Marine Industry Summit Update

The Boating Industries Alliance Australia convened an emergency summit on 11 July 2011 to bring members together to chart a course of action to address a range of short and longer term issues to ensure the sustainable growth and prosperity of the industry.
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 to the input of members. It is expected that further member meetings will be held to provide further updates on the various issues, actions and outcomes achieved to date. The detailed action plans will be made available to members within the next week or two.

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 of issues that have the potential to seriously impact the viability of a great many of our members. I’m looking forward to working with the BIAA membership to provide a clear direction for the industry through the maze of issues being faced and taking on the challenge of influencing and shaping future policy at all levels within Australia and beyond.”

The BIAA is the national peak body for the recreational and light commercial marine industry and via its members, the network of state-based boating industry associations, represents over 90% of the industry in Australia. The core aim of the BIAA is to protect, promote and advance the interests of the boating industry in relation to national issues through advocacy to the State and Federal Governments, coupled with the promotion and expansion of the recreational boating industry in Australia through the promotion of the boating lifestyle.

BIAA can be contacted via General Manager Nik Parker at nikparker@biaa.com.au or on 08 8212 6207. See www.biaa.com.au for further information.

Keep on fishing…

In response to growing pressure on the number one boating activity – recreational fishing – from a wide range of challenges, including expansion of marine parks and reserves and conservation-inspired threats to fishing, BIAA, has partnered with like-minded peak bodies to commission a report on the sector. Keep Australia Fishing has been published to present the case for recreational fishing and sets some key recommendations to protect, promote and grow the sector and pastime. The report can be downloaded here and over the coming months BIAA and partners will be taking action to implement the recommendations: industry support will be a key to this and programs will be announced soon.
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