Boating is a favourite pastime of many Australians. It offers a great diversity of outdoor activity that can deliver the lifestyle of choice whether it be relaxation, time with family and friends, adventure, adrenaline sports or competition. There is a boat to suit everyone’s lifestyle and budget and we are blessed in this country with the climate and waterways that make boating accessible to virtually everyone. The Boating Industry takes pride in the products and services that it provides to its customers. Safety in boating is our first priority and we strive to deliver world class support and services to boaters Australia-wide through our boat shows, our skilled and professional members and our industry development programs. Our mission is to encourage all Australians to share in the pleasure of boating.…
In a pre-summit survey of members the following key issues were identified as key priorities for the industry:
1. Grey Imports – the dramatic increase in the volume and range of non-compliant product being imported into the Australian market. This issue has also highlighted a number of system deficiencies and control points with Federal and State Agencies which is contributing to unsatisfactory outcomes for the industry and consumers.
2. Industry Promotion – the urgent need to enhance the promotion of the boating lifestyle within communities, the contributions of the industry economically, socially and environmentally to governments and increasing the attractiveness of the industry to prospective employees, investors and other stakeholders.
3. Industry Standards – addressing structural issues within the industry which are inhibiting its growth and development. Examples include standards and requirements of the manufacturing, retail and supply chain sectors particularly in comparison to competitor industries.
4. Marine Parks, Infrastructure and Access – addressing the wave of fundamentalist “green” policies that are negatively impacting the industry, communities and the environment, causing disincentives to invest in the industry and dramatically restricting the communities access to our waterways.
5. Government Policies – addressing various policies of governments that are placing stressors on industry participants and inhibiting the growth of the industry.
6. Representation – increasing the effectiveness and unity of the various sectors at the national level in addressing the broad array of issues impacting the industry.
Detailed action plans are being urgently developed by the BIAA in conjunction with the State BIAs and Marine Queensland in response
BIAA new appointment…
The Chairman and Board of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia are delighted to announce that the next step in developing the Alliance as the national voice for the recreational marine industry has been taken with the appointment Nik Parker to the new role of General Manager. Nik joins BIAA with a wealth of industry support knowledge and experience gained during 7 years as Technical Director of the British Marine Federation in UK and more recently with Government of South Australia commercial marine team. Nik brings a strong focus on national and international issues, having represented the industry in UK and Europe on a range of issues related to technical regulation and standards, and has a healthy exposure to working with industry and government agencies to develop policy on some of the key issues affecting the Australian industry today, including parallel imports, marine parks and reserves and industry development and promotion.
BIAA Chairman Darren Vaux said of the news “Nik brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the BIAA that will drive the organisation forward in achieving our core objectives of growing participation in recreational boating nationally, increasing economic impact in the tourism and leisure sectors, representing our members in federal government advocacy, promoting safe and environmentally sound boating and supporting our members in delivering world class products and services to the boating industry. ”
Nik Parker responded by saying “I’m very pleased to have been given the opportunity to work with BIAA and the Board to help grow the boating industry in Australia. It’s a strong industry, one of the leading players in the global market, but just as we enter a period of more stable economic conditions and people looking again to their leisure time water-based pursuits, the industry is faced with an expanding range …
The Boating Industries Alliance Australia Board met in Sydney yesterday for the first AGM of the year-old Alliance, electing BIANSW President Darren Vaux as Chairman for a second term. Joining Vaux as Vice-Chairman is Andrew Warner, President of BIA Victoria and as Treasurer, George Bolton of BIASA, also standing for a second term.
Looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities facing the boating industry in the next 12 months, Vaux commented “following what has been a very difficult trading period over the last couple of years, we expect to see a pick-up in business over the coming year, being a combination of an increase in consumer confidence as mortgage rates reduce and employment holds firm, and the AUD deflates providing some respite for local manufacturers and importers battling what has been a growing trend of self-importing boats and other products”.
Following a widely-publicised BIAA-led campaign to raise awareness of the impact and potential problems associated with grey imports, targeting boaters, consumers and government agencies alike, Vaux commented “recent discussions focusing on initiatives to bring Australian regulation and standards in line with global markets, are starting to bear fruit. BIAA is looking at options for a new industry-driven, boat design and construction standard which will recognise the world-class quality product manufactured in Australia while providing boaters with an assurance that imported boats are inspected and approved to the same high standard as locally built boats”.
Acknowledging government concerns about protectionist policies, Vaux clarified the initiative would support local industry and boaters alike: “over the next year the BIAA will be working with industry members, standards-setters and international boating industry partners to develop a program of standards that establishes a quality and specification baseline for boats brought to the market, while maintaining the spirit of open competition enjoyed by the boating consumer …
Marine Reserves Must be Science Based
The Australian peak boating body, the Boating Industries Alliance Australia is calling on the Government to take positive action to ensure Australia’s five million boaters and fishers are not ‘locked out’ of any proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network.
Foreign multinational environmental groups have waded into Australia’s Marine Park planning process demanding the Government zone thousands of kilometres of Australia’s oceans to ‘Green’, effectively locking Australia’s boaters and fishers out of these areas forever. There is no science to support these views and no evidence that the proposed zones will in any way be beneficial to the environment or bio-diversity.
The Government has no management plan or infrastructure to police the proposed zones, making the objectives of the marine reserve network completely unenforceable. By denying boaters and fishers access to vast swathes of the oceans, the Government is increasing the risk of foreign fishing fleets plundering Australian waters without scrutiny. Boaters and fishers are typically the only eyes on the water in these areas and with the planned ‘lock outs’, the Government risks losing one of the most significant resources it has available to ensure the sustainable conservation of the marine environment.
The latest plans, revealed in a series of invitation-only presentations around the country, are dramatically different from those that went on public exhibition and if gazetted would result in devastating job losses and business collapses right around the nation in the hundreds of Australia’s coastal communities that rely on boating and fishing activities.
The BIAA fully supports the principles of marine reserves, however, has maintained a consistent position that the zoning must be science and evidence based. “We remain very concerned that the current proposals have no basis in science or fact”, said Nik Parker, General Manager of the BIAA. “The finalisation of …
“Commonwealth marine reserves outlined for SW Australia…
The Australian Government has announced a consultation on a proposed network of Commonwealth marine reserves for the south-west marine region, stretching from Kangaroo Island in the east to Shark Bay World Heritage Area in the west.
The network of reserves comprises a mix of zones that will impact on activities permitted within designated areas, including extensive Marine National Park zones with only very limited scope of activities, which do not include recreational fishing.
In consultation with local BIA representatives from Western Australia and South Australia, it is clear that while generally the proposals do not impact the industry or boaters in such a dramatic way as state marine parks, there are a number of specific concerns with some zones being very close to or encompassing key recreational fishing areas. A combined response will be made to the consultation by BIAA and local state BIAs: any member wishing to contribute should review the consultation document and then contact their state BIA office or direct comments to BIAA directly using CONTACT US on the website.