiasts,” he added. Of course, there is another reason for the 2013 show to be remembered; it marked the 25th and final exhibition at the Darling Harbour we’ve come to know so well for the past 25-years; in December demolition teams move in to begin work on a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the exhibition and convention centre. BIA staff are already sighted in on Glebe Island in preparation for the 2014 Sydney International Boat Show, where the displays usually on show at Darling Harbour will be housed in a purpose-built facility. However, the always-spectacular floating marina on Cockle Bay remains as is during the construction work, with the two sites linked by a combination of shuttle buses and ferry services. The BIA believes the move to Glebe Island will “create numerous opportunities” for exhibitors and show visitors. Planning will commence immediately with a confirmed view of maintaining the fine tradition and market leadership the show has delivered since its inception in 1968. The Sydney International Boat Show is firmly cemented as one of the city’s major events, delivering a strong economic boost to hotels, airlines, restaurants and theatres every year. Being sited at Glebe Island for three-years will not change that.


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25 Remarkable Years

This year was the last show at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre after 25 years at the venue. At the Friday breakfast of Sydney International Boat Show, Roy Privett paid tribute to the venue and some special people during that time. This is what Roy had to say:

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recent 25 years Celebration of the SCEC proclaimed: 25 Remarkable Years 25 Inspirational Years 25 Exceptional Years 25 Amazing Years The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre has been our home for 25 years and today we wish to celebrate our time here. It has been a traffic journey and 25 years of achievement for SIBS. I have travelled this journey and seen the show develop and be recognised internationally as a leading event at one of the most ideal venues to present a boat show. Location, Location, Location. “Change is the only constant” according to an ancient Greek proverb and this has been our history. There is a rich history of events, stories and characters in the evolution of the SIBS. Records show that recreational boating has been presented to the public in the State of NSW since the early 1930’s. In 1932 the first and only Sydney Aquatic Show was held in the Grace Building in King Street followed by the first boat, a Halvorsen Timber Cruiser, exhibited in 1933 at the Royal Easter Show. This aroused promotional instincts and boats were to become a regular part of the Easter Show and in 1958 it was proclaimed the ‘Sydney Motor Show featured Boats”. Sometime after that an event called the Motor, Caravan and Boat Show was born. In 1967 our industry leaders determined that each of the three segments of cars, caravans and boats were big enough to stand on their own two feet. In 1968 a standalone show for cars, caravans and boats was born. That year the Sydney International Boat Show ran for the first time at the RAS, where it would continue to remain for the next 18 years. In pioneering the display of boats on the water in 1971 and 1978, the Cabarita Boating Spectacular changed the industry’s vision for holding future events. In 1986 the show moved from RAS to Pyrmont, to an interim facility, with

access to water. This was less than ideal with a commercial wharf and small recreational boats, power blackouts, leaking roofs, poor communications and resident pigeons. Pyrmont was a 3-year interim venue preparing for a move to Darling Harbour where the show would remain from 1989 to today, our 25th and final show at this exceptional venue. The Sydney International Boat Show arrived at this location and to what would be the start of an inspirational time, helping this industry present itself and the lifestyle we are all so passionate about, in a way we never believed could be possible. Being a pioneer in Australia of on-water boat shows was not without its challenges and costs. 1989 to 1997 we preserved with a rag tag fleet of construction pontoons and barges. 1998 our 10th at Darling Harbour a new marina facility was installed to lift the level of display to 130 boats. Our next major initiative occurred in 2002. It was our 35th Show and the marina leaped to a new level of presentation with the introduction of a modern Walcon Marina system and creation of hospitality areas and displays. Capacity

Ton van Amerongen – Chief Executive of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Ton van Amerongen, Helen Mantellato & Damian Jeacle receive a thank you gift for their contribution and support of the show.

on this system peaked at 310 boats. This marina footprint grew to being three times the size of the exhibition halls. At various stages over the past 25 years we have regularly occupied all available exhibition space and pushed the boundaries occupying the majority of Cockle Bay with our floating marina. By the end of last year’s show, we had over 1.8 million boat show visitors to this site. At the conclusion of this event we would be nudging close to 1.9 million boat show guests. This venue and its people have been true friends to our industry. They have embraced our show & our vision and have been instrumental in our success. For this we thank you. Over the last 25 years, the show has allowed for some very special relationships to be formed. Relationships amongst businesses, between exhibitors, with people, and with our industry partners, our suppliers, many who have served the show for the entire time we have been at this venue. The show and this venue have provided our industry with the opportunity to prosper and grow; it has allowed us to ensure that our lifestyle is understood and to assist our industry get its share of the consumer recreational dollar. While we have always maintained the premise that it is the best place to see boats and the best way to buy boats – we have never lost the notion that it is imperative that the event must educate and entertain our audience. A fact that no doubt has ensured our dominance in the local market place, delivering an outstanding revisitation rate with both exhibitors and consumers. Simply put, the Sydney International Boat Show works. The show has been a conduit for education. Be it informally at the many kids activities we run, formally through the many colleges and college education programs we are involved with, as well as the enormous education ride we deliver to our visiting audience, be it about boating related sports, the boating lifestyle, new technology or simply and importantly the lesson of safe boating. The 25 years at this venue has allowed our show, our industry and our people to come of age. The presentation of our event has gone from good to excellent. We have introduced new innovations that have made the presentation of our lifestyle more comfortable for our visitors and provided an improved foundation for which our exhibitors can better present their products. The Sydney International Boat Show has always been surrounded by passion. Passion from people who love what they do or who have embraced the opportunity for success.

And success is no stranger to those that have embraced our show over the years. To tell a story of their vision, to recount the story of their success – to simply share their amazing lives with us and our guests at the show. (Jessica Watson, Justin & James, Pete Goss, Don McIntyre to name a few). This is not a farewell, but more so a celebration. As an industry we will move forward and we as an industry will show the tenacity we have in the past to embrace the future. This is a time to celebrate our 25 years at this venue. As the venue has seen much success and fanfare, so has the recreational boating industry through the Sydney International Boat Show. It will be the positive results and the industry successes that have been possible here at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre that will be remembered. I have mentioned that the people of this venue, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre have been true friends to us. This is also true of our other landlord, our friends at the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. 2013 will be remembered as our 25th show in Darling Harbour. Over the years the team here and from SHFA have become more than just our landlords, they have become our friends, they have become our industries supporters and they have entered our world to be part of our family to ensure our every success. For this we thank you. It would be impossible to name the thousands of people that proudly say “I have been part of and worked on the Sydney International Boat Show”. Today we do wish to recognise three people who have truly embraced us, the boating spirit and have gone beyond the call of duty to stand by our industries side. To receive a small token of our appreciation, I ask to join me on stage, Damian Jeacle – Executive Director, Place Management for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority; Helen Mantellato Director of Sales & Exhibitions – Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Chief Executive of this marvellous venue, The Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre – Mr Ton van Amerongen.

Alan Blake presents Roy Privett with a small gift for his contribution to 25 boat shows.

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Sydney International Boat Show continues to deliver the results on all fronts During the running of the Sydney International Boat Show, President Alan Blake addressed almost 500 industry members and guests at the annual industry breakfast. This is what he had to say.

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inister Duncan Gay, Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen – as the President of the Boating Industry Association of NSW – I am proud to stand here to welcome you, not only to this function, but also for your participation at this our last event at this facility, the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sydney International Boat Show first ran as an independent event in 1968 and whilst this will be our 46th show, and our 25th at this venue, it by no means will be our last. We will utilise the purpose built interim facility at Glebe Island for the next three years in preparation for our return in 2017 to celebrate our 50th show. During the mornings proceeding we will be pleased to announce further details about the plans we have for the next three years. Today we have many guests from our sponsors, show partners, exhibitors, their international representatives, suppliers, the media and many of the industries stakeholders. It is important to acknowledge all of you as being instrumental to the success of this event. Whilst the BIA team are the people that put the event together, it is your support, input and efforts that make this show a world class event. We thank all of our Promotional Partners for their efforts, but I would like to make a special mention of our Principal supporter and partner in Safety, Transport for NSW whose team have worked alongside ours to bring many elements of the show together, proudly taking the opportunity to educate this highly qualified audience that Safe Boating is Good Boating. Boating Safety has always been at the top of the agenda for Government and the Boating Industry. Indeed the key objectives of the BIA and other marine industries associations are: • Promotion of safe boating and education • Protection of the Environment and Sustainability • Retention of access to waterways for recreational boaters • Promotion of the development of and maintenance of boating infrastructure • Reduction of red tape and regulation affecting recreational boating • Increasing government support for the marine industry and recreational boaters. These key objectives will be the foundations of a National Policy Platform to be launched by Darren Vaux President of the Boating Industries Alliance of Australia at this Industry Breakfast. To Minister Duncan Gay we very much appreciate the NSW Government’s renewed interest and drive for recreational boating in NSW. Last year you released a Maritime Policy Agenda with 16 action initiatives. In the last 12 months the wheels have stopped spinning and real progress is being achieved on many fronts. Among many initiatives and programs BIA have been able to give input and support are:

• Transport for NSW Office of Boating Safety launch of the biggest water safety campaign in the States history and related educational programs. • Development of a Sydney Harbour Boat Storage Strategy • Draft Sydney Harbour Boating Safety Plan • Boating Safety Plans for other waterways in the Sydney Metropolitan and state waterways • Better Boating Program expenditure on infrastructure increasing with new and modernised facilities being approved. • Long term advocacy on marina lease policy and Sydney Harbour rentals has made great progress in a Destinations Plan that promises a sustainable future for marinas with greatly improved access and facilities delivering public benefit. We are seeing a resurgence of development activity and proposals for Rozelle Bay, Berry’s Bay and Wentworth Point Urban Activation Precinct incorporating marine infrastructure and access together with improvements in other parts of the State. Many of the issues and Industry advocacies requires regular contact with many State and Commonwealth Government Ministers and Departments ranging from Marine Parks, Occupational Health and Safety, Environment, 2013 National System for Domestic Commercial Vessel Safety, and importantly this year the creation of an entirely new Planning System for NSW. It is crucial the future Planning System administered by State and Local Government recognises the economic, employment, and public amenity and recreational value of recreational boating. It is critical that our planning system provides for boating to be accessible and affordable into the future; provides the space and opportunity for the industry which supports boating. Education has been and will remain one of our essential objectives and focus. This year with a State Government Grant and working in collaboration with Transport for NSW and the Marine Teachers Association we have established a Boat Smart network to deliver boats, motors, and safety equipment and teacher relief time to High Schools that act as a hub for other schools. This program has now been established at Ballina, Port Macquarie, Central Coast, Menai and Illawarra. The next exciting phase is a project to develop the Watsons Bay Pilot Station into a Safe Boating Education Centre with the support of the Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs at Transport for NSW. Let me close by saying: The Sydney International Boat Show is a huge undertaking and continues to deliver the results on all fronts with the tremendous support and contributions from Members, Exhibitors, supported by NSW Transport and promotional partners. Finally and foremost I would like to thank all of you for joining us this morning for our Industry Breakfast and we hope our 46th Boat Show will create the dream and the need for you and our visitors to get on board with recreational boating. Thank You.

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Industry veterans gather for inaugural luncheon

Bob Basham a veteran of the industry and Association Life Member.

by Bob Wonders I can only assume I must look a lot older than I actually am. After all, why else would a young lad such as I be invited along to a luncheon at which a selected number of industry veterans had gathered as guests of the BIA of NSW? Ok. Ok, all in attendance had each delivered in excess of 30-years to the industry and on reflection I am forced to admit to being in the same class and perhaps not looking as young as I hoped. Seriously, the most enjoyable luncheon is a concerted effort by BIA of NSW General Manager Roy Privett to prepare something of a history of the association. After all, in the wider scheme of things we are pretty much “Johnny-come-lately”. The Boating Industry Association is a virtual ‘youngster’, and has only been in existence for 53 years. As I said, this informal meeting drew some of the bestknown names in the industry, people who have made significant input to our boating lifestyle. The gathering comprised four Life Members, Peter Hunt, Bob Basham, Ian McAndrew and Richard Pym, boat building heavyweights Bill Barry-Cotter, Alan Steber and the legendary Bruce Steber, accompanied by his lovely wife Beryl. Old timers may remember a past BIA General Manager, Phillip Morgan, along with several directors or former directors of the association. They included Peter Jenkins, Matthew Robinson, Bill Breakspear, Paul Burgess, Michael Jarvin, Bruce Davis, Graham Henniker, Geoff Hurt, Ken Evans and reigning BIA of NSW President Alan Blake. All are industry identities with stories to tell and I keenly look forward to transcribing their thoughts and memories to a worthwhile history of the association. During the luncheon, Peter Hunt (Hunts Marine) was involved at ‘the coal face’ when aluminium boats emerged. “No one wanted them,” he recalled, “the people said boats are supposed to built of wood, not tin.” Bob Basham recalled the days of W Kopsen, when it was the primary source for sailboat equipment, everything from deck hardware on. Others have agreed to delve into their company records and provide the necessary information to assist on establishing a reasonably comprehensive history of the association, which

Roy Privett with Ian McAndrew, Past President and Life Member.

will go a long way to ‘painting a picture’ of recreational boating in NSW. The BIA would certainly appreciate hearing from anyone else that could assist with tales from long ago. In closing, I should point out that several other industry identities were invited to this inaugural luncheon, which Roy Privett hopes to make an annual event. Unable to attend and posting apologies were Cedric Williams, Doug Fenwick, Doug Olding (Life Member), Hugh Shanks, Jeff d’Albora, John Gibling, Mike Daley, Mike Gaffikin, Peter Padmos, Richard Chapman and Steven Vincent.

go boating these holidays With high levels of boating activity expected over the school holidays be prepared. • Ensure all the required safety gear is on board, accessible and in good condition. • A lifejacket is perhaps the most important safety item on a boat. There must be one for each person on board, ready for use at any time. • Check the engines, sails and rigging are all in good working order. • Check the weather. Tell someone where you are going and expect to return.

www.bia.org.au p. 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry log onto the BIA website and click on “Employment & Training” For boating weather go to www.bom.gov.au/marine Be part of the boating community

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Hall of Fame welcomes a legend of yachting Hugh Treharne thanks the industry for being recognised into the Hall of Fame.

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illions of Australians can remember where they were, what they were doing on that ‘magic day’ back in 1983 when Australia II came from behind to break the world’s longest sporting reign and win the America’s Cup. Then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, watching the drama unfold at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, summed it all up when he said “any boss who sacks a worker today for not turning up is a bum!” Right in the thick of the action that day off Rhode Island, was the latest inductee to the BIA Hall of Fame and the Robert Greaves Award, Sydney’s Hugh Treharne. ‘Hughie’, as he’s widely known, was not only on the front line, he played an absolutely vital role as tactician and rules expert aboard Australia II. Not only that, but Hughie designed and produced the ‘kite’, the spinnaker, which enabled Australia II to come from behind on the final leg of the final race and claim the world’s most elusive prize. No one was more deserving than Hugh Treharne, OAM, when BIA of NSW General Manager Roy Privett invited the legendary yachtsman to come forward and accept his elevation into the industry’s most exclusive enclave. The presentation was made at the well-attended industry breakfast staged during the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show. I was able to have a chat with Hughie after the presentation and to put it bluntly he was ‘somewhat stunned’ at receiving the honour. “I felt very humbled and honoured,” he declared.

The BIA of NSW Hall of Fame, incorporating the Robert Greaves Award, previous winners: 1990: Derek and Jeannie Barnard (Penta Comstat Safety Communication) 1991: Peter Hunt, BIA Life Member (Hunts Marine) 1992: Norman Hudson, Build a Boat 1993: Ted Dunne, GME Standard Communications 1994: Bruce Steber, Stebercraft. 1995: Don McIntyre, McIntyre Marine. 1996: Bob Ross, journalist and magazine editor. 2001: Keith Lambert, TAFE Shipwright and boat building. 2002: Trevor Gowland, Halvorsen and a lifetime involvement with the industry. 2005: Bill Breakspear, TAFE Marine Mechanic apprenticeship training. 2008: Bob Basham, BIA Life Member, for commitment to the sailing industry. 2010: Bill Barry-Cotter (Maritimo) and Steve Vincent (Austral Propellers) for their major contributions to the industry. 2013: Hugh Treharne, OAM, for services to yachting and the industry at large.

“When I looked back at the previous winners of this award, many of them close mates of mine, I felt very proud,” he added. While the America’s Cup, Hughie, skipper John Bertrand and the entire crew of Australia II have all become part of Australia’s sporting folklore, the unassuming tactician has left an indelible mark on many other aspects of competitive yachting. He is widely recognised as the nation’s first successful match racing skipper, claiming victories in such prestigious events as the UK’s Lymington Cup and the USA’s Liberty Cup. National championships in Quarter Ton, Half Ton and Three Quarter Ton and One Ton events led to victories in both the World One Ton Cup and World Half Ton Cup in Chicago. Hugh has seen ocean racing when it was less than friendly, too, having crewed aboard Ragamuffin and Impetuous during the gale-swept and tragic Fastnet races 1971 and 1979. Like many youngsters, Hughie ‘learnt the ropes’ in 12ft, 16ft and 18ft skiffs, winning numerous state and national titles and a world 18-footer championship just to add to his ‘collection.’ Believe it or not, Hughie also found time to contest 28 Sydney-Hobart classics. Under the terms of the Hall of Fame/Robert Greaves Award, the recipients receive a cheque for $5,000 of which they may keep half and donate half to their favourite boatingrelated charity. It came as no surprise that Hugh Treharne, OAM, donated the entire $5,000 … $2,500 to Judy Cole-Sailability Manly and $2,500 to Paralympics gold and silver medallist Dan Fitzgibbon. According to Roy Privett, the donation of the entire $5,000 was “a reflection of Hugh’s honourable character and his continued support and passion for all things sailing.”

Roy Privett (L) BIA GM & Alan Blake (R) BIA President with Hugh Treharne.

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Boat builders of the future show their skills by Bob Wonders

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n appreciative audience flocked to the Cockle Bay waterside during the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show to view the annual Boat Building Competition staged by the Shipwrights and Boat Builders Association (SBA), a sub group of show organisers the Boating Industry Association of NSW. The event has become one of the most popular attractions at the show, often featuring side-splitting humour and a share of drama as crews raced to build a boat and race it around the bay. As usual, a baling bucket proved to be a highly necessary accessory! Don’t be too hard on the lads, though, under the rules of the competition they are provided only with minimal materials and minimal tools to do the job. This year, 12 two-man teams took their places for the competition, including two from New Zealand, three from the Newcastle region and four representing Sydney. Importantly, for the first time the 2013 competition featured two Sydney schools, Marsden and Asquith, and the TAFE college, helping to ensure a future source of boat building talent. Both Kiwi teams represented that nation’s Alloy Yachts, victor in the similar NZ competition, known as the Marine Trades Challenge, staged in Auckland earlier this year. They claimed another prize at Darling Harbour, their entry being accorded ‘Best Built.’ However, the team from McKenzie Marine, based at Sydney’s Palm Beach, was declared ‘Best Overall’ while Brad Hunter and Lucas Moffat from Mid Coast Boat Yard and Marine were the race winners. Other contestants included Banister Marine (Lake Macquarie), Superior Marine (Gladesville Bridge Marina) and Andrew Botting Traditional Shipwrights (Brooklyn). The big crowd took up every vantage point around the Cockle Bay waterside and certainly appreciated the efforts of those involved. It would seem the boat builders of 2013 do have genuine talent; this year, we are pleased to report, none of the entries ended up on the Cockle Bay seabed as has happened in previous years. The SBA is now hoping to arrange for sponsorship support to send a team of four to Auckland next April to contest the Marine Trades Challenge.

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What they said … by Bob Wonders I did my usual tour of Darling Harbour, asking exhibitors and show visitors alike their thoughts and opinions on the 2013 Sydney International Boat Show. Two things stood out; not one single exhibitor had anything to say about the show that could not be termed positive and many people, exhibitors and show visitors among them, expressed surprise, on occasions complete astonishment, that the exhibition and convention centre complex was headed for the wrecking ball. Be that as it may, the Boating Industry Association of NSW will ‘bite the bullet’ and concentrate on staging another superb exhibition at Glebe Island and the waters of Cockle Bay, where the popular floating marine display remains. “Mercury Marine’s view of the show was very positive. We were inundated with consumers seeking more information on our new MerCruiser diesel range as well as the latest Verado and Optimax outboard engines. The star attraction on our stand was the outboard joystick demonstration unit we brought in from the US especially for the show. “All our retailers reported good sales results, many above expectation. Our sister brands, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler, Bayliner and Crestliner all reported high interest and activity with some sales recorded. The weather was kind, the crowd a little light on, but the buyers attended and we were pretty happy with the whole event. “At the same time, we staged our 2013 dealer meeting, attended by 232 dealers from across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Many had not previously seen the show and all were taken in by its size and the marina exhibition. It excited all of them.” John Temple, Director and General Manager, Mercury Marine Australia.

“Wonderful weather at a perfect venue. The exhibitors outdid themselves displaying their goods and services better than ever despite the current trying economic times. It will be a shame to see the show move from Darling Harbour even though it’s a temporary move. “It’s just such an ideal venue and location for a major boat show like Sydney.” Darrell Barnett, Soldiers Point Marina. “Hard to believe this edifice is headed for a wrecking

ball. I’ve seen plenty of buildings around Sydney that should be skittled before this one. But there you are, I guess it is headed for bigger and better times. As for the boat show, I love it, seemed very busy indeed considering we’re facing a federal election. “I recall going to the boat show when it was staged at the old showgrounds, so I guess you could rate me as a show veteran; I’ve probably attended 20 of the 25 held here.” Simon MacLean, Show visitor, Lindfield.

“The response to the Maritimo motor yacht range was amazing. Our new display worked really well, with six vessels on display along with our world championship-winning offshore race boat. We displayed the Maritimo S43, M45, M50, M58, S50 as well as a Mustang 32. “The sales results exceeded our expectations with several boats sold. Our team will be hard at work over the next few weeks with a range of demonstrations we are confident will result in further sales. The race boat certainly attracted attention when crew member Ross Willaton fired up the big engines.” Greg Haines, Sales Manager, Maritimo. “This was my first visit to the show in 10 years, having been involved overseas. From my memory of years gone by, the show seemed much larger, however speaking with a number of exhibitors that tell me it has been gradually scaled back, as have most exhibitions worldwide due to the tough times we are experiencing. “I did enjoy the show and while the attendance within the halls was pretty good I was only able to spend a couple of hours on the Cockle Bay Marina and there appeared to be plenty of people around. Our booth in Hall 4 attracted a considerable amount of interest in our new Seaflex range of anchoring systems and this is a product range with strong appeal.” Phil Hudson, International Sales Manager, Superior.

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“I manage to make a visit to the show fairly regularly, but this year I must confess I really turned up after reading that the exhibition and convention halls are being demolished. I’m amazed the whole set up looks in fair shape to me. My last visit, I think, was six, perhaps seven years ago, and without meaning to be too critical many of the boats on display hardly look any different. I guess it’s unfair to compare them with motor cars. Nevertheless, I’ve had a great day.” George Wearne, Show visitor, Hornsby. “Our opinion of the show is best summed up by saying that while attendance may have been down on last year, there were certainly serious buyers attending and looking to make a purchase in the near future. Our sales at the show were strong and we have a considerable number of sea trials booked over the next two weeks and that should result in our sales figures improving even further. “Overall we are pleased with the result.” Stephen Milne, Director, Riviera Australia. “Even though numbers were down, the quality of the buyers was excellent and they were there in their numbers. I think the organisers, the Boating Industry Association of NSW and its staff did an excellent job with organisation and promotion of the show. It’s up to us now to focus on making the most of Glebe Island for the next three years.” Alan Blake, Blakes Marine. “We went into the show with a very positive attitude as we had a number of things in our favour. Prior to the show we felt there was a strong increase in both the quality and level of inquiries and I think recent good weather played an important role in that. As for the show, we did very well, smashing last year’s figures. The new model Quintrex boats did very well for us but the big surprise was the sales achieved in the upper market Australian fibreglass boats. “The show was a record result for us in Whittley and Cruise Craft sales.” Jon Hunt, Hunts Marine.

“It’s a very rare thing for me to miss a Sydney boat show; I don’t think I’ve been to all 25 here, but I promise you I would not have missed too many. I’ve been messing about in boats for many years, starting off in small sailing dinghies, through to keel boats and then powerboats. I currently own a fairly old 25’ Bertram, mainly used for fishing and taking the wife and kids out on the world’s greatest harbour. Here at the show, I’m looking for a couple of new fenders and I’ve always got an eye out for fishing tackle. “Fair dinkum, if you’re into boating how you could not attend this exhibition.” Ralph Hocking, Show visitor, Meadowbank. “The 2013 Sydney International Boat Show was once again blessed with beautiful Sydney winter weather and it was a spectacular event that remains a credit to its organisers

and the boating industry. Although attendance numbers were slightly down, all indications were that a qualified audience with a genuine interest in the products displayed and intent to make purchases attended. “Feedback from a number of exhibitors confirmed that many intentions did indeed result in sales which lay a good foundation in the lead up to the approaching summer. The industry continues to maintain its engagement with the boating community through its myboatinglife.com.au and has ramped up its political profile through the launch of the ‘I Fish, I Boat and I Boat’ campaign.” Darren Vaux, Empire Bay Marina and President of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia. “I have been to the last seven or eight shows here and I always enjoy the visit. I was surprised to learn recently of the plans to demolish the convention centre; I attended a business function there about three months ago, I certainly did not feel that it needed to be knocked down. As for the show, I see in the press that crowds were down, but I did not notice that myself. I needed some brochures from a couple of exhibitors and I had to wait in line to be served. On the marina there always seemed be throng of visitors, though sadly I’ll have to win Lotto to be a genuine customer there.” Graeme Holloway, Show visitor, Epping. “I found the Sydney International Boat Show to be quite reasonable despite an apparent downturn in attendance. However, the quality of the visitors was high and at show’s close we had quite a few leads to follow up on. I liked the show’s hours, too, which allowed the opportunity to spend valuable time networking with other members of the industry.” Richard Chapman, Coursemaster Autopilots. “I’m here to meet up with a mate, have lunch and inspect the boats. My mate owns a Mariner 43, an old timer, I think it’s about 40-years-old, but you’d never know it, he keeps it in showroom shape. We fish offshore regularly and while he’ll be keeping watch for any worthwhile boating accessories, I reckon we’ll both be in the market for some fishing tackle. We’re both boat show regulars and in fact I doubt we’ve missed more than three or four over the 25 years it has been here at Darling Harbour.” Bruce Purcell, Show visitor, Sans Souci. “With seven new models making their debut, from ChrisCraft, Frauscher and Regal on display, I think we ‘stole the show’ in the big day boat market. The response we received could not have been better and we have been absolutely flat chat with the numerous follow ups arranged. “We’ve seen an emerging trend where boaters seek to get out on the water for a good time rather than a long time, consequently our sales in day boats are absolutely booming and we couldn’t be happier with the results to date.” Steve Hannes, Dealer Principal, Premier Marine.

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Planning for the Sydney International Boat Show to be staged at the Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island underway

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he Sydney International Boat Show closed its doors on the 5th August 2013 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre for the very last time. Having started its life back in 1968, the show has had three homes since its breakaway from the previously run Motor, Caravan and Boat Show that ran prior to 1967. The first was the RAS at Moore Park, a three year stint at a temporary facility in Pyrmont from 1986 to 1988, and 25 years at its most recent home from 1989 to this year. Whilst change at times can be worrying, we also accept that sometimes it gives us an opportunity to refresh and prepare for the future. Recent announcements have forced a change and the Associations intention is to embrace that change knowing that it can continue to deliver Australia’s largest and most respected recreational boating show. As such, our future remains bright. Next year a new chapter will open for the Sydney International Boat Show. The NSW Government announced last year that Darling Harbour will be redeveloped during 2014, 2015 & 2016 to include a revitalised and modernised exhibition centre. This excellent facility will be replaced with one that is even better ensuring that Sydney and the exhibition facilities in Darling Harbour remain up there with the best in the world for decades to come. This welcome initiative will see the Boat Show return fully to Darling Harbour in 2017 to coincide with our planned celebrations for the running of the 50th Sydney International Boat Show. During the redevelopment years, we are also excited that Sydney Exhibition Centre @ Glebe Island will become our home for our undercover exhibits. The purpose built interim facilities will provide the show

with a great venue to continue showcasing the show’s undercover displays. Our in-water display of vessels will remain in Cockle Bay throughout this period. Access between the two sites will be easy with complimentary transport between the two locations by both road and water. It will be lots of fun, visitors will enjoy a new boating festival atmosphere and we can assure you that the entire family of our visitors will enjoy the experience. The purpose built interim facility is proving to be as exciting as the new venue being built for Darling Harbour. The interim venue at Glebe Island will feature dedicated parking for over 1,000 cars, mustering points to allow for easy bump-in and bump-out, revitalised signage and directional boards to help our visitors understand access to the site. Once the show has opened, our visitors can choose to start their boat show visit via Darling Harbour or Glebe Island. Non-stop transport between the two locations will allow our guests to travel between the sites by water on dedicated ferries that will be equipped and prepared to deliver a festive atmosphere for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests. Darling Harbour will come alive with the splendour of our boat show marina and the surrounding restaurants and entertainment precincts will be active and open for business. The purpose built facility at Glebe Island will have 25,000 square metres of undercover display areas and will have 1st class services, pop up cafés and an opportunity to build a welcoming family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. The Sydney International Boat Show will become a festival

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of boating and will remain the largest and most respected boat show in the southern hemisphere. The BIA thanks the representatives of Infrastructure NSW for their assistance and AEG OGDEN, who will be managing both the interim facility at Glebe Island and the new facility at Darling Harbour that will open in 2017. Both have shown tremendous support for the boat show and remain in constant contact with the BIA team during the planning process. The Boating Industry Association also looks forward to working with the marine industry, association members and show exhibitors to ensure the ongoing success of this very important show.

$20 million funding boost for NSW boaters

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inister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has announced a huge funding boost for NSW boaters with a further $20 million for safety, access and infrastructure programs across the State. Minister Gay said the extra funding for safety and access is available largely from savings made by the restructure of agencies, as part of the formation of Roads and Maritime Services. “We said that any back-office savings would be put back into frontline services and here’s more evidence of that,” Minister Gay said. “The boating sector and the 1.8 million people who go boating each year will now benefit from programs including new safety initiatives to improve the wearing of lifejackets and the service of inflatable lifejackets “Last year, we lost 27 lives in boating incidents so it’s important to continue our close work with key industry stakeholders to promote safe and responsible boating.

“According to the statistics, men in small boats less than six metres long who aren’t wearing lifejackets are most at risk. “Funding will also go toward additional Boating Safety Officers on the water this summer and improving safety sign system for boat ramps across NSW. “We will be assisting local councils with regional infrastructure upgrades, auditing access, safety and infrastructure priorities on our major waterways, funding initiatives to help provide off-street boat trailer storage. “We will also be looking at the need for additional infrastructure for access to Botany Bay and Sydney Harbour. “The entire package is about putting revenue straight back into infrastructure and safety programs to support boating,” Minister Gay said. Further information and progress of the Government’s Maritime Policy Agenda are available at http://www.transport. nsw.gov.au/maritime-policy-agenda-progress-report

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$12 million plan to develop infrastructure and services along the River Murray, Lower Lakes and Coorong

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n 30 June 2013, BIASA submitted to the Federal Government, via SA Premier, Jay Weatherill, its bid for funding of more than $12 million to deliver essential infrastructure and services to the communities of the River Murray and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert in South Australia. The submission resulted from 12 months of intense endeavour by BIASA to develop a viable plan extending across vast sections of South Australia’s inland waterways. In support of its case, BIASA retained the services of highly regarded consulting company, EconSearch Pty Ltd, to provide detailed estimates of the economic benefits to be delivered from the proposal. Federal funding, if and when delivered, will be supplemented by around 20 per cent from other South Australian sources. The project aims to improve signage, safety and access for river users along the length of the river in South Australia, and to restore and improve confidence in the health of the riverine environment. A further objective is to boost economic development in the region to counter change in real agricultural output as a result of reduction in water diversions through the Murray Darling Basin Plan. An urgent improvement in boating facilities is required to maximise the contribution of this sector to the regional economy, and to encourage communities to make the most of opportunities provided by the Murray Darling Basin Plan. To enhance efficiencies and realise financial savings, construction components of the project would be managed one after another from the Murray Mouth through to the State’s eastern border. Existing and growing use of the Goolwa Lock has created a need for increased levels of safety, convenience and amenity. Under the proposal, the Goolwa Lock would be automated. The hand-operated Tauwitchere Lock is regularly used for access to the waters of the Coorong and the Murray Mouth from Lake Alexandrina. However, this structure is approaching the status of a heritage item. Safe mooring facilities on both sides of the Tauwitchere Lock are required along with improvement to boat handling and boat protection facilities. South Australia’s Lower Lakes and the Goolwa Channel, with an area of over 700 square kilometres of waterways, offer outstanding boating opportunities. But in some areas, safe mooring opportunities are extremely limited due to the nature of the banks, depths of water, and the need to protect the native environment from intrusion. Four new facilities are required. Funds are sought for moorings, ramps, pontoons, jetties and wharves as part of the overall plan. This part of the project comprises the largest (in dollar figures) category of proposed expenditures for the overall program. New and/or upgraded public facilities are required at over 20 locations. Currently, navigation by boat into and from locks at Goolwa and Tauwitchere, and at Locks 1-6, is a task that requires skill and concentration. The presence of hazards along the entry channels to these structures increases the difficulty and risk involved in navigation around locks. This will be corrected under the proposal. Prompt emergency access on both sides of all locks is vital to aid the rescue of people overboard in the dangerous waters. Provision is made to rectify the present situation. The River Murray provides many opportunities for safe river cruising, but mooring opportunities are limited in some reaches (notably those below Blanchetown) by endless kilometres of willows. The clearance of several willows in a host locations

is recommended to improve both safety and amenity. Increasing the network of houseboat-friendly mooring sites throughout the Riverland and Murrayland regions in South Australia has the potential to significantly increase revenues raised by houseboat hire. Measures to protect the natural environment from this increased visitation are included within the initiative. A total of 200 new houseboat mooring sites are proposed. Additionally, mooring sites are required along the river for convenient access to townships. To enhance safety provisions, mooring poles are required at exposed sites at nearly 20 locations. Additional mooring posts are also required for larger overnight commercial cruising craft. Improving jetties and short-term mooring facilities near townships will help to capture visitor expenditure that might otherwise go untapped. Eleven sites are proposed. A near derelict marina on the outskirts of Berri will be restored as a key element of the plan. Improving access to the river for people with disabilities has potential economic and social benefits. The provision of a set of disabled access facilities in each of the seven Council areas forms part of the proposal. Untraceable owners have left the remnants of their craft, sometimes submerged, in locations along the river creating potential dangers. These locations must be immediately marked and the remains of vessels removed. Similarly, large scale dumping of household equipment is degrading the natural environment making it unsightly and hazardous. A clean up initiative is proposed along the length of the river in South Australia. A significant proportion of the proposed funding will be allocated to improve navigation aids of international design and interpretive signage along the river. There will be a focus on consistency in signage design. Improving indicators for obstacles such as shallow water, snags or difficult navigation channels will improve the confidence and safety of river users and enhance tourism experiences. Additionally, navigational aids such as distance markers and improved signage for towns and moorings, will encourage people to explore the river further. The River Murray is a unique natural resource. It is proposed that efforts be made to leverage the resource in a non-exploitative way through improved communication strategies. Improving existing, hard copy river maps to the minimum international standards for major inland waterways will encourage tourism. The development of electronic maps is also a feature of the proposal. The creation of a South Australian Murray Darling Basin/ Lakes and Coorong Information Interactive Website is planned. Sufficient budget has been provided to include live access to online webcams. SmartPhone Applications will also be developed. Mobile telephone communications along the Coorong, throughout the Lower Lakes, and along some parts of the river from Wellington to the border are generally poor. This compromises the safety of craft and their crews, particularly users of hire vessels. To provide a reasonable level of support, it is proposed to rehabilitate parts of the now abandoned Government Radio Network (GRN) system along the waterway to support extensions to the existing (coastal) Emergency Radio Network Marine VHF system. Telephones would also be installed at various points where there is public infrastructure. It is a bold, but achievable plan that will deliver benefits for current and future generations. Watch this space!

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Yorke Peninsula – An Angler’s Paradise

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t is a popular belief that explorer and master mariner, Matthew Flinders, was the first white man to catch a fish off Yorke Peninsula. In late March 1802, Flinders took his sloop, the Investigator, high into western Gulf St. Vincent and went ashore in a long boat. Little did Flinders know, of course, that the peninsula he had named after the Right Honourable Charles Phillip Yorke would go on to become one of South Australia’s iconic angling locations. Today, more than two centuries after Flinders first charted its shoreline, Yorke Peninsula – which can be reached within an hour’s drive to the north of Adelaide – is well established as a fishing paradise. Not only does it attract thousands of visiting anglers from South Australia each year, but also from all parts of the country and overseas. The peninsula’s coastal geography plays a major role in its popularity. It features mangroves, sand flats and tidal creeks to the north, deeper water and jetties along both mid-coast shorelines, and a blend of rock ledges and surf beaches to the south. There is something to suit most angling preferences. There are also superb offshore and small boat fishing opportunities from Port Wakefield all the way around to Port Broughton. Around its vast coastline, the peninsula has excellent boat ramps, most of which are sealed with attendant pontoon structures and secure parking Yorke Peninsula boasts a diverse range of popular recreational fish species. Plump Australian herring, garfish, squid and blue swimmer crabs make up the bulk of the jetty catch, while boaties can expect anything from jumbo snapper to King George whiting and practically everything in between. Throw in big, black-back salmon and the occasional mulloway from bottom-end beaches, and it is easy to appreciate why Yorke Peninsula appeals to such a broad cross section of recreational anglers. Seasons and associated weather fluctuations significantly influence angling opportunities. During autumn and in winter months, when the winds are lightest and most predictable, most fish species are accessible. In the warmer months, snapper, whiting, garfish and crabs are popular choices. Yorke Peninsula is one of Australia’s most appealing, accessible and affordable venues for angling holidays. There are few locations around the country that can match such a compact package of fishing choices. Marion Bay is one of the popular destinations for anglers

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who like “reel” action. The long jetty is legendary for its big squid and thousands of mullet are caught along the beaches from Easter onwards. Seaweed worms, extracted from the decaying ribbon weed on the beach, are the choice bait for these tasty little fish. Keep the tackle really light for the best results, and have a good supply of bread-based berley on hand. While the jetty and beaches offer convenient access to fish, the biggest thrills are found offshore. Those with large trailer boats can venture well out into Investigator Strait and beyond to fish the deep water grounds. A four-wheel drive vehicle is required to launch a bigger boat at Marion Bay, and it requires caution when the swell is up from strong onshore winds. The offshore waters can be bountiful in snapper, nannygai, huge whiting, sharks, squid and even Samson fish. Anglers who are keen to fish offshore from Marion Bay can also take advantage of a local fishing charter with several operators in the area. King George whiting well over one kilogram are regularly caught in the waters east of Marion Bay or in Investigator Strait. There are also plenty of snapper in the warmer months, varying from just-legal ruggers up to ten kilo thumpers, as well as silver trevally, blue groper (which must be returned if caught) and a variety of small sharks. Southern Bluefin tuna occasionally venture close enough to Marion Bay for the big boat brigade to chase, but only when weather conditions are perfect. Wedge Island, which is accessible by big boat from


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Dean Brown – Special Advisor on the Drought

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he disastrous drought that crippled much of the country from 2006 to 2010 united two South Australians of vastly different political persuasions to champion the cause of protecting and preserving the River Murray as the lifeblood of the State. As the crisis worsened in 2007, then Labor Premier, Mike Rann, appointed his Liberal predecessor, Dean Brown, as his Special Advisor on the Drought. The appointment recognised the dire consequences of the drought and the capacity of both men to put State interests above party politics. At the time, David Dreverman, head of the Murray Darling Basin Commission, said the river systems that provide three quarters of the water consumed nationally were already 54 per cent below the previous record minimum. Later, climate scientists at the University of Melbourne said the big dry in South Eastern Australia was likely to be its worst since European settlement in this country. The impact along the South Australian section of the Murray was dire with water levels falling dramatically. Major restrictions were imposed on river water for irrigation and consumer use in major towns and cities, including Adelaide. Meanwhile, riverbanks collapsed dangerously, marinas closed, the houseboat industry virtually ground to a halt, and towns throughout the Riverland and Lower Lakes suffered a sustained economic downturn. Dean took on the role as drought advisor with a vast store of experience and expertise. He was one of the State’s longest serving politicians – first elected in 1973, later holding a range of high raking portfolios and being Premier of South Australia from 1993 to 1996. He also brought to the position qualifications as an agricultural scientist, extensive business acumen and the ability to unite communities into a powerful force to save the river. Just as importantly, he had a personal passion for the Murray. His father grew up among the citrus orchards and vineyards of Ramco, a short distance west of Waikerie. Dean’s swift action as the drought crisis worsened brought him into close and regular contact with the Boating Industry Association of South Australia, which was also at the vanguard to save the river. In Goolwa and the Lower Lakes and along the river Murray from Wellington, Murray Bridge, Mannum, Morgan and beyond, Dean formed committees bringing local experience and perspectives to the challenge. Industry stakeholders – from agriculture to tourism – were recruited into the committee structure. Government departments and agencies came aboard and Dean formed a reference group to harness all of the extensive feedback along with scientific and practical, on-the-ground concepts to lessen the adverse impacts of the drought on all those reliant upon the river. “Glen Jones, working on behalf of BIASA, threw himself into this process and he became a member of the Goolwa committee,” Dean said. “I asked him to chair a group at Mannum which was concentrating on boating and tourism issues, and we later formed a special group to monitor the collapse of river banks. “With the State Government, BIASA part-sponsored a major clean-up of areas around Goolwa and Clayton where the water level had dropped exposing a wide range of rubbish ranging from engine blocks and tyres to general discarded waste.”

Dean attended all of the committee meetings to report directly to the Government’s highlevel task force on the River Murray. He was a major influence in the push for a national strategy involving all stakeholders in all States to deal with the consequences of years of serious drought and decline in Australia’s most impor tant inland waterway. The result of this consensus approach is the Murray Darling Basin Plan that will ultimately return 3,200 gigalitres of environmental flows to the basin system annually while providing sustainability and certainty for irrigators and communities reliant on the Murray. The plan also embraces boating, tourism, social, environmental and economic priorities that were trumpeted by BIASA as part of its close and committed involvement in the consultation process with communities and businesses during the great drought and its aftermath. Having served as Special Advisor on the Drought over a five-year period, Dean continued, at his own volition, to chair meetings of boating and tourism representatives at Goolwa. In 2012, the Murray Darling Basin Authority engaged him to consult with the banking sector on the potential impacts of the draft Basin Plan. Over the past 12 months he has also chaired the group BIASA put together to develop a Federal Government funding application for $12 million to deliver essential infrastructure and services to the communities of the River Murray and Lakes Alexandrina and Albert in South Australia. From BIASA’s perspective, Dean has been a “rock of reliability” over many years in efforts to protect South Australia’s precious inland waterways. One of its most prestigious awards – the BIASA Service to Industry Award – was presented to him in recognition of his “supreme effort” and “enormous results.” His contribution over the years has also extended to the improvement of facilities and services to boating and tourism in the marine environment. When he was Premier of South Australia, the State Government introduced the boating industry levy that directed funding collected at the time craft are registered to a hypothecated fund dedicated to improving facilities including ramps and pontoons. His government also allocated vital funding for the upgrade of jetties around the State to improve access and safety for recreational angling and enhance regional tourism. These days, Dean maintains extensive business, community and charitable interests. He is Chairman of mining company Hillgrove Resources, Chair of the Playford Trust, a Director of Mission Australia, Scantech Ltd., Foodbank SA and the Heritage Foundation Board of the University of Adelaide. In his rare time for relaxation, he enjoys nothing better than a houseboat holiday on the River Murray with his wife, Rosslyn, and their family.

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After a 14 year campaign, world’s oldest clipper is bound for South Australia

City of Adelaide at Irvine. Photo Brian MacDonald. Below, Thomas Dutton Lithograph, August 1864, presented to owners on the occasion of the completion of the City of Adelaide.

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he world’s oldest clipper and the only surviving purposebuilt sailing ship to bring migrants from Europe to Australia is being readied in Scotland for its imminent - and final - voyage back to Adelaide. The City of Adelaide’s journey will, firstly, head to her original homeport of London for a major celebration and formal farewell in October (2013) at historic Greenwich on the River Thames. The clipper, atop a large barge, will moor for several days near her younger ‘sister’– the world famous Cutty Sark, a Greenwich landmark for six decades – before continuing her journey via a quarantine and ‘preparation stop’ in Europe. She is scheduled to start the 22,000 km trip from Scotland to Adelaide in early September, eventually arriving in Port Adelaide between February and April next year (2014). The voyage will end an extraordinary 14-year campaign by engineers, maritime historians, ship enthusiasts, descendants of the ship’s migrants and supporters. “This is such an exciting time and - aside from the ship coming back – we see enormous opportunities for the State (SA) and its brand to piggy-back off the clipper’s arrival and departure from Greenwich and, of course, when it reaches its final destination,” said Clipper Ship City of Adelaide Ltd. (CSCOAL) director and spokesperson Peter Christopher. “I can almost picture the spectacle as the clipper is transported up the River Thames to Greenwich, bringing together the two last original 19th century clipper ships. I am sure it will create international media interest in South Australia and in Adelaide’s determination to save the ship.” The City of Adelaide was regarded as unrecoverable from the banks of the Irvine River in western Scotland. For many years the ship was stranded by a heavily silted river and UK experts feared she could never be extracted as the adjacent delicate wetlands prevented the option of dredging the river to rescue her. Despite being listed as part of the UK’s National Historic Ships Core Collection, the Trustees of the Scottish Maritime Museum were being forced to vacate the site where the clipper sat. With the ship stranded, they in turn had to request permission to demolish the A-Listed ship. That is until CSCOAL, an Adelaide-based volunteer organisation, stepped in. “Our group essentially identified that there was a feasible solution to recover the ship that did not require dredging near important bird breeding-grounds. We were supported in writing by none less than former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and a number of former Premiers and Lord Mayors,” Mr Christopher said. “We even had letters of encouragement and support,

over a number of years and as recently as this year, from the Duke of Edinburgh. Recognising the opportunity of saving the world-heritage ship, Scottish culture minister Fiona Hyslop took the positive decision to call a study into any options for saving the ship. The Australian team’s strategy stood out, and offered the additional advantage of enhancing Scottish and Australian cultural ties in the process.” “But we still had to convince heritage authorities the length and breadth of the UK that South Australia had the expertise and know-how to pull off an intricate piece of work.” Intricate is something of an understatement. Engineering firms from across South Australia worked together to create a prefabricated steel cradle that would allow the ship to be rolled across a temporary bridge over river mudflats and onto a low-draft barge. She will now embark on the first stage of a voyage half way around the world – back to SA for the first time in more than 125 years. Weighing 100 tonnes and worth more than $1.2million, the cradle was shipped to Scotland in five shipping containers, before being assembled and tested, and then disassembled again for installation beneath the 450 tonne clipper piece by piece. “This has been a team project from the start, and the level of commitment and passion has been quite extraordinary. We are volunteers; not amateurs. The expertise and access to resources within the team is demonstrated by the work carried out to date,” Mr Christopher said. “We have had great support from the Australian and Scottish governments and local councils, but nearly a third of the money required to get her back has come from public donations and a similar amount from South Australian industry. “Once she is safely in South Australia we will be establishing her as the flagship of a non-profit Seaport Village in Port Adelaide, to be run along similar lines as Sovereign Hill in Victoria.”

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WHS Guidance for the Boating Industry In 2012 the BIA published the findings of a comprehensive research project titled Developing Workplace Health & Safety Guidance for the Recreational and Light Commercial Boating Industry. Funded under the WorkCover (NSW) Assist Program, the project focused on four key areas of hazard and risk. The objective was to identify the most effective and practicable methods of managing these in the workplace, and to provide guidance for the wider industry to improve safety awareness, performance, and compliance with the law. The Guidance Material is designed to be user-friendly, using boating industry examples, common practices, and specific operational and compliance-management challenges. To freely access this material, visit the WHS Legislation and Guidance section on the homepage of our website: www.bia. org.au. Following on from a focus on Heights Safety (Logbook March) and Moving Boats (Logbook June) in our four-part series, this quarter we cover Hazardous Manual Tasks. The boating industry is very hands on. It’s physical, dynamic, and our work and workplaces are nothing if not challenging. It will come as no surprise to many then that the review of WorkCover’s accident and claim statistics done as part of our Research Project showed that the largest single type – around 40% - of injury in our sector was Muscular Skeletal Disorder (or MSD’s – not to be confused with Material Safety Data Sheets or MSDS’s(These are now called SDS’s or Safety Data Sheets)). MSD’s can result from a range of common actions, situations or exposures which are not uncommon in boating business, including lifting, pushing, pulling, gripping, repetitive movements, working in cramped or unnatural postures and maintaining these for extended periods, as well as exposure to vibration via tools or machinery.

Flares signal that you are in trouble

A minimum of two red hand flares (for night or day use) and two orange smoke flares (for day use) are required to be carried on all vessels operating offshore. You should be able to locate and ignite the correct flare in total darkness. Check that your flares have not expired – most flares have a use-by date of three years and should be replaced before the expiry date. Flares for disposal can be placed in special containers at NSW Maritime centres around NSW. Log onto www.maritime.nsw.gov.au. It is an offence to fire flares except in an emergency.

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Any task with the potential to bring about or result in the above should be considered a “Hazardous Manual Task”. Potential injuries range from sprains and strains, to car tilage and ner ve damage, to degenerative and musculovascular disorders. The injuries can be acute – those arising from a single incident – or cumulative, developing over a period of time in response to repeated exposure or strain – or a combination of both … think “straw that broke the camel’s back”. The intensity of MSD’s – in terms of impact on health and wellbeing – can injury also range extremely, as would the options for treatment, and recovery time. As usual, prevention is definitely better than cure so the importance of consultation, risk assessment, and preventative or alleviating action as relates to Hazardous Manual Tasks shouldn’t be underestimated. This commonly-used “WHS language” does tend to make things sound complicated, but when it comes to hazardous manual tasks it’s often (relatively) common sense. When looking at a job, consider the loads or body positions, and how long or to what extent these loads and positions might need to be sustained. Are there intense or repeated impacts on muscles or joints? Think “could this hurt me or others?” … and if the considered answer is “probably” or “maybe”, think about ways in which the job can be done differently. Consult with (talk and listen to) your team on the question of “could this hurt”, and discuss as a group how to make the situation or job easier, or at least minimize the exposure to intense or sustained stresses. Importantly, document your journey (write it down) and make sure everyone involved in the job is aware of the risks, and strategy for managing them. Keeping with the simple approach, monitor yourself and others involved in the job. If your body tells you something hurts, guess what … it’s probably not doing you any favours. If you see one of your team looking uncomfortable … there’s a fair chance that they are. You and your team should be aware of and look out for other symptoms of musculoskeletal stress: tingling; numbness; stiffness; loss of coordination; loss of strength; different temperature in limbs or digits; skin

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discolouration – any one of which indicates a problem that needs to be addressed. So when we expect or know that there’s a risk or problem to be addressed, what then? In formal WHS language, the Guidance Material sets out the legal requirement on the PCBU as follows: If it is not reasonably practicable to eliminate the risk of a worker being affected by a musculoskeletal disorder then the risk must be minimised as far as is reasonably practicable by: - changing the design of the work area and the layout of the workplace - changing the systems of work, considering schedules, job autonomy, job control and support - changing the nature, size, weight or number of items used in the task - providing mechanical aids - changing the environment, or - using a combination of these measures.

of lighter softwood blocks over hardwood blocks for supporting keels in a hardstand or slipway situation, and others more complex such as the mechanical lifters or forklift attachments used to handle large drums of liquid goods. With WHS and risk management an increasing focus in daily worklife, it’s now quite common to find that tools and gadgets have been invented to solve common problems and these made commercially available – especially load handling and height access solutions. Accordingly, the tool or system that solves your problem might be a Google search away, though our case study on the custom-built monorail load-carrier demonstrates the benefits of a perfect fit for your particular challenge, as does the elegant wheelie-bin conversion pictured!

There is also a requirement to: - Provide information, instruction and training to minimise any remaining risk. - Review and revise risk control measures Within our published Guidance Material on Hazardous Manual Tasks, case studies are provided detailing a range of engineering solutions developed or utilized by boating industry PCBU’s. Some are stunningly simple such as the selective use

Case study 1 – Workshop makes stern-drive lifter from scissor-lift trolley A large service centre and workshop in Sydney has also developed their own stern-drive lifter, and theirs is based on an existing, rated scissor lift trolley. As you can see in the following images, the trolley has been extended and has a long bracket on the top to support the stern-drive unit. A foot pedal allows the trolley to be raised or lowered to the height of the boat and also allows for an easy transfer of the unit to the workbench jig.

A custom made stern drive lifter and trolley Use of an existing device that is rated and certified for specific tasks will be affected by any modifications. A competent person should assess the device to determine its lifting capacity. By properly assessing the lifting capacity this can assist in demonstrating WHS compliance.

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On the subject of tools, the Guidance Material also provides detailed insight into their selection. Many hand-tools – powered or otherwise – are used repeatedly, intensively, and for extended periods. As such, ergonomic design and fitness for purpose, user, and environment are critical considerations. Straightup quality and sensible design are probably fundamental in this regard, as anyone who’s spent the day on the end of a cheap and nasty rotary tool can probably appreciate, but the Guidance Material gives tips on what to look for in tools and design, as well as setting out some pro’s and con’s that should be factored into your decision. The movement of gear and goods around industry workplaces has also featured in our research. With long distances to cover between carpark and the outermost marina berth, and often tricky surfaces to navigate with heavy loads aboard, trolleys are now a key tool of the trade. Again, making a sensible selection can be critical and again, the Guidance Material helps out. Yet even with the right bit of gear for the job, the nature of some work and work situations means that a combination approach needs to be taken to manage risk of injury. At times, risks are not completely mitigated by a tool or PPE, or the effectiveness of the solution might be affected depending on conditions – consider the impact of rain on an otherwise “safe” working surface or step system. In most circumstances where hazardous manual task are concerned its important to look at administrative options as well as/ in compliment to hardware in managing risk. Training is a key administrative tool within the Hierarchy of Controls – ensure that staff are instructed to use tools and PPE properly, maximizing the benefits of safety or ergonomic features, and ensure that adequate rest breaks and task-variety are part of the mix. Whilst young workers especially are pretty gung-ho, the numbness or tingling they might feel on the job mean the same thing as when experienced by seasoned veteran – make sure inexperienced workers are well briefed on risks and good work practices such as stretching to rest muscles and maintain blood-flow. One case study in the Guidance Material details how a marine business stopped buying 44 gallon drums in favour of smaller volume units because the handling and storage risks, as well as holding costs and dangerous goods requirements, were simply not stacking up when considering the small cost savings of the bulk purchase. This demonstrates how useful it can be to step back and look at a situation, rather than do as has always been done … things change, including the prevailing laws and regulations! A brief but very worthwhile segment of the Guidance Material deals simply with “working in awkward postures”. We’ve all been there, but this segment gives some basic insight into what’s going on physiologically with your joints and muscles in these situations, along with tips on how you can alieviate the stresses and trauma that result, and arrange things such that the health risks are minimized. The Hazardous Manual Tasks section of the Guidance Material closes with a short but sharp warning in red – “Team Lifting … Should only be used as an interim control measure”, citing boating industry incident data which indicates that this message that hasn’t quite cut though … yet. So, please take a read through the Hazardous Manual Task section of the Guidance Material freely available behind the WHS Legislation button on the homepage at www.bia.org.au h Footnote: All Guidance Material prepared under our research project incorporates a simple, single-page, self-assessment tool which you can use to establish your current situation, and as a starting point in your ongoing management of WHS. Job Number One in making use of this research and Guidance Material is to review the Hzardous Manual Tasks Self Assessment Tool. Refer to page 10 here: http://www.bia.org.au/whs/reports/SECTION3-HAZARDOUS.pdf

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Don’t let the heat stress you out

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s we head towards the end of the year and temperatures begin to heat up, WorkCover NSW has issued a reminder to all boating industry businesses and workers to protect themselves when working in the sun to prevent fatigue. General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, John Watson said boating industry businesses must protect workers from ultra violet (UV) radiation in sunlight and reduce the hazards associated with working in hot and sunny environments. “Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, at nearly four times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK,” Mr Watson said. “In the three years to July 2011 there were 433 claims for work-related skin cancer at a cost of $6.2 million to the NSW Workers Compensation Scheme. “Workers can be exposed to UV radiation when working in the sun as well as in the shade or undercover due to reflection from surrounding surfaces, so it is important to wear sun protection in all outdoor conditions.” Mr Watson said that during the Christmas period many workers will be under increased pressure to get the job done before the end of the year. “These pressures, coupled with long working hours in the sun can increase the likelihood of fatigue-related injuries,” he said. “Fatigue and heat-stress can affect a worker’s health, reducing their performance and productivity, and increasing the chance of a workplace injury through reduced ability to concentrate, recognise risks and communicate effectively. “In the three years to July 2011 there were 497 claims for workplace fatigue and heat stroke at a cost of $4.3 million. “Boating industry businesses should set realistic workloads and work schedules, ensure fair distribution of work and provide regular rest breaks. WorkCover recommends boating industry businesses take the following actions to reduce workers’ exposure to UV radiation and prevent fatigue: • Provide and maintain equipment and shelter to protect workers from the sun • Provide sun safety information, instruction, training and supervision • Rotate tasks to lessen exposure to the sun as well as mental and physical fatigue, and schedule work at cooler times of the day • Use rest periods in addition to scheduled meal breaks • Provide water and encourage workers to stay hydrated • Provide personal protective equipment such as: - clothing with UPF 50+ rating, loose shirts with long sleeves, collars and long pants - broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30+) - sunglasses which meet Australian Standards for UV protection • Use plant, machinery and equipment to eliminate or reduce the excessive physical demands of the job Mr Watson added that in the event of an injury, businesses must have adequate return to work plans for injured workers. “Getting back to work quickly is the best outcome for an injured worker,” Mr Watson said. “It is important for injured workers, employers and case

managers to work together to ensure sustainable return-to-work results. “For those unable to return to their pre-injury job, WorkCover has a range of vocational rehabilitation programs to help workers return to suitable employment.” WorkCover offers rebates of up to $500 to help small businesses and sole traders purchase and install safety improvements through its Small Business Rebate Program. The Program covers a broad range of safety solutions, providing small businesses with the flexibility to address specific risks in their workplaces. Further information on fatigue management, working safely in the sun and the Small Business Rebate Program is available from www.workcover.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 10 50. Other resources are available from the Cancer Council at www.cancercouncil.com.au

Sydney Harbour Destinations Plan

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t the Sydney International Boat Show, Minister Duncan Gay flagged the launch of the Sydney Harbour Destinations Plan – an innovative approach to delivering new amenity to boaters on Sydney Harbour. Under the Plan, boaters will be able to tie–up for short periods in “Destination Berths” at participating commercial marinas to access facilities and amenities at the marina, as well as points of interest or service in close proximity to the marina. In return, participating marinas will benefit from rental discounts which effectively bring their rental obligations to the Lessor – RMS in the case of Sydney Harbour – into line with the “sustainable” range identified by Pitcher Partners in their 2009 report. “The unlocking of private infrastructure to provide a better boating experience is a huge step forward” said BIA General Manager Roy Privett. “The BIA applauds the efforts of Transport for NSW and RMS, and we urge marina operators to get on board” The Sydney Harbour Destinations Plan will be up and running in October.

good ventilation

a safe practice

A timely warning on carbon monoxide fumes during winter boating... If you are boating in cold and windy weather, make sure your boat is well ventilated at all times. Gases can be drawn into the cockpit area from a vessels exhaust. Let air circulate and be cleared. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning will be unaware because it is colourless, odourless, tasteless and potentially fatal. With a little bit of common sense, you can still enjoy boating during the winter.

www.bia.org.au p. 02 9438 2077 For employment in the marine industry log onto the BIA website and click on “Employment & Training” For boating weather go to www.bom.gov.au/marine Be part of the boating community

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The Ultimate Retirement Question How much money do you need to fund your retirement? In the past this has been a difficult question to answer but as analysts, academics and superannuation/investment specialists have put their heads together to crunch the numbers, things have become a little clearer. It’s no surprise that it all depends on your life expectancy, work plans, investment returns and desired lifestyle – basic, modest or comfortable. The Association of Super Funds of Australia (ASFA) has released an updated ASFA Retirement Standard that is considered the gold standard for the planning of retirement dollar amounts. It is updated quarterly to take into account matters such as inflation, changes in living standards and evolving spending patterns. Costs considered include communications, energy, food, clothing, household goods and services, health, transport and leisure. ‘Basic’ could be defined as living on the Age Pension. Without including supplements, the basic Age Pension payments currently top out at $19,076.20 annually for an individual or $28,761.20 for a couple. That’s just $367 per week for an individual or $553 per week for a couple. A ‘modest’ lifestyle, it says, requires a budget of $22,641 annually for an individual or $32,603 for a couple, which is not far above the Age Pension. This enables only basic activities and does not allow private health insurance, regular travel, purchase of a reasonable car, good clothes or a range of electronic equipment. A ‘comfortable’ lifestyle which does include the above,

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including an occasional economy-class international holiday, an occasional renovation of a kitchen or bathroom, the ability to entertain family and friends at home etc, requires $41,169 annually for an individual or $56,317 for a couple. Importantly, both the modest and comfortable budgets assume the outright ownership of a home and the relative good health of the individual/couple. Lump sums required at retirement to achieve these goals are relatively low for the modest lifestyle, coming in at $50,000 for an individual and $35,000 for a couple, as most of the funds will come from the Age Pension as long as the individuals qualify. But as the population ages it is worth asking whether you want to rely on the Age Pension. The lump sum required for a comfortable lifestyle, assuming 7% return and receipt of part of the Age Pension, is $510,000 for a couple and $430,000 for an individual. The figures assume a retirement age of 65, with payment projected to run out when the person or couple are in their early 90s and living on the Age Pension only after this date. Of course, final income relies on investment returns, life span and whether the investor would like to leave any money behind in a will. Discuss your specific needs with your financial planner in order to help ensure that your retirement lifestyle is everything you hoped for.

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Speak to a Commonwealth Financial Planner if you would like to understand more about how this information might impact your financial situation. Contact the BIA NSW today on ph (02) 9438 2077 who can arrange for a Commonwealth Financial Planner to give you a call to further discuss and answer any questions you may have.

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Offer only available to referrals made via the BIA NSW between 31/7/2013 and 31/12/2013. *This offer is applicable to existing and eligible new merchant facilities. # To maintain the fee waiver you must retain the required products, otherwise the offer may be withdrawn. Offer includes the monthly account maintenance fee, of currently $10 on the Business Transaction Account linked to the merchant facility. please refer terms and conditions. ^ The 0% p.a. promotional interest rate for purchases is valid for 5 months from the date of card approval. At the end of the 5 month promotional period for purchases, the interest rate converts to the standard purchase interest rate for the relevant card current at that time. A separate interest rate may apply for cash advances. Offer available only for a limited time and can be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the Bank. Excludes Business Liability Business credit cards, Corporate Credit Cards and existing Credit Card accounts. This offer may be extended beyond the specified end date at the discretion of the Commonwealth Bank. Interest rates and fees are subject to change. Applications for finance are subject to the Bank’s normal credit approval. Full conditions of use will be included in our Letter of Offer. Applicants consent to their name being provided to the BIA NSW to confirm eligibility. The BIA NSW may receive a fee from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia for each successful referral This has been prepared without considering your objectives, financial situation or needs, so you should consider its appropriateness to your circumstances before you act on it. Terms and conditions are available from commbank.com.au Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124. Australian credit licence 234945


Education, Training & Development Students inspired at SIBS Careers Day

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ver 450 High School students from years 9 to 12, and their teachers, descended on Darling Harbour on 2 August, keen to find out options and career paths available to them in boating – and what better way to wrap up a marine careers expo than by getting up close and personal to the excitement and glamour of the industry, at the Sydney International Boat Show. There is no doubt that the Boat Show is a big draw card when it comes to students – and teachers – signing up to the careers day, but the two combined makes it a powerful and inspirational kick-start for those who have an interest in boating and are looking for ideas for a lifelong career. Twenty two organisations gave their time and energy in helping the students open their minds to the possibilities available to them; in further education, trades, apprenticeships and traineeships; and in everything to do with boatbuilding and repair, mechanics, diving, tourism, science and research, conservation, crewing a superyacht – even the Navy came to the party after numerous requests following last year’s careers day. Feedback, as always, has been extremely positive from the school teachers. “It was a great day and the kids had a lot of fun,” said Neill Dorrington from Lisarow High School. “I stole quite a

Plunge Diving and Ocean Recreation Careers Australasia (background) promote diving and marine tourism.

few brochures and have since used them for our Careers night here at the school which the students and parents have found useful.” Ian Bulgin, another Marine Teacher added, “The holistic approach to the industry is impressive. Most students found areas to engage in.” Greg McNeill, President of the Marine Teachers’ Association NSW couldn’t agree more: “This year’s careers day was once again an outstanding effort by BIA to assist the students of NSW with direction in marine career pathways... our member schools have come from all over the state to attend this day at SIBS. The MTA offers congratulations for providing a most essential event for our budding mariners of the future.” Students from Marsden High School – who also had a team in the Boat Building Competition on the Saturday – certainly enjoyed themselves: “it was a fun and engaging day, there was lots to do …” and “it was very good and interactive” were just two of the comments received. Even those manning a stand and braving the onslaught enjoyed the day. “It was an absolute blast and a pleasure to take part. It was very refreshing to see so many students involved in the event and actively interested in Science!” said Matthew Altaie from University of Technology Sydney, who was there promoting further education in Marine Science. All agreed that it was a great way to expose the students to careers in the industry, to showcase the opportunities available, and to help engender an interest in a career from an early age. The room was packed and the stands busy – an encouraging sign for the future of young people in the industry. And everyone agreed on one thing – they were all looking forward to coming back in 2014! Many thanks to everyone involved in making it such a successful event. h

Education shines at SIBS

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or the third year in a row, BIA, TAFE NSW and the Marine Teachers’ Association (MTA) joined forces to present the Marine Education Centre at the Sydney International Boat Show. Located in the Marine Precinct, the stand once again proved popular with young and old alike, keen to find out more about education and training in the Industry. Some were looking for a career change, some to go to the next level with their professional development, and some just wanted to boost their skills for a DIY project. Whatever they were looking for, the teachers were on hand to find a solution. Marine Teachers chatted to youngsters and parents on how to get started on marine studies in school, and provided an interesting display of model boats built by students. What everybody wanted to know was: do they work and do they float! (The answer, by the way, is yes to both). Also on display in the foyer was the latest addition to the

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MTA’s “Boat Smart – Boating Safety in Schools” fleet – a brand new Quintrex 450 Escape. The boat will be used to teach young people safe boat handling and assist them in getting their licence. Joining MTA on the stand was TAFE NSW. Five Institutes from across the state were involved in the Marine Education Centre, and also at the Careers Day on the Friday. Sarah Hardy (Business Capability Specialist, Northern Sydney Institute) was instrumental in organising the TAFE representation and was keen to get involved right from the start. “We value our ongoing involvement in the stand at the Show and our relationship with the BIA (NSW)” Sarah said. “Sharing the stand with both the Marine Teachers’ Association and the BIA provides an all-round educational information centre for those attending the show and who are interested in a career in the industry – covering high school safety programs, TAFE NSW programs and the BIA post trade/continuing development Programs. “It also provides an opportunity for us to share information with each other and strengthen relationships.” All agreed the stand was a success and that they thoroughly

enjoyed being involved with the Show, and found it very beneficial – they’re already planning for 2014! Our sincere thanks to Sarah Hardy and Greg McNeill (President, Marine Teachers Association) for their hard work and assistance in making it happen.

Second New Boat Smart Hub Launched

XLCR – the College’s training vessel.

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beautiful day in Port Macquarie welcomed the official launch of the second new Boat Smart Hub, one of four new hubs being established in NSW. The Boat Smart program has long been successfully running in Menai since 2009, and provides the teaching of on-water safety activities to schools in the surrounding area, including assisting students in gaining their boat licence. The model employed by the Marine Teachers at Menai High School has been replicated in four new areas to deliver the same outstanding teaching; Ballina, Port Macquarie, Central Coast and Illawarra. The expansion of the Boat Smart Program, and the supply of equipment and support for resources, was made possible through funding received from NSW Government through its Water Safety Black Spots Fund (WSBSF), which provides funding for water safety initiatives that focus on high risk groups, activities and geographical locations. Our launch took place in wonderful winter sunshine on the banks on the Hastings River in July, organised by Marine Teachers at the Newman Senior Technical College – the core school managing the hub for Port Macquarie. The relaxed and informal launch was well supported with attendance by Howard Glenn (General Manager, Office of

Boating Safety & Maritime Affairs), Stephen Pares (Principal of the College), Warren Bridges (Marine Teacher at the College), John McQueen (Education Officer), students of the College, Greg McNeill (President of Marine Teachers’ Association NSW), and Corrina McMillan (BIA). Also along to watch the brand new training vessel touch water was John and Pam Cocker of Hastings Marine, suppliers of the 4.8m Trailcraft for the hub. Following the speeches and photo opportunities came a tour of the outstanding teaching facilities at the College, and a tranquil putter up the river in the college’s training vessel XLCR. XLCR was built in 1903, first used in the Port Macquarie community, then later as a commercial fishing vessel. Retired in mid 1990s, she sat idle until rescued, restored and used as a training vessel from 2004 by the College. You can read more about the history of XLCR at www.portmacquariemdc.com.au. The first new hub was officially launched in Ballina in December 2012 at Ballina High School – the core school managing the hub for this region – as reported in our March Logbook. Watch this space for news on the official launches of the remaining two new Hubs in NSW – and to keep up to date with further exciting developments in the Boat Smart Program.

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Training Calendar 2013

Book your space on the last scheduled courses for the year – call 9438 2077 today or visit www.bia.org.au/training Date & time

Course

Location

17 October – 12noon to 4pm

Marine Card

Gladesville

12 November – 8am to 12noon

Marine Card

Crows Nest

Other training available – on demand Please ask about ‘on-demand’ training – we can come to you (minimum numbers required). Call 9438 2077 to find out more. • Fire Extinguisher Training • Fire Warden Training • Apply First Aid

Just a Reminder ...

With some of the training you do, you are required to ‘refresh’ your skills to keep them sharp – this is true for Fire Extinguisher, Fire Warden and First Aid training. Australian Standards recommend you refresh these skills every 12 months, and with your First Aid certificate you are required to recertify every 3 years as it expires. If you have previously done your Fire Extinguisher Training with BIA, it will only cost you $99 per person inc GST. For details about either of these courses, please call Corrina on 9438 2077 or email Corrina@bia.org.au. If you need your First Aid certificate as yours is due to expire, call Corrina to arrange a session. Refresher training is only $125 (inc GST), but you must make sure you undertake the training before your certificate expires.

Boat for ife L s: Our Safety Ambassador en us ha Andrew ET Ettings & Pete Goss …

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Paddle safety initiatives ramp up W

ith an increasing amount of canoers and kayakers hitting the water each year, Transport for NSW’s Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs (OBSMA) is ramping up its efforts to promote a nationwide paddle safety campaign. OBSMA teamed up with the Boating Industry Association and Paddle NSW to produce an eye catching Paddle Safe education display at this year’s Sydney International Boat Show. General Manager, Office of Boating Safety & Maritime Affairs Howard Glenn said that safe, responsible and enjoyable paddling will be a major focus for boating in 2013/14. “Paddle NSW estimates there are 70,000 canoers and kayakers in NSW and that numbers are on the rise,” Mr Glenn said. Mr Glenn said that Paddle Safe was supported by a range of boating stakeholders and designed to promote safe and responsible paddling by encouraging awareness of safety issues such as: • wearing a lifejacket  • ensuring the craft is suitable for the conditions  • telling someone where you are going and time of return 

• keeping to the shorelines where possible  • keeping to the right side of the waterway  • not crossing in front of larger vessels  • being seen by others, show high viz colours by day  • showing an appropriate light if paddling between sunset and sunrise • keeping a proper lookout at all times Paddle Safe is part of a safety promotion adopted by government authorities across Australia and New Zealand. More information on Paddle Safe is available at boatforlife. com.au/paddle-safe

Lifejacket requirements eased for paddlers under supervision T ransport for NSW has announced changes to marine safety laws will ease requirements for some paddlers to wear lifejackets while under the supervision of experienced and accredited coaches. Under recent changes to the Marine Safety (General) Regulation 2009, accredited coaches can now exempt paddlers from wearing a lifejacket when more than 100 metres from shore on enclosed waters, subject to two conditions: • the accredited coach has determined the person not wearing a lifejacket has enough swimming ability, skill and fitness; and • the person not wearing the lifejacket remains close to, and is directly supervised by, the accredited coach at all times. An ‘accredited coach’ is a person who has achieved accreditation under the National Coaching Accreditation Scheme, recognised by the Australian Sport Commission as a Flatwater Coach Level 1 or Level 2. Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs General Manager Howard Glenn said the changes would ease restrictions on paddlers training under appropriate supervision on enclosed waters. “There is no exemption for paddlers on open waters, such as the ocean, where lifejackets are still required to be worn at all times,” Mr Glenn said. “There is a significant difference between boating on protected waters and boating offshore. “There is also a big difference between paddle training with the right supervision and general boating which typically involves the use of open runabouts. ”Around 1.8 million people go boating each year in NSW, and the most common type of boat is the open runabout. These craft are more susceptible to capsizing and swamping

– which is why it’s compulsory to wear a lifejacket in more circumstances when in a boat of less than 4.8 metres long. “Lifejacket design has also come a long way over recent times and the modern styles can be worn in relative comfort for the entire day out on the water, which is especially important in the typical ‘tinnie’. “A lifejacket never ruined a day on the water – but it could easily save your life.”

NEW MEMBERS BIA Board of Directors and Staff warmly welcomes the following businesses into our association and look forward to your participation in association activities:Neil Solomons – Boating Connexions Pty Ltd David Bray – Just Boat Insure Mark & Kirsty Hunter – Vacuwash Australia Pty Ltd Philip McGrath – Cockatoo Island Marine Centre Gary Johnston – Road Tech Marine Pty Ltd Ming-Yin Wang & Grady Fan – Sakana Marine Michael Chapman BA LLB Maritime Consultant & Lawyer Yibing Jia – M & X Pty Ltd

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Asset Protection – Mitigating Your Losses and Exposure in the Face of a Business Failure Business Failure – It’s a common issue A business was recently placed in receivership after the owner had failed to maintain his mortgage repayments on the premises. The consequence for the owner was that his company was frozen and the assets seized. Without income he subsequently was unable to maintain repayments on his personal debt and was forced into bankruptcy. Unfortunately this is an all too common occurrence as many small business owners do not prepare themselves for failure. Even if the actual failure does not occur within your company, it could easily happen to your customers, your suppliers or your partners and this in turn can be the cause of your problems. Each year, thousands of Australian businesses go broke. Last year alone, there were approximately 24,000 bankruptcies and 8,000 corporate administrations Australia-wide. (Source: Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia). You work hard to make your money, and we believe that you should devote at least some of the money making effort towards protecting the assets you have created, before trouble arises. While properly protecting your personal assets will not ensure that your business will succeed, it will ensure that should your business fail, your losses and exposure to threatening situations are mitigated.

Have you thought about the risks? If you have purchased insurance for your business, why haven’t you engaged personal asset protection techniques as well? The truth of the matter is that many business owners do not take the most fundamental precautions required to protect their assets. In most cases, people are simply unaware of the options open to them, and professionals assisting in the setting up of a business are either not aware or not focused on this issue. Finally, it may be that it is simply cost prohibitive to both have access to and implement these safeguards. Many people believe “this won’t happen to me, it can’t happen to my business, my family is safe, because we haven’t done anything wrong”. Ordinary people can experience extraordinary problems. In many cases these problems were simply matters of circumstance. Current economic conditions and the continued strength of the Australian dollar has put pressure on may local industries. Many political and economic commentators are predicting that tougher times may lay ahead as future governments seek to reduce the budget deficit. You may have been required to sign personal guarantees or to provide personal assets as security for your business borrowings. Therefore it is important that you have structured yourself well to best protect these assets in the event of financial impairment. This event may well have nothing to do with how well your business is currently trading:

1. A client could go under (No-one foresaw Ansett going under, but what do you think happened to the suppliers of Ansett, big and small, when these contracts disappeared); 2. The Australian Taxation Office could change the rules (Are you aware that Directors are personally liable as of 1 July last year for all unpaid superannuation and PAYG tax?); 3. A government could make a $12Billion mistake and have to adjust its budget to fix the problem.

There are things you can do Consolidated Lawyers is a broad based legal advisory firm that provides multiple restructuring solutions to companies and individuals that are experiencing financial difficulty. The basis of our strategy is to attempt to avoid formal insolvency options by negotiating with creditors informally to achieve a settlement outcome. We can help protect you from possible future financial crisis by: • Arranging the restructure, refinance (debt and equity available), negotiations and mediations necessary to achieve a positive commercial outcome. • Removing “Black marks” from your name. • Removing receivers by offering short and longer term financing options which are not readily available through normal banking channels. • Advise you on effective asset protection from a practical perspective. Many asset protection structures simply don’t work as bank borrowings have been underpinned with personal guarantees and mortgages over personal property. In the event of financial failure, we can provide a full range of services including, liquidation and administration options for corporates. For individuals, we can assist with credit card debts, asset protection and formal insolvency options.

A happy, secure ending There is a happy ending to the story. Our small business proprietor had fortunately had some good structures set up. We were able to position the client where the equity from the sale of the premises was sufficient to repay the bank and raise sufficient excess funds to be able to offer a dividend to other creditors, in return for the annulment of his bankruptcy. For further information, please contact one of our specialist advisors on 02 9283 2566. h This Fact Sheet is produced by Consolidated Lawyers Pty Ltd. It is intended to provide general information in summary form on legal topics, current at the time of first publication. The contents do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Formal legal advice should be sought in particular matters.

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Small Business – Too Big to Ignore

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even million Australians are employed by small businesses across this country – that is 60% of our national workforce. Yet our political leaders continue to ignore this fact, and continue to ignore the hard working small business owners who put their family’s assets on the line every day to create jobs for other Australians. That’s why it was an easy decision for Australia’s eight Chambers of Commerce to unite under the banner of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to conduct a united, national campaign in the lead up to the Federal Election. This is the first time that the Chambers have united for a national election campaign. In the past, State interests have tended to take precedence over national issues – but that’s in the past, because the challenges currently facing the Australian business community, and therefore the wider community, must be confronted by the next government of this nation. Small Business – Too Big to Ignore is the name of our campaign, and the slogan accurately reflects the frustration felt by business owners across the country, and particularly in NSW which is the engine room of the national economy, contributing around one third of Australia’s GDP. Since launching the campaign in front of 700 small businesses people in Western Sydney in April, it has resonated with the Australian community with over 80,000 voices of support registered on the campaign website www. toobigtoignore.org.au. Too Big to Ignore is a message that can’t be stopped and we have four simple policy positions, The Big 4 You Can’t Ignore, for the next Australian Government to adopt:

1. Cut down on the red tape; 2. Simplify the tax system; 3. Make it easier to employ people; and 4. Build better infrastructure. Through August and September, we are taking the campaign on the road, travelling across the State with the Southern Hemisphere’s largest mobile billboard, the Skyboard. We will be driving the message, literally, up to election day that small business has to be a priority for the next government. It doesn’t matter where you travel across NSW – it is obvious that the health and well-being of the local town or region is directly linked to the health of the local business community – a vibrant business community means a vibrant town. Sadly, the opposite is also true. Local business owners are local heroes – and we need everybody to understand that. They employ locals, contribute to the local economy, and are always the first to lend a helping hand. But where will people get jobs if business owners suddenly decide that it’s all become too hard because of government burdens and interference? Remember, governments don’t create jobs, business people do. Trying to change mindsets, particularly those of politicians, is not an easy job. But as the representative of the business community, the NSW Business Chamber is definitely up for the fight, and enthusiastic about the challenge ahead, because small business is too big (and way too important) to be ignored! Please show your support for small business at www. toobigtoignore.com.au.

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unter Valley kayakers and canoeists now have safer, more convenient access to the Barrington River with a new launching ramp for passive craft completed at Relfs Road. George Souris MP, Member for Upper Hunter said the NSW Government provided $35,000 toward the building of the new ramp under the Better Boating Program (BBP). “The new facility will improve safe access for the growing number of kayakers and canoeists on the Barrington River. “The project also involved improving vehicle access and providing additional car and trailer parking at the site,” Mr Souris said. “BBP provides grant funding for new and improved recreational boating facilities across NSW. “In the 2012-13 financial year, more than $4.93 million in BBP grants were awarded by RMS to local councils and boating groups state-wide for new and improved boating facility projects. “In the past five years, RMS has awarded $267,684 in BBP grants in the Upper Hunter electorate,” Mr Souris said. For more information on BBP visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au

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Advanced Marina Management Scholarship winner announced T he Marina Industries Association (MIA) is pleased to announce the winner of the keenly contested Bellingham Marine Australia Advanced Marina Management (AMM) Scholarship is James Thompson, Marina Manager at Sydney Boathouse. MIA Education Officer Ian Winestock said it was a competitive field of scholarship applicants from around Australia. The scholarship is offered as an incentive for those in the marina industries to further their education and advance their career. The scholarship covers the cost of the AMM course which is being held in Sydney from 22-27 September, 2013. The five day course is a profit-management course for industry professionals that have already completed the Intermediate Marina Management Course. Both courses are endorsed by the Global Marina Institute (GMI). The AMM School offers its graduates both a national and international business perspective on management issues. MIA carefully screens the applicants from around the Asia Pacific region to ensure there is a well-balanced peer group that will share knowledge and experience equally. The course is a pre requisite on the career path leading to globally recognised certification. Bellingham Marine NSW State Manager, Gary Charlwood and MIA Executive Officer Colin Bransgrove presented James with his scholarship certificate, together with Sydney Boathouse Director of Operations, Michael Fountain at the marina on Tuesday 20 August. James commenced his career in the industry in 1999 as a Marina Attendant at Birkenhead Point Marina in Sydney, then with NSW Waterways Authority, responsible for all operations

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Colin Bransgrove (MIA), Gary Charlwood (Bellingham Marine), James Thompson and Michael Fountain (Sydney Boathouse).

at the Superyacht Marina project in Sydney Harbour. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of Marina Manager in addition to managing five external NSW Maritime owned sites. James has also worked extensively with the Sydney International Boat Show and has been Marina Manager for that event for the past seven years. He took up his current position with Sydney Boathouse in May this year and will be an integral part of the exciting new developments taking place at that facility. “I am pleased to be able to offer the scholarship to James,” said John Spragg, General Manager of Bellingham Marine Australia. “He shows a dedicated and professional approach to his work, has a considerable depth of experience and a thorough understanding of the industry’s challenges. He possesses skills and determination highly valued in the marina industry.”

Ethan Collett scores Ethan Collett – 4th year Marine Mechanical apprentice at Callaghans Marine Services, Brooklyn – has received a Statewide TAFE Award for 2012. Ethan was the only Marine Mechanical student to receive the award, and one of only nine recipients chosen from 64,000 TAFE students from across NSW. Callaghans Marine principal Steve Callaghan said, “Ethan operates at the highest level and enjoys serious technical challenges. We are ver y Ethan Collett – one in 64,000. fortunate and proud to have Ethan as part of our team. “His achievement adds to the list of awards our apprentices have received over the years which include Industry national and TAFE awards. It is a pleasure for me work with these fine young talents.” Congratulations to Ethan. Keep up the good work!

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Sandman launches NEWS2GO for marine industry

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ustralia’s premier marine PR/media specialist Sandman Public Relations has launched a cost-effective news/ content creation service, NEWS2GO. Designed for marine businesses that require occasional assistance to promote individual products and services, the fixed fee, pay-as-you-go service brings professional content creation within reach of the entire industry. Sandman PR director Ben Sandman said NEWS2GO also provided access to the Asia Pacific’s most comprehensive marine media database. “It’s been a core focus over the years [via Sandman’s information seminars, marketing advice columns and business development publications] to provide marine industry players with advice to shape their businesses,” Sandman said. “Time, expertise and budgets to allocate to a monthly retainer for professional services have restricted many businesses in rolling-out some of these initiatives, which puts them at a disadvantage… and that’s not something I like to see, given my lifelong passion for the fishing and boating industry! “NEWS2GO is a one-off media release and content creation service that provides direct access to a qualified and experienced journalist/editor and PR professional, at a very affordable price with no regular commitment. “The material can be used in boat show promotions, on blogs, distributed directly by the company or via Sandman’s deep and diverse network of targeted media contacts.” Direct access to Europe and the United States is also available (for an additional fee) via Sandman’s international alliance with UK-based marine marketing agency Saltwater Communications. Visit news2go.com.au

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oaters now have better access to web cameras which provide real time footage of conditions on a selection of the State’s coastal bars. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said RMS introduced coastal bar crossing safety cameras in 2008 to help skippers decide whether conditions are appropriate for a boat trip. “Boaters who log on to the RMS website now have access to a more user friendly presentation of these live images with an upgraded system and presentation of vision from 14 coastal bars,” Mr Wright said. “The footage is also now compatible with iPhones. “There are 47 coastal bars in NSW. Coastal bars are the point where rivers, creeks, lakes or harbours meet the sea and are often described as “black spots” on our waterways. “Crossing a coastal bar requires local knowledge and experience as well as preparation and planning. “Even in apparently calm conditions vessels can capsize, be damaged or wrecked on bars and lives have been lost. Skippers are advised to avoid crossing a bar when the tide is changing as this is when dangerous waves are most likely to occur. “All people in a recreational vessel must wear an appropriate lifejacket when crossing coastal bars,” Mr Wright said. For more information on bar crossing safety or to view coastal bar crossing footage, go to www.maritime. nsw.gov.au

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Record early entries head to Jervis Bay for Hobie 16 World Championships A n immediate record breaking response to the opening of worldwide registrations for the Hobie 16 World Championships, to be held on Jervis Bay, surprised the championship organisers. The competitor registration rate tripled the initial response to the previous world championships in Weihai, China. The early, unprecedented entries, is believed to have been driven by the desire of sailors to travel and compete in the New South Wales, Shoalhaven region and the limited number of places available. The perfect sailing conditions and pristine waters of Jervis Bay, as well as, the spectacular environment of the surrounding hinterland has been the focus of the event management committee’s promotions leading up to the opening of registration. “We have tried to get across to sailors from around the world that the Shoalhaven region of NSW is a very special place,” said Steve Fields Managing Director of Hobie Cat Australasia. “After landing in Sydney, truly one of the world’s most magnificent destinations, sailors will travel to the regatta venue of Huskisson on Jervis Bay. I believe the consistent winds make Jervis Bay one of the world’s top 5 sailing locations. Throw in kangaroos and the whole Aussie small town experience and who wouldn’t want to come to Australia for the event?” The first team to register was former Hobie 16 Grand Masters World Champions Kerli and Ali Corlett from Sydney followed by some of the best Hobie Cat sailors from every state in Australia. As the day broke in different time zones throughout the world, competitors from Hong Kong, France,

Fishing fee increase from September 1

The cost of dropping a line in will increase from September 1, with the price of a fishing licence going up, Department of Primary Industries (DPI). “The recreational fishing fee structure has not been revised since 2005, and this small increase is in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI),” Director Recreational and Indigenous Fisheries, Peter Turnell, said. “Recreational fishing in NSW has been greatly improved through the programs that have been rolled out as a result of the contribution made by anglers through the recreational fishing fee.” The recreational fishing fee Trusts have funded numerous additional projects and ongoing programs that have seen both the inland and saltwater recreational fishing experience enhanced. “The projects increase in cost is in line with CPI, and it is now time to make the necessary adjustment to the fee so we can continue improving recreational fishing in NSW.” The changes to the fees include: 3 day fee increase from $6 to $7; 1 month from $12 to $14; 1 year from $30 to $35; and the 3 year fee increase from $75 to $85.

Belgium, Brazil, USA, New Caledonia and New Zealand had completed their entries and were searching for accommodation around Huskisson, the NSW south coast town hosting the iconic world championships. It is expected that competitors, families and friends from more than 20 countries will head to New South Wales for the world championships.

This is the first increase to the recreational fishing fee in eight years. Fishers are required by law to pay the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee and carry a receipt showing the payment of the fee. This applies when line fishing, spear fishing, hand gathering, trapping, bait collecting and prawn netting or when in possession of fishing gear in, on or adjacent to waters. “Fishers can be assured that their contributions have been put to best use for the recreational fishing sector,” Mr Turnell said. “We have worked to a five year Recreational Fishing Trust Investment Plan, surveying over 70,000 recreational fishers on priorities for expenditure, and involving recreational fishers in assessing applications for funding.” Detail on the programs and projects funded through the recreational fishing fee can be found on the Department’s website. Fishers can pay the recreational fishing fee on-line, over the phone, or by visiting one of the many sales agents around the State. “The newly established Service NSW which is part of the government’s commitment to provide easier access to a variety of transactions adds to the available payment arrangements. You can find out more about Service NSW on line at http://www.service.nsw.gov.au or by calling 13 77 88 at any time day or night seven days a week. “The money raised from the sale of the recreational fishing fee helps us keep our precious fisheries resources in top condition for future generations.”

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he mercury’s rising and the election is behind us. The scene is set for a strong summer for boating business. But, before the season gets started the BIA invites you to touch base with us, and your fellow members. Hosted by BIA and with thanks to events sponsors IC Frith and Associates, our Spring Series events will mix quality business updates, trade specific technical information, key networking and strategic alliance partnership opportunities with a social, fun and relaxed environment. All members are invited, together with their staff to get involved in the following program. Save these dates in your calendar … specific event details will be published on www.bia.org.au in due course and official invites sent to all members directly closer to the dates.

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Marinas

Date: 17th and 18th September Location: Nelson Bay Venue: Salamander Shores

Industrial Services – MIMRA & SBA Date: 9th October Location: Sydney Venue: Sydney City Marine

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Date: 22nd and 23rd October Location: Sydney Venue: Woolwich Dock / Cockatoo Island

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f the 27 boating fatalities recorded in 2012-13, 20 were related to person(s) being forced into the water – generally as a result of vessel capsize or falling overboard. These 20 victims (74.1% of the total) are presumed to have drowned. However, only four of these presumed drowned persons (20.0%) were wearing a lifejacket at the time of the incident – even though 18 of the 20 drowned should have been wearing a lifejacket under current regulations. Of the 16 drowning victims who were not wearing a lifejacket, 14 should have been wearing one under current rules – meaning that as many as 14 lives could have possibly been saved had all these people been wearing a lifejacket. This means that 16 out of the 20 drowning victims overall were not wearing a lifejacket; i.e. 80% or 8 out of 10.

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s Logbook regulars will recall, the delights of “sitting on the pick” at some of Sydney Harbour’s best anchorages were recently under fire when it was proposed that anchoring be banned at Quarantine Beach & Manly West owing to concerns about environmental impacts – mainly on seagrasses in the area. While boaters have been visiting these spots for literally hundreds of years, NSW Fisheries (prompted we understand by local dive and conservation groups) sought to have “no anchoring” zones established at both spots, as well as restrictions imposed on the landing of small craft on the beaches. The justifying arguments put by Fisheries in an Issues Paper Potential Changes to boating practices in Quarantine Beach and Manly Cove West, North Harbour were many and varied but included: the reduction of risk of harm to little penguins; the potential for boaters to inadvertently facilitate the expanded distribution of the marine pest algae Caulerpa taxiflora; and the mitigation of confrontation between boaters and beach-goers … the less said about these the better.

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Fortunately, interested parties were able to make a number of robust and informed submissions to the consultation process which brought to light serious flaws in key data and analysis, criticised unsubstantiated viewpoints, and questioned the credibility of this exercise. Over a period of around 18 months BIA engaged with the Boat Owners Association, RMS, Transport for NSW, and of course Fisheries on the matter and as a result, a plan to install seagrass friendly moorings in prime anchoring spots was established.

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Word on the water is that the moorings will be installed before the October long weekend. To be sited in 3-5 metres of water where seagrasses are most prolific, these eight moorings will be the “first choice” for boaters looking to moor for a leisurely spell, or indeed for those caught out in a honking sea-breeze or nasty blow. Word on the water is that the moorings will be installed before the October long weekend. No additional restriction of anchoring is currently proposed, though anchoring remains prohibited in buoyed penguin habitat zones. No restrictions on beach landings are now proposed, and we understand Transport for NSW to be considering options to make the Quarantine Jetty more user-friendly for small craft users wanting to go ashore. Boaters will continue to enjoy access to all that is good in the north harbour this summer. The new courtesy moorings will improve the amenity of the anchorages, and the safety of these popular bolt-holes. Fewer anchors will be dropped in the shallows suitable for seagrass, and the penguins and beachgoers will continue to go about their business unmolested. The BIA thanks its members, the BOA, and relevant Government agencies for their support in delivering this excellent outcome.

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