FEATURE

Marinas Get Their Solar On 

Batemans Bay Marina and its sister-site Port Macquarie Marina are taking on more eco-friendly measures, with the recent introduction of solar panels an important step towards environmental accreditation with the Marina Industries Association (MIA).

Locals at Batemans Bay will have noticed the 30-kw system being installed throughout October, while installation of Port Macquarie’s 30-kw system during the end of November and early December gives both sites an eco-friendly boost. At a cost of around $40,000 per marina, the systems will support all marina operations as well as put power back into the grid.

Solar power is an important part of improving sustainability and reducing environmental impact and allows both marinas to tick the carbon emissions reduction box, with other measures planned for the future.

Batemans Bay has also been working on improving recycling of liquid trade waste. Material from the hardstand surface area flows into a specially designed drainage system that filters the waste and recovers clean water. The liquid waste (such as oil, bilge, fuel and coolant) is pumped into a 5,000-litre tank and pumped off-site once a year. There is approved ship to shore pump out and King Bros Marine has a waste oil recycling program.

The marina also has plans for a permanent resource recovery centre on the hardstand area, to facilitate collection and recycling of engine batteries, scrap metals, hazardous materials, paper and cardboard, plastics, e-waste, oily rags and timbers. Not just good for the environment, this will also benefit boat owners and help reduce fire risk.

At Port Macquarie, town recycling bins are in place and tenants are willing participants in the program. There are plans for oil recycling as well as concreting the slipway and hardstand to prevent liquid waste from seeping into the ground and ultimately the ocean.

Manager of Batemans Bay Marina Daimon Martin says it makes good sense to invest in protecting the environment.

“The ocean environment is the backbone of our business and the way we impact the environment is critical to the enjoyment of the boating community,” he said.

“We’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and keeping our waterways healthy and thriving with marine life.

“We’re working towards accreditation in the MIA’s clean marina program and becoming an industry leader in best-management environmental practices, because that way everyone benefits.”

A series of steps are required before joining the International Clean Marina Program, which is a voluntary accreditation process managed by the MIA and supported by NSW, QLD, SA and WA governments. Its main focus is to protect inland and coastal waterways by guiding marina operators step-by-step to implement new environmental management practices.

MARINA REPORT

Batemans Bay Marina

Batemans Bay Marina is moving into summer with many new opportunities for boat owners and locals alike to enjoy the warmer weather.

If you’ve ever considered competition boating but haven’t had the time, tick it off your bucket list this summer. Batemans Bay Sailing Club summer series 2017-18 is underway, with a major competition the Platinum Blinds and Awnings South Coast Regatta to be held on the weekend 6-7 January 2018. You don’t need to have joined the series already, boats can enter the series at any time. For a program of events click here and for more information please call 02 4561 1977. You can also visit the website: www.bbsc.org.au (Photo to right: Owner James Gardiner onboard Xanthia with Apostrophe in the background Credit: Lara Phillips)

Trailer boat storage is now available for casual or full time hire during the summer holidays and Red Paddle Co boards—the world’s most popular inflatable stand up paddleboarding boards and this summer’s must-have—are now on sale from the office. For pricing and other information see Daimon.

 

Port Macquarie Marina

The big news at Port Macquarie Marina is installation of a new B Arm. Locals will have noticed a crane removing the old pontoons, which are being replaced with new state-of-the-art walkways and fingers. This work is being conducted by Bellingham Marine, the largest and most respected marina builder in Australia.

Boat owners, visitors and guests will be pleased to know car parking at the marina is set to be increased, re-asphalted and re-marked, while the marina beautification program continues with new wooden balustrade along the water’s edge along with LED uplights, which will give a spectacular effect in the evenings. There is also an entirely refurbished ladies’ bathroom in the amenities area of the marina.

For fishing enthusiasts, the 34th Golden Lure Tournament 2018 will be held 5-13 January 2018. Proudly presented by the Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club, there are numerous categories and great prizes (as well as bragging rights) on offer. For more information including entry forms click here and for any other enquiries email: info@pmgfc.com.au

 

SUP: This summer’s must-have

Just a few years ago most of us hadn’t even heard of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) but now they are a common sight along our shores, with increasing numbers of boat owners discovering and enjoying the advantages of having a board (or two). A very useful second tender, they’re also the ideal craft for exploring the anchorage, the marina, the harbour, a fun platform for youngsters to mess around on, and a great way of keeping in shape too.

Red Paddle Co is the world’s leader in high quality inflatable paddleboards, which are far more friendly on the paintwork and fittings, and of course much easier to transport and store. The innovative, super-stylish boards are packed with technology and subjected to extreme testing to prove their rock-hard rigidity – nothing else on the market comes close. Using the specially designed Titan pump you can inflate your board in roughly five minutes. That’s why Batemans Bay Marina and Port Macquarie Marina chose to sell only Red Paddle Co boards. You’ll find one or two on display at the office so please drop in and take a look! (Photo to right: Courtesy Red Paddle Co)

 

Marine Cards: Do you have one?

If you work on your boat on the hardstand area but don’t have a current Marine Card (issued by the Boating Industries Association), then you are breaking safety regulations. The leasing agreement with tenants is bound by legislation, and states that all people who work on boats must have completed the marine industry’s Workplace Health & Safety (WHS) training. The good news is that getting or updating your Marine Card is both quick and easy, with the online course taking just 45 minutes.  Note a refresher course is required every five years. For more information or to complete the Online Marine Card WHS General Induction, visit www.marinecard.org.au.

BOATING TRENDS

Boat owners are encouraged to carry out safety precautions if they haven’t already prepared for summer, especially if boats haven’t been used for a while. Before heading out on the water please use this checklist:

  • replace fuel that has been sitting in the tank;
  • ensure equipment such as flares and Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons are up-to-date and working;
  • ensure navigation lights are working and up to standard;
  • ensure the boat is fitted with the correct lights if using it at night;
  • keep a Marine Distress V-Sheet on board;
  • keep a torch on board (mobile phones don’t count);
  • vessels longer than 5m need a fire extinguisher; and
  • service inflatable life jackets and ensure there is one for everyone on board.

Australia’s two major recreational boating organisations—the Boating Industry Association (BIA) and the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV)—have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see them working more closely to promote recreational boating. The BIA covers QLD, NSW, SA and the NT, while the BIAV represents the industry in Victoria. The new agreement will see cooperation on policy issues, projects and services such as national boating statistics, increasing participation in boating, education and accreditation, Marine Card and Access Management System and the timing of events and boat shows. Read more in Boating industry bodies agree to get closer published in Marine Business.

Have your say in sustainable boating plans for NSW! The NSW government has released its draft Marine Estate Management Strategy, which will guide management of the state’s waterways over the next 10 years. The main issue of interest to the boating community will be the section on enabling safe and sustainable boating, which addresses some of the environmental, social, cultural and economic threats in relation to boating. Other issues addressed in the strategy include sustainable fishing and aquaculture, reducing impacts on wildlife and planning for a changing climate. You can comment on the draft strategy up to 8 December 2017. Download the draft strategy and find out how to make a submission here: www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/marine-estate-management-strategy

REGION UPDATE

Eurobodalla Shire Council has officially opened the new Eurobodalla Community Recycling Centre (CRC) where locals can drop off problem wastes such as paints, oils, gas bottles, e-waste and batteries for free. The CRC has been established with a $237,424 grant from the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative. To keep problem wastes out of landfill, visit the CRC at Surf Beach Waste Management Facility, 311 George Bass Drive, Surf Beach. For more information about the facility and accepted items for disposal click here.

 

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council invites the community to comment on its proposed Port Macquarie-Hastings Urban Growth Management Strategy (UGMAS) 2017-2036. The draft strategy aims to provide a planning framework for economic growth and development in the region. It addresses population growth, the local environment and housing development. The draft strategy can be accessed online and people are invited to make written submissions until 22 December 2017. For more information call 02 6581 8111 or to view the draft strategy click here.

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LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

Martin Newell knows real estate. Moving from Sydney to a 160-acre property in Lorne where he built his own home and managed a farm, Martin has a breadth of lived real estate experience as well as 17 years as a licensed agent.

Having previously worked in the police force and the military, he was encouraged into real estate by the agent he enlisted to sell a portion of his farm.

Now settled in Lighthouse Beach with his wife and three children, Martin is the General Manager of Raine & Horne Real Estate at Port Macquarie Marina.

“Buying into Port Macquarie means buying the lifestyle,” says Martin.

“It’s a destination in itself and the market is extremely strong. It’s the second-most searched destination in New South Wales on realestate.com and very popular with families looking for a sea change as well as retirees.”

Martin says being located at the marina adds a bit of a twist to the ordinary real estate experience.

“I’ve sold properties for clients who then use their profits to buy a boat and sail away.

“Others come off boats and visit the office to find out about the local market. I once met a family from Switzerland who were three-and-a-half years at sea with their three kids, home-schooling them.”

Speaking to Marina Insider on a Saturday, he says weekends are the most important days for work, because both decision makers are likely to be present.

Looking to the future, he says successful agents and boats go hand-in-hand. 

“A year ago we had 12 cruisers visit the marina. The owners were real estate agents from Sydney. I knew them all. I guess if you’re successful in real estate, the next step is to buy a $200,000 boat!”

For your Port Macquarie real estate needs, Martin Newell can be contacted on 0429 883 488 or visit the website: www.raineandhorne.com.au/portmacquarie

 

Bethmay Jones has lived in Port Macquarie since moving to the picturesque location with her family at the age of four. Despite travelling extensively, she always kept coming back.

“I love the water, I love the lifestyle, and I couldn’t think of a better place to live and work,” she says.

A Beauty Therapist with more than 20 years’ experience who also shares her knowledge through teaching, Bethmay is the owner of Vanity Medi Spa, located in the tranquil setting of Port Macquarie Marina.

Purchasing the business in July 2016, she says it ticked all the boxes.

“I wanted to expand my business and it offered the space I needed, I inherited wonderful staff and I loved the backdrop of the marina. I’m an Aquarian so I need water around me!”

Aside from local clientele and the regulars, the location brings in new clients from the transient boating community as well as tourists from Sails Resort next to the marina.

Bethmay’s interest in beauty therapy was sparked as a teenager, when she had her first beauty treatment and she was hooked. From there she would give advice to fellow students. Helping people and making them feel good is what she thrives on.

“I find the biology and science of skin fascinating and when I can help clients with skin problems like acne and rosacea or refer them to their GP when noticing changes in moles, that’s an important part of my job.

“Every day I get to feel happy about helping people.”

With an attitude of giving that extends beyond the business, Bethmay has been involved in the local Rotary for the past 15 years.

“We’re currently doing some tree planting and we’ve recently beautified the lighthouse. There’s always something that needs to be done. I love giving back to the community.”

Vanity Medi Spa offers a range of treatments for younger as well as more mature skin and has expertise in skin problems. For more information call 02 6583 8434 or visit the website: www.vanitymedispa.com.au

EVENTS

Batemans Bay

10 December 2017
The Bay Carols is a community event for all the family where you can sing along to your favourite Carols performed by local bands.

6-7 January 2018
Platinum Blinds and Awnings South Coast Regatta is the main event on the Batemans Bay Sailing Club summer series 2017-18 calendar. For more information please call 02 4561 1977 or visit the website: www.bbsc.org.au

19-21 January 2018
Tollgate Island Classic Tournament is one of the premier events on the NSW Gamefishing Tournament calendar and is hosted by Batemans Bay Game Fishing Club.

Port Macquarie

9 December 2017
The Foreshore Market is a vibrant market where you’ll find unique Christmas gifts!

5-13 January 2017
34th Golden Lure Tournament 2018 is proudly presented by the Port Macquarie Game Fishing Club, great prizes a fabulous experience!

13 January 2017
Oysters in the Vines is the 12th annual oyster and wine festival presented by Cassegrain Wines.

For more events visit www.eurobodalla.com.au/whats-on