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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 or on 08 8212 6207. See for further information.