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MIA Monthly eNews - Farewell to industry veteran Ian McAndrew

by Marina Industries Association 30 Jun 22:43 NZST
MIA Monthly eNews © MIA

Vale Ian McAndrew

The international marina industry has been very saddened to hear of the passing of Ian McAndrew on Sunday 28th June. Ian entered the industry in 1987 when he developed the then ground-breaking Anchorage Port Stephens Resort and Marina in NSW. He was a national leader in the Australian marine sector including 14 years as President of BIA NSW. He played a key role in the establishment of the Marina Association of Australia in 1998, the precursor to the MIA. Over the following 15 years Ian made a major contribution to building the MIA's international reputation as a leader in marina accreditation and research and for a period he was the Vice-Chairman of the ICOMIA Marinas Group Committee. Our industries thoughts are with Ian's life partner Trish and their family.

MIA Chairman and President Andrew Chapman commented: "Ian's energy and passion for the marina industry was well known by all who interacted with the MIA and those who attended our regular industry conferences. Ian was always involved in assisting with our conferences as session chair and participant in many panel sessions. Ian was our Association Treasurer for many years helping to build the solid base that the MIA enjoys today.

Ian was a very genuine man always enquiring about how things were not only with business but personally also. He will be deeply missed not only by family but by all in the industry.

Submission under way regarding embedded network obligation

MIA has commenced the drafting of a submission for an Australian industry wide exemption from the embedded electricity network obligation for marinas. After being informed through the relevant Ministers office that MIA should make a formal submission MIA has engaged a specialist in this area of regulation to assist with the drafting. MIA expects to submit its case by August with an outcome by November.

Resuming selected face to face courses - AMM and Straddle Carrier Courses

MIA will be resuming selected face to face courses in Australia. The Straddle Carrier course and the Advanced Marina Management (AMM) course will be held in these locations.

  • Straddle Carrier Courses: 18-19 July, d'Albora Marinas Nelson Bay NSW; 25-26 July, Royal Perth Yacht Club WA
  • AMM Course: 20-25 Sept Sydney, NSW.
Find details and application requirements for these courses here.

Marine Industry Foundation activity

The Marine Industry Foundation (MIF) recently provided a scholarship to assist with the participation of Elise Currey in the Intermediate Marina Management (IMM) course. Elise is the Marina Manager at Coffs Harbour Marina in NSW.

MIF has also provided a grant to the Making Waves Foundation specifically for its forthcoming 'Wright of Passage' workplace-learning program. The program is designed to support young people (16-25 years of age) to help their entry into paid work or further education in the marine sector.

Fish friendly accreditation for the Middle East

Congratulations to Dubai Marina Yacht Club, in the heart of Dubai for accrediting as a Fish Friendly marina this month. They are the only marina in the Middle East with this accreditation.

Dubai Marina Yacht Club have been a Clean Marina since 2016 and recently re-accredited under the program. They have now completed the subsequent steps to become a Fish Friendly Marina.

The Fish Friendly Marinas Accreditation has been developed to inform marina managers on how to maximise the benefits for fish and recognise those operators actively working to improve fish habitats. The Program provides advice and supporting material to help marina operators incorporate beneficial outcomes for native fish into their existing operational plans, such as ensuring their marina is free from marine pests and providing habitat for marine life.

What's new?

The new MIA website is up and running. One of the newest features is the dedicated Media Centre. Check out our media releases, editions of the Waterline Magazine, eNewsletters, member media releases and photo gallery.

In the most recent edition of Waterline the first member supplier guide was released. Download here.

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Few spots left for Fire Emergency Online Course

14 participants who have completed the Club Marine Emergency Preparedness Course responded positively to the online content and live session with industry veteran presenter Phil McGowen CMM. The next live online sessions will be on 8th July and 16th Sept. Once you register for the course you will be able to access part one of the course - self-paced learning immediately and will be booked in for part two - the live session. The live online sessions allow the participants to interact, ask questions to each other and the presenter. Register now to book your spot.

Membership with the MIA

The MIA is the leading association for the marina industries across the Asia Pacific region.

MIA connects its members across the globe. It delivers educational courses to the industry and a career pathway for members; internationally recognised environmental and service accreditation programs; research; consumer promotion and industry communication and support.

MIA welcomes the following new members to the Association:

MIA members and industry networking meetings

In June, the MIA hosted four online regional member meetings (Tasmania, NSW, Hong Kong, WA). In July the final two regional meetings are scheduled.

Over the last couple of months feedback from our members has been very positive in regards to the online meetings. This is especially true for areas where distance is a factor. We will look at creating a calendar using a combination of online and face-to-face meetigns moving forward.

RSVP to or via the website.

MIA jobs board and marina marketplace

The MIA, as a member benefit promotes available positions on our website and Facebook Jobs Board. Each month, this is one of our most visited web pages and we currently have over 400 members to the Facebook Jobs Board.

We have also introduced the Marina Marketplace where you can advertise for second hand items you wish to buy or sell.

As we move into the recovery phase in coming months, you may find the need to once again look for staff or to buy and sell equipment. Remember to take advantage of this MIA member benefit.

MIA is currently advertising six jobs for marinas and boatyards as well as two resumes for staff seeking employment in the industry along with one item in the marketplace.

Email through your job ad and your marina's logo to .

The MIA Jobs Board is available for everyone to view, but only MIA members will be able to post ads on the page. If you know of any MIA members who are looking for staff, please do advise them about our new Facebook group.

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