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  28 Jan 2011

Sunshine at last

Summer has finally arrived in South East Queensland, Australia, and while many will enjoy it for what it is, it also allows various authorities to continue the massive clean-up necessitated by the disastrous floods which hammered the region.

It has been heart-warming to see the boating industry, not only across Queensland, but also from NSW, make every effort to come to the aid of those businesses affected by the raging torrents of water. We shall see if there is actually going to be a Flood Levy or not after the politicians stop arguing about it.

Queensland floods  

Meanwhile, life goes on and we have plenty to report on despite the gloom that still hangs over the flood affected areas.

Boat shows around the world still proceed and China, Monaco and Düsseldorf are underway while down in NSW the Boating Industry Association of that state is busily preparing for the eighth annual Rosehill Trailer Boat Show.

Across in New Zealand, the national offshore championship have begun and in the USA planning is well advanced for the 2011 Super Boat International series, which culminates in the fabulous Key West World Championships.

Flood waters down south (Victoria copped nature's wrath, too) organisers have been forced to postpone one of Australia's largest water ski races, the Southern 80.

The rivers, including the ‘mighty Murray', are just too dangerous for competition, as flood water bring large amounts of debris down the swollen rivers..

This is the very same area that last year was under dire threat from bushfires!

As a colleague who has battled both flood and fire pointed out to me, 'At least you can fight a fire, even if you're only standing there with a garden hose, but with floods all you can do is stand helplessly by and watch the water rise.'

Well, I guess we all know that Mother Nature rules!

To finish on a lighter note, take a look at one innovative promotion that has worked well for Sydney marine dealership Andrew Short Marine.

The dealership's managing director, Kylie Short, certainly did well out of it.

Stick with us, plenty more news on the horizon and we'll maintain the updates to keep you informed.

Bob Wonders

Round 1 Rayglass NZ Offshore Powerboat Series: Fairview are back!
Cathy Varcoe,
After a challenging season last year in the superboat class Warren Lewis and Chris Hanley drove a very demanding race to win today on Lake Taupo in Round 1 of the Rayglass NZ Offshore Powerboat Series. Warren Lewis said ' It was a tough race, not physically, but mentally'. Fairview started slowly but by Lap three were back in the race. It took the crew a while to get the trim right, then the team... [more]
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China (Shanghai) International Boat Show fuelled by growing affluence
China (Shanghai) International Boat Show is the most comprehensive and longest established boat & yacht exhibition in China, covering displays of its whole industry chain since its launch in 1996. It's on again, 14-17 April 2011.... [more]
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Marine Parks Authority new zoning for Jervis Bay and Solitary Islands
Penny Robins,
Marine Parks Authority today announced new and improved zoning plans for Jervis Bay Marine Park and Solitary Islands Marine Park to begin on 1 March.... [more]
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Australia Day Honours for two Marine Rescue NSW volunteers
Ken McManus,
Both Bill Carter and Bruce Mitchell serve the community of New South Wales with distinction. William Peter (Bill) Carter of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and Bruce Leslie Mitchell of Marine Rescue Port Kembla were each awarded the Emergency Services Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honours... [more]
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P1 set to revolutionise powerboat racing with new boat and engine
Powerboat P1 Management unveiled its new P1-28SS race boat at the opening day of Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.... [more]
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Australian of the Year - a top sailor
Sail-World Team,
New Australian of the Year Simon McKeon is a prominent investment banker and has won his award for his philanthropic works, but did you know he is also a world record-breaking yachtsman?... [more]
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UIM F1H2O World Championship added new venue to 2011 calendar
Philippe Stiernon,
UIM F1H2O World Championship has added a brand new venue in its 2011 calendar when Idea Marketing's Vice President Lavinia Cavallero signed a contract with the governor of Kiev Region Mr Anatoly Prisyazhnyuk.... [more]
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Men facing charges over illegal haul
Department of Primary Industries Vic,
Three Melbourne men are facing charges after allegedly being caught with a huge haul of fish captured in an illegal net off Carrum. Fisheries Officers intercepted two vehicles on the Nepean Highway in Carrum and Edithvale in the early hours of Monday morning.... [more]
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The help keeps coming, and it's needed, the flood was devastating
Bob Wonders,
Community spirit will ensure the boating industry wins against the ravages of flood. A 'Queensland Marine Industry Flood Assistance Fund' has been established to allow members to donate directly as a way of helping businesses get back to full operation.... [more]
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Rosehill Gardens set to assume a nautical mode
Bob Wonders,
The bargain hunter's paradise at the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre and it's all free. Show visitors will find exhibitors displaying boats, engines, fishing tackle, marine electronics and a vast array of boating equipment and accessories are all keen to ‘talk a deal.'... [more]
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Fisheries targeting intertidal zones
Department of Primary Industries VIC,
To help to ensure the sustainability of the intertidal zone Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) will be undertaking a compliance operation targeting offences in the intertidal zone along the Victorian coast this summer.... [more]
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Lake Nagambie fisheries research gets underway
Department of Primary Industries Vic,
Fisheries Victoria scientists have begun surveying Lake Nagambie and the anglers who fish there to determine the success of recent fish stocking. Native fish stocking was reintroduced into Lake Nagambie in 2008 when 200,000 golden perch and 100,000 Murray cod fingerlings were released.... [more]
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CSIRO finds CO2-chomping microbes battling for ocean iron
CSIRO Australian, Belgian and New Zealand scientists have expanded our understanding of the way phyoplankton take up scarce iron in the ocean – a process that regulates ocean food chains from the bottom up and helps remove up to 40 per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.... [more]
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Super Boats get set for Key West
Bob Wonders,
Exciting season planned to culminate at Key West. The 2011 Key West race will be something of a milestone as it will mark the 31st staging of the races and the 500th event produced by Super Boat International founder and CEO John Carbonell.... [more]
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Get involved: 60 Minutes filming Marine Park Forum Tweed Heads 5 Feb
Jeni Bone,
Gold Coast and northern NSW residents are encouraged to head to Tweed Heads on 5th February around 8am/9am Tweed time, specifically the Bay St park, for a Forum hosted by Charles Woolley of the 60 Minutes TV program, to debate the pros and cons of Marine Parks.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Narooma and Icom Australia Team Up for DSC Awareness
Steven Cooke,
Marine Rescue Narooma, with the help of Icom Australia, has recently conducted a two-day seminar regarding VHF radio use while boating. The event, which was held from the 10th to the 11th of January 2011, was targeted towards the public who make the trek over to the seaside town of Narooma for their holidays.... [more]
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Monaco Yacht Show lures visitors, virtually
Jeni Bone,
This year, the organisers of Monaco Yacht Show – the world's number one Superyacht event – have launched MYS 360, an innovative tool to bring new business to the show and ensure repeat visitation from exhibitors, industry and potential clients.... [more]
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UAE Wooden Powerboat Championships postponed due to weather
Sharon Allison,
The DIMC Race Committee today in conjunction with the powerboat drivers decided overwhelmingly to postpone the UAE Wooden Powerboat Championships.... [more]
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Andrew Short Marine - Innovative promotion does the job
Bob Wonders,
Kylie Short claims a $1000 barbecue. The promotion was aimed, of course, at increasing sales of Mercury outboard engines, and included two-stroke and four-stroke models from 40hp up.... [more]
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Rose Bay Seaplane Base renewal
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has today announced approval for the redevelopment of the Rose Bay seaplane base. NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said the approval enables the proponent to now proceed with the redevelopment of the seaplane terminal building, adjacent to Lyne Park at Rose Bay on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Club Marine Southern 80 2011 postponed until April
Moama Water Sports Club,
Moama Water Sports Club convened a meeting this morning with a number of key stakeholders to assess additional risks given the recent rain and high water in the Campaspe, Goulburn and Murray Rivers. This meeting was attended by Echuca Moama Events, Parks Victoria, Shire of Campaspe, Murray Shire, NSW Maritime, National Parks, NSW State Forests, Victoria Police, NSW Police and Club Marine.... [more]
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Industry rallies to aid flood victims
Bob Wonders,
Disastrous floods show magnificent community spirit across Queensland. Superior Jetties, the Southport Yacht Club, Cape Marine, The Haines Group, Wallace Marine, Orca Marine and, from our ANZAC mates across the Tasman, the Sealegs Corporation are among those weighing in with assistance.... [more]
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Princess Australia welcomes new team members
Creating Demand,
Alan Paterson and the team from Princess Yachts Australia are excited to announce the addition of two of the marine industry's leading big boat sales professionals to their growing team.... [more]
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Clash at the Cove on March 26 & 27 promises loads of action
On March 26 and 27 at Northland's Marsden Cove, an action packed event which combines for the first time, a boat show plus power and sailing regatta, will bring a totally new dimension to marine promotion, entertainment and competition. This spectacular weekend event will include the Northland Boat Show with its own unique trademark of readily available boat trials.... [more]
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NSW Maritime assists with Queensland flood clean up
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime is sending six officers experienced in shoreline clean ups to assist with the Queensland flood response, Chief Executive Steve Dunn said today.... [more]
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Robotic glider to map flood impacts in Moreton Bay
CSIRO $200,000 coastal glider is bound for Queensland to be deployed in Moreton Bay to investigate the impact of the recent flooding on marine ecosystems.... [more]
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The Haines Group helps keep Emergency Services afloat
Martin Beeson,
Two Haines Group vessels were temporarily inducted into the Emergency Services last week to help patrol the new flood-made waterways amongst Brisbane homes.... [more]
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NSW Maritime to launch jetski safety awareness campaign
Neil Patchett,
Rob Shehadie at Picnic and Barbecue Picnic Point, Georges River - Riding a personal watercraft or jetski can be great fun – they are fast, light and highly manoeuvrable. No wonder jetskiing is becoming a popular. However, there are some important things you need to know and observe to ensure you can continue to have fun while staying safe.... [more]
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Keeping an age old ritual alive
The moment a marine turtle hatchling pokes its nose out of its sandy nest the odds are against it. But with a little help from beach goers, these hatchlings could have a better chance at their mad dash to the ocean.... [more]
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Aqualuma assists with fundraising for Qld flood appeal
In the wake of the devastating Queensland floods Aqualuma will donate $10.00 for every 'Underwater Light' sold worldwide in the first qtr. of 2011 (through 31st March 2011).... [more]
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Marine Qld fund for flood-affected businesses
Marine Qld,
Marine Queensland extends its thanks to all who have been in contact with offers to assist members affected by last week's flood events and urges industry to donate to its fund to support flood-affected businesses.... [more]
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NSW Maritime release - Capsize danger when boating offshore
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime release - Capsize danger when boating offshore - Mr Dunn reminded boaters to be aware of the dangers of capsize when heading out across coastal bars and when fishing on bomboras and shallow coastal reefs.... [more]
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Are sharks colour blind? Should swim shorts and wet suits all be pale?
Springer Science+Business Media,
Are sharks colour blind? - Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, even though their close relatives rays and chimaeras have some color vision, according to new research by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. And this leads to the question - should the underside of surfboards be pale blue along with swimming... [more]
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New fish cleaning tables for Victorian anglers
Alan Everett,
New fish cleaning tables for anglers - Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said new tables had been installed at key fishing destinations in recent months, bringing the total number installed by Fisheries Victoria to more than 30.... [more]
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Superstock P1-28SS gets serious air time
Powerboat P1 Management,
Superstock P1-28SS got some serious air time. Normally when we write about getting air-time, it's because the pilot has kept the good foot down and rocketed their boat off a wave into the stratosphere. However, the new P1-28SS got some digital air-time thanks to the BBC.... [more]
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Recreational fishers help new logbook survey researching fish catch
Department of Fisheries, Western Australia,
Fisheries Minister Norman Moore has urged recreational fishers to get involved with the most comprehensive fishing survey ever conducted in Western Australia. Mr Moore said many had already agreed to participate in a group of 3,000 boat-based fishers who will record their fishing activities in logbooks for a 12-month period and share the information with the Department of Fisheries.... [more]
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I&I NSW investigate South Coast fish deaths
Sarah Wright,
Residents and holiday makers have been warned to use common sense and avoid eating any dead or dying fish with thousands continuing to wash up on the northern and eastern shores of Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast.... [more]
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NSW Maritime urges towing safety
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime urges towing safety - NSW Maritime recently checked around 1300 vessels as part of its statewide safety campaign ‘Operation Tow Smart', in a bid to ensure compliance with towing requirements, educate the boating community about new lifejacket laws when towing and warn about the dangers associated with prop strike.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Flood Alert for waterways in the Murray Inland Region
Samuel McKeith,
Boaters needed to be aware of the dangers of heading out on Murray where prolonged rainfall and flooding are impacting in some areas. Conditions are extremely dangerous within the Murray Inland region with most waterways in the area in some stage of flooding.... [more]
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Murray River safety review clarification
Maritime Media Office,
Murray River safety review clarification - The Murray River Safety review has been going on since early 2010 following an unusually high number of incidents over that summer.... [more]
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Australia Day boating advice for Sydney Harbour
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn today said plans and preparations are in place to manage an estimated 2000 spectator boats on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day.... [more]
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