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The Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show – among Australia's top 5 most appealing boat shows according to brands large and small – has been and gone. Like the rest of the shows, Mandurah experienced a decline in visitor numbers, but organizers and several exhibitors report adequate sales and pleasing leads.

As well as a round up of Mandurah, this week we cover the marine industry's top stories from around Australia and the world, including news of the Emirates Boat Show, from 25 to 29 November 2008 in Abu Dhabi, the latest in piracy warnings, and details of the latest casualty of the economic crisis in the US – Brunswick Corporation closing three US Marine plants permanently, resulting in the elimination of 1,450 jobs.

On a brighter note, 30 developers met with the State Government to flesh out plans for a “marine highway” between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, which would include marinas and other commercial projects at up to 10 stops along the channel between Southport and southern Moreton Bay. The grand scheme is to turn the Gold Coast into Australia's marine capital.

Also in Qld, Bellingham Marine Australia was recently congratulated for its low carbon marina industries business, with a Ministerial presentation in Queensland Parliament. Bellingham is leading the industry, one which will be adversely affected by global warming. The MIAA has set a goal of a 20% reduction in the operational carbon footprint of Australian Marinas by 2015.

On another positive note, jobs are plentiful for people willing to relocate to Darwin or Nowra. Darwin marine businesses are losing staff to the mining industry and would like to hear from southerners looking for a lifestyle and livelihood change.

Down south, just two hours from Sydney, Azzura Marine Nowra is seeking skilled personnel to join its boat building team to work on Marten Yachts and Sydney Yachts brands. There are openings for Designers, Draftspeople, Boat Builders, Fitters, Cabinet Makers, Engineers and Systems Installers at all levels of experience.

Hope you enjoy this week's stories. Take the time to check throughout the week, as we update daily as news happens.

Jeni Bone, Editor

Mandurah Resilient Despite Lower Numbers
Jeni Bone,
Although numbers were down and the big spenders were cautious at the Club Marine Mandurah Boat Show, exhibitors were pleased with sales considering the downturn in the economy and consumer spending.... [more]

Gov Funding for NSW Boating
Office of the Hon Joe Tripodi MP,
Seventy applications have been received for new recreational boating infrastructure projects across NSW, as announced by Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi.... [more]

Bellingham Recognised for Low Carbon Initiative
Bellingham Media,
The certification of Bellingham Marine Australia as a low carbon marina industries business was recognised at a recent Ministerial presentation at the Queensland Parliament.... [more]

SEQld Marine Highway One Step Closer
Jeni Bone,
The dream of a boating corridor from Southport to Brisbane is beginning to take shape after more than 30 developers met with the State Government to flesh out plans for a 'marine highway'.... [more]

compasscard launched
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sailors and marine industry heavyweights gathered at Woolwich Dock last week for the launch of compasscard, the latest addition to the expanding Noakes Group that will deliver greater consistency to boat owners regardless of which site they utilise.... [more]

Brunswick closes three US plants
Media Services,
America's Brunswick Corporation - the world's largest manufacturer of boats and marine engines - is to close three US Marine plants permanently and mothball its facility in Navassa, North Carolina. The closures will result in the elimination of 1,450 jobs.... [more]

Sri Lanka to build boats for Dubai Market
Sri Lanka News,
The Sri Lankan Board of Investment entered into an agreement with Dubaibased Solas Marine Lanka Limited to establish a project to manufacture Yachts and Boats for export with an investment of US $ 1 million.... [more]

Ao Po Marina hosts October Open Day
Simpson Marine,
A number of luxury vessels, charter boats and selected brokerage boats will grace Ao Po Marina in Phuket over the weekend of 25th – 26th October to set in motion the inaugural Simpson Marine event with a view to highlighting the almost endless opportunities of the boating lifestyle in Asia.... [more]

Setting the Standard on the River Murray
Media Services,
The River Murray boating industry will undergo dramatic changes to greywater disposal during the next three years.... [more]

$400,000 for TAS Boating Grants
Jeni Bone,
The Tasmanian government today announced a total of $400,000 in recreational boating grants for 2008/09.... [more]

Emirates Boat Show Prepared for Big Business
Knotika Media,
The countdown is on for the Emirates Boat Show International, which will run from 25 to 29 November 2008.... [more]

Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS
Sandman PR,
The new Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS (Automatic Identification System) black box transponder has been engineered to provide advanced AIS functionality to a new generation of Simrad multifunction displays.... [more]

Somalia pirates: A reminder for Asia,
The confrontation between foreign warships and well-armed pirates off the coast of lawless Somalia is a dramatic reminder to Asia of the importance of safeguarding busy channels used by international shipping, particularly the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.... [more]

Exciting Opportunities -Australian Marine Industry
Martine Ballantyne,
Owned by world acclaimed sailor Iain Murray AM, Azzura Marine Nowra seeks highly skilled and motivated personnel to join its growing boat building team. The facility is located on the pristine coast of New South Wales, just over two hours drive south of Sydney.... [more]

Austal awarded Advanced Manufacturer of the Year
Austal Public Relations,
Austal has been awarded the 2008 Advanced Manufacturer of the Year at the inaugural AMTIL Advanced Manufacturing Awards, held in Melbourne recently... [more]

Sabre Motor Yachts Arrive in Australia
Harbourside Media,
The history of Sabre Yachts goes back 35 years to 1970 – a short time in the history of boat building in Maine USA. The traditions of Maine's boat building have survived through the centuries and Sabre Yachts is today one of Maine's leading boat builders with worldwide reputation for style and quality.... [more]

Windcraft Australia Hanse Dealer of the Year
For the second time, local yacht importer Windcraft Australia has received the International Hanse Dealer of the Year Award.... [more]

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