Coalition reviews marine parks, Charters heat up, life jacket campaign

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 17 Dec 2013

Coalition reviews marine parks, Charters heat up, life jacket campaign

Temperatures are soaring, Christmas retail frenzy is also fervent, and our thoughts are turning to R&R. And as most of us will be downing tools (not us journos), taking to the roads and waterways, it's pertinent to stress the safety message: drinking and operating a boat is illegal, and it's wise to check over your safety equipment, which includes in most cases: fire extinguishers, EPIRBs, flares, inflatable life jackets/PFDs, inflatable life rafts.

This equipment must be serviced by the manufacturer or an authorised agent by the expiry date, which must be clearly marked on the equipment.

Duncan Gay & Shane Jacobson  NSW Maritime ©

Taking a light-hearted approach to a serious subject, NSW Maritime shanghaied Shane Jacobson, of Kenny fame, to host a series of videos which aim to instruct through humour. The clips are quite quirky and worth a gander.

Your luxury charter yacht awaits  .. ©

Plenty of products and news this week, a smattering of features which range from environmental discoveries to an update on the charter industry, which is attracting clients from all walks of life and introducing them to the benefits of boating.

Also, the Australian Marine Alliance (AMA) echoes industry response to the decision by Federal Environment Minister, Greg Hunt to seek the Governor General to re-proclaim new Commonwealth marine reserves, invalidating Labor's management plans and exclusion zones which would have come into effect in July 2014. This will come as a relief to commercial fleets and recreational anglers, as well as the tourism industry, so we will follow its progress.

Another major story, which nearly slid past us in Queensland, is the commencement of works on the redevelopment of Darling Harbour. It's going to be a long-old slog, with the entire precinct overhauled to make way for a state of the art entertainment and convention centre, as well as a new neighbourhood, comprising apartments, retail and commercial areas.

Darling Harbour for the future  .. ©

The sketches don't do much to convey the proposed grandeur and scale of the new facilities. I am sure it will be a wonder and a fantastic new venue for the Sydney International Boat Show in 2017.

For the next three years, the indoor component of the nation's largest recreational boating exhibition will be on show at a specially built interim facility at Glebe Island, to be known as the Sydney Exhibition Centre. Located under the Anzac Bridge, the facility will be accessible by road or ferry. The on-water component of the Show, the specially built floating marina on Cockle Bay, will remain with shuttles between the two venues.

Santa departs to prepare for his Aussie run  Jeni Bone

This Saturday, our family will make the pilgrimage to Southport Yacht Club to see one-of-the-Santas (my kids are wising up) and sing carols as the Broadwater breezes and G&Ts take some of the edge of the humidity up here. We have all been nice, so we are expecting a bountiful bagful from the real Santa. I have asked for good health, a close approximation to sanity and many more years to enjoy both.
This is what Christmas is all about!  Jeni Bone

If you are planning time off, here's hoping for great weather, a traffic-free or delay-free passage and lots of time for recharging the batteries. We will remain on deck, so any news or information you want to share, just call or send it along.

'Twill be the night before Christmas next time I send a newsletter, but in the meantime, thank you all for another eventful and fun-filled year. Have a very happy Christmas and a bright, brilliant start to 2014.

Jeni Bone, editor

Darling Harbour redevelopment begins
Jeni Bone,
Site preparation work for the multi-billion dollar Darling Harbour redevelopment is underway following the finalisation of financing arrangements for the project... [more]
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Federal Coalition delivers on promise to fishers & environment
Dean Logan AMA,
The Australian Marine Alliance (AMA) today welcomed the decision by Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt to seek the Governor General to re-proclaim new Commonwealth marine reserves, invalidating Labor's management plans and exclusion zones which would have come into effect in July 2014.... [more]
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Float your boat - chartering is the new wave in boating
Jeni Bone,
Chartering boats and luxury yachts is enjoying a rise in popularity, as travellers realise the joys of holidays afloat, with none of the perceived bugbears, or want to dip a toe in before committing to ownership.... [more]
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No Lifejacket? THAT'S NOT ON with Shane Jacobson
Jeni Bone,
If you haven't already had a chuckle at NSW Maritime's quirky approach to encouraging PFD and life jacket usage, it can be seen in all its glory on YouTube... [more]
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AIMEX 2014 Board of Directors announced
The Australian International Marine Export Group, the peak body for the marine export and superyacht sectors of Australia held their Annual General Meeting at Sydney's Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron on Friday 6 December where their Board of Directors for the 2014 year were elected.... [more]
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Superyacht Australia Committee named for 2014
AIMEX-Superyacht Australia,
The Superyacht Australia Committee met late last week for their annual end of year meeting where the committee was elected for the 2014 year including election of the chairperson and the Superyacht Australia representative for the AIMEX Board.... [more]
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More than $5m for new and improved boating facilities in NSW
Minister for Roads and Ports,
Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today announced more than $5.4 million in grants to councils and community groups across NSW for new and improved boating facilities.... [more]
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Superior receives ISO 9001:2008 accreditation
Sandman PR,
Superior has recently been audited and presented with the accreditation for ISO 9001:2008 from SAI Global.... [more]
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Check the rules before dropping a line in this Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, those planning on enjoying a spot of fishing over the holidays are urged to check the rules before dropping a line.... [more]
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Massive 2013 for Windcraft Group - 3 new offices
2013 has been a massive year of expansion for the Windcraft Group. The group which incorporates Team Windcraft, Yoti and eyachts has enjoyed a year of unprecedented growth and sales.... [more]
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McConaghy Boats dominate CYCA trophy series
McConaghy Boats,
McConaghy Boats dominated the CYCA trophy series over the weekend, claiming first and second places in both IRC and ORCi.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW retrieve father and son swept out to sea
Ken McManus,
This afternoon a young boy and his father swept out to sea on a body board off Bherwerre Beach on the Illawarra coast have been safely rescued by volunteers from Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet.... [more]
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Whitsunday Sailing Club receive rescue boat donation
Heidi Walton,
With the recent donation of a large rescue boat to the Whitsunday Sailing Club Whitsunday waters will remain safer. Wanting to help the club and wider community on the water, Cruise Whitsundays has just donated a five-metre RIB rescue boat to the club, which was accepted with open arms.... [more]
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Vicsail is proud to be Australian importers for SLY Yachts
Vicsail is proud to be the Australian importers for the SLY Yachts. Sly Marie is a young and dynamic Italian Shipyard with experts from all fields united by the love of sailing. If you have any questions or would like to know more about the SLY Yachts, please contact Vicsail at 02 9327 2088 or email [more]
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Barz Optics the choice for Ragamuffin crew
Jeni Bone,
Barz Optics the Gold Coast-based, internationally represented polarised sunglass company have been selected to fit out the crew of Ragamuffin in this year's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Sealine F380 set to launch at Dusseldorf Boat Show
Thorben Will,
Sealine will be revealing their new F380 flybridge motor yacht at the Dusseldorf Boat Show in January. Following on from the success of the award winning F450, this new model offers more space than any other cruiser in this size range currently on the market.... [more]
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Bella Mente Racing prepares for next action-packed campaign
Kirsten Ferguson,
With all hands on deck during the 'off season', Bella Mente Racing is preparing for its next action-packed campaign in 2014. Under the leadership of owner/driver Hap Fauth (Minneapolis, Minn./ Naples, Fla.), Bella Mente's team of 22 will take on eight of the year's most exciting racing events in North America and Europe aboard Fauth's 72-foot custom designed and built mini maxi.... [more]
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Third annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo set for March 2014
Damian Devine,
The third annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the weekend of 22 and 23 March, 2014 at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport in Sydney. A community event, the expo will feature over 50 exhibitors supplying goods and services to the professional and leisure sailor as well as providing information on sail training, club membership, cruising, dinghy and yacht racing.... [more]
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Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 13, 2013 - NZ jawboning works
Collinson FX,
Collinson FX Market Commentary: December 13, 2013 - The USD has regained some lost ground, with the EUR slipping back to 1.3750 and the GBP 1.6330. Commodity currencies were also punished with the AUD breaking below the important 0.9000 level reinforced by local economic news flagging and the RBA Governors determined chat to get the currency lower ! The NZD dropped back to 0.8250... [more]
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Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race - Naming sponsor announced
G2LHI Media,
For the 40th Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race Mount Gay Rum has taken up the naming rights sponsorship, the Gosford Sailing Club is pleased to announce.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions expands to Asia
Multihull Solutions,
Following Multihull Solutions' success in Australia and New Zealand, the company has officially expanded its operations to Asia.... [more]
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NB Sailsports acquires Sydney Sailing Academy
NB Media,
NB Sailsports is pleased to announce that it has acquired the business Sydney Sailing Academy (SSA). 'SSA has built an great reputation in a short time, We felt that acquiring the business had enormous merit. It is our intention to continue to operate the SAA website and Facebook channels and to build out the product range via the SSA site
... [more]
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Increased entry period for yachts visiting NZ bonus for marine sector
Kate Gordon-Smith,
New Zealand's marine and tourism industries will benefit in a number of ways following the Government's decision to extend the temporary import entry (TIE) period for visiting superyachts and cruising yachts to New Zealand from the existing 12 months to 24 months.... [more]
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Environment Minister states stance on Marine Parks and Reef
Jeni Bone,
This morning, Minister for the Environment, the Honorable Greg Hunt, presented the Coalition's commitment to recreational fishing, in a paper to the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and Australian Fishing Trade Association Parliamentary Breakfast.... [more]
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