Program – Session Overview


Leveraging the Olympics

Monday 9:50am

Speakers:

Brett Bolton – CEO, Coriolis Marine

David Good – CEO, Superyacht Australia

Anthony Ryan – CEO, Brisbane Economic Development Agency (BEDA)

The Brisbane Olympics is fast approaching, the panel will look at the opportunities for the marine industry with investment in infrastructure and tourism. The panel will look at how the broader industry across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region can benefit from the legacy infrastructure, the facilities and services required to satisfy the influx in vessels and how the industry can leverage off the Olympics in their region.

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MIA Industry Research – Health of the Australasian Marina Industry Survey & Salary Survey

Monday 11:30am

Speakers:

Andrew Chapman CMM – President, Marina Industries Association

Delegates will be presented with the key findings of the 2023 Health of the Australasian Marina Industry Survey (HAMIS) which for the first time included New Zealand. More marinas completed the survey than ever before resulting in highly reliable, valid and credible data. This session will provide an overview of the historic trends and key industry benchmarks, a teaser to the full report available free of charge to marinas that participated in the survey.

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MIA Supporting Future Industry Needs

Monday 11:55am

Speakers:

Suzanne Davies – CEO, Marina Industries Association

2023 saw the MIA continue to grow its support to industry. Membership is at an all time high (20% increase on pre-covid numbers, interest from suppliers to industry has grown thanks to the investment in the Marina Supplier Directory and we have welcomed a number of new sponsors though out the year. Suzanne Davies, CEO will share the MIA’s plans for the years ahead and how the MIA is working to support members’ businesses.

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Lessons and Learnings

Monday 1:40pm

Speakers:

Jayson McDonald CMM – CEO, Royal Motor Yacht Club Broken Bay

Martin Silk – Risk Manager, d’Albora Marinas

Karen Baldwin – CEO, RQYS

Andrew Rokstad – Ports North/Marlin Marina, Cairns

Information sharing between colleagues is one of the strengths of our industry. From new ideas that could save you money, to problems you never knew existed, to how would you react if a serious incident occurred? Rather than sticking your head in the sand, a panel of experts will share their successes dealing with negative incidents at their marina as well as positive initiatives they have implemented to help their bottom line. 

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The Art of War: Win and Retain Your People

Monday 1:40pm

Speakers:

William Farmer – Managing Director Australia, Dale Carnegie

In today’s landscape, with the employment rate plummeting and Generation Z entering the workforce, traditional methods of staff retention no longer suffice. The aftermath of COVID has reshaped attitudes towards work, with remote productivity proving its worth and the quest for work-life balance taking centre stage.

Navigating this challenge is imperative, especially amidst the biting talent shortage. Highly skilled professionals are abandoning roles for marginal salary bumps, underscoring the harsh commercial reality we face. Yet, companies that prioritised staff training and investment pre-COVID weathered the storm of talent acquisition more effectively. However, it’s not just about the money. Cultivating a culture of engagement tethered to the company’s purpose holds the key to retaining top talent. Effective leaders are master storytellers, wielding compelling narratives about their company’s mission and trajectory to attract and retain staff.

In this workshop, you’ll uncover essential strategies to:

  • Utilise behavioral-based interview techniques aligned with your company’s values
  • Unlock the secrets to fostering a highly engaged team
  • Learn tactics for sustaining motivation and engagement among your workforce

One Lucky Winner:

One Dale Carnegie Public Course will be awarded to a lucky attendee who submits their feedback form on the day. The course is valued at $3,500.

Pre-Communication: For any pre-communication inquiries, please feel free to reach out to Emma Henry, emma.henry@dalecarnegie.com. Dale Carnegie Queensland specialises in delivering tailored professional development programs. Our workshops are designed to equip leaders with essential skills and knowledge for confident leadership and team success.

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Managing Lithium

Monday 2:40pm

Speakers:

Lyndon Turner – CEO, Nautilus Marine Insurance

Mike Harvey CMM – East Coast Marina

Matt Ruwald – Allmarine Power Solutions

Mark Halverson – Executive Manager State Fire Safety Section, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)

The risk to marinas has increased with the increased use of Lithium-ion batteries in marine environments. This session will provide information about the different types of batteries, the importance of battery connections, the battery chemistry, what rules should have in place at your marina and response considerations if an incident involving lithium occurs. 

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Marketing Marinas

Monday 2:40pm

Speakers:

Karen Baldwin – CEO, RQYS

Nic Douglass – Sunset Media

Zoe Hawkins – Director, Wilde Media

Andra Bite – Andra Bite Consulting

A panel of marketing experts will share their insights on effective marketing and communication tools and how to measure their success. Attendees will receive practical ideas to implement at their marina and will take away outcomes to measure effectiveness.

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Business of Boatyards

Monday 4:10pm

Speakers:

Lorraine Yates CMP – General Manager, White Bay 6 Marine Park

The demand for boatyard services has increased rapidly the past few years and room on the hardstand becoming scarce this session will focus on boatyard management. The panel will look at new technology and equipment to improve your operational effectiveness. They will also look at ways to ensure your site is compliant from a safety and environmental perspective and how to work with authorities.

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Introducing Climate Ready

Tuesday 9:40am

Speakers:

Greg Fisk – BMT

Chris Derksema – CEO, Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA)

The MIA is pleased to launch its new Climate Ready Program. Thanks to the support of the program sponsor Gold Coast Waterways Authority (GCWA) and in conjunction with MIA’s Environmental Partner BMT a Guidebook has been prepared as a resource for members of the MIA. Greg Fisk of BMT will provide detail of the new program, the reasons for the development of the program, the resources available to members and discuss how marinas can become Climate Ready.

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Compliance Obligations and Energy Services for Marinas

Tuesday 10:55am

Speakers:

Sarah Shevy – Growth Manager, Energy On

James Hardgrove – Senior Energy Consultant, Choice Energy

Join us for a presentation and discussion panel on Embedded Networks in marinas, covering compliance requirements, running an Embedded Network, providing sustainable and cost-effective electricity. Facilitated by Energy On, with insights from Choice Energy, the panel offers the marina industry a platform to exchange ideas and identify challenges. Participants can expect a comprehensive exploration of key topics followed by an interactive Q&A session for deeper engagement.

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Insuring Marina Businesses

Tuesday 10:55am

Speakers:

Lyndon Turner – CEO, Nautilus Marine Insurance

Lyndon Turner will address questions and issues submitted by delegates prior to the conference. If you are planning on attending this session and have an issue you would like answered please complete the survey that will be emailed to delegates 6 weeks prior to Marinas24.

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Alternative Marina Power Systems

Tuesday 11:45am

Speakers:

John Hogan CMP – CEO, Superior Jetties

Chris Cudlipp – CEO, Seavolt

John Hogan, CEO Superior Jetties will discuss a case study with Chris Cudlipp, CEO Seavolt about balancing the marina needs with new types of propulsion requiring new infrastructure, how to deal with inadequate supply from the grid. John and Chris will discuss opportunities for marinas to harness renewable generation on land and water looking at a real life example of an improvement that can be created. They will also look at the case for and against for batteries.

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Tuesday 11:45am

Speakers:

Tim Smith – Principal, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

Tim Smith will address questions and issues submitted by delegates prior to the conference. If you are planning on attending this session and have an issue you would like answered please complete the survey that will be emailed to delegates 6 weeks prior to Marinas24. 

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Increasing Profitability through Shared Boating Clubs

Tuesday 1:45pm

Speakers:

David Kurczewski

General Manager – Boating Services Asia Pacific,

Brunswick / Freedom Boat Club

Shared boat clubs offer their members hassle-free recreational boating experiences.  For marinas shared boat clubs are an opportunity to increase the land side turnover associated with each berth, utilise smaller or less accessible berthing spaces and increase the on-site personnel at the marina. 

Representing the Brunswick owned Freedom Boat Club, David Kurczewski will expand on how marinas benefit from shared boat clubs and how these clubs are bringing new boaters to the market. 

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Maximising Yield

Tuesday 1:45pm

Speakers:

Steve Sammes CMM – General Manager, Sanctuary Cove Marina & Country Club

Yield management, a strategy originally pioneered in the airline and hospitality industries, has emerged as a crucial concept for marinas seeking to optimise their revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency. It involves dynamic pricing to maximise revenue while considering the fluctuating demand for berths and services.  Steve will share the yield management techniques he has learned in his years of managing marinas enhanced by his learnings while working for Mulpha a company with also has hotel investments. 

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