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QUEENSLAND UPDATE/MARINE15 Queensland marinas battle State Government International delegates for the marina stream at marine15 can join the Marinas and Waterways Management Tour, which covers two of the premier marinas on Queensland’s popular Gold Coast and gives insight into the complex waterways management undertaken by Gold Coast Waterways Authority. Runaway Bay Marina said the data provides a clear indication that State Government inertia has been holding back the marina industry. “It is ironic that QLD has the most registered recreational boats, the biggest marinas in the country and close to average boat occupancy. Yet we have a government that has been sitting on its hands and has not sorted out the mess with three agencies meddling in the management and Further insight into Queensland (QLD) marinas can be found in a research report on the Marina Industries Association (MIA) website ( where readers will discover that growth for QLD marinas is being hampered by the inertia of State Government. “While QLD marinas have been optimistic about revenue growth, the reality is they have not been investing in their businesses,” says MIA executive officer, Colin Bransgrove. His comments are founded on the report, which was commissioned by the MIA and supported by leaders in the industry. The research was conducted by the Recreational Marine Research Centre, Michigan State University using industry data from the 2012/2013 financial year. The data was collected from 163 of Australia’s 347 marinas. Nationally 40% of marinas expected growth in gross revenues in the 2013/14 period, with marinas in QLD (55%) and NSW (44%) the most optimistic. According to Marine Queensland general manager, Don Jones, the projected optimism from QLD marinas has been tempered by on-going uncertainty around the matter of marina leases and lease payments. “This uncertainty is having a significant and negative impact on the marina sector in the state,” he said. The data from the research relating to capital investment highlights that QLD has been suffering from the uncertainty around these issues for some time. During the survey period, the ratio of capital expenditure to gross revenue was 16% for QLD marinas while the national average was 62%. Furthermore, only 9% of QLD marinas surveyed invested in new revenue-producing facilities or services against a national average of 33%. Only 9% of QLD marinas invested in new boat storage capacity against a national average of 27%. The average amount spent on new or improved environmental facilities or technologies at QLD marinas was ,000. This was half the national average despite the fact that Queensland marinas are the biggest in the country in terms of turnover and boat storage capacity. MIA QLD director, Mike Harvey, from Colin Bransgrove: “While QLD marinas have been optimistic about revenue growth, the reality is they have not been investing in their businesses.” setting of marina lease charges. The State should be leading the country with marina investment as it is a clear competitive advantage and strongly linked to our vital tourism industry.” The research indicated that, across Australia, marinas provide employment for approximately 19,000 people and generate gross revenues of .1 billion per annum. According to Bransgrove, the QLD marina industry has the most latent potential of any state to grow strongly and significantly boost employment in coastal communities. “It needs the State Government to take the shackles off industry and let it fulfil its potential,” he said. - March/April 2015 17

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