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NSW & SA merge
At the 45th Annual General Meeting
of the Boating Industry Association
(BIA) of NSW on Wednesday 14 May,
the membership voted in favour of a
merger with the BIA of South Australia.
This vote follows a similar outcome
at a South Australian meeting of
members in March.
The five Special Resolutions
recommended by the Board of Directors
were all approved by majority vote. As
a result there will be a change of name
and they will trade publicly as the
Boating Industry Association.
Preceding the vote, the forum
allowed members to put forward their
views on the proposal. Past President
and Life Member of the BIA NSW,
Ian McAndrew spoke passionately
about the benefits of such a move,
as did Darren Vaux who also held the
position of President until recently and
continues to work at a national level
with the Boating Industries Alliance
Marine Research Centre (RMRC) at
Michigan State University has released
the Report. It provides 130 pages of data
and analysis of marina economic, social
and environmental performance.
The 2013 Report provides a detailed
insight into the operation, performance
and economic contribution of Australian
The Report has 146 tables and graphs
and includes summary analysis of the
data. Nationwide data is provided as
well as comparative performance data
by state, by marina size and by club/non
club. Survey data includes marina gross
revenues, taxes, capital expenditure,
occupancy, facilities and services, tenants,
recreational and social provision and
environmental protection and investment.
“ The 2013 Report is the most wide
ranging marina research document ever
released in the world,” MI A President
Andrew Chapman said. “ It is a reflection of
the mature state of the Australian marina
industry. The findings will not only benefit
industry but also help government to
better understand the benefits of marinas
within their communities.”
Detailed findings from the Report will
be progressively released over the next
few months. The Report can be purchased
via the MIA website www.marinas.net.au
Schools, families, the sailing
community, corporates and government
will come together on Monday, 23 June
to celebrate the graduation of about 30
Bankstown students from The Helmsman
Project–Summer 2014 program.
The Helmsman Project (THP) is a
not-for-profit organisation that runs an
The Helmsman Project – celebrating young people
2013 Health of the Australian Marina
Industry Survey Report
A ground breaking 47% or 164 of
Australia’s 347 marinas participated in the
2013 Health of the Australian Marina Industry
Sur vey Report that was released on 13 May.
This Report builds on the previous 2011
Report with a 16% increase in industry
participation and additional information
on super yachts and marina development.
The Marina Industry Association
(MIA) in association with the Recreational
adventure-based coaching program for
young people from schools located in
communities affected by disadvantage.
The graduation, to be held at the
Australian National Maritime Museum,
will see about 30 students from Chester
Hill High School, Bankstown Girls High
School and Sir Joseph Banks High School
(Revesby) being acknowledged for their
successful completion of the program.
At the core of the THP program is a 13-
week personal and team coaching process
that integrates two adventure education
trips to complement the learning process.
Sailing is used as the adventure education
component and successful graduates
receive Yachting Australia ‘Start Yachting’
and ‘Competent Crew’ sailing certificates.
Through the program, participants
primarily learn to develop a broadened
perspective of the opportunities available
to them in the future, and the hope, self-
regulatory skills and resilience that will
equip them to fulfil their potential.
Andrew Stainer, chairman and co-
founder of THP, says the event will highlight
the achievements of young people and
their courage for undertaking such a
challenging, but rewarding program.
The Helmsman Project, visit www.
h Kim Larochelle
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