Broadwater progress, 1 month to SCIBS & Bahrain begins
Since Friday, I have been enjoying the Gold Coast's most picturesque views, perched on Marine Parade overlooking the Broadwater to Sea World, Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage.
Its waters are shimmering and clear, and Main Beach seems so close, you could swim the distance between us. I would hazard to say that at low tide, you could almost traverse the pond on foot, so prevalent are the sandbars.
Which brings me to the feature this week – the status of plans to dredge this most popular of SEQld tourist attractions. Manager of Marine Qld Gold Coast Division, Charles Dickson tells us of the Council and state government's commitment to the protection and rehabilitation of the waterways in the region, as well as his own organisation's recommendations.
Also this week, a selection of the launches and product releases set for SCIBS – just one month from today. If you are GC bound and haven't already sourced accommodation, consider the MV Fantasea Ammari, the media and VIP vessel for the show – I am already dreaming of the buffet! Accommodation is available from $350 per night. Get in quick as rooms are limited and no doubt, sought after.
For women in the industry, a chance to network with other marine misses, discuss topics of interest and issues, as well as to support a great industry charity, with the launch of MINNOWS (Marine Industry Networking Women). We might be small fish in a big pond, but we are plentiful and productive.
The first event, coinciding with SCIBS, is the Ultimate Boating & Lifestyle Magazine Breakfast to be held Friday 22 May from 7-9am in the utter luxury of Palazzo Versace, with a phenomenal speaker, plenty of goodies and a chance to get to know fellow (or in this case ‘female') marine industry proponents.
Have a great week, stay in touch and visit regularly as we update the news and views each and every day.
Jeni Bone, Editor
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