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Conference Program

Sunday, May 26th, 2024

12:00pm – 6:00pm

Exhibitors to bump in

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Certified Members Meeting, Rydges Hotel

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration Open – Get your lanyard early!

This is optional to miss the Monday morning rush

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

Early evening drinks on the forecourt of the Royal International Convention Centre amongst some impressive displays from Marinas24 key exhibitors. These striking exhibits will remain on the forecourt for your viewing during the entire conference period. 

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Casual Dining

Enjoy a casual dinner after the Welcome Reception at the Bellingham Bar or explore the King Street dining precinct.

Monday, May 27th, 2024 – DAY 1

7:45am – 8:30am

Exhibition & Registration Opening

8:30am – 8:40am

Welcome to Country

8:40am – 8:45am

8:45am – 9:05am

Welcome Address

The Honourable Michael Healy MP, Minister for Tourism and Sport

9:05am – 9:50am

Economic Forecast

Tapas Strickland, Director of Economics at NAB will outline the economic and financial forecasts and impacts for the marina industry.

9:50am – 10:45am

Leveraging the Olympics

A panel of experts will discuss the impacts of the 2032 Olympics on tourism, boating and opportunities for the broader marine industry in Queensland, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Brett Bolton of Coriolis Marine will lead the panel which will also include; David Good, CEO Superyacht Australia and Anthony Ryan, CEO BEDA.  

10:45am – 11:30am

Morning Tea with Exhibitors
Sponsored by

11:30am – 11:55pm

MIA Industry Research – Health of the Australasian Marina

Industry Survey & Salary Survey

MIA President Andrew Chapman will deliver the key findings of research conducted by the MIA

11:55pm – 12:25pm

MIA Supporting Future Industry Needs

Suzanne Davies, CEO will provide an update on the MIA strategy, performance, programs and the Marina Training Institute.

12:25pm – 1:40pm

Lunch with Exhibitors

Sponsored by

1:40pm – 2:40pm

Lessons & Learning

Jayson McDonald CMM will bring together a panel of experts to share their successes and discuss what we can learn and apply to our own businesses.

HR, Recruitment & Staff Retention

Will Farmer, Dale Carnegie will look at recruitment and retention challenges and how to build high performing teams in this environment.

2:40pm – 3:25pm

Managing Lithium

Are you across the latest developments with Lithium batteries? Hear from battery experts and insurers to ensure you are understand the risks, safety considerations and how to manage your response.

Marketing Marinas

Karen Baldwin CEO RQYS leads a panel of marina marketing experts including, Social Media expert, Adventures Sailor Girl Nic Douglass; communications guru Zoe Hawkins of Wild Media and Marketing & PR Strategy professional, Andra Bite. 

3:25pm – 4:10pm

Afternoon Tea with Exhibitors

Sponsored by

4:10pm – 5:05pm

Innovation Showcase

Five new solutions for marinas of the future. Participants to be announced shortly.

Business of Boatyards

Lorraine Yates CMP of White Bay 6 leads a panel which will discuss issues around boatyard management, changes in technology and boatyard equipment.

5:05pm – 6:30pm

North Harbour Happy Hour
Canapes & Drinks with Exhibitors

Evening at Leisure

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024 – DAY 2

7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast with the Exhibitors

Get your free Bacon & Egg Rolls between 7:30am – 8:00am only

8:30am – 9:40am

Emerging Industry Trends & Designing Marina Precincts

Hear from the global leaders in integrated resort operations, James Tuma – Urbis, Joe Ueberroth – Dana Pt, Greg Shaw – Sanctuary Cove, Bryan Finney – Nth Harbour, as they discuss creating lifestyle precincts vs boat parking.

9:40am – 10:10am

Introducing Climate Ready

The MIA’s new Climate Ready Program will be presented by Greg Fisk of BMT after an introduction to the program by sponsor Chris Derkseema CEO GCWA.

10:10am – 10:55am

Morning Tea with Exhibitors

10:55am – 11:45am

Compliance Obligations and Energy Services for Marinas

A presentation & discussion panel on Embedded Networks in marinas, covering compliance requirements, management and providing sustainable & cost-effective electricity. Facilitated by Energy On, with insights from Choice Energy, the panel offers a platform to exchange ideas and identify challenges. Read More

Insuring Marina Businesses

Lyndon Turner, CEO at Nautilus Marine Insurance will highlight what all marinas need to know in order to protect their business.

11:45am – 12:35pm

Alternative Marina Power Systems

Are you prepared for vessel electrification? Hear from marina electrification specialists, suppliers and marinas that have implemented electrification infrastructure on site.

Legal Marina Matters

Know your legal implications with Tim Smith from McInnes Wilson Lawyers.

12:35pm – 1:45pm

Lunch with Exhibitors

Sponsored by

1:45pm – 2:25pm

Increasing Profitability through Shared Boating Clubs

David Kurczewski – Freedom Boating Club, will discuss how marinas can benefit from shared boat clubs and how these clubs are bringing new boaters to the market. Read more

Maximising Yield

Learn yield management techniques from Steve Sammes – General Manager Sanctuary Cove Marina & Country Club to help you optimise revenue streams and enhance operational efficiency. Read more

2:25pm – 3:00pm

Afternoon Tea with Exhibitors

Sponsored by the Marina Supplier Directory


3:00pm – 3:45pm

Riviera Rebirthed

Rodney Longhurst will share the inspiring story of the rebirth of Riviera. From how the business was turned around, to the brand leveraging relationships with owners to form long term connections, what their customers are looking for from marinas and where Riviera sees the boats of tomorrow going.

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Conference Close


Buses depart the Rydges for the Superior Jetties Gala Dinner

at Howard Smith Wharves

6:30pm – 10:00pm

Superior Jetties Gala Dinner

Howard Smith Wharves

Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 – Study Tour

8:30am – 8:45am

Board Buses

Buses will leave outside of the Rydges Hotel at 8.45am sharp


Hamilton Northshore upstream of Eat Street Site Tour

The Olympic opportunities. Explore the 2032 plans for the Hamilton area and the marine opportunities such as superyacht berthing and moorings.

9:45am – 10:30am

The Yard Brisbane Site Tour

10:30pm – 11:05am

Boat transfer along the river to Rivergate

Morning tea will be served onboard

11:15am – 12:00pm

Rivergate Site Tour

12:15pm – 12:45pm

Transfer by bus to East Coast Marina

12:45pm – 1:15pm

East Coast Marina Site Tour

1:15pm – 2:30pm

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Site Tour

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Lunch at RQYS

Delegates wishing to remain and enjoy a late lunch, or
can depart on an early bus back to the hotel departing at


Late Bus will depart RQYS for the Rydges