sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Marine Industry crisis forum Action Plan by month's end

Marine Industry crisis forum Action Plan by month's end

'Darren Vaux, Nik Parker, Clyde Batty and David Heyes - BIAA'    BIAA Nik Parker    Click Here to view large photo

The Marine Crisis Forum, a national initiative held in Brisbane 11 July and hosted by The Boating Industries Alliance Australia (BIAA), was certainly a 'talk fest' as many (who did not attend) have deemed it. But according to Nik Parker, General Manager of the BIAA, 'it was a great success in terms of feedback, input and future direction of the industry'.

'It was a lot more than hot air,' he explains. 'The forum was about bringing national issues to the forefront and setting a national agenda so real and considered action can be taken to improve the industry. There are many issues, such as grey imports, government interference in the form of over regulating, costs and red tape.'

Referring to the 90-100 people who attended and who lent their experiences and ideas to the forum, Parker says: 'There was a lot of venting and in some respects, some negativity because of the current climate of challenges to our industry, but not in terms of detractors of the event. Everybody was very forthcoming with their impressions of the current state of play and some new approaches and ideas to overcoming these difficulties and creating a competitive, sustainable industry for all.'

The first of several planned forums, the first was held in Brisbane in response to requests from the members of Marine Queensland who had broached the idea with General Manager, Don Jones.

'There are many large manufacturers in the greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast, so it made sense. But there were people there from WA, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, as well as Queensland. The aim is to repeat the format elsewhere and we will no doubt roll out similar events in Sydney, Melbourne and other cities.'

Parker has been involved in member associations, including the British Marine Federation where he was Technical Director for 10 years until 2008, for the past 15 to 20 years. He retains the position of Chairman of the ISO Small Craft Standards Committee. Parker says he has seen 'all sorts of challenges over the years' and is not deterred by the seemingly never-ending barrage of obstacles to the prosperity of the recreational boating industry.

'The forum allowed people to have their say on what they think is going wrong and where the industry can act in terms of particular challenges. You only have to watch the news to see the world is in turmoil and there are many threats to selling boats in this country. We can’t change the world, but we can adapt, learn new ways of presenting our industry and selling products. We are competing for discretionary spend in a tough environment. Especially with issues like grey imports, we need to ensure a fair go and a voice for the industry.'

Parker says one thing that heartened him and the other organisers was the vocal and collaborative spirit at the event. 'The forum was highly representative of the industry. Whether it was the big manufacturers or the small one man operations, people had the opportunity to have their say.'

And it was a soul-felt and passionate discussion.

'The Australian marine industry certainly enjoys more robust debate than the UK and Europe, who are a bit more restrained. I was very impressed by the level of input. There were so many ideas that arose from the forum. It’s now up to the Board of the BIAA to review the outcomes and make decisions about our focus in the form of an Action Plan, which we hope to reveal in a few weeks.'

Parker says the Action Plan will be on the agenda at the BIAA Board Meeting to be held next Monday.

'The issues are very significant and complex, so it’s important to get our priorities in order. A lot of the issues are driven by the market and the difficult boating conditions. People are stressed about the future direction and they need to know there is industry support and representation, promotion of the industry and creating a sustainable industry. The BIAA Board will get to the core of the issues and while we hope to have the Action Plan ready to reveal by the end of the month, some of the detail will take a little longer to work through.'

The Crisis Forum was not just 'hot air', he states unequivocally. 'We have plenty of material to work with, and the next series of forums will no doubt produce more issues and more ideas. It’s up to us to then generate programs and strategies that match them. Then we will have a strong footing and direction for our industry over the next few years.'

More at www.biaa.com.au




by Jeni Bone

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=87017

4:18 AM Tue 9 Aug 2011 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.


News - USA and the World





































Formula Windsurfing Youth and Master Worlds overall by International Windsurfing Association,












Bakewell-White supermaxi designed to take Transpac's Barn Door Trophy *Feature by Richard Gladwell Ssail-World.com/nz,


















PWA Awaza World Cup - Cyril Moussilmani and Delphine Cousin on top
Foiling Week - Moth Class Italian Open Championship Day 2
America's Cup: Luna Rossa foiling in AC45s at their Italian base
Star World Championship - Germans claim dramatic win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Down to the wire in Turkmenistan
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre - Off to France!
Nacra 17 Europeans - La Grande Motte back in Olympic classes arena
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Hansen hat trick in Marstrand + Video
Route Halifax Saint-Pierre Race keeps an eye on Arthur
World Match Racing Tour: See the Finals replay at the Stena Match Cup
Newport International Boat Show unveils exciting 'At The Helm' Program
Stena Match Cup Sweden - First blood to Hansen over Canfield + Video
Star World Championship - Americans claim race win in Malcesine
PWA Awaza World Cup - Weather halts action on day 4
Clipper Race - Henri Lloyd wins OneDLL Cup into Den Helder
Clipper Race - Close match racing in closing stages of the OneDLL Cup
Volvo Ocean Race: Spanish play catch-up with under 100 days to go
World Match Racing Tour: Catch the live action at the Stena Match Cup
Finn Junior Worlds - Battle for the Jorge Bruder Silver Cup
Mobiles drive traffic - 72% increase in Sail-World.com page view *Feature
British Open Dragon Championship finale at Royal Lymington preview   
2014 Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek - Phuket is ready to host   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Valerie Ghibaudo hits back on day 3   
Star World Championship - Hard fought win on day 4 + Video   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - Action-packed match racing + Video   
Oceans of Hope yacht arrives in Portsmouth   
Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race - Registration details   
RORC Transatlantic Race - Polishing up the silver   
Vic-Maui International Yacht Race - First start to lead off busy day   
Anna Tunnicliffe competing at the CrossFit Mid-Atlantics + Video   
18ft Skiff Europeans: Winning days at Lake Garda   
Clipper Race - Choppy conditions as fleet closes in on Den Helder   
Lightning Youth World Championship - Final day   
2014 Star Class World Championship - Day 3   
America's Cup: Dean Barker interviewed on the current state of the Cup   
PWA Awaza World Cup - Delphine Cousin draws first blood   
Stena Match Cup Sweden - On a roll in Marstrand + Video   
Star World Championship - Frustrating day 3 rocks the fleet   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Rendezvous returns August 31st   
ISAF seeks modern catamaran for future Youth Worlds editions   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT